General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has conducted an airborne Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) demonstration using an MQ-20 Avenger.
During the flight demonstration, the uncrewed aerial system (UAS) was paired with a surrogate tactical fighter using a ruggedised tactical control tablet.
A modified King Air 200 was used to act as the surrogate aircraft and the tablet was integrated with software AI company Autonodyne’s RCU-1000 advanced human-machine interface (HMI).
The flight showcased autonomous collaboration to provide real-time situational awareness combined with complex behaviour tasking.
According to the company, the airborne node used a GA-ASI-modified King Air 200, enabling rapid integration and test of the command and control (C2) hardware.
GA-ASI advanced concepts senior director Mike Atwood said: “GA-ASI continues to innovate by integrating state-of-the-art technology, providing combatant commanders with tested solutions for persistent, affordable air sensing with challenging target sets.
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“This flight builds on the previous long-wave IR passive autonomous testing and continues to validate that persistent Group 5 UAS aircraft can perform complex Air Moving Target Indication (AMTI).”
The demo took place for about two hours and allowed MUM-T to command airborne assets and autonomously execute behaviours and missions.
Autonodyne CEO Steve Jacobson said: “Autonodyne was thrilled to work with GA-ASI to leverage our previous work in MUM-T C2 and apply it to such an impressive air vehicle.
“Tactical control combined with powerful autonomy capabilities is critical to providing our warfighters the tools they need now.”