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Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: KillerBee 4
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman* and Swift Engineering   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Bat
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): April 2009
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Bat 12 and STUAS
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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 KB4 is a 10-ft unmanned aerial system intended for a wide range of tactical roles from surveillance to attack missions. 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. The KB4 air vehicles are fitted with up to 50-lb of EO/IR modular mission payloads. In the Small Unmanned Combat Aerial System (SUCAS) role is equipped with a Mikor USA M32 grenade launcher with six XM1060 40mm thermobaric grenades or compact high power green laser illuminators and LRAD 500 medium range acoustic device.

KB4 Specifications

Crew: 0
Propeller Blades: 2
System Crew: 2
Length: 6.30 foot (1,920 millimeter)
Wingspan: 10 foot (3.05 meter)
Noise: 60 dBA
Ceiling: 10,000 foot (3,048 meter)
Max Range: 972 nautical mile (1,119 mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 15 hp (11.2 kW)
Power Consumption: 300 watt
Loiter Speed: 55 knot (102 kph)
Stall Speed: 45 knot (83 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 105 knot (194 kph)
Flight Endurance: 15 hour (0.63 day)
Payload Capacity: 3.40 cu ft (96 liter)
Fuel Load: 50 pound (0.02 ton)
Max Takeoff Weight: 164 pound (0.07 ton)
Payload: 50 pound (0.02 ton)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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KB4 News

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on 1 May 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009Raytheon Purchases Rights to KillerBee Unmanned Aircraft System

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