PHOTOS: Bits and bobs around Quad-A

Back by popular demand, a photo round-up of some of more interesting items on display inside the exhibit hall of the Army Aviation Association of America’s (Quad-A) annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

1. The Hatchet

Alliant TechSystems (ATK) displayed this miniature guided bomb for RQ-7 Shadow-class unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), with this rendering showing an attack on a mobile surface-to-air missile launcher. According to ATK, the Hatchet is designed 24 bombs inside the launcher of an AGM-114 Hellfire missile. If the launcher can carry one 108lb Hellfire, that may imply a roughly 4lb weight for the Hatchet.

ATK hatchet 560 quad a 2011.JPG2. The Fury

ChandlerMay’s booth showed this full-scale mock-up of the Fury 1500 unmanned air vehicle (UAV) with a retractable electro-optical/infrared sensor payload. A different version with two canoe-mounted synthetic aperture radar (SAR) pods were used in the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s Sand Dragon program, which demonstrated a counter-improvised explosive device (IED) capability. The Fury is a product of ChandlerMay subsidiary AeroMech, which builds the Desert Hawk UAV for Lockheed Martin.

Fury 1500 quad a 2011 560.JPG3. Joint Multi-Role options

This quad-chart shows the universe of configurations in consideration for the US Army’s joint multi-role (JMR) demonstrator program, which aims to achieve first flight in 2017.

quad chart quad a 2011 560.JPG4. Next-generation engines

A US Army briefing slide reveals the first known images of early digital mock-ups of the competitors vying to replace the General Electric T700 engine, which powers the AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk. It’s not clear which mock-up belongs to the GE3000 or to the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC), the Pratt & Whitney/Honeywell joint venture developing the HPW3000.

aate mock up 1 quad a 2011 560.JPG

aate mock up 2 quad a 2011 thumb 560.JPG


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3 Responses to PHOTOS: Bits and bobs around Quad-A

  1. George Zip 21 April, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    The upper image (with the pronounced IPS duct) is the ATEC HPW3000; the lower image is the GE3000.

  2. Juergen 21 April, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Picture 1 doesn’t show a SAM launcher. That’s a Scud TEL… surface-to-surface.

  3. William C. 22 April, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Great info. I’ve heard the latest variant of the digital UH-60M, the MH-60M uses a different and more powerful engine than the current T700 family.

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