UAV Drones refers to several type of remote-operated vehicles in use by The Ghosts.
Usage by The GhostsEdit
The Cypher drone in use by the The Ghosts during the time of the Mexican Insurgency in 2013. It is used to scout forward areas and relays information back to the Ghost's squad leader via the Cross-com interface, such as enemy troop movements and supply points.
The Cypher was also used during the Afghanistan operation. It was struck by an EMP blast and crashed.
By the time of the Raven's Rock coup in Russia, The Ghosts were using a new type of UCAV as well as a quadrotor version which could also operate on the ground. John Kozak also used a Micro UAV shaped like a dragonfly during the Libya operation.
- Two different drones appear in Ghost Recon: Future Soldier: The recon UAV and the assault drone UCAV.
Real-world Design and developmentEdit
In the late 1980s, Sikorsky Aircraft flew a small UAV named "Cypher", with coaxial rotors inside a torus-shaped airframe. The torus shroud improved handling safety and also helped increase lift. The first proof-of-concept Cypher was 1.75 meters (5.75 feet) in diameter and 55 centimeters (1.8 feet) tall, weighed 20 kilograms (43 pounds), and was first flown in the summer of 1988. This design was powered by a four-stroke, 2.85 kW (3.8 hp) engine and was mounted on a truck for forward-flight tests.
It led to a true flight prototype Cypher that weighed 110 kilograms (240 pounds), had a diameter of 1.9 meters (6.2 feet) and was powered by a compact, 40 kW (53 hp) rotary engine. After an initial free flight in 1993, the Cypher prototype was used in flight tests and demonstrations through most of the 1990s, ultimately leading to a next-generation design, the Cypher II, which was a competitor in the US Navy VT-UAV competition.
The single prototype first flew in April 1992 and flew untethered in 1993. Since then, over 550 demonstration flights have been made for the US government.
The Cypher can carry a sensor package on struts above its hull, or can transport loads weighing up to 50 lb (23 kg).
Two Cypher II prototypes have been built for the US Marine Corps, which calls the UAV "Dragon Warrior". The Cypher II is similar in size to its predecessor, but has a pusher propeller in addition to its rotor and can be fitted with wings for long-range reconnaissance missions. In its winged configuration, the Cypher II has a range of over 185 kilometers (115 miles) and a top speed of 230 km/h (145 mph). It is unclear if the Cypher will enter into production.