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Northrop Grumman MUVR VTOL Aircraft

Northrop Grumman MUVR VTOL Aircraft

First look at Northrop Grumman’s MUVR fan-in wing high-speed VTOL aircraft…

Northrop Grumman has unveiled the current design of its unmanned MUVR fan-in wing high-speed VTOL aircraft at last month’s Quad-A UAS in Washington.

Designed to resupply Navy ships, the MUVR will achieve its vertical takeoff and landing using a similar ducted-fan system to that employed by short-lived Ryan XV-5Vertiplane. The twin-boom ‘bronco’ tail is also reminiscent of the company’s Scaled Composites-designed Firebird MALE UAS demonstrator.

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Northrop Grumman MUVR

The engine seems to carry a cargo pod, which some reports suggest could carry a maximum payload of up to 10,000lb. Speed has been tipped at around 200kt. Other than that, there’s currently little else known about the craft.



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  1. Gary Warwick: Wraps Off Northrop's Fan-in-Wing MUVR. Ares, Aviation Week, 15/12/2011.
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