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General Atomics Sea Avenger

Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Vehicle

General Atomics Sea Avenger

Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Vehicle

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The General Atomics Sea Avenger is a navalized version of the land-based Avenger offering and intended to complete for the US DoD UCLASS program.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2020
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Incorporated - USA
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the General Atomics Sea Avenger model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 54.99 feet (16.76 meters)
WIDTH: 75.00 feet (22.86 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 29,983 pounds (13,600 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545B turbofan engine developing 6,400 lb of thrust (estimated).
SPEED (MAX): 463 miles-per-hour (745 kilometers-per-hour; 402 knots)
CEILING: 59,990 feet (18,285 meters; 11.36 miles)




ARMAMENT



Internal weapons bay for air-to-surface guided/homing missiles or precision-guided drop bombs.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Sea Avenger - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the General Atomics Sea Avenger Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Vehicle.  Entry last updated on 5/22/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The United States Navy's "Unmanned, Carrier-Launched, Airborne Surveillance and Strike" (UCLASS) program was launched to deliver a viable, carrier-based UAV combat system capable of working in concert with existing naval aircraft and systems. The UCLASS vehicle is expected to take on a myriad of roles once reserved for manned aircraft systems including intelligence gathering, aerial reconnaissance, targeting and light strike capabilities. The UCLASS program is expected to announce a contract sometime in the third quarter of fiscal year 2015.

To that end, General Atomics, recognized worldwide by its popular "Predator" series of unmanned aircraft, has begun development of a demonstrator in the mold of their emerging Avenger line ("Predator C") for the United States Air Force. This new variant has been called "Sea Avenger" and is expected to be dimensionally larger than its land-based predecessor, appropriately modified for the rigors of at-sea operation. The aircraft will make use of a jet engine buried within the contours of its fuselage and stealth characteristics will be applied where possible. Additionally, a sensor package will be retractable into the fuselage for stealth and communications will be handled via satellite - coordinated with existing USN systems and hardware. The enlarged nature of the Sea Avenger will also promote greater internal volume for larger munitions than seen in the Avenger product. Beyond its internal weapons bays, the drone will feature external hardpoints as well and one concept is of a "buddy" in-flight refueling aircraft to serve accompanying fighters.

A highly optimistic design at this stage, the Sea Avenger will compete against offerings from Lockheed and perhaps Northrop and Boeing in attempting to come in at/under cost and offer the required endurance and mission capabilities. The Northrop offering is expected to be formed from their existing X-47B carrier-based demonstrator. The Lockheed submission is known as the "Sea Ghost" with the Boeing model possibly emerging from their "Phantom Ray" endeavor.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (463mph).

    Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue