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Windhorse Aerospace Pouncer

Expendable Aid Delivery Drone Aircraft

Windhorse Aerospace Pouncer

Expendable Aid Delivery Drone Aircraft

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OVERVIEW



The Windhorse Aerospace Pouncer aid delivery drone is set to change the humanitarian mission in active war zones and then some.
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ORIGIN: United Kingdom
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Windhorse Aerospace - UK
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: United Kingdom (origin)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Windhorse Aerospace Pouncer Mk.2 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 4.92 feet (1.5 meters)
WIDTH: 6.56 feet (2 meters)
HEIGHT: 2.46 feet (0.75 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 77 pounds (35 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 165 pounds (75 kilograms)
ENGINE: None.
RANGE: 62 miles (100 kilometers; 54 nautical miles)
CEILING: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters; 4.73 miles)




ARMAMENT



None. Payload (capacity dictated by variant) to consist mainly of medical and food supplies.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Pounder - Base Series Name
• Mk.1 - 44lb cargo capacity.
• Mk.2 - 110lb cargo capacity; 165lb gross weight; 6.5 foot wingspan.
• Mk.3 - 220lb cargo capacity; 9.8 foot wingspan.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Windhorse Aerospace Pouncer Expendable Aid Delivery Drone Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 8/7/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
One of the biggest challenges facing humanitarian organizations operating in active warzones is in delivering medical goods and food supplies to besieged civilians. Windhorse Aerospace of Britain has a possible solution to this need through its "Pouncer" UAV. The private-venture aircraft, a low-cost, low-risk system, could quite possibly change the humanitarian mission considerably if the project comes to fruition.

The Pounder is an unpowered, lightweight glider drone intended to be air- or catapult-launched. Its payload consists solely of medical supplies and food stuffs and the airframe is designed to break apart, after achieving a nose-up attitude and deploying a parachute, upon landing so as to not be reused by enemy elements. The body of the aircraft is also designed to be burned as a heat source while a later version may very well be constructed of extruded vegetable for direct consumption - making the Pouncer an "edible" UAV. The onboard guidance system is of a basic GPS arrangement allowing for autonomous functionality and this component is destroyed along with the airframe when crash-landed.

The Pouncer was modeled after the capabilities inherent in human "wing suits" and company engineers utilized this available data and coupled it to a delta-winged shape featuring a tubular centralized fuselage and winglets at the wingtips. No undercarriage is featured which saves on weigh, costs, and production time. The system can remain airborne for twenty miles and glide far beyond that when released from the open rear of a host ship like the Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport at altitudes of 25,000 feet.

Three distinct versions of the Pounder are planned as the Mk.1, Mk.2, and Mk.3. The Mk.1 and Mk.2 models are the air-launched variants differing in size (the Mk.1 is the smallest of the lot). Mk.1 will have a payload capacity of up to 44lb while Mk.2 will showcase a payload nearing 110lb. Mk.3, the largest of the group, is set to have the capacity for up to 220lb of cargo.




PROGRAM UPDATES

March 2017 - The "Pouncer" has seen a proof-of-concept model completed with plans made to finalized a flyable form before year's end. Serial production may begin soon after depending on market need.
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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Graph showcases the Windhorse Aerospace Pouncer Mk.2's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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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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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
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