This new, state-of-the-art unmanned autonomous helicopter has been developed with its main focus on the Navy; however, other branches of the armed forces have also shown keen interest in the project. With features such as reduced radar and infrared signature its able to avoid detection and penetrate deep within enemy territory where it can conduct surveillance and, if needed to, engage the enemy.
Based on the already proven Rolls-Royce M250 engine, the new M250-C40 provides almost twice the output whilst still maintaining the low weight and fuel consumption which has made it so successful in the past. Subsequently, the Pegasus got a higher carrying capacity which is close to the one seen on the quite a lot bigger MQ-8B Fire Scout.
The sensor suite comprises of a laser targeting designator, RDR-1700 maritime-surveillance radar and a high-resolution day/night camera turret as well as other systems. The radar got a 3600 coverage with a maximum range of 80 km with a detailed range of 25 km. Its able to track up to 20 different objects, both air and ground targets and its able to operate even in harsh weather conditions such as severe clouding or even desert storms making it an ideal all-round radar.
Regarding the armament, its armed with one 12.7mm remote-controlled, gyro-stabilized GAU-19/B (three barreled) with a 500 round internal magazine. The Pegasus have two pylons which, as standard, is equipped with two quadruple (for a total of eight) Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II. These weapons allow the Pegasus UAV to engage a wide variety of targets.
Specifications: Length: 5.76m (Lego model: ~16 studs) Rotor diameter: 6.12m (Lego model: 17 studs) Height: 2.52m (Lego model: ~7 studs) Empty Weight: 625 kg Carrying capacity: 180 kg Max. takeoff weight: 1150kg Powerplant: Rolls-Royce M250-C40 Output: 715 hp (533 kW) Max. speed: 140 knots (260 km/h) Cruise speed: 120 knots (225 km/h) Range: 300 km with 4+ hours on station Endurance: 8 hours Service Ceiling: 6000m
1x 12.7mm remote-controlled, gyro-stabilized GAU-19/B (three barreled)
- The maximum rate of fire is 2000 rounds per minute with an effective range of 1800 meters and a maximum range of 6000 meters. This new version is lighter than the older model (weighing only 48 kilos including the feeder and transfer unit), making it ideal for smaller helicopters such as UAVs. The Pegasus UAV has an internal magazine with 500 linked rounds.
2x quadruple Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (eight missiles in total)
- The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II, or APKWS II for short, are laser guided missiles based upon the Hydra 70 rockets. They can be fired individually or in bursts and are able to attack a wide variety of different targets (both stationary as well as moving) both on land and at sea, and have a CEP (Circular Error Probability) of less than one meter, which combined with its relatively small warhead make it able to engage and take out targets where precision is required. The APKWS II have a stand-off range in excess of 6 km. Another huge advantage compared to other laser-guided weapons is the cost (~US$ 28500) which is roughly a third.
Here's the Pegasus flying with the city skyline behind it... Finally thoes wallpapers came to their right. =)
Picture from the side, probably one of my favorite ones. Most admit that I'm pleased with the shape of the Pegasus, think it looks quite "stealthy".
Picture from below. Here you can see the 20mm gun in front, and right behind it is the radar (the black round plates). You can also see the quadruple missile launchers, one on each side.
Close-up on the nose. I think that the nose turned out pretty well (was struggling a bit, especially with the gun mount) and I think that R2-D2's head made the perfect camera.
Image with the blades folded for storage.
One more picture of the Pegasus flying, this time with a small preview of HMS Svea in the background (my latest "big" project, more updates will hopefully follow soon).
And one last image with the second Pegasus UAV. (Yes, I do know that the blades are turning different ways, but only had seven of each wedge. Will switch it though as soon as I get my hands on one more right wedge plate.)
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