[Athenian Federation]UF-1 Strix

Type: Unmanned Aircraft
Research Centre Level: 1
Entities: Athenian Federation

Based On: Kratos XQ-58 Valkyrie - Wikipedia
Description:

Length: 8.8m
Wingspan: 6.7m
Range: 2,128nm
Combat Radius: 1,000nm
Service Ceiling: 13,715m
Speed: Mach 0.85 (1,050 km/h)

Armaments:
Internal Weapons Bays: 2 (4 hardpoints inside each)
Missiles (may expand to include additional missiles in the future):
Air-to-Air:

  • MBDA Meteor
  • AIM-120 AMRAAM
  • AIM-9X Sidewinder
  • AIM-132 ASRAAM

Air-to-Surface:

  • CVS 401 Perseus (Missile will take up two hardpoints instead of 1)(Future development project)
  • AGM-88G AARGM-ER
  • AGM-158 JASSM
  • SPEAR 3
  • Joint Air-to-Ground Missile

Anti-Ship:

  • CVS 401 Perseus (Missile will take up two hardpoints instead of 1)(Future development project)
  • AGM-158C LRASM

Bombs:

  • JDAM
  • GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb
  • PGM 500

Portable Drone (Additional smaller bay):

  • ALTIUS-600 Drone

Avionics:

  • AN/APG-81 AESA radar
  • AN/AAQ-40 E/O Targeting System (EOTS)
  • AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) missile warning system
  • AN/ASQ-239 Barracuda electronic warfare system
  • AN/ASQ-242 CNI suite

General:
The UF-1 Strix is an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle in service with the Hellenic Air Force and Hellenic Navy. It usually acts in a support role for manned fighters such as the F-22 and F-35 where it is controlled by the pilot but is also capable of remote operation like other UAVs and even fully independent AI based operation to complete stated mission objectives.

Stealth:
From the ground up the UF-1 has been designed to feature extensive stealth qualities. From the use of materials that reduce radar cross-section to paints and core design principles. It features a trapezoidal fuselage with a chined edge to reduce reflectors and an unconventional v-tail to further reduce the available surfaces for RADAR. By using a more complicated S-shaped air intake enemy RADAR is unable to detect the air intakes on the drone while having the engines embedded deep inside the aircraft reduces the heat output and thus complicates IR-based detection and it a natural defence against heatseeking weapons.

Avionics & Control:
Like the aircraft it is supposed to support, the UF-1 has an extensive avionics suite including state of the art AESA RADAR, electronic warfare capabilities and communications systems to link both to nearby aircraft, other Athenian or allied units and the larger military communication network.

Control of the UF-1 can occur in one of three modes. In all three modes the artificial intelligence will have some measure of control over the drone. In the wingman mode one or more UF-1s are directly controlled by a pilot in a manned aircraft. The UF-1s will automatically fly in a swarm configuration and based on instructions from the pilot execute stated objectives. Example uses could include advanced scouting of enemy stealth aircraft, proactive elimination of anti-air infrastructure and general fire support in direct engagements amongst others. In its second operating mode (remote control), one or more UF-1s are directly controlled from a ground station either on an Athenian ground base or from a Hellenic Navy vessel. The final mode is the autonomous mode where one or more UF-1s are provided with a stated objective and will fully independently proceed to the targets and execute the objectives. Constant data fed from the larger combat network will provide the UF-1s with data on how to best execute its mission while significant on board processing power will allow advanced decision making even in situations where tactical realities prohibit a data link. By expanding the swarm with additional UF-1s the collective processing power increases and the swarm becomes capable of ever increasing decision making capability.

Weapons:
The UF-1 is primarily intended to complement the manned aircraft capabilities of the Hellenic Forces. As such it is capable of carrying a large range of air to air and air to surface weapons so that it can function in all roles.

Approved By: Voodoo
Approved On: 21/03/2022 (UTC)

This Research and Development project is approved.