7 January 2018
Aviation Week reported that the US Army plans to demonstrate “advanced teaming technology that would enable manned and unmanned aircraft to operate as part of a combined-arms team in contested environments.” The Army plans to apply the demonstration for its planned Future Vertical Lift (FVL) platforms, “the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA), Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and companion Advanced Unmanned Aircraft System (AUAS).” According to a draft solicitation, the teaming demo requires the development of new mission-system technologies, including “a digital backbone, advanced survivability and protection systems, enhanced lethal and nonlethal effectors, secure communications and networking, and highly advanced autonomy technologies.” The planned Advanced Teaming Demonstration will “mature, integrate and demonstrate technologies for autonomy and teaming to meet requirements for FARA, FLRAA, and AUAS as well as enhancing the capabilities of the current fleet.” (Image: Manned-unmanned teaming demonstration. Credit: US Army)
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