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Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« on: December 28, 2011, 04:23:50 AM »
Hi folks,

Anyone who knows me knows that I like UAVs and related - therefore I thought I might start a thread dedicated to UAVs/UCAVs etc.  Either dedicated or conversions welcome.

To begin with, I thought I might post a Uninhabited Super Hornet.  Given the apparent dislike by many of the RAAF's SH acquisition, what if they go one further in the future and convert their F/A-18Fs into QF/A-18Fs?



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2011, 04:24:11 AM »
Continuing with the "how to irritate people theme", how about a Spitfire UAV:



Feel free to add your own ideas.

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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2011, 04:24:35 AM »
Of course, Russia might also want to play:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2011, 04:25:09 AM »
Russia might also have a use for a uninhabited CAS aircraft:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2011, 04:25:25 AM »
With the F-22/35 entering service, what to do with those F-15s?



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2011, 04:25:42 AM »
And one can't leave the USN out of the picture:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2011, 04:26:25 AM »
And with the Rafale not selling so well, maybe an uninhabited variant would be worth a go:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2011, 04:26:45 AM »
Tornado GR.5 for the FOAS role anyone:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2011, 04:27:35 AM »
And let's not forget the OCDF's QF-111G "Terminator Pigs" (as used in the Whaling Wars):



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2011, 04:28:02 AM »
With the Hawk's days coming to a close (apparently), maybe its time to go uninhabited:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2011, 04:28:48 AM »
Don't like the idea of Kamikaze's, well maybe this is for you:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2011, 04:29:39 AM »
Maybe after losing the ATF contest Northrop decide to develop the YF-23 into a UCAV:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2011, 04:30:17 AM »
Not to be left behind, the QF-22 upgrade:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2011, 04:31:13 AM »
What to do with old Skyhawks?? Turn them into UCAVs!!!



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2011, 04:31:38 AM »
and old MiGs:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2011, 04:32:09 AM »
The Autonomously Piloted Assault Transport:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2011, 04:32:54 AM »
Cool X-47B UCAS-D Video: 
UCAS X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System


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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2011, 04:33:42 AM »
What if Boeing decided to turn the X-32 into a UCAV:



My Attic X-32 may yet go this way.

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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2011, 04:36:13 AM »
In 2009, the USAF (later followed my other Air Forces), decided that using manned crews for transport aircraft was a waste - the missions were fairly straight forward (Take off - Fly - Land) and highly trained crews could be better used elsewhere.  Most transport aircraft such as the existing C-17s etc were converted to be optionally manned.  The most radical change though was the QC-130H - these were already being refurbished so it was decided to save further weight by removing the unnecessary cockpit:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2011, 04:37:04 AM »
For some reason, the AH-64 just screams to be made into a UCAR:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2011, 04:38:10 AM »
Given the Unmanned Little Bird has been developed from competing the OH-6 Cayuse/MD500 family, I'm surprised this hasn't already been developed.



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #21 on: December 28, 2011, 04:38:37 AM »
A little tidbit that might be of use for whiffing purposes:  the entire Eagle Eye project (including full development and production rights) was on offer to Australia as part of Bell's AIR87 (eventually won by the Eurocopter Tiger) offer with the AH-1Z Viper/SuperCobra.

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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2011, 04:39:30 AM »
Sorry, couldn't resist:



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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2011, 04:40:32 AM »
UA-10D:




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Re: Uninhabited and Unafraid, (UCAV, UAV, and Drone Aircraft)
« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2011, 04:42:01 AM »
Needed to be done:



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