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Greyhawk / Ababil-3
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Faction - NATO
- CSAT
- AAF
Type UAV / UCAV
Seats None
Item capacity Max: 250 kg
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 382 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 11,100 m
Fuel capacity 1000 L
Primary armament CAS Loadout:
  • 2× GBU-12 LGB [Default]

AT Loadout:

  • 6× Skalpel ATGM [Default]
Secondary armament Targeting:
  • 1× Laser Designator

Defensive:

  • 240× Countermeasures (Flares/Chaff)
Variants MQ4A Greyhawk (AT), MQ4A Greyhawk (CAS), K40 Ababil-3 (AT), K40 Ababil-3 (CAS)
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The MQ-4A Greyhawk / K40 Ababil-3 serves as the main fixed-wing Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle platform used by NATO, Mediterranean CSAT forces, as well as with the AAF in ArmA 3.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Observation
    • Laser targeting
    • Air-to-ground fire support
« The MQ-4A Greyhawk is a combat ready unmanned aerial vehicle. It's based on a U.S. design proven by the MQ-9 with a turbo-propeller engine. It carries a modernized tracking and tracing equipment and improved camouflage. OPFOR engineers and manufacturers were able to perfect construction, but their engines are less fuel effective. The OPFOR drone is labeled K40 Ababil-3. Both sides arm the drone with air-to ground Scalpel missiles or laser guided bombs (CAS version).
Field Manual
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Design

The Greyhawk is a medium-altitude, long-endurance aerial drone that can serve a variety of roles from surveillance to ground attack, and even air-to-air combat.

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MQ4A pylon configuration

Armament
It has two pylons in total with one on each wing (1-2) that support dynamic loadouts. Each pylon can be fitted with any of the following:

  • Falchion-22 (1×)
  • ASRAAM (1×)
  • Scalpel (1×)
  • Scalpel (3×)
  • Shrieker HE (7×)
  • Shrieker AP (7×)
  • DAR (12×)
  • DAGR (12×)
  • GBU-12 (1×)
  • Mk-82 (1×)
  • BL778 (1×)

NOTE: The following munitions only apply to the CSAT K40 Ababil-3:

  • Scalpel (1×)
  • Scalpel (3×)
  • Tratnyr HE (20×)
  • Tratnyr AP (20×)
  • Skyfire (19×)
  • Sahr-3 (1×)
  • LOM-250G (1×)

It also has an integrated laser designator that can either be used to guide some of its own weapons such as the rockets fired from the DAGR, or precision bombs like the GBU-12. This also enables the Greyhawk to act in a forward air control role to mark targets for other aircraft.

Features
Its main advantages over the MQ-12 and the smaller KH-3A are that it can loiter for slightly longer periods of time over an area, and is also able to carry heavier munitions instead of being restricted to just missiles and rockets.

Drawbacks
Being a fixed-wing UCAV as opposed to a rotary-wing helicopter, the Greyhawk isn't as easy to use for laser marking ground targets from the air.

It is also incapable of STOL take-offs and landings like the smaller KH-3A, while also lacking the agility of the MQ-12.

Variants

Baseline variant that is loaded with two racks (total of six) of air-to-ground Skalpel missiles. It supports dynamic loadouts and can be changed to load other types of munitions.

Identical to the baseline MQ-4A Greyhawk.

Similar to the baseline variant, this version also supports dynamic loadouts but is otherwise armed with twin GBU-12 laser guided bombs by default instead, or the LOM-250G in the case of the CSAT Ababil-3.

Identical to the CAS variant of the NATO Greyhawk.

Camouflage

All faction variants have access to the same camouflage options:

  • Blue: Two-tone pattern-less scheme that combines medium blue and gunship grey paint colours.
  • Grey Hex: Light/dark grey cell pattern camouflage.
  • Digital Grey: Digitised semi-fractal camouflage pattern used by several AAF aircraft and boats.

It should be noted that all of the patterns are not meant to help camouflage the Greyhawk/Ababil-3 into the ground from the air, but rather to blend it into the sky from the ground.

Sensors

The Greyhawk has an array of sensors designed to allow it operate in ground attack missions:

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Orange = IRST
Green = Visual

Active Radar

The Greyhawk does not have an active radar as it doesn't utilise any radar guided ordnance.

Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor

IRST and visual sensors both have a maximum range of 3 km for aerial targets and 2.5 km against ground targets.

They have a minimum operating range of 500 m and an azimuth/elevation coverage of 51 and 37 degrees, respectively. Targets can only be tracked if they are moving at speeds of 180 km/h or less.

Both sensors are located in the targeting camera, and work independently of the Greyhawk's actual heading. Identity recognition locks in as soon as a target gets within 2 km range.

Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar

The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a maximum detection/target recognition range of 6 km.

Laser Spot Tracker

Laser markers and infrared strobes can be tracked within a range of 6 km. It has an acquisition cone of 180 degrees.

Trivia

  • As stated in the Field Manual, the Greyhawk's design is inspired by the real-life "MQ-9 Reaper" UCAV designed by General Atomics.
    • Similarly to the UGV Stomper, it should be noted that in spite of what the Field Manual states, the CSAT Ababil-3 has absolutely no fuel efficiency or handling differences to the NATO Greyhawk. The only exception of course, is that the Ababil's pylons are limited to carrying CSAT-exclusive aircraft munitions.
  • However in contrast to the MQ-9, it uses forward mounted and rear-swept canard wings that are also reminiscent of Boeing's "X-50 Dragonfly". The X-50 was a cancelled prototype UAV that also used the same wing configuration as the Greyhawk, albeit on a much more smaller sized airframe.

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See also

Drones of comparable role and configuration