M1400 BD2 Overview

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M1400 Lighter-Than-Air Aircraft
WORLD’S MOST
AFFORDABLE ISR:
Meeting Today’s ISR
Demand with Innovation,
Integration, and Cost
Effectiveness
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M1400 Airship Characteristics
 Largest UAV in the world
• Over 100K ft3 of available payload area:
unprecedented mission flexibility
• Up to 6,500 lb payload weight capacity
• Eight (8) major independent ISR payloads
Maneuvering Engine
Turbine Propulsion
 Most Bits per Dollar per Day
• Very low operating cost
 Most powerful UAV-based computer in
existence
• Enables on-board processing
• Minimizes air-to-ground data
 Semi-Automated sensor-to-sensor cueing for
enhanced threat detection
• Increases number of payloads that can be
simultaneously deployed and operated
 Modular payload integration architecture
• Significantly reduces aircraft-payload
integration time and cost
 Very long endurance
• 2-7 days depending on payload & altitude
Power Car + Diesel
Main Drive Engines
1,610 ft3
(23 ft x 10 ft x 7 ft)
Payload Car Volume
 Largest UAV electrical power generation
capacity (120 kVA)
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Blue Devil Block II: On-going USAF program
leveraging the Mav6 M1400 airship for
persistent intelligence, surveillance, and
reconnaissance (ISR) operations.
“…at a 500-nautical mile combat radius, the Air Force’s BD2 would
have a payload-duration about 60 times greater than the Predator’s
and more than 10 times greater than the Reaper’s.”
Congressional Budget Office
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M1400 Operational Concept Example
Potential Coverage of SW Border
SENSOR COVERAGE
Operating
Altitude
EO/IR (Wide
Aperture)
SAR-MTI Radar
SIGINT
20,000 ft MSL
110 mi radius (38,000 mi2
coverage) @ 0.5m GSD
> 150 mi radius (> 76,000 mi2
coverage)
200 mi radius (125,000 mi2
coverage)
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M1400 Comprehensive ISR Capability
Hrs
Potential M1400 ISR Sensor Coverage
Operating
Altitude (ft)
20,000
“Eyes”
110 mi radius (38,000 mi2
coverage)
“Ears”
200 mi radius (125,000 mi2
coverage)
A single M1400 can provide the types
of ISR capability of these 7 ISR systems
(SIGINT, COMINT, GMTI, EO/IR, HSI, etc.):
simultaneously;
at 3 to 10 times the duration; accomplish
the processing on-board; and do it all for a
fraction of the cost…
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80-120 hrs
On-station Vs=
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M1400: Value Proposition
SIGNINT + COMINT + GMTI + EO/IR + HSI
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2
Days
3
4
5
12 hour endurance
A single M1400 can provide the types
of ISR capability of these 7 ISR systems (SIGINT,
COMINT, GMTI, EO/IR, HSI, etc.):
simultaneously; at 3 to 10 times the duration;
accomplish the processing on-board;
and do it all for a fraction of the cost…
$42K/hr
Sorties overlap to maintain Persistent Surveillance
12 hour endurance
$45k/hr
32 hour endurance
$32k/hr
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12 hour endurance
$42k/hr
OR
$4k/hr
2
Days
3
4
5
120 hour endurance
12 hour endurance
$36k/hr
0.5 hour endurance
?
16 hour endurance
$4k/hr
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# of Aircraft
Required for
120 Hours of
Continuous
Coverage
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6
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>$27M
for 120 hours of Persistent Surveillance
Time
54X
the cost
$0.5M
for 120 hours of Persistent Surveillance
Time
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M1400 Modular Payload Integration
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M1400 Payload Options
M1400 can support the simultaneous deployment of a variety of mission payloads—
and integrate all with on-board computers, processing, and mass storage.
Wide-Area EO/IR
Synthetic
Aperture Radar
High Powered High Definition
Full Motion Video
On-board Processing
High Bandwidth
Data Links
Weapons
Modules
Multi-Mode Radar
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M1400 Key Elements
Innovation
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Adapted mature airship
design to achieve rapid
deliverable: Leverages
traditional hull design with
less complexity and fewer
moving parts than alternatives
Open Architecture: Sensor
agnostic payload
infrastructure
Extensible Ground Segment:
Designed to meet
expeditionary ISR
requirements with local multisensor data management,
correlation, and storage
Integration
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System-of-Systems Design:
Designed as a multi-INT
system from the beginning
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Mission-tailorable sensor
suite: Allows rapid
reconfiguration in hours to
variety of sensor or comm
payloads
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Moves data processing to
point of origin: Meets the
tsunami of data challenge
Cost-Effectiveness
 High payload/
Long endurance
enables greater
cost-effectiveness:
Equivalent pound/hours of
ISR would require 10s of
multiples of other remotely
piloted aircraft
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Per flying dollar spent BD2
delivers more ISR capability
per hour than other aircraft
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M1400 Capabilities: Why it’s Unique
Provides persistence with largest multi-int payload in existence
 Wide Area EO/IR with largest aperture EO/IR spot capability
 Largest “real estate” for SIGINT antenna arrays on any ISR platform
Rapid tipping & cueing provides actionable ISR to users in seconds
 Sharing of event and geolocation data across disparate sensors directly to users
 Potential for automated sensor to sensor cuing (e.g. SIGINT to IMINT sensors)
 Find, fix, identify, and track HVI/HVT with HD sensing and SIGINT queues
On-board processing = more info to users with less bandwidth
 Moves data processing from ground to air reducing sensor-to-shooter latency
 Potential as focal point of an ISR constellation integrating multiple platforms
Multi-sensor processing ground station
 Multi-sensor C2 and visualization in the field reduces sensor analyst requirements
Mission-tailorable sensor suite—in hours not months/years
 Accelerates deployment and use of new sensing capabilities
 Adaptability to situation not available with any other ISR asset
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M1400 Value Proposition
To keep 6,000 lbs of ISR equipment on
station for 78 hours it takes:
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M1400
Current FixedWing UAVs
468,000 lb-hrs ISR ÷ 11,900 lb-hrs ISR = 39.3 MQ-series RPAs per M1400
OR
6,000 lbs ISR equipment x 78 hrs = 468,000 lb-hrs
of ISR Mission Capability per aircraft
468,000 lb-hrs ISR ÷ 11,900 lb-hrs ISR = 39.3 MQ-series RPAs per M1400
850 lbs ISR equipment x 14 hrs = 11,900 lb-hrs
of ISR Mission Capability per aircraft
High payload/Long endurance
enables greater cost-effectiveness
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M1400 Value Proposition
M1400
AT
FOR
7
5-6
75%
times the ISR
mission payload
Current FixedWing UAVs
6,000 lbs of ISR equipment
850 lbs of ISR equipment
78 hrs
14 hrs
$1,117/hr
$1,456/hr
times the
endurance
the cost per
flight hour
( 6,000 lbs x 78 hrs ÷ $1,117/hr ) ÷ ( 850 lbs x 14 hrs ÷ $1,456/hr ) = 52.375
Per flying dollar spent you get 52 times more ISR per
hour with M1400 than current fixed-wing UAVs
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CBO Payload-Duration Comparison
Payload-Duration (Pound-Hours)
300,000
250,000
200,000
M1400
150,000
100,000
50,000
MQ-9 Reaper
Grey Eagle
MQ-1 Predator
500
1,000
1,500
2,000
Combat Radius (Nautical Miles)
Source: Congressional Budget Office based on data provided by manufacturers.
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Blue Devil 2 Progress
Example M1400 Mission Potential
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Humanitarian Assistance
Disaster Relief
Persistent Presence
Border Patrol
Law Enforcement
Traffic Management
Crowd Control
Market Analysis
Counter-Drug Ops
Communications Relay
Cell Phone Networking
Home/Facility Security
Pipeline Monitoring
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Rapid Map Refresh
Emergency Response
Air Sampling
Crop Monitoring
Insect/disease Control
Flood Control
Nuclear Monitoring
Counter-terrorism
Early Warning
Counter-proliferation
Counter-piracy
Harbor Control
Special Operations
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