One of the most prominent and successful American-made UAVs can be called a machine RQ-7 Shadow, which was developed and manufactured by AAI Corporation.
The complex RQ-7 Shadow
Ground control station, which is mounted on the chassis of an army vehicle Hummer.
4 the aircraft.
Launcher hydraulic type, which is set in the trailer.
A terminal for transmitting and receiving data.
All this is housed on 6 vehicles and to transport air used three aircraft of type C-130. The machine RQ-7 Shadow is a major competitor in the lead car Predator. Yet RQ-7 has more advantages, first of all he does not need an airfield as a different model, and most importantly, that this device is much cheaper than analog. That is why the US Army in the year purchased 2003 9 such complexes, on what was spent only 99 million.
The aircraft RQ-7 Shadow is made in the normal aerodynamic scheme with a fuselage made up of two longitudinal beams. Flying provides a push-type screw. This UAV has dvuhkilevoe plumage. The tail portion is formed in a V-shaped pattern. For convenience in transporting device made detachable wings. The power plant is represented rotary engine.
It was developed three variants of the UAV RQ-7 Shadow, which is designated as 600-I, 400-200-I and I model. Each of them is specialized in performing specific tasks. Thus, RQ-7 Shadow 200 used to support infantry and lets you see everything that happens on the battlefield. 400-I model is designed to perform maritime operations, with the machine can take off with both the land and the ship. Complex 600-th model, known as UAV Pioneer, distinguished by high duration of the flight without landing.
Payload UAV RQ-7 Shadow
Review of the optical system or the infrared type.
Radar, which is synthesized with the aperture may also be mounted selector for moving targets.
The repeater radio.
Laser range finder type.
The multispectral camera.
The main method of planting machine RQ-7 Shadow is a type of airplane, but it requires a fairly large band, as the unit weighs several hundred kilograms. For planting models come standard required strip length of a football field. To do this, designers have installed auxiliary braking systems, landing on the deck of the brake used a hook or net. With regard to the take-off, it can be carried on aircraft type, but in the absence of runway use launcher hydraulic type.
RQ-7 Shadow. Characteristics:
|engine's type||1 AP AR-741|
|Power, hp||X 1 38|
|Maximum speed km / h||227|
|Cruising speed, km / h||120-156|
|Practical range, km||125|
|The duration of the flight, ch.min||5|
|Practical ceiling, m||4570|
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