Rotorcraft Update: Coast Guard goes for unmanned tiltrotor

 - May 9, 2008, 6:53 AM

The U.S. Coast Guard has selected Bell’s Eagle Eye unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as its choice to fill the UAV role in the USCG’s overall hardware-improvement program, a plan aimed to make the agency more effective further from shore and, hence, known under the program title “Deepwater.” Bell’s HV-911 Eagle Eye is a full-function tiltrotor, much like its V-22 and XV-15 cousins. The 17.23 ft-long, 23.6 ft-wide (wingspan) robot tiltrotor can dash at 220 kt cruise or loiter at 90 kt in fixed-wing flight, or maneuver at far lower speeds as a helicopter. USCG plans call for use of the HV-911 as a wide-area surveillance platform in both offshore and homeland defense.