UAVs, Let’s Try This One

Here is a UAV that is already in use by the Navy. The ScanEagle, is so small it could operate routinely from the Webber Class WPCs.

Wing Span 10.25 ft (3.12m)
Length 6.5 ft (1.98m)
Max Take Off Weight 44-48.5 lb. (22 kg)
Max speed 80 knots
Cruise speed 50 knots
Ceiling 10,000 ft
Max endurance: 15 hours

In it’s “dual bay” configuration the sensor package can include a synthetic aperture imaging radar in addition to video. It can use standard diesel fuel, but it won’t use much since the engine is less than two horsepower.

It was reportedly used during the Maersk Alabama piracy incident in April 2009 (the first of three times pirates attempted to take the ship).

I think its worth a closer look, like perhaps a deployment on a 210.

A video of it in operation is here, including a launch and recovery from what looks like a fishing vessel less than 80 ft long.

Of course if this system becomes standard on the Webber class they will have to be reclassified as WCVL–Coast Guard Aircraft Carrier, Light. (Lee, thanks for the inspiration.)

Navy News Service – Eye on the Fleet

Image:   110225-N-RC734-011.jpg
Description:   Guy Mcallister, from Insitu Group, performs maintenance on the Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45).
Guy Mcallister, from Insitu Group, performs maintenance on the Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45).
110225-N-RC734-011 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 25, 2011) Guy Mcallister, from Insitu Group, performs maintenance on the Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45). Scan Eagle is a runway independent, long-endurance, UAV system designed to provide multiple surveillance, reconnaissance data, and battlefield damage assessment missions. Comstock is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, which is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility during a western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac/Released)

119 thoughts on “UAVs, Let’s Try This One

  1. From NavyRecognition, ” Insitu announced today the ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours, ScanEagle 2 provides increased payload power and expanded payload options, a more robust navigation system, better image quality due to a fully digital video system and a state-of-the-art, purpose-built propulsion system.”

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  6. The following from “The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing that it intends to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with several companies to evaluate small unmanned aircraft systems and their airborne sensors to determine their potential for use in a maritime environment by a first responder and Department of Homeland Security operational components. Comments must be submitted by 14 July. 81 Fed. Reg. 38723 (6/14/16) [].”

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  8. How much do UAVs cost? Defense Industry Daily reports, “Canada’s government has announced the purchase of RQ-21A BlackJack UAVs in a $14.2 million foreign military sale (FMS). Included in the package are five unmanned aircraft, two ground control stations and one launch and recovery system. This marks the first sale of the system outside of the US Navy and will join the Canadian Army as part of its Land Force Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance program.”

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  12. Stratton completes first patrol equipped with small UAV.
    “During the six-week deployment in the eastern Pacific Ocean, ScanEagle flew 39 sorties for a total of 279 hours, including one operation where the aircraft provided persistent surveillance for 22.7 flight hours in a 24-hour period.”
    Apparently not equipped with radar.
    “ScanEagle was equipped with multiple sensors including electro-optic, thermal and telescope cameras that delivered a range of aerial imagery to the Stratton crew and decision makers, enabling them to better execute real-time actionable intelligence.”
    ” Last month, the Coast Guard released a draft request for proposal to procure sUAS capabilities for its entire national security cutter fleet.”

  13. Coast Guard Stealth Aircraft?
    Anyone care to comment on this story and reference? As I read the article I thought it was a lot of conjecture with an unknown sourcing. However this link from the Coast Guard’s history site indicates some truth to the article. Matter of fact whomever wrote the article seems to have lifted most of the wording regarding the Coast Guard’s involvement directly from the official Coast Guard history statement.

  14. Coast Guard Closer to Acquiring Long-Awaited Ship-Based Drone–National Defense Magazine:

    “After more than a decade of waiting, the Coast Guard plans to release by the end of the month a request for proposals for a small unmanned aerial system to be launched off national security cutters, the service’s director of acquisition programs and program executive officer said Jan 11. 

    “The Coast Guard hopes to release an eight-year contract and outfit eight NCSs with the UAS force package, Rear Adm. Mike Haycock said at the annual Surface Navy Association’s National Symposium in Arlington, Virginia.”

    Kind of strange that it also talks about ” need to perform midlife service extensions for its national security cutters…”

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