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Also Known As: KillerBee Tier II and Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial System
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman*, Raytheon and Swift Engineering   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Bat
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): April 2009
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Bat 12 and KB4
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Description: The Northrop Grumman Bat is a family of tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (TUAV) having wingspans from 6.5 to 33.2 feet and suitable for irregular warfare environment. Swift Engineering originally developed this TUAV family as the KillerBee offering real-time ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), communications relay and strike capabilities. On April 27, 2009, Northrop Grumman re-named the product line to Bat with its Aerospace Systems sector and Swift Engineering continuing design refinement, product line development, flight test support and manufacturing.

The Bat/KillerBee Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) features a blended-wing aircraft body design with rear two-blade propeller developing 12-15 hp. It also has common systems for land or sea launch, recovery and ground control. The unique design of Bat based upon Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) enables growth for future payloads and additional mission capabilities. Bat is ideal for force protection in an expeditionary environment, and represents a major upgrade to today's embedded airborne surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition capability.

The Bat STUAS (Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial System) is an organic class II UAV system offered by Raytheon for the US Navy and the US Marine Corps STUAS Tier II requirement. The system consist of ramp launch/catapult and carrier trailer, three UAS, a net recovery system, fuel tanks, diesel generator, and a ground control station (GCS) operated by a crew of two persons. All these elements are towed/deployed by HMMWV (Humvee) tactical vehicles. Both trailer and GCS can be deployed by a single MV-22 aircraft.

STUAS Specifications

Crew: 0
Propeller Blades: 2
System Crew: 2
Wingspan: 6.50 foot (78 inch)
Max Power at TakeOff: 12 hp
Top Speed at High Altitude: 105 knot (194 kph)
Flight Endurance: 10 hour (600 minute)
Payload: 30 pound (13.6 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 4 news between
12 May 2008 and 5 May 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009Test Proves Raytheon KillerBee Unmanned Aircraft System Can Be Recovered at Sea
Friday, May 1, 2009Raytheon Purchases Rights to KillerBee Unmanned Aircraft System
Tuesday, September 30, 2008KillerBee MUAV Demonstrates Capabilities in Simulated Combat Environment
Monday, May 12, 2008Raytheon, Swift Engineering to Offer KillerBee UAS to US Navy and Marine Corps

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