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General Atomics Sea Avenger

United States (2020)
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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.


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.

Any available statistics for the General Atomics Sea Avenger Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Vehicle are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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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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Origin: United States
Year: 2020
Type: Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Vehicle
Manufacturer(s): General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Incorporated - USA
Production: 1
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
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Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
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.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
54.99 ft


Meters
16.76 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
75.00 ft


Meters
22.86 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
29,983 lb


Kilograms
13,600 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545B turbofan engine developing 6,400 lb of thrust (estimated).

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
463 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
745 kph


Knots
402 kts


Performance
CEILING


Feet
59,990 ft


Meters
18,285 m


Miles
11.36 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

Internal weapons bay for air-to-surface guided/homing missiles or precision-guided drop bombs.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Sea Avenger - Base Series Designation