12.11.12 -- Combat UAV Moves Closer To Full Autonomy
The portable, low-weight IDA interference and direction analyzer is a highly sensitive signal analyzer, with an extremely fast sweep-time at 12 GHz/sec and a real-time bandwidth of up to 32 MHz for intercepting short-term signals. The unique smartDF direction finding mode manages triangulation results and automatically calculates emitter positions. Learn more.
From The Editor
Combat UAV Moves Closer To Full Autonomy By Paul Kruczkowski, editor
The Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air systems (UCAS) demonstrator, capable of autonomous flight and chock-full of RF and microwave payloads, made its first land-based catapult launch on November 29 at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in Patuxent River, Md. This milestone was a critical step in verifying the aircraft’s ability to handle the stress of a catapult launch, and in ultimately integrating the UCAS into an aircraft carrier flight deck environment. Other noteworthy technology on display was a new wireless, handheld device called a Control Display Unit (CDU), also designed by Northrop Grumman.
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