DoD to Test Fly 5GAT Prototype for First Time This Month Written 20 October 2020


DoD’s Fifth Generation Aerial Target (5GAT) | DoD; Public Domain

FlightGlobal reports that DoD’s Office of Operational Test and Evaluation “plans to test fly its Fifth Generation Aerial Target (5GAT) prototype for the first time in October at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.” The UAV “finished ground-based testing at Dugway’s Michael Army Airfield in September, the DoD says on 14 October.” Initial “flight test objectives for the 5GAT are planned to include demonstrating flight characteristics, various subsystems’ performance and the aircraft’s auto-takeoff and auto-landing functionality, says the DoD. Follow-on flight tests should gradually expand the UAV’s flight envelope in altitude, speed and greater G-force loading.”
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