Monday, May 12, 2014
Northrop Grumman, Yamaha to Develop Unmanned R-Bat
Source: Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman and Yamaha have agreed to develop a small, unmanned autonomous helicopter system. The new system, called the Rotary-Bat (R-Bat), merges an airframe produced by Yamaha with autonomous control and intelligence-gathering technologies for use in urban environments, including for applications such as search and rescue (SAR), power line inspection and forest fire observation.
R-Bat is based on the Yamaha Motor RMAX remotely-piloted unmanned helicopter that is currently used for industrial and farming applications. With more than two million accumulated flight hours, the RMAX platform provides agricultural support services to more than 2.4 million acres of farmland in Japan each year.
R-Bat during a flight test from the Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman
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