posted on Jul, 22 2006 @ 02:22 AM
Reminds me of a concept UAV called 'Flowchart' with much the same configuration shown back in the mid-90's when the South Africans were trying to
drum up aero-business by advertising all their 'open testranges' in AvLeak.
As I recall, Kentron or Atlas were hinting that it was 'either the halfscale prototype for a UCAV needing partners to complete. Or available to act
as a payload surrogate for foreign MEPs'. As a kind of typical brag-whiles-begging approach to PRBS.
Its a beautiful looking deep penetration and strike UCAV, made in South Africa! The companies legit and well respected it seems, as they have many
links and contracts with the US, UK and Middle east.
Its the only piccie i have found so far, but if any one out there has any other piccies or info i would welcome it to be added.
It had better have great mileage 'cause their ain't nothin' there for gas. I'd also hate to try and pararecover it because it looks like the nose
is going to be all sensors/weapons bay and that tail all engine which means if you bleed off the gas from the longchord wing and micro-cranked
extensions, it may well be hard to keep the thing off it's nose where presumably all 80kilos of vulnerabe avionics are.
Not to mention tear away panels right infront of the intake.
Dunno if I trust the data given either as the .pdf file shows a truck launch configuration that cannot be more than 12ft long and maybe 400-800lbs yet
it's given a cruise speed of .85 Mach at 30,000 feet (which is a little high for an 80 kilo set of optics to resolve from) and a range of 1,300km
with only 100 minutes of endurance.
As me pappy used to say: "Riiiiiiight."
By comparison, I recall a system testbed we worked on called 'Argus' I believe it was that employed a BQM-34 with testbed netcentric architectures
(part of the Talon system IIRR which is itself a precursor ot TTNT?) that was intended solely for Prestrike photo handoff and BIA. The Firefly of
course being something closer to 22ft long and 2,100lbs for roughly the same endurance and half the total flight range in baseline configuration.
Them SA folks truly must've finished their Africanner-to-Alien technical dictionary so that they could complete the reverse engineering of their UFO
if this Angel thingy matches what a Firebee can do in half the size:weight range.