RKSL Studios presents the WK450 Watchkeeper 450 Remotely Piloted Air System.
The Watchkeeper WK450 is a Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) for all weather, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) use by the British Army.
It has a mass of 450 kg, a typical endurance of 17 hours, a payload capacity of 150 kg and uses a rotary Wankel engine. It can operate up to 150 km from the Ground Control Station (although multiple stations can be linked to extend the range). It was originally intended to enter service in June 2010, but years of delays, technical issues, hardware modifications, difficulties in training sufficient pilots and incidents means that it is not expected to be fully operational until late 2017.
DISTRIBUTION: You may distribute the original .PBO files within this download freely, so long as the PBO files are unmodified and the Readme and EULA files are included.
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FULL DOCUMENTATION: WK450 Watchkeeper v3.101
The Watchkeeper IS UNARMED
It does not even have Countermeasures.
Planned Future Features
Ground Control Station - placeable 20ft ISO container unit - intended for future use.
Transport Container - placeable 20ft ISO container unit - intended for future use.
MAGIC-ATOLS - Microwave And GPS Integrated Cooperative - Automatic TakeOff and Landing System - Intended for furture development.
Deployable runway using BIS carrier technology
Dismountable from support vehicles.
Only milestones are mentioned.
Key: Normal = Development build Bold = Testing Build or Public Release
3.101- Public Release
3.071 - Reverted Wheel and damper anim sources until fix for physX issues.
3.070 - Increased fuel 200% loiter time now approx 2 hours 10 mins
fuelCapacity = 750;
3.069 - Support models disabled - intended for a later application.
Shelter model removed
Container Model removed
3.068 - PhysX wheels drama #2 - creeping forward when placed.
3.067 - Added 2 degrees to turret up
3.066 - Wreck placement issues
3.065 - Added engine sounds
3.064 - Flight model changes
Envelope changes to increase take off length.
Roll rate reduced
Pitch rate reduced
3.063 - Wider Private Beta
3.062 - Support models added
Shelter model added
Container Model added
3.061 - Wreck model added
3.060 - Flight model reverted to 3.050
3.056 - DAR-V integrated test version
3.055 - Flight model refinement (Toby's suggestions)
3.050 - DAR-V suggested edits
3.049 - Pre bake model for POC testing
3.043 - Wingbox rebuild final
3.022 - Low Poly rebuild v2
3.015 - Internal release to Test monkeys
3.011 - First Resolution Model
3.005 - Flight Model Development model
3.001 - Block/Non Res Concept Build model
This addons and model is 100% unique and doesnt not incorporate any 3rd party content:
The lads of DAR-V
Fuller of Task Force 316
Mathias aka ToxicLemon
Research & Information
British Army Website
Ministy of Defence Images
Ministry of Defence - Defence Equiment and Support - DeSider magazine
Phil, Julian & Marc of Royal Artillery. (Great info on the use of H450 and WK450 in Afghanistan - Some declassified pics and great banter.)
Francois P of Thales (Very supportive, lots of pointers on where to look for reference.)
Ari of Elbit (Forgotten his last name - met at a tradeshow and he was enormously helpful.)
Dec 24th 2017