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RQ-55 Equinox
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Rolls-Royce Aerospace Engines Turbofan engine

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The RQ-55 Equinox is a UNSC Drone.

Description

The Equinox is able to provide accurate reconnaissance with a high resolution Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar, with a Synthetic Aperture mode that can penetrate cloud-cover, sandstorms, snowstorms, smog and other inclement weather conditions and a Electro-Optical/Infra-red imager which is combined with long range with long loiter times over target areas. It can survey as much as 100,000 square kilometers of terrain a day. The capabilities of the aircraft will allow more precise targeting of weapons and better protection of forces through superior surveillance capabilities.

The Equinox is fully autonomous during missions. It can take off, preform a flyby of the target, preform reconnaissance over the target area, transmit the information, return and land without human intervention. Human operators, however, can change the Equinox's flight plan, mission parameters and sensor orientation through radio or satellite relay. It can relay information mid flight, and provide real time information and images.

The Equinox neural net CPU has limited learning capacity, and the capability to adjust it's mission parameters mid-flight, when operating full autonomously, or even request to abort mission if the threats are too high. It can avoid enemy air defences, sky searching sensors, enemy aircraft, and deploy countermeasures to jam sensors and fool missiles if it has been detected. It can also preform electronic and cyber warfare attacks to protect itself, or strike back against cyberwarfare attacks. It can choose to operate in acoustic mode during missions, operating in 'silence'.

When designing the Equinox, its stealth properties, and low observable nature were exemplified. It was designed to have a RADAR resistant shape, an S shaped air intake, low thermal and ultra-light output and sensor-absorbent materials to reduce chances of LIDAR, RADAR, thermal or ultraviolet detection. Its high altitude, high speed and speed of light reaction time allows it avoid most threats.

UNSC Remarks

Drones of the UNSC
Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Tier I (Small mid-endurance UGV)

M72 Jaguar Small Unmanned Vehicle | | M12 Puma Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle | M34 Serval Legged Reconnaissance System

Tier II (Mid-endurance light armour UGCV)

M22C Lion Modular Armed Robotic System | M91 Roach Modular Armed Legged System

Tier III (High endurance logistic UGV)

M51 Panther Legged Squad Support System | M70 Leopard Logistic Support Robot

Tier IV (Anti-Mine/Bomb Disposal Systems)

M22C Lion Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot | M70 Leopard Combat Engineering Robot

Tier V (High endurance UGCV)

M70 Leopard Multifunction Unmanned Support System |M450 Aurochs Automated Weapons Platform | M16A5 Spider Mobile Unmanned Combat System

Unmanned Air Vehicles
Tier 0 (Micro UAV)

RQ-3 Peregrine

Tier I (Small UAV)

RQ-34 Kite

Tier I+ (Small UCAV)

MQ-34B Harrier | AQ-21 Kestrel

Tier II (Low altitude, mid-endurance UCAV)

MQ-44 Eagle | AQ-606 Wasp

Tier III (Low altitude, long endurance UAV)

RQ-4 Twilight

Tier IV (High altitude, long endurance UAV)

RQ-55 Equinox

Tier V (Mid-altitude, long endurance UCAV)

MQ-90 Wardog

Tier V+ (High altitude, long endurance low-observable UCAV)

AQ-22 Warhound

Tier VI (Starship Launched, long endurance UAV)

RQ-104 Bloodhound

Tier VII (Starship Launched, long endurance UCAV)

FQ-99C Warlord

Others

M34 AI UAV | T-69 Dove Tactical Medic-Aid Drone




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