Autogyro

Defence / Maritime

The Autogyro is well suited for Maritime tasking. Its long endurance and ability to fly low and slow, its safety profile and easy handling characteristics combined with the low investment and operating costs and its low CO2 and noise footprint make it a perfect aircraft for various Maritime operations.

Maritime forces often use aircraft for recce and/or operations from a ship. Ship convoys will be better protected with the use of airborne recce capability. Utilizing an Autogyro with sensors and wireless data transfer for the recce task results in performing this task at a fraction of the cost compared to using a helicopter. 

Also recce in support of Marine sea-shore operations can be done by an Autogyro with the proper equipment. In the World War II the Germans operated Autogyro’s from the back of a ship (even a submarine), so the idea is not exactly new. A study is proposed to the Dutch and UK Navy to start a trial with Autogyro operations from a Helicopter carrier or an LPD.
 
The lack of military protection against piracy on the sea routes is seriously hampering shipping companies in their operations and costing milions of dollars. The combination of fast boats and airborne recce by autogyro's will reduce the risks and safe lives for a fraction of the cost of the present losses. The technique is available, all it needs is a little effort.

Landing with an Autogyro on this carrier is easy

Helicopter carrier

but for fighting piracy this is more appropriate

Small vessel with landing platform