Osprey-styled drones may be protecting fleets in the near future
A drone-based on the MV-22B Osprey design may be the new guardian of the fleet, providing vital data to carrier groups and supporting counter-attacks.
Known as the Bell V-247 Vigilant, the drone is a dual-tiltrotor UAV that is about the size of a UH-1 helicopter.
According to Military.com, the V-247 can carry Hellfire missiles, torpedoes, jamming pods, and air-to-air missiles which makes it a fine unmanned escort vehicle.
A contender in the Marine Corps’ MUX program, which stands for Marine Air-Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary, the V-247 is part of a push to have more unmanned aircraft that can operate tirelessly alongside manned aircraft.
In the case of the Vigilant, the idea is to have the Marines be more than mere “passengers” when aboard ships in a battle fleet.
While only in a prototype form as of right now, the aircraft should be able to meet the USMC budget limit of $25 million.
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