The U.S. Army has partnered with SRC to build a radar system that would help manage the air traffic of General Atomics-built unmanned aerial vehicles and prevent collisions, Defense News reported Thursday.
Joe Gould writes that the team will install the ground-based “sense and avoid” radars at five locations across the U.S. to monitor the flight of General Atomics’ MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAVs in national airspace.
Fort Hood in Texas will receive the first radar early next year and the Army will install others at Fort Drum in New York, Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia, Fort Campbell in Kentucky and Fort Riley in Kansas, the report said.
Gould reports that the system will support plans under the aviation restructuring program, which aims to leverage manned-unmanned coordination between Boeing‘s AH-64E Apache helicopters and UAVs like the Gray Eagle and Textron Systems‘ Shadow.
The team intends for pilots to use equipment aboard the Apache, such as the one system remote video terminal, to control a UAV’s sensors, weapons, other payloads and flight path.
Future tests will also use the Link 16 tactical communications system and Shadow’s common data link to evaluate partnerships, the report added.
Col. Courtney Cote, the service’s project manager for unmanned aircraft systems, said the restructuring plan may also include sensor payloads and other unmanned system upgrades, according to Defense News.