Northrop Grumman Switchblade. Specifications. A photo.
Northrop Grumman Switchblade - American multi-purpose experimental drone, developed by «Northrop Grumman».
Design UAV Northrop Grumman Switchblade started by American experts in the field of aerospace technology and engineering in the early 2000-ies. The new device is purely scientific and research interest, and because, despite the costly development of unmanned air tools, drone into serial production is not expected to run.
In the development of unmanned aerial vehicle model Northrop Grumman Switchblade, the US aircraft manufacturers intend to provide a device to accelerate to high speeds, and, despite the rather large size of the air means a wingspan UAV Northrop Grumman Switchblade is about 61 meters, the drone should remain quite maneuverable.
Continuous development of an unmanned air vehicle model Northrop Grumman Switchblade is associated primarily with conceptual processing of multiple versions of this device, in particular, in 2008, one of the project was canceled, because of which required more time for the implementation of a number of conceptual solutions. It is assumed that its first flight unmanned aerial vehicle model Northrop Grumman Switchblade to perform 2020 year.
As the power plant at the unmanned aircraft model Northrop Grumman Switchblade is supposed to use two jet engines, which will have to develop sufficient thrust to the drone can reach a maximum speed of flight in 2300 km \ h., While the maximum flight range of the device should be at least 9 thousand kilometers.
Specifications Northrop Grumman Switchblade.
- Length: 7 m .;
- Wingspan: 61 m .;
- Height: 2,1 m .;
- Maximum takeoff weight: 2500 kg .;
- Cruising flight speed: 920 km \ h .;
- Maximum flight speed: 2300 km \ h .;
- Maximum flight distance: 9000 km .;
- Maximum flight height: 18000 m .;
- aircraft engine Type: Jet;
- Powerplant: unknown;
- Power: unknown.
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