American company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced a line of modular drones Gambit for use with manned aircraft.
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The manufacturer offers customers a common "core" that can be modified depending on mission requirements. It is called the Gambit Core. It includes landing gear, avionics and "other elements". General Atomics Aeronautical Systems promises that the Gambit Core can be turned into one of four versions of an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The first version is called Gambit 1. It includes surveillance, reconnaissance and reconnaissance assets. It can be used for battlefield reconnaissance. The drone will be able to accompany manned and unmanned aircraft. The Gambit Core makes up 70% of all UAVs.
Gambit 2 is an attack modification designed to gain superiority in the sky. Such an unmanned aerial vehicle is equipped with an air-to-air missile. The Gambit Core also makes up 70% of the entire device. The drone can operate on its own, with other UAVs in a swarm and with manned aircraft.
Gambit 3 will resemble Gambit 2 in appearance, but will get a sharper aerodynamic front part and shorter wings, but will remain without a missile. It is assumed that such a drone will act as an aerial target to test air defense systems.
Finally, the Gambit 4 will be adapted for combat reconnaissance. If we believe the sketch of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the fourth modification of the drone will have a "flying wing" aerodynamic scheme, as in a nuclear bomber B-2 Spirit. The task of such a stealth UAV will be to penetrate behind the front lines.
Source: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, The Drive