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Yates Electrospace Silent Eagle

Unpowered, Unmanned Tactical Cargo Delivery System Glider

Yates Electrospace Silent Eagle

Unpowered, Unmanned Tactical Cargo Delivery System Glider

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
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HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The United States Marine Corps has shown an active interest in the Silent Eagle unmanned tactical delivery air system being offered by Yates Electrospace.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2020
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Yates Electrospace Corporation - USA
PRODUCTION: 10
OPERATORS: United States (possible)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Yates Electrospace Silent Eagle model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
ENGINE: None. This air vehicle is air-launched and unpowered during its glide down to the surface of the earth.




ARMAMENT



None. Payload consists of cargo loads up to 700lb.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Silent Eagle - Base Series Name; unpowered glider form.
• ER-700 - Electrically-powered, extended range model with inherent rough-field take-off and landing capability.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Yates Electrospace Silent Eagle Unpowered, Unmanned Tactical Cargo Delivery System Glider.  Entry last updated on 3/22/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Few military services have invested as much in Research & Development (R&D) concerning unmanned delivery systems as has the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Its warfighters are often called to bring the fighting to the enemy from ship-to-shore and beyond. The result is that these elements can eventually find themselves far from their critical supply lines or cut-off from friendly forces altogether, requiring a rapid response, tactically-minded cargo delivery system for resupply. The New Battlefield, one driven by advanced processors, electronics, and unmanned systems, requires such vehicles as USMC forces advance towards victory.

Enter the "Silent Arrow", a low-cost unmanned glider-type air vehicle developed as a private venture by Yates Electrospace - the concern founded by electric motorcycle and electric aircraft record-setter Chip Yates. The vehicle has been in the works since 2014 and the United States Marine Corps has taken an interest in the unpowered, unmanned capabilities of this compact delivery system. The service has moved to commission for ten of the air vehicles under its Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) branch to conduct additional active testing under more-likely-encountered operational conditions.

The vehicle can be airdropped from the hold of a passing fixed-wing (C-130 or similar) or rotary-wing (CH-53 or similar) aircraft from altitudes as high up as 25,000 feet. Up to 700lb of cargo can be carried in the body of the vehicle whose boxy, slab-sided fuselage acts as its own hard shell shipping crate - further reducing manufacturing and procurement costs (each unit is set to sell for under $10,000 USD). The glider components are delivered within the fuselage itself and installed when the vehicle is readied for launching. This process involves the addition of a forward and aft wing mainplane pair as a pyramidal nosecone. The result is a "streamlined" - yet-wholly utilitarian-looking - twin-winged vehicle capable of gliding down to the earth's surface under complete silence.




Yates Electrospace Silent Eagle (Cont'd)

Unpowered, Unmanned Tactical Cargo Delivery System Glider

Yates Electrospace Silent Eagle (Cont'd)

Unpowered, Unmanned Tactical Cargo Delivery System Glider



The program has been advancing at a healthy pace with ground-based testing ongoing (as of 2018) and certification planned for a near-future date. In late-2018, the aircraft are expected to be dropped out of the hold of a USMC MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft to better simulate likely conditions expected by USMC warfighters in-the-field. The company is also investing in research related to an electrically-powered air vehicle that would act as a host ship to these unpowered cargo delivery systems - creating an entire family of related unmanned systems suitable for military service and fulfilling a critical role in USMC operational doctrine. Beyond its military scope, Silent Eagle could also branch into humanitarian initiatives by its ability to reach far-off, inaccessible areas following natural disasters.

The ER-700 designation covers an electrically-powered, extended range variant of Silent Eagle. This version can take-off and land from rough airfields which further broadens the tactical capabilities of this interesting product.




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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.


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
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