25 August 1983 Canadair CL-227 Remotely Piloted Vehicle
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The Canadair CL-227 is a rotary winged Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) intended initially as the air-vehicle for a medium range battlefield surveillance and target acquisition system. The concept on which this vehicle is based brings together in-house expertise as a designer and manufacturer of surveillance drones (AN-USD-50l -MIDGE-) with experience in rigid rotor technology from the CL-84 tilt wing VTOL program. The vehicle is essentially modular in design with a power module containing the engine, fuel and related systems, a rotor module containing the two counter-rotating rotors and control actuators, and a control module containing the autopilot, data link and sensor system. The vehicle is a true RPV (as opposed to a drone) as it is flown in real time by an operator on the ground and requires relatively little skill to pilot.
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Andrew S. Clark, Andrew S. Clark, } "Canadair CL-227 Remotely Piloted Vehicle", Proc. SPIE 0354, Airborne Reconnaissance VI, (25 August 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.933974; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.933974
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