Pre-AUVSI, Skunk Works pushes VARIOUS

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has posted a new marketing video featuring the VARIOUS (acronym alert: VTOL advanced reconnaissance insertion organic unmanned system). The video appears on YouTube on the eve of the AUVSI convention in Denver next week, where we expect to see the major UAV manufacturers address the US Navy’s emerging requirement for a stealthy, carrier-based surveillance and strike aircraft called UCLASS.

VARIOUS is not a new concept. The fan-in-wing/jet-powered hybrid was originally described as a next generation Fire Scout for the US Marine Corps. The USMC, however, is rethinking whether it needs vertical takeoff capability for a “Group 4″-level UAS. Lockheed may seek to re-apply VARIOUS to the UCLASS program.


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7 Responses to Pre-AUVSI, Skunk Works pushes VARIOUS

  1. Dave 19 August, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    That thing is pretty cool. I thought it had died since the first version of the video was originally released year ago.

  2. Matthew G. Saroff 20 August, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    Ummm….Those tanks were T-34/76s.

    There are some T-34/85s in service, but no T-34/76s.

    I’m just saying.

  3. JRL 20 August, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    The internal flexible Gatling gun seemed very impressive. T-34 operators must be shaking in their boots…

  4. Dave 20 August, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    I’m sure they are, along with the T-6 opertors… it could seriously impact their ability to ever land a “real” aircraft after finishing up their training.

  5. Tim D-T 20 August, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    Do they give out awards at AUVSI for “Lamest attempt at an acronym”?

  6. DensityDuck 23 August, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    Huh. This thing looks a lot like how the “deltas” were described in Walter Jon Williams’s “Hardwired”, complete with the pop-up minigun turrets!

  7. fightingirish 24 August, 2010 at 10:08 am #


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