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Killer Bee UAV web page and pictures!

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posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 06:44 PM
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www.swiftengineering.com...

Here you go people the killer bee uav home page.

a few very neat pictures and a good all round look at the ins and outs of the new UAV.
I thing it looks like a scaled down boeing blended wing...!?




posted on Mar, 18 2006 @ 10:16 PM
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is it a stealt haircraft im not so sure?



posted on Mar, 18 2006 @ 11:00 PM
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It is almost certainly not stealth in the common-usage meaning.



posted on Mar, 19 2006 @ 07:51 PM
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Originally posted by planeman
It is almost certainly not stealth in the common-usage meaning.


so its not a low RCS aircraft is that what ur trying to say?



posted on Mar, 19 2006 @ 10:28 PM
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It has some features which are almost certainly designed to reduce RCS, such as being formed of only three airframe parts (plus the control surfaces and viewing window, the website's marketing blurb doesn't seem to count those...), and being a highly blended design with next to no right-angle surfaces. It also lacks the spherical sensor ball which is generally a high-return feature. And it’s quite small anyway.

But I can't imagine that it is properly “stealthy” as we would use that term, and if it was, then the website would say so.



posted on Mar, 19 2006 @ 11:03 PM
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twice I've hit page back and lost this post... argh

It's probably made of plastic, carbon, and foam-core. It's size alone makes it stealthy. Radar isn't even an issue if it's flying low enough. On small airframes that will approach close to a target, it is sound that is more important. It will need auditory stealth.

Contract partner is Grumman Aerospace.

Contracts emphasis is on total airframe package, autonomous flight. A launch-and-forget type thing.

The name alone suggests the use of swarming flight dynamics. Swarming is a "chaos" form of flight characteristics for a group of small attack vehicles.

Specs from the Grumman website:
www.northropgrumman.com...




KB-2
Wing Span: 6.5 ft
Max Endurance: 12-24 hrs
Payload: 7-15 lbs
GTOW: 43 lbs
Ceiling: 18,000
Max Speed: 125 mph
Cruise Speed: 68 mph

KB-3
Wing Span: 9.2 ft
Max Endurance: 12-24 hrs
Payload: 15-30 lbs
3.2-6.8 kg: 7-14 kg
GTOW: 86 lbs
Ceiling: 19,200 ft
Max Speed: 120 mph
Cruise Speed: 67 mph

KB-X
Wing Span: 17.5 ft
Max Endurance: 12-24 hrs
Payload: 60-120 lbs
GTOW: 360 lbs
Ceiling: 20,000 ft
Max Speed:121 mph
Cruise Speed: 70 mph



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