The U.S. Navy has selected L3Harris FVR-90 unmanned vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft to participate in phase two of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) demonstration, the company announced.
L3Harris among two teams selected for tech demonstration which will be conducted to identify a UAS capable of operating in austere deployed environments without additional support systems.
L3Harris FVR-90 aircraft belongs to the company’s FVR (Fixed-Wing, VTOL, Rotary) UAS family. It uses the patented Hybrid Quadrotor (HQ) technology which combines the VTOL functionality of a quadrotor with the efficiency, speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft.
The drone is equipped with interchangeable nose payloads, boom mounts for detachable payloads and integrated radio bays which allow maximum flexibility in dynamic environments and operations. It has a maximum nose payload capacity of 22 lbs, maximum speed of 65 knots and endurance of 8-16 hours.
FVR-90 is a highly capable Group 3 UAS, with the footprint and logistics tail of a Group 2 system. Its robust and flexible design meets the demands of the Forcible Entry (JFE) Operations to include Detect and Assess Challenges in JFE Operations, and can take off and land in winds of up to 30 knots.
• Hybrid Quadrotor™ (HQ) Technology.
• Fully runway independent. Point takeoff and landing. No equipment required.
• Proven ability to operate from land or sea.
• Universal mounting interface accommodates various customer payloads.
• 2 person operations team.
• 1 hour time to deploy from box to launch.
• Small Mobile Ground Control Station (Windows tablet or laptop with Datalink)