Thursday, December 1, 2011
Apache Controls UAS with Longbow Link
Longbow, LLC has completed testing of its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) tactical common data link assembly (UTA) for the Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III. For the first time while in flight, an Apache used the UTA to control the flight path and payload of a Gray Eagle MQ-1C unmanned aircraft. Longbow’s UTA, which will be fully integrated into the mission computer of the Block III Apache, allows control of the UAS at long ranges with real-time data. Longbow plans to field the UTA on the Block III Apaches starting in 2012.