The ALICE (Air Launched Integrated Countermeasure, Expendable) was a research effort to develop the technologies for an unmanned platform to be air launched from a tactical aircraft at speeds up to 0.8 Mach and altitudes up to 45,000 ft. After separation, ALICE glides using tail control surfaces until it reaches a speed of approximately 250 kt. The cruise wing and propeller then deploy and the heavy fuel engine starts. ALICE will cruise approximately 200 nm in one hour before the outer wing panels deploy for loiter. In the loiter mode, it will operate at 65 kt with a two hour endurance and carry a 25 lb payload. Research efforts included development of the polymorphic wing, a JP-8 fueled rotary engine, a high efficiency starter/generator, a folding variable pitch propeller, and an advanced EW payload.
Sponsors: ONR, NRL
Program type: 6.2 Exploratory Development