Dahedd wrote:It would be interesting to see if the final bigger sized Zepher could carry something like a Raptor pod or even the new airborne radar from the Merlins.
Dahedd wrote:Never head of the Ikhana before. If it's a high altitude variant of the Predator then it would be handy.
As for the Zephyr I thought the plan was for an even bigger version with more solar power & a bigger payload.
shark bait wrote:There are solid plans for a bigger zephyr. The one proposed in this thread is just the first commerical itteration they are using to fund the development of the bigger variant.
Lugzy wrote:Your right SB , Airbus does seem to want to expand and advance the zephyr , if they can achieve what they say they can these could be a very useful aircraft indeed . Just got this off the Airbus website , it looks like they are planning for around 2018 for the future zephyr , nice list of added capabilities too , just hope it materialises .
http://militaryaircraft-airbusds.com/Po ... tomers.pdf
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Zephyr 8 UAVs his Department plans to buy; what the estimated cost per unit is of that equipment; what the programme through life cost is of that equipment; and where he plans units of that equipment will be based.
As part of our commitment to providing next-generation battlefield intelligence capabilities to the UK Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defence is planning to contract for the demonstration of two Zephyr Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. This contract will allow the UK to understand whether Zephyr can fulfil the requirement for a high-altitude persistent surveillance capability, as announced in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
The £10.6 million contract, due to be signed imminently with Airbus Defence and Space, is for an operational concept demonstration rather than individual platforms, so unit costs are not held. Furthermore, as the Zephyr demonstrators will not be in-service, they will not be based at a particular location and there will be no related support or through-life costs.
Tests are due to take place in 2017 to assess Zephyr's capabilities and explore its potential.
Read More: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... um=twitterThe UK government’s Centre for Defence Excellence (CDE) is supporting the development of payload projects, which will seemingly be adapted for use on its new Airbus Defence & Space Zephyr high-altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS).
A series of CDE-funded technology case studies were presented by the government on 20 April, suitable for high-altitude aerial platforms and more specifically HAPS, of which the UK is acquiring two.
The UK Ministry of Defence announced in February it had contracted Airbus to provide two Zephyr 8s. The lightweight, solar-powered, long-endurance surveillance aircraft will be used to provide persistent battlefield overwatch.
Spinflight wrote:I really wouldn't get too excited about imaging or radar on such a small payload.
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