New U.S. Army Unmanned Helicopter

*Article courtesy Israel Homeland Security
Editor’s Note: An unmanned helicopter squander (smaller drones at this time) is being relocated to Point Mugu

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. successfully flew an unmanned Black Hawk helicopter recently in an effort to provide autonomous cargo delivery to soldiers on the battlefield.

The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter program, conducted the first flight demonstration on March 11 at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center.

According to DefenseTech the demonstrator achieved autonomous hover and flight operations while under the control of a man-portable, Ground Control Station.

The Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter, or MURAL, program is a cooperative effort between the Army Aviation Development Directorate, Army Utility Helicopters Project Office and Sikorsky. The project office is providing access to two UH-60MU Black Hawk helicopters and Sikorsky is applying the technology it has developed with Internal Research and Development funding.

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