Gyrodyne QH-50
Gyrodyne QH-50

Gyrodyne QH-50

QH 50 - it is anti-drone, developed by Gyrodyne. The company has developed a rotary-wing UAV based microhelicopter Rotorcycle. Several modifications have been accepted by the Navy of the United States. This machine is equipped with an autopilot, two acoustic torpedoes Mk 44 electrical system and control the power plant.

The flights of one of the modifications went quite smoothly in the fall of 1963. The takeoff was carried out from the deck of the anti-submarine ship. The car dropped the torpedoes at a given place and came back. Petagon ordered a large number of models, but soon 750 machines from 362 crashed. The reason for this - structural defects. 

Gyrodyne QH-50. Characteristics:

The diameter of the rotor, m   6.00
Weight, kg  
  empty   524
  maximum take-off   1036
Fuel l   197
engine's type   1 x HDD T50-BO8A
Power, hp   X 1 326
Maximum speed km / h   148
Flight distance, km   132
Practical ceiling, m   5000
Armament:   2 self-guided torpedoes Mk-44 or one Mk-46.


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