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BELL V-247 ''VIGILANT'' TILTROTOR UAS IN SHIP-BORNE CONFIGURATION
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Bell V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor

Source: Bell Helicopter Textron


Bell V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor

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FORT WORTH - Speaking before an audience of aviation and military experts assembled at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, unveiled the Bell V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor.

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft. The revolutionary UAS is designed to provide unmatched long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance capability and lethal reach, as well as runway independence to operate successfully in maritime environments and locations without secure runway availability.

The Bell V-247 Vigilant satisfies the comprehensive spectrum of capabilities outlined in the 2016 Marine Corps Aviation Plan, and could be available for production as early as 2023. The Bell V-247 Vigilant is a solution designed to address the evolving demands of the military and transportation sectors for unmanned aircraft for a shipborne UAS platform, including:

--The ability to operate successfully without a runway, such as in maritime environments

--Seamless performance in locations without secure runway availability, such as at shrinking land bases in contested areas

--Significant reduction of the logistical footprint while retaining the superior operational performance by combining the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft

--The capacity to control the battle space effectively with 24-hour intelligence provided by unmatched long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance capability

A Group 5 UAS, the Bell V-247 Vigilant is designed to combine unparalleled capability with unprecedented flexibility to execute a wide array of mission sets, including electronic warfare, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), escort, C4 (Command, Control, Communications, and Computers), persistent fire missions and tactical distribution. The UAS is expected to accomplish all of this with the benefits of extended endurance through plug-and-play mission packages.

"The Bell V-247 Vigilant is the next leap in innovation making the future of aviation a reality today - it's a testament to the power and versatility of tiltrotor flight," said Mitch Snyder, president and CEO at Bell Helicopter. "At Bell Helicopter, we are constantly challenging the traditional notion of what it means to fly by staying on the leading edge of aviation and technological development. The unmanned tiltrotor is the latest example of how we are changing the way the world flies, taking our customers into the dynamic world of next-generation aircraft."

The Bell V-247 Vigilant’s design boasts a number of unrivaled capabilities and transformational features, including:

-- A sea-based platform, which can be sized for compatibility with DDG guided missile destroyers shipboard applications

-- Single engine tiltrotor unmanned aerial system

-- 24-hour persistent ISR with a two aircraft system

-- Speed: 250 knots cruise speed; 180 knots endurance speed; >300 knots at maximum continuous power

-- Combat range: 450 nautical miles mission radius

-- Time on station: 11 hours

-- Size: 16,000 pounds empty weight / 29,500 pounds max gross weight; 65-feet wing span; 30-feet rotor diameter

-- As it sits on the deck, the V-247 Vigilant can hold a combination of fuel, armament, and sensors, up to 13,000 pounds

-- Blade Fold Wing Stow makes V-247 Vigilant DDG hangar compatible

-- Expeditionary capability with small logistical footprint

-- Open architecture and interfaces

-- Air-to-air refueling

-- Modular payload system to provide maximum flexibility

-- Power distribution system to provide maximum mission capability

-- Redundant flight control system

-- Electro Optical System and Targeting System

The Bell V-247 Vigilant offers a dynamic profile that is uniquely suited to complete highly versatile operations and support missions. It is designed to provide extended range flying from land or ship, matchless expeditionary capabilities and to remain on-station with heightened loiter times for extended periods. With its signature blade fold wing stow design, it will fit inside a DDG hangar space, and two can be loaded on a C-17 aircraft. The open architecture of the modular payload system enhances flexibility for aircraft customization by mission type. The bays on the Bell V-247 Vigilant are designed to carry high definition sensors, fuel, sonar buoys, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) modules, 360-degree surface radar modules, an MK-50 torpedo or Hellfire or JAGM missiles optimally. Regardless of the need, the Bell V-247 Vigilant easily integrates into priority mission sets to complete multiple airborne requirements.

"Leveraging lessons learned from our extensive history and experience with tiltrotors, we have found the best available solution to fulfill the Marine Corps need for a Group 5 UAS," said Vince Tobin, vice president, advanced tiltrotor systems at Bell Helicopter. "The Bell V-247 Vigilant will give military customers the capabilities needed to reduce the complexity of deployment, increase speed of employment, reduce mission times and increase response time - all critical elements to completing missions to save lives and protect our freedom."

Bell Helicopter utilized its decades of applied tiltrotor experience to develop this next generation UAS. The Bell V-247 Vigilant design and capabilities bring to bear experience from the V-22 tiltrotor program and UH-1Y/AH-1Z programs, capturing the V-280 Valor's unmatched design and performance standards in order to provide unparalleled competency to support ship-board compatibility.

Source:  Textron
Associated URL: http://investor.textron.com/news/news-releases/press-release-details/2016/Bell-H
Source Date: September 22, 2016
Posted: 09/23/2016

 
 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN DELIVERS FIRST AQS-24B MINE HUNTING SONAR UPGRADES TO THE US NAVY
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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AQS-24B Mine Hunting Sonar

Source: Northrop Grumman


AQS-24B Mine Hunting Sonar

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ANNAPOLIS - Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of three lots of mine hunting sonar upgrade kits to the U.S. Navy`s Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division. The ultimate end users will be the HM-12, -14 and -15 Mine Countermeasures Squadrons.

The production contracts from the Navy`s PMS-495 are for upgrading 27 AQS-24A mine hunting systems into the more advanced AQS-24B system. The kits contain all the components necessary to upgrade the existing 27 AQS-24A mine hunting systems into the more advanced AQS-24B system. Work is being done in three production lots. The first production lot has now completed delivery. Production lot two will deliver in the fall and production lot three in spring, 2017.

The upgrades eliminate diminishing material issues while increasing performance dramatically by adding the world`s first high speed synthetic aperture sonar, which increases sonar resolution by a factor of three while maintaining 18 knots speed performance.

Source:  www.ngc.com
Source Date: September 22, 2016
Posted: 09/23/2016

 
 
ENGILITY TO PROVIDE ADVANCED TRAINING AND ADVISORY SOLUTIONS TO U.S. MARINE CORPS
Friday, September 23, 2016
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Source: Engility


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CHANTILLY, Va. - Engility has been awarded a $16 million contract to deliver advanced training solutions and embedded advisory support to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic selected Engility to support and train warfighters on USMC command and control systems worldwide.

Engility will develop and deliver training support on newly-fielded equipment and software. Additionally, the company will develop virtual-world 3-D immersive training environments to host USMC training suitable for use in a media-rich classroom or in a mobile app to accommodate individual distance learning. Engility will also supply Command Post Systems Advisors, who will be embed with the Marine Expeditionary Force and major supporting commands. These advisors will support information management officers, who are responsible for the deployment and use of command and control systems within their respective units.

The third quarter cost-plus-fixed-fee win represents a re-compete award with an expanded level of effort for the multiple programs supported by Engility. The award is for one year with a one-year option.

Source:  www.engilitycorp.com
Source Date: September 23, 2016
Posted: 09/23/2016

 

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