Donnerstag, 14 September 2017

Release: OV-10G+ Bronco & MQ-9 Reaper Drone

The OV-10G Bronco is an American turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed as a special aircraft for counter-insurgency combat with a primary mission of forward air control. It has a central nacelle that contains pilots, cargo, and twin booms containing turboprop engines. It is visually distinct due to the combination of the twin booms with a horizontal stabilizer that connects them.

The Bronco is incredibly advanced. Repairs can be made with ordinary tools and no ground equipment is needed to start the engines. In addition, the engines can operate on high-octane automobile fuel with only a slight loss of power. Operational history includes the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy. NASA has used the Bronco for various research programs as well.

Specifications:

  • Crew: 2
  • Powerplant: 2 x Garrett T76-G-420/421 turboprop
  • Maximum speed: 288 mph
  • Range: 1,382 mi
  • Service ceiling: 30,000 ft
  • Armament: 5 fuselages and 2 underwing provisions carry combinations of 7 or 19-tube rocket launchers for 2.75” FFARs/2.75” WAFARs or 2- or 4-tube launchers for 5” FFARs or WAFARs + AIM-9 Sidewinder on wings only + up to 500 lb of bombs; up to 8 Hellfire missiles

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The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft. It is employed primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection tool. It has every tool one could imagine on-board, including high loiter time, wide-range sensors, multi-mode communications systems, and precision weapons. This aircraft is operated by the U.S. Air Force.

The MQ-9 baseline system carries the Multi-Spectral Targeting System, which has an immense suite of visual sensors for targeting. It integrates an infrared sensor, color/monochrome daylight TV camera, and much more. The remotely piloted aircraft can be disassembled and loaded into a single container for deployment worldwide. The entire system can be transported on the C-130 Hercules or a larger aircraft.

Specifications:

  • Crew: None (unmanned) – 2 remote operators
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 10,494 lb
  • Payload: 3,800 lb
  • Powerplant: 1 x Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop with Digital Electronic Engine Control
  • Maximum speed: 300 mph
  • Cruise speed: 194 mph
  • Range: 1,151 mi
  • Endurance: 14 hours fully loaded
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft
  • Armament: 7 hardpoints; up to 1,500 lb on the two inboard weapons stations; up to 750 lb on the two middle stations; up to 150 lb on the outboard stations; up to 4 AGM-114 Hellfire air to ground missiles
  • Avionics: AN/DAS-1 MTS-B Multi-Spectral Targeting System; AN/APY-8 Lynx II radar; Raytheon SeaVue Marine Search Radar (Guardian variants)

(Brickmania)

Brickmania haben zwei neue Produkte:

Der OV-10G+ BRONCO für $365,00 (ca. €307,03) 

Die MQ-9 REAPER DRONE für $235,00 (ca. €197,68)

 

Da die Frage nach dem vergleichsweise hohen Preis immer wieder auftaucht: 

Natürlich kann Brickmania nicht mit den Preisen von original LEGO Bausätzen konkurrieren, da sie die Steine selbst von LEGO beziehen müssen und LEGO natürlich wenig Interesse hat die Konkurrenz zu fördern. Natürlich sorgen Absatzzahlen und Rabattierungen für Retailer dafür, dass der Preis zusätzlich erhöht werden muss. Wirtschaftlich ist ein günstigerer Preis wohl nicht möglich. Wer nun also denkt, hier wird sich eine goldene Nase verdienen, muss leider enttäuscht werden.

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