Started by chrisonord, January 14, 2010, 06:47:54 AM
Quote from: chrisonord on January 14, 2010, 06:47:54 AMAs the carrier will be much smaller and compact, the deck won't need to be overly long nor will it need a steam catapult system.The UCAV's can be launched using a MAGLEV system like that used on the trains but will be able to move the craft quicker to launch them.
Quote from: Hobbes on January 14, 2010, 10:33:56 AMThe UCAVs that have been shown so far aren't all that small. They also don't look like their takeoff speed will be much lower than manned aircraft, so you'll still need a pretty significant ship to get enough deck space for the catapult and arrestor system. A useful UAV carrier would need new, smaller UCAV designs, but smaller UCAVs mean less payload. Make the aircraft too small, and it can't carry enough to be useful.
Quote from: GTX on January 14, 2010, 10:46:32 AMAh, but with precision weapons do you really need large payloads?
QuoteBut would you need all that if you used a magnetic field launch and arrestor system?
Quote from: Hobbes on January 14, 2010, 01:01:48 PMQuote from: GTX on January 14, 2010, 10:46:32 AMAh, but with precision weapons do you really need large payloads?Well, the smallest smart bomb in use today is the 250 lb SDB. Missiles are in that weight range as well if you want any range at all. Of course it's possible to design smaller weapons, I wonder what the smallest effective weapon would be?
Page created in 0.029 seconds with 23 queries.