General Atomics claims that the design is capable of operating from the U.S Navy’s LHA and LHD ships and also from the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra-class LHDs.
The MQ-9B STOL can operate from amphibious assault ships without the need for a ski jump or catapult. The new design features folding wings optimised for short takeoff and landing (STOL), as well as an enlarged v-tail. General Atomics doesnt explain how the MQ-9B STOL will land on the ships, but it can certainly be a practical and cost effective solution for all countries with an LHD.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) today unveiled a new MQ-9B variant at INDO PACIFIC 2022, the international maritime exposition currently held in Sydney, Australia. The MQ-9B STOL (for short take off and landing) is designed to operate from flat top amphibious ships.