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UNMANNED SYSTEMS UPDATE 01 Apr 05

01 Apr 05. CDS Secures ITAR Agreement. The ITAR was recently granted following the sales and marketing launch of the company’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) product line to the international military defence and law enforcement community. Cyber Defense’s participation in the Warfare Conference in Tel Aviv resulted in an arrangement with M. Paz Logistics to represent its interests in Israel. The company has also announced that Ryan Robinson has been instructed to build a sales force in Europe. CDS, an operating subsidiary of Proxity, has in its UAV stable the CyberBug, and is developing the CyberScout. (Source: Cyber Defense Systems)

23 Mar 05. GA-ASI completes ERMP flight demo. The Warrior Team, led by GA-ASI, together with team members AAI and SPARTA, completed all required flight test objectives at Fort Huachuca, AZ, as part of Phase I of the ERMP programme, using two Warrior demonstrator aircraft. One aircraft, equipped with a heavy fuel engine, flew the majority of the missions in order to demonstrate the maturity of this heavy fuel engine installation, an engine combination that meets a long standing Army requirement. Warrior #1 demonstrated the requirement to transition from line-of-sight data link to satellite link control for over-the-horizon control with a single aircraft. The aircraft demonstrated automatic as well as pilot control landings. Most missions were flown from the AAI one-system ground control station required by the US Army. One heavy weight mission was also flown with four hellfire missiles installed.

29 Mar 05. Atair Aerospace Demos Flocking and Swarming Capabilities. Atair AS is involved with the development and implementation of flocking and active collision avoidance algorithms on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The company’s technology was first tested between 16-18 December 2005 in Eloy, AZ. where two fleets of five Onyx™ systems were airdropped and flocked in tight formation to target. Onyx systems are autonomously guided parafoil systems designed to allow military cargo to be parachuted from high altitude and horizontal stand off and land accurately on target. Atair AS developed this system under contract with the US Army Soldier Systems Center – Natick. The importance of flocking and active collision avoidance towards the application of precision re-supply is critical. With this technology multiple systems (50+) can be deployed in the same airspace, guiding to one or multiple targets without possibility of mid-air collisions. (Source: Atair Aerospace)

28 Mar 05. Gen. Jumper: UAV Centre for Excellence. General Jumper said that if the USAF had a Center for Excellence, it could begin resolving command and control procedural issues, and that he was trying to get support from other branches of the military for such a proposal. Pilots and payload operators at Nellis control the Predator UAVs that are in operation over Afghanistan and Iraq, which are flown in eight rotations of 24-hour orbits. (Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Mar 05. GA-ASI completes ERMP flight demo.The Warrior Team, led by GA-ASI, together with team members AAI and SPARTA, completed all required flight test objectives at Fort Huachuca, AZ, as part of Phase I of the ERMP programme, using two Warrior demonstrator aircraft. One aircraft, equipped with a heavy fuel engine, flew the majority of the missions in order to demonstrate the maturity of this heavy fuel engine installation, an engine combination that meets a long standing Army requirement. Warrior #1 demonstrated the requirement to transition from line-of-sight data link to satellite link control for over-the-horizon control with a single aircraft. The aircraft demonstrated automatic as well as pilot control landings. Most missions were flown from the AAI one-system ground control station required by the US Army. One heavy weight mission was also flown with four hellfire missiles installed.

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