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The Other Chris
The Other Chris
September 13, 2012 8:28 am

These kind of systems are the Secret Sauce that make the UAV integration practical.

The Other Chris
The Other Chris
September 13, 2012 8:44 am

Further to our MarUAS discussion a while back:

TU-150 “Bi-Hybrid” from Rheinmetall Airborne Systems.

Still think the Insitu Integrator is the most likely to be purchased.

WiseApe
September 13, 2012 6:03 pm

Thanks for the links TOC. The VTOL nature of TU150 should at least rate a look from RN; I find it hard to imagine ScanEagle/Integrator being recovered by that “sky-hook” method on a ship; in my experience they tend to bob about a bit, and even been known to corkscrew on occasion. Have any of those ScanEagle been lost at sea?

WiseApe
September 13, 2012 7:25 pm

@TD – Really?! Astonishing, not least that tuna fishing boats should be interested in situational awareness. Never knew there was so much money in fishing. Any idea on how they were/are used?

WiseApe
September 14, 2012 7:09 pm

@TD – thanks for this; I followed the links to the Insitu website and watched the Scan Eagle video. The only at sea recovery it showed was by a small boat (looked like a fishing boat, so may have been one of your tuna fishermen) on an absolute flat calm sea – possibly a lake or in a sheltered bay judging by the background scenery.

I recall Scan Eagle trials carried out by a T23, I think in around 2005/6 (?) – my recollection is that the Scan Eagles were launched from the frigate but recovered ashore. I remain unconvinced with the proposed at sea recovery method – the VTOL option looks more practical to me for shipborne use. And I’m a CATOBAR fan!