Bell restarts the V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor multirole UAV program
WASHINGTON — According to Todd Warden, Bell’s director of sales and strategy for advanced vertical takeoff/landing systems on The Drive’s website, the company is restoring the V-247 Vigilant variable rotor and multi-purpose drone program, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenceReview.
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The prospect is that the new V-247 Vigilant will be offered, with a new smaller design, to the US Navy. Note that the V-247 is designed for the Marine Corps and the MAGTF [Marine Air-Land Operations Team] program.
According to Bell, the V-247, in its most compact version, will be able to be housed in the same space as the MH-60R SeaHawk and perform the same missions under the FVL-MS [Future Vertical Lift-Maritime Strike] program of the US Navy. For the MAGTF program, the V-247 is designed with a maximum takeoff weight of 30,000 pounds, while for the FVL-MS program it has 28,000 pounds.
The reduction was made by reducing fuel tanks. The development of the smaller version is guided by the capacity of the V-247 in the Arlie Burke hangar, but also in ships with less displacement, such as frigates.
The V-247 can carry a payload of up to 9,000 pounds and achieves a standard cruising speed of 444 kilometers per hour and a maximum continuous speed of 556 kilometers per hour. Without refueling, its mileage is 1127 kilometers.
The missions it can undertake are intelligence gathering, surveillance, intelligence and targeting, surface warfare, submarine warfare, mine warfare, air-to-air missions, cyber warfare, search and rescue, command and control, close and mutual support, support of special operations, and coastal defense.
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