Research laboratory of the U.S. air force conducted a series of tests of the prototype of cheap cruise missiles, and its turbojet engine, developed in the framework of the Grey Wolf. As writes Flightglobal, during the tests the researchers conducted several engine burns rocket at different altitudes. The prototype was all the time attached to the pylon of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
The development of the project Grey Wolf is conducted in the Research laboratory of the U.S. air force from 2017. The project involves the creation of very cheap cruise missiles, able to join groups and to patrol there. The range of ammunition will be not less than 463 kilometers.
The project also suggests that joining the group, cheap cruise missiles will be able to automatically allocate roles within the group and work together to accomplish the task. The military believes that the group cheap cruise missiles will be better able to overcome air and missile defenses. The loss of a few missiles will not be sensitive in the financial plan.
The Grey Wolf project involved two American companies: Northrop Grumman and Ttchnical Directions Inc. The first is developing a cruise missile directly, and the second — compact and low-cost turbojet engine for it.
Details about the ammunition not yet been revealed, but the description of the engine for the rocket — TDI-J85 — published on the website of the developer. This power plant with a total length of 37.5 cm and a diameter of 22.4 cm capable of developing a thrust of up to 890 Newtons. The engine is equipped with an electric generator permitting electrical power to 1.2 kW. Weight of TDI-J85 generator is 12.7 kilograms.
At the end of December 2019 Centre of innovation Research lab of the U.S. air force experienced cheap dolgoletie drone with a modular payload. During testing the device developed by the LEAP project, held in the air for 2.5 days.