US Army Performed Crewed, Uncrewed Teaming Tests with AH-64 Apache, Two UAVs Written 4 February 2021


An AH-64 Apache from the U.S. Army's 101st Aviation Regiment. | Credit: Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway, US Army; Wikipedia; Public Domain

FlightGlobal reports that last October, the US Army conducted crewed-uncrewed teaming between the Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter, a Textron Shadow RQ-7BV2 Block 3 tactical UAV, and a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range UAV. The teaming test “is meant to demonstrate part of the US Army’s version of Joint All-Domain Command & Control.” The test “required software modifications on the different radios of the AH-64, MQ-1C and RQ-7 to allow collaboration on the same waveform.” DoD’s goal is “to connect soldiers, tanks, artillery, UAVs, satellites, fixed-winged aircraft and helicopters to each other so that anyone can fire upon a target once it is spotted by someone else in the network.” The Army “says it has not yet determined a schedule to roll out the capability to its fleet.”
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