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Raytheon Silver Fox

Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) Drone

Raytheon Silver Fox

Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) Drone

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Raytheon Silver Fox has been used actively in American operations centered on Afghanistan and the Philippines.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2010
STATUS: Active, Limited Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Advanced Ceramics Research (ACR) / BAe Systems / Sensintel / Raytheon - USA
PRODUCTION: 50
OPERATORS: Colombia; United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Raytheon Silver Fox model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 24 pounds (11 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 29 pounds (13 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Gasoline engine driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 59 miles-per-hour (95 kilometers-per-hour; 51 knots)




ARMAMENT



None. Mission equipment centered on optics fit and sensors for real-time data collection.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Silver Fox - Base Series Name
• Silver Fang - USAF model


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Raytheon Silver Fox Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) Drone.  Entry last updated on 7/23/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Raytheon "Silver Fox" Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has been developed as a lower-cost, portable drone solution serving as an alternative to the more complex - and expensive - medium-/large-sized UAVs currently available. The product was originally developed by the Advanced Ceramics Research (ACR) concern which was absorbed in 2009 by defense powerhouse BAe Systems for $14.7 million USD. The Unmanned Aircraft Programs division of BAe Systems was then purchased by Sensintel in mid-2013 and, in turn, the company was claimed by Raytheon in January of 2015 - resulting in the Silver Fox product now falling under the Raytheon brand label.

Its portability is such that it can be transported in a standard civilian or military truck (including the HUMVEE high-mobility vehicle) and launched within fifteen minutes by way of a launch rail system. Its operation requires just two personnel for optimal performance. Overall weight of the unit reaches 30 pounds. Its flight path can be pre-programmed by the launch team (via all-modern, user-friendly touchscreen) or operated manually in real-time. The platform's optics set can be stabilized through a traditional pivoting gimbal arrangement or fixed and integral networking allows multiple air vehicles in the series to communicate their results to a single on-the-ground source.

The system's flexibility allows it to be launched and operated from land or sea bases including warships. Data collection is in real-time, offering ground commanders excellent reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities without committing more costly aircraft to the same task.

The configuration of Silver Fox is largely conventional, relying on a shoulder-mounted, straight wing mainplane, rounded fuselage, and traditional single-finned tail unit. The prop is fitted to the nose in the usual way while the optics fit / sensor ball is mounted towards the rear of the fuselage (ventrally). Unlike other small UASs - which are traditionally electrically-driven - the Silver Fox is gasoline-powered. Performance specs include a maximum speed of nearly 60 miles per hour.

Beyond its obvious military value, the Silver Fox is also marketed to various civilian industries including the oil/gas industry, science divisions, disaster relief/assessment agencies, law enforcement agencies, research agencies and so on.

The series has been actively used by elements of the United States Air Force (USAF) in the Afghanistan theater of war, primarily tested in the searching-and-tracking of insurgent ground forces attempting to set up roadside bombs, since mid-2010. The service has utilized a slightly modified version of Silver Fox known as "Silver Fang" with a key change being the introduction of a radio frequency sensor. The Silver Fox has also been deployed (militarily) by the United States in the Philippines to support local government forces in fighting an active Islamic insurgency there.




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General Assessment (BETA)
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Values are derrived from a variety of categories related to the design, overall function, and historical influence of this aircraft in aviation history.
MF Power Rating (BETA)
22
The MF Power Rating takes into account over sixty individual factors related to this aircraft entry. The rating is out of 100 total possible points.
Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (59mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
Aviation Era
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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
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.