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Kratos UTAP-22 Mako

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

Kratos UTAP-22 Mako

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

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OVERVIEW



The Kratos UTAP-22, formed from the BQM-167A aerial target, is being developed as a swarm UAV for the USAF.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2020
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Kratos Unmanned Systems Division - USA
PRODUCTION: 2
OPERATORS: Untied States (possible)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Kratos UTAP-22 Mako model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 20.11 feet (6.13 meters)
WIDTH: 10.50 feet (3.2 meters)
ENGINE: 1 x Turbojet engine of unknown make, model, and thrust output.
SPEED (MAX): 699 miles-per-hour (1125 kilometers-per-hour; 607 knots)
RANGE: 1,616 miles (2,600 kilometers; 1,404 nautical miles)
CEILING: 50,033 feet (15,250 meters; 9.48 miles)




ARMAMENT



Up to 550lb of external and internal precision drop-ordnance. This includes up to 100lb under each wing element and an internal hold supporting up to 350lb.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• UTAP-22 - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Kratos UTAP-22 Mako Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).  Entry last updated on 8/7/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Kratos Unmanned Systems Division is working with the United States Air Force to perfect a "swarm" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) based on the company's BQM-167A aerial drone. The BQM-167A is described as a high-performance, remotely-piloted aerial target designed to mimic the capabilities of modern enemy aircraft for fighter pilots-in-training. The product is manufactured by Composite Engineering, Incorporated (since acquired by Kratos) from carbon fibers. Take-off is accomplished by rocket-assist and recovery is by parachute so the air vehicle does not require the facilities of a prepared runway (and the costs involved with it). The resulting aircraft is designated UTAP-22 ("Unmanned Tactical Aerial Platform-22").

As designed, the system is seen as a swarm UAV to be used in limited conjunction with manned aircraft, overwhelming target areas through sheer numbers while striking with precision-guided munitions (held externally and internally). The drones are high-speed, high-performance units and come at a lower per-unit cost when compared to manned strike platforms. As such, the drones can be made in greater numbers and expended during a mission if need be and there is a reduced risk to pilots engaging over contested airspaces.

The UTAP-22 was showcased in a swarm demonstration over China Lake in late-2015 as a McDonnell Douglas AV-8B "Harrier" jump jet was used in the lead. Plans are underway to feature a broader exhibition of this swarm concept.

The UTAP-22 is designed with an underslung engine installation, slightly swept-back wing mainplanes and a traditional single-finned tail unit. The fuselage is missile-like, borrowing much from the original BQM-167A in terms of its shape. The war load will reach 550lb of externally- and internally-held munitions - up to 100lb under each wing and 350lb in a bomb bay. Listed performance specs include a maximum speed of 1,125 kmh, a service ceiling of 15,250 meters, and a range out to 2,600 kilometers. The airframe measures a length of 6.13 meters and the wingspan is 3.2 meters.




PROGRAM UPDATES

May 2017 - Kratos has officially named its UTAP-22 vehicle the 'Mako'.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (699mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 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
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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