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UNMANNED SYSTEMS UPDATE

20 Nov 12. US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton BAMS UAS programme moves ahead. The US Navy and Northrop Grumman are jointly conducting ground testing of second
MQ-4C broad area maritime surveillance unmanned aircraft system (BAMS UAS) in preparation for its first flight. During ground trials, the new unmanned aircraft and the first UAS will demonstrate their control software and subsystems to further reduce associated risks. The company was awarded systems development and demonstration contract in 2008 to build and test two aircraft in preparation for operational deployment with the US Navy by late 2015. Officially named Triton, the MQ-4C BAMS UAS will provide constant surveillance for the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) to carry out littoral missions. (Source: naval-technology.com)

20 Nov 12. Roke’s Miniature Radar Altimeter Becomes Standard Fit on Saab’s Skeldar UAV. Roke Manor Research Ltd (Roke), a Chemring Group company, has worked with Saab to successfully integrate its Miniature Radar Altimeter (MRA) into Saab’s Skeldar UAV for which it is now a standard fit. Roke’s Type 2 MRA will be integrated into the Skeldar landing system to enable the medium-range UAV to accurately determine its height above ground. The MRA Type 2 delivers a high level of flexibility to missions, reliably functioning over a wide variety of terrains including over water, which is often a challenge for traditional laser altimeters. Roke’s MRA also provides continuously accurate measurements in the most challenging flying situations such as misty or dusty conditions, allowing missions to continue no matter what the environmental impact.

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