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  1. RKSL Watchkeeper 450

    Version 3.100

    157 downloads

    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. You may: 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. Under the following conditions: ATTRIBUTION: You must give the original author credit. The content of this archicve is the sole interlectual property of RKSL Studios and its Creators. NO COMMERCIAL USE: This content is provided free of charge solely for entertainment purposes. You may not use this addon for commercial, military or teaching/training purposes. NO DERIVATIVE WORKS: You shall in no way modify, repackage or reverse engineer any of the archive's content and PBO files included in this download without first receiving prior permission from RKSL Studios. NO VBS USE: Use of this SOFTWARE may not be used in the VBS/JCOVE product lines or any other simulator without written authorization from the LICENSOR (RKSL Studios) DO NOT UPLOAD TO STEAM WORKSHOP: You may not upload to Steam Workshop or any other service that reassigns rights over RKSL Studios Intellectual Property to 3rd Parties. FULL END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT: Common A3 RKSL Studios EULA POLICY ON RE-UPLOADS FOR STEAM: Any uploads will be met with a DMCA takedown request. FULL DOCUMENTATION: WK450 Watchkeeper v3.101 ADDON FEATURES 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. HISTORY 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 Credits This addons and model is 100% unique and doesnt not incorporate any 3rd party content: Model: Rock Textures: Rock Config: Rock Testing: 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.) Thanks Rock Dec 24th 2017
  2. View File RKSL Watchkeeper 450 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. You may: 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. Under the following conditions: ATTRIBUTION: You must give the original author credit. The content of this archicve is the sole interlectual property of RKSL Studios and its Creators. NO COMMERCIAL USE: This content is provided free of charge solely for entertainment purposes. You may not use this addon for commercial, military or teaching/training purposes. NO DERIVATIVE WORKS: You shall in no way modify, repackage or reverse engineer any of the archive's content and PBO files included in this download without first receiving prior permission from RKSL Studios. NO VBS USE: Use of this SOFTWARE may not be used in the VBS/JCOVE product lines or any other simulator without written authorization from the LICENSOR (RKSL Studios) DO NOT UPLOAD TO STEAM WORKSHOP: You may not upload to Steam Workshop or any other service that reassigns rights over RKSL Studios Intellectual Property to 3rd Parties. FULL END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT: Common A3 RKSL Studios EULA POLICY ON RE-UPLOADS FOR STEAM: Any uploads will be met with a DMCA takedown request. FULL DOCUMENTATION: WK450 Watchkeeper v3.101 ADDON FEATURES 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. HISTORY 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 Credits This addons and model is 100% unique and doesnt not incorporate any 3rd party content: Model: Rock Textures: Rock Config: Rock Testing: 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.) Thanks Rock Dec 24th 2017 Submitter Rock Submitted 24/12/17 Category ArmA3  
  3. After three days of fighting with Modo, trying to get a decent baked texture. I'm still working on the Airweapons Pack v3.100 and I'm just finishing up with the WK450 Tactical UAV aka The Flying Lawn mower, Its finally ingame and flying! If you follow the RKSL Facebook or Twitter feeds you may have seen my recent post about failed baking and the ever extending time to bake progress bar. Just for the record it took 17 attempts and over 3 days to get it to bake properly in the end. I am actually quite happy with the result. Even if it did nearly result in my having to by a new keyboard. As with every model i make i learn new things. Not always necessarily about modelling. More recently about the rigidity of Corsair mechanical keyboards, but in the past lessons have included such gems of wisdom as: Never leave a full pint glass on the desk while the PC is baking - It may spontaneously fly off the desk when Modo crashes. Never leave a tub of Roses chocolates in the office while you wait for a 90min bake to finish. - They mysteriously vanish. Never be in a rush to go somewhere or do something while waiting for a bake to finish. DO NOT Trust the "time remaining" bar... it LIES! I could go on, thinking about it, there is probably another couple of blog posts about things that happen while waiting for a bake to finish. Anyway, the WK450 (as featured in an earlier post) is now fully textured, configed and LoD'd and flying. It just needs tweeking, trimming up and a few bits of polish. I did start painting it in Substance painter but i found that to be a bit too frustrating. I dont think Substance lends it self to making base textures and details that well. Atleast not in my corrupted and winding workflow. It does however make weathering and dirt etc so much easier to do convincingly. There are a few more thing I want to do with this, Shelters and extras are yet to be textured. But I'll take it as a small victory over the Evil Dark Gremlins of Modo. And the curse of the random PC lockup. Coming soon to a British Forces Faction near you. Rock
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  11. I’m still grinding away, slow progress with the air weapons pack. Motivation is a bit of a problem this month as I’ve been working some really odd hours and completely lost my regular sleep pattern. And if I am being honest I an really sick of configs and texturing endless missiles and bombs. So, I’ve returned to my first love, modelling. 3D modelling not the catalogue kind. The Rockape swimsuit edition would be truly terrifying. Nobody needs to see that. This week I’m still working on the RPAS (Remotely Piloted Air Systems) aka UAVs. The Reaper is almost done. The first round of testing has brought up some new issues, I have some config tweaks and resolution lods to do before it can be unleashed. Not to mention the issue surrounding the weapons, which brings us back to the dreaded air-weapons pack thats holding almost everything back. So, I’ve jumped onto the unarmed RPAS while I await more feedback from the Test Monkeys. Watchkeeper series of Tactical UAVs These are the Watchkeeper series of Tactical UAVs. Larger than the man portable systems but still smaller than the larger MALE (medium Altitude Long Endurance) systems the TUAV call is typically designed for Artillery spotting and local recce. There are actually two airframes that carry the Watchkeeper programme name: The first was an almost stock model of the Elbit Hermes 450 (H450). Operated by the Royal Artillery, the main differences from the stock model were internal, mostly navigation and targeting system related. Which for the purposes of ArmA make no difference at all. So we get a two-for-one. A British Army Version as well as a RES/OPFOR version too. The second was the Watchkeeper 450 (WK450). This was a redesigned platform made to the UK’s specific requirements. Visually the Watchkeeper differs from the Hermes by having a lower wing and a Synthetic Aperture Radar turret mounted in the front of the airframe and the Optical turret located at the rear behind the main landing gear. There is also a small difference in fuselage diameter and shape. Watchkeeper 450 These are actually renders of the older model. The wingbox has since been replaced with a better and more accurate one. Hermes 450 Watchkeeper 450 flanked by two H450 The Watchkeeper programme was intended to replace the much older and less capable Phoenix Drone system. Officially the Phoenix was said to perform well but its crews christened it the “Bugger off drone” or something more, colourful depending on the mood of the operators. Pheonix and a sometimes a ball of flames In 2006 some of the UKF guys and I went to a British Army Open day at the now demolished Chelsea Barracks. We spent the day geeking out on all the kit. One bit of which was a Phoenix. The crew of which were really helpful and a damn good laugh. They were happy to share stories of driving all over the place looking for missing drones or of irate land owners demanding, “they come and get their toy plane out of his field”. And explaining the unusual recovery methods and situations. eg, 20ft up a tree, in a pond, broken into a thousand pieces etc. It was a bloody good day out. Even if Messiah did lose his camera in the pub after. Launched from the back of a specially adpated truck, the Pheonix had the advantage of operating from unprepared areas close to the battlefront but this was a necessity rather than by design. It simply did not have the range and endurance of modern RPAS. Nor could it land and be turned around quickly. The typical Pheonix operating group was 12-16 men. A launcher, generator trailer, Antenna/Datalink trailer, Command/Operator Shelter Vehicle and at least one or more 110 GS Landrovers or a similar recovery vehicle. 'Landing' was by parachute, which flipped the vehicle upside down to protect the sensor pod. Utilising a frangible hump on the back to protect the airframe on impact. And typically trashing the tail on contact with the ground. In the lucky event of the chute opening properly. Once "landed" the recovery team would have to find the drone, man handle it onto the cradle and partially dis assemble it before returning to the launcher and in very rare circumstances "refurbing" it in the field for its next flight. I've been assured this did not happen very often if at all. You can really see why the Royal Artillery wanted a reliable and modern replacement so badly. The Watchkeeper and the Hermes can operate from semi-prepared strips, roads and flat areas quite easily and unlike the Pheonix can operate for extended periods of time with a range of 300km and endurance of 20+ hours. The amount of deployed equiment is also reduced. Operating typically from airfields or prepared Forward Operating bases both the H450 and WK450 benefit from a simplified supply chain. Each system can be operated from the same command and control shelter. More than one airframe can also operated from the same hub. Maintenance including Spares and repairs are largely modular making in theatre maintenance much easier. The shelters etc will make an appearence in game with the drones themselves. including the other supporting equiment such as the MAGIC ATOL landing system and datalink antennas. The shelters are all modelled and are in the paint shop. I have modelled in the interiors but I need to work out how to make them more of a practical option rather than just set dressing. I may stop short of making the full transit containers for them but the idea is that you will have assets that can be destroyed by opfor that will affect your ability to operate UAVs in your missions. H450 came into limited service in 2007 Watchkeeper, in the guise of the H450 came into limited service in 2007 ending the service life of the Phoenix. During operation in Afghanistan eight British Hermes 450s were lost for various reasons. And as with any new system, the programme has had more than a few bumps along the way. Cost increases, technical problems, Politics, Pilot shortages, poor weather you name it. It caused problems. The cost has grown significantly over time too. A prototype WK450 was also lost at a key point in the project schedule during a very hard landing at Parc Aberporth causing a lot of embarressment and red faces as well as a further delay to an already over running programme. Originally the French government was keen to buy the Watchkeeper, indicating that they would share some of the development costs at the start of the project. This evaporated much like their interest in the HMS Queen Elizabeth variant, PA2 with the UK MoD fronting 100% of the development. Unlike the PA2, they approached the UK MoD again in 2014 with an RFI (Request For Information) only to later select the solely French made SAGEM Patroller. Arguably a more expensive and less capable system. In August of the same year the WK450 became operational and was deployed in Afghanistan for the first time to operate alongside the existing H450 platforms, providing force protection and target cueing for the RAF MQ-9 Reapers as well as mortar and ground based Force Protection units. The Watchkeeper 450 is likely to continue in service for the next 20 years at least. Lesson over for today. Tune in next week for something completely different. Rock
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