Unmanned RQ-6 Outrider was created under the program TAUV for operational reconnaissance of the battlefield. I must say that the company was engaged in the creation of Alliant Techsystems, but the basis of the whole concept was to take the car, created by Mi-Tex, under the designation Hellfox.
On the first day of the beginning of the development project is accompanied by problems and complications, because of which the first flight became possible only in the spring of 1997 years. The delay in the production of manufacturing was new fuselage made of aluminum instead of composite materials. Also, designers are faced with the incompatibility of avionics, as was the lack of screening systems. The problem was the weight of the device, and that led to further refinement of weight loss. We solved the problem by installing a more powerful engine. The first cars came into service in the autumn of 1998 years, but because of the high cost and poor performance the car was sent back for revision, resulting in the release of new model.
Initially, the power plant of the UAV RQ-6 Outrider was presented 4318F piston type engine, which provided the company Mc Culloch, was soon replaced by the engine of the AR-801R company UEL. For take-off and landing gear unit was composed of three racks, which were not removed. Yet in the case of an accident and the car had a parachute system to land. Wings machines were installed in tandem, and they were joined wingtips, which increased lift in flight. The aircraft had quite a modern navigation system, which was connected with the satellite. He could both receive and transmit the information collected during the flight. To make more specific tasks can install their equipment.
Yet because of the long standing problems of manufacturing and the army leadership decided to search for an alternative. As a result, preference was given to the machine RQ-7A. Because of this situation, the project RQ-6 Outrider was completely closed in 1999 year. For all time it was made 20 unmanned vehicles such as RQ-6 Outrider.
RQ-6 Outrider. Characteristics:
|engine's type||1 AP UEL AR-801R|
|Thrust, kgf||X 1 42|
|Maximum speed km / h||203|
|Cruising speed, km / h||167|
|Practical range, km||200|
|The duration of the flight, ch.min||7|
|Practical ceiling, m||4570|
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