Bell has unveiled full-scale mock-up of its V-247 Vigilant unmanned tilt-rotor at Modern Day Marine Expo 2018, on 25 September.
The Bell V-247 Vigilant unmanned system is an armed escort in multi-domain operations, providing counter integrated air defense, electronic warfare, early warning, and precision fires.
The Vigilant unmanned system will combine unparalleled capability with unprecedented flexibility to execute a wide array of missions, including ISR, escort, or persistent fire missions – all with the benefits of extended endurance with modular mission packages.
The V-247 can accompany any asset into contested territory, providing protection, early warning, or interdiction. Autonomous flight capability of new Bell’s unmanned system is provides added flexibility to the escorted crew chief, allowing for the re-tasking of ISR sensors.
Perform day or night as a picket, providing an extended line for sea or land-based assets and giving advanced warning to commanders, and can likewise be armed due to the platform’s air-to-air missile capability.
The V-247 Vigilant can be armed with air-to-ground missiles and other precision munitions. The V-247 model at the Modern Day Marine Expo also notably features an in-flight refueling probe, which was not present on earlier models and in previous concept art of the design. This feature, combined with the Marines’ plans to adopt an aerial refueling tanker kit for the Osprey, would help extend the overall range of the drones or allow them to loiter over a particular area of the battlefield for extended periods of time.