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According to DARPA, the MV-22 launched an inert AGM-17 Griffin air-to-surface missile from a range of 9 km from the target, scoring a hit.
Marines fired a small airborne drone capable of carrying explosives from the back of an MV-22 Osprey in a test that could offer the tilt-rotor aircraft a new weapons potential.
Called the Switchblade, the drone was initially developed as a small intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. Marines at Twentynine Palms, Calif., attached one of the tube-launched drones atop an Osprey for a test attack-launch.
These 2.75 laser-guided rockets are ideal for lightly armored and soft targets, such as armored cars and dismounted personnel. Additionally, they have a long enough range so that the firing aircraft can stay largely outside the threat envelope of small arms fire while engaging targets. Also, the fact that seven of these individually targetable rockets can be packed into a single pod makes them very attractive compared to larger missiles.
General Dynamics already has base configurations for the Flyer in a light strike (armored or unarmored), rescue and personnel recovery, reconnaissance, communications and C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) that can include the mounting of a small unmanned aircraft system, weather station, and/or different optical and radar target acquisition systems. There are also sub-configurations for the Navy SEALs, AFSOC, Rangers, MARSOC and probably Delta Force, although that one is not disclosed (a normal occurrence). Basically, the vehicle can transform into whatever it needs to, as long as the accessories and subsystems will fit inside the aircraft's hold that is deploying it.
originally posted by: the owlbear
It's only taken it, what?, 20-25 years? How many cost overruns?
Lookit! It's fancy!
I would like to know how many lives lost versus lives saved this beast has for its development and usage record.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: buddah6
Switching to "Osprey 2.0" was the best decision they made. They're still having issues, but nothing like they were. It doesn't help that for years the services cheated on labeling Class A mishaps as non-Class A through loopholes.
originally posted by: StratosFear
a reply to: howmuch4another
I love it when they fly into the civy airport here. I`ve already grown familiar with the engine noise and there is no mistaking that massive flying beetle for nothing. Shes just the first, next will come a dedicated gunship but the AH-64E and AH-1Z still have several years left until the FVL aircraft programs start up.