Bell 247 Vigilant unveiled

#1
Bell unveils the 247 Vigilant unmanned attack tilt rotor at the Modern Day Marine event at Quantico the other day. It was a couple of years ago when Bell announced the development of the Bell 247 Vigilant in effect a 24/7 shipborne asset for the Marine Corps. It has an endurance of 11 hours Time on Stations with 600 ib of Mission Payload at 450 nm Mission Radius.
They are also envisaging it can also be operated from a destroyer or cruiser....not just one of their WASP class LHA/D etc etc

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Bell V-247 Vigilant - Bell







 
#2
The header image shows forward firing weapons (Hellfire by the look of things) in the rotor disk arcs!!

I can only imagine what the MAA would say about that if we presented such a concept!! :)

Nevertheless, that looks a useful design.

Regards,
MM
 
#4
So basically it would have to stop and hover to fire weapons?
It certainly would have to from underwing pylons! However, I notice other images of it show a weapons bay and shoulder pylons.

Regards,
MM
 
#6
I expect that the missiles would be ejected by a pyro charge similar to the AIM54s on the Tomcat which IIRC used to be popped off with a double charge pyro (bang-bang not double strength) to clear them off the fuselage stations. This would drop them below the prop arcs.
 
#8
I expect that the missiles would be ejected by a pyro charge similar to the AIM54s on the Tomcat which IIRC used to be popped off with a double charge pyro (bang-bang not double strength) to clear them off the fuselage stations. This would drop them below the prop arcs.
That's not how Hellfire works. However, even if it did, I suspect that there'd be significant airflow and separation issues from the prop wash.

I suspect we'll only see drop tanks and ISR pods on the wing pylons with weapons in the weapons bay and shoulder pylons, well out of the way of the prop wash.

Regards,
MM
 
#9
Wingtip rails for what appear to be AAMs, shown carried on the lower corners of the fuselage?

A launch rail on top of the wing bang in the middle, like the wing top rails on Jaguars or Lightnings?

APKWS would be an obvious weapon for this type of craft.
 
#10
Bell unveils the 247 Vigilant unmanned attack tilt rotor at the Modern Day Marine event at Quantico the other day . . . . . It has an endurance of 11 hours Time on Stations with 600 ib of Mission Payload at 450 nm Mission Radius.
They are also envisaging it can also be operated from a destroyer or cruiser....not just one of their WASP class LHA/D etc etc . . .

Bell V-247 Vigilant - Bell
Both endurance, and mission radius would be considerably extended with the ability re-fuel in the air . . . ?!



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#11
Wingtip rails for what appear to be AAMs, shown carried on the lower corners of the fuselage?

A launch rail on top of the wing bang in the middle, like the wing top rails on Jaguars or Lightnings?

APKWS would be an obvious weapon for this type of craft.
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