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The Mikoyan Skat UAV has now evolved into an armed Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle project.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Mikoyan Skat Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV). Entry last updated on 7/6/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
The original unarmed Skat was ordered as an armed version in 2013.
The Skat UCAV is to be powered by a single RD-5000B series turbofan engine of approximately 11,200lbs thrust buried in the fuselage's center mass (the engine similar to that as used on the Mikoyan MiG-29 "Fulcrum" fighter series). Avionics, fuel and other flight-critical components will also reside in this section. The vehicle's profile will feature a tailless approach which means no vertical tail surfaces will be used. The planform is reminiscent of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber of the United States Air Force with its saw-tooth trailing edges and arrowhead-like leading edge. The undercarriage will be appropriately retractable as the aircraft will stand on three wheeled legs (two main and one nose leg). The munitions payload will be housed in two separate bays outboard of centerline. The engine will be aspirated through a split-duct intake opening at the front of the aircraft. All physical features of the aircraft will reside above the wing to promote as flat a downward-facing shape as possible.
Performance specifics currently include a maximum speed of 500 miles per hour with a service ceiling up to 40,000 feet and an overall range out to 2,500 miles.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (497mph).
Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
Graph showcases the Mikoyan Skat's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.