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UNMANNED SYSTEMS UPDATE

01 Feb 06. Northrop Grumman Corporation recently demonstrated the ability of a new integrated sensor suite to support high-altitude maritime surveillance missions by the RQ-4 Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration unmanned aerial system. Northrop Grumman successfully tested the maritime software modes of the new sensors, which were designed and built by Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems, during three training flights over the Pacific Ocean. During the test flights, the new sensors performed exactly as designed. They were available to the sensor operators for more than 98 percent of the flight, with few false target hits. The sensors’ mode agility was also demonstrated successfully when the Global Hawk air vehicle flew back over land and operators were able to switch its sensors easily from their maritime modes to the over-land modes.

01 Feb 06. Athena Technologies, Inc. received a $9.1m order for its GuideStar™ flight control systems from Hunt Valley, MD-based AAI Corporation. The new order follows the successful delivery of three previous full rate production (FRP) orders placed by AAI in 2004 and 2005. This new order brings the cumulative value of FRP orders for the Shadow 200 UAS to $24.6m. AAI Corporation is the prime contractor for the U.S. Army’s Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System, known as Shadow┬«. The Shadow has accumulated over 75,000 flight hours and 21,000 sorties in deployments and training worldwide, including in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Athena has been supplying its GS-211e flight controls, or “ACE-II,” as AAI calls the solution, for the Shadow since 2004.

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