Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: CQ-10A WSADS and CQ-10B WSADS
Parent System: SnowGoose
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: ?
Total Cost: USD$1,000,000
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Description: The SnowGoose is an unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) designed to provide airlift capabilities in support of troops on the ground dropped from an aircraft or launched off the back of a Humvee vehicle on-the-move. It was developed by MMIST in the 1990s as a multi-purpose, autonomous, aerial cargo delivery system. The SnowGoose air vehicle can deliver small cargoes such as ammunition, leaflets, medical supplies, and other equipment with pinpoint accuracy using a GPS-based navigation system. In early 2003, the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) ordered five SnowGoose UAVs with potential orders for up to 74 delivery systems. In the United States receives the CQ-10A/B WSADS (Wind Supported Air Delivery System) designation.
The SnowGoose can deliver a payload of 600-lb carried in six individual cargo bays. The delivery system can be ground launched from a 1,200-fr unprepared level surface. A C-130 or C-17 aircraft can release the SnowGoose from an altitude of 25,000-ft. Its a minimum flight altitude is 61 meters (200-ft) and is undetectable at altitudes of 610 meters (2,000-ft) or more. It is powered by a 110-hp Rotax 914 turbo charged aircraft engine matched to a composite 3-blade propeller. Equipped with a gyro rotor head (CQ-10B) it achieves near vertical take off and landing capability. The flight endurance can reach 15 hours carrying a 100-lb payload using either the parachute or the gyro rotor head. A single SnowGoose system can be operated by just a crew of 4-man.
MMIST is offering a further version of SnowGoose equipped with electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) cameras in support of surveillance and reconnaissance missions with persistent loitering on station. The surveillance and reconnaissance version is fitted with laser designator and rangefinder. In the aerial cargo delivery system the SnowGoose covers ranges from tens of kilometers to 150-250 kilometers depending on the payload. The new version could go farther to distances of 250+ kilometers.
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