Lockheed and WUT collaborate to study UAV optimisation

5 September 2016 (Last Updated September 5th, 2016 18:30)

Lockheed Martin has collaborated with the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) for studying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) optimisation for both military and civil purposes.

Lockheed Martin has collaborated with the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) for studying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) optimisation for both military and civil purposes.

As part of the WUT-Lockheed Martin advanced applied research programme, both organisations have demonstrated their UAV optimisation technologies using aerial command and control (C2).

WUT Department of Automation and Aeronautical Systems head Janusz Narkiewicz said: “These technologies have tremendous commercial and military potential as the world moves toward greater and greater use of unmanned aerial systems.

“Understanding how different assets can interoperate, communicate, and serve common objectives with maximum efficiency is a challenging task in the growing field of UAV technologies.”

The project is aimed at UAV optimisation by incorporating airborne C2, improving user interfaces, and testing new methods for related subroutines.

Using advanced mathematic calculations, and a systems-of-systems approach, the technology boosts mission efficiency by adapting the fleet’s commanded flight paths, speeds, division of duties, and sensor performance, Lockheed said in a statement.

"The project is aimed at UAV optimisation by incorporating airborne C2, improving user interfaces, and testing new methods for related subroutines."

By employing the right tools, an operator may adapt to changing scenarios, calculate new solutions, and deploy the new, optimised solutions to the fleet of commanded aircraft.

The programme builds on the industrial and academic partnership established between Poland and Lockheed Martin to address future defence and industrial needs.

WUT and Lockheed Martin are seeking new Polish partners to further advance Polish research and development capabilities on manned-unmanned airborne platform system integration.


Image: A man holding an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.