The A-160T vertical lift UAS has received the DoD mission design series YMQ-18A. The YMQ-18A is designed as a long-endur-ance vertical take-off and landing UAS, with a demonstrated flight in May 2008 of 18.7 hours with a 300 pound payload. The aircraft’s current maximum gross weight is 5,500 pounds with a design objective of 6,500 pounds and has demonstrated speeds over 140 knots with a design objective of 165 knots. The YMQ-18A’s mission radius will exceed 900 nautical miles upon completion of ongoing beyond line-of-sight control capability integration.
The YMQ-18A’s speed and endurance is combined with a designed service ceiling of 20,000 feet mean sea level (MSL) based on the commercial off-the-shelf Pratt & Whitney 207D turbine engine certification and a demonstrated out-of-ground effect hover of 20,000 feet MSL. Although there is an immediate interest
in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and precision resupply, the YMQ-18A is designed to support a variety of modular payloads and a wide range of mission scenarios to meet the ever-changing demands of SOF.