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El Sid
El Sid
January 20, 2012 12:38 pm

The Stig unmasked!!!

The unmanned one is a particularly cute idea.

Just imagine though, the average standard of car driving applied to a “traffic jam” of these things….

Mr.fred
Mr.fred
January 20, 2012 1:05 pm

£25 for half an hour flight time in fuel costs. Not bad, but I don’t think we’ll see this as a regular commuter vehicle.

It does strike me that this, combined with the Lockheed Martin HULC, would be an entertaining arrangement as the pack would then be mobile whilst on the ground. But then I’d start wanting chainsaw swords too.

DominicJ
DominicJ
January 20, 2012 1:41 pm

“But then I’d start wanting chainsaw swords too.”

hehehehehe

Gareth Jones
Gareth Jones
January 20, 2012 1:49 pm

What about Bloters? or shall we save that for TD’s dismounted close combat post?

Gareth Jones
Gareth Jones
January 20, 2012 2:00 pm

Bolters, not bloters…. *Facepalm*

DominicJ
DominicJ
January 20, 2012 2:13 pm

now that makes sense :)

IXION
January 20, 2012 2:37 pm

I’t bollocks, they have been playing with these for 50 years.

Massive potential for fatal air accidents as they get sucked into engines of jumbos landing or taking off.

No transponders or lights, every paramedic/ foot slogger a qualified pilot?

Damage from down draft to property by landing in built up areas…

OH and as the US found out in the 50’s absolute sitting duck to every enemy with a rifle if let anywhere near the front line.

Anyone fancy swanning around in one of these over Helmand at 700ft?

$10 the guy with the AK47 gets him with the first burst..

Now if you want to go with the want that one how about the contra rotating tiltroter at in RESIDENT EVIL EXTINCTION.

Paul R
Paul R
January 20, 2012 3:55 pm

When you order it, does it come with its own shipping container? be good for storing spares and accessories.

Monty
January 20, 2012 9:54 pm

TD, I think you’ve just found out what’s going to replace the F-35 if it doesn’t work.

Mr.fred
Mr.fred
January 21, 2012 10:57 am

Unmanned floating weapons platforms? Things in the air are more difficult to range than things on the ground, plus you are shooting “up hill” and it has the altitude to get out of effective range of anything short of a HMG. If it can sustain the recoil of a HMG or GMG, then a sort of RWS could be use, or you load it up with a rack of mortar bombs and drop the things, aiming using an image feed.

Again unmanned, you could use them as temporary sensor platforms – peak over a ridgeline with an SAR, LRAS3 laser designator etc. Spot for artillery/air without exposing your vehicle.

Short range transport for medics – low threat environments only though.

Unmanned supply? Have a standard detachable stores pod and you have mini-container logistics. Programme in safe routes and have your patrol with a beckon transmitter and you can reduce the soldiers load without having to worry about taking a route that your support quad/vehicle can take to reach you.

It probably has more utility for the civilian market – emergency services and the like.

IXION
January 21, 2012 11:09 am

Mr Fred

yes I can see a special forces app (sneeking across borders and all that.

Unmanned supply for tricky to get to situations.

But for getting paramedics etc to places for general use — again landing clearance and downdraft issues.

So could be used here and there for odd (with the accent on the odd) uses but as a mainstream thing I doubt it. If i was an investor I would keep the check book closed until one or at least 5 of these things has been thoroughly tested.

As with all these wonder ideas has it actually flown?

IXION
January 21, 2012 11:10 am

Now back to the contra rotating tilt rotar from Resident evil 3…..

Mr.fred
Mr.fred
January 21, 2012 12:48 pm

Given a choice, I would probably suggest Sikorsky’s X2 technology over tilt-rotors. On the basis of a helicopter that can go fast is probably more useful in the role currently filled by helicopters than a plane than can land vertically.

Gareth Jones
Gareth Jones
January 22, 2012 8:46 pm

“Unmanned supply? Have a standard detachable stores pod and you have mini-container logistics. Programme in safe routes and have your patrol with a beckon transmitter and you can reduce the soldiers load without having to worry about taking a route that your support quad/vehicle can take to reach you.”

Interesting idea – could have DR/HA applications.