Тема: US Navy подискивают беспилотник
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) submit on 30 April a Request for Information (RFI) for an unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) system.
И есть первые желающие поставлять такие машины
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. today introduced Sea Avenger, a carrier-based derivative of its Predator C Avenger UAS.
Anticipating a future requirement for a carrier-based UAS, GA-ASI designed specific features into its Predator C Avenger to facilitate subsequent development of an aircraft uniquely suitable for carrier operations that would also integrate seamlessly into the carrier air wing. These include a highly fuel-efficient engine and inlet design, retractable electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor, internal weapons bay, and folding wings. The aircraft's structure was also designed with the flexibility to accommodate carrier suitable landing gear, tail hook, drag devices, and other provisions for carrier operations.