Blended Wing-Body Aircraft To Operate From Land, Sea
Raytheon announced Monday this week it has teamed with Swift
Engineering, Inc. to provide the US Navy and US Marine Corps with
an unmanned aircraft system for their respective Small Tactical
Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Tier 2 missions.
Raytheon leads the team and offers aircraft and mission systems
integration with connectivity to the customers' combat systems and
command and control systems. Swift Engineering, based in San
Clemente, CA is providing its innovative KillerBee unmanned aerial
KillerBee has the ability to insert persistent intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) into the battlespace and
rapidly deliver actionable intelligence to combatant commanders.
Raytheon Missile Systems leads the integrated team, which includes
other Raytheon business units for the ground control system, C4ISR
integration, and Mission Support, plus the efforts of Swift
Engineering and Optical Alchemy.
"KillerBee offers the warfighter an
affordable unmanned aircraft system, and the Swift Engineering
vehicle has both longer endurance and the ability to carry a larger
payload," said Ken Pedersen, Raytheon vice president of Advanced
Programs. "The Raytheon team is using proven, existing technology,
so KillerBee can be fielded in the near term."
The Swift Engineering blended wing body design sets KillerBee
apart from similar sized unmanned aerial vehicles and is designed
to operate ashore or aboard ships with a minimal footprint.
The KillerBee Ground Control System will leverage the benefits
of Raytheon's Tactical Control System while incorporating
advancements realized from the development of Raytheon's
Multi-Vehicle Control System The GCS can simultaneously control
multiple, dissimilar vehicles and is based on standard NATO
architecture, providing vehicle flight control and a visual
presentation of flight data.
"Raytheon has more than 35 years of unmanned aircraft system
command and control expertise dating back to the Vietnam War," said
Mark Bigham, director of business development for Raytheon's
Intelligence and Information Systems business. "With the KillerBee
Ground Control System and our expertise in video dissemination
capabilities, we will deliver a new level of situation awareness
and targeting to the warfighter."