Ever since the US Army highlighted Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) in an operation involving GA-ASI’s Gray Eagle UAS and the AH-64 Apache helicopter, global interest in the concept has grown significantly.
By teaming an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) with rotary and fixed-wing aircraft in dangerous Large-Scale Combat Operations (LSCO), ground forces and pilots in manned aircraft will be able to receive sensor data from the UAS.
By using sophisticated data links, ground personnel and manned aircraft can take advantage of the UAS’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) payloads to enhance decision-making and mission effectiveness, thereby increasing safety of operations by providing situational awareness into the cockpit of manned aircraft.
GA-ASI played a key role in the introduction of the basic concept of MUM-T, in Afghanistan in the early 2000s. The company, which manufactures the predator family of UAS, helped the US Air Force in its missions by integrating a data link into AC-130 gunships to receive Full Motion Video (FMV). By MUM-T, the US Army harnesses UAS capabilities to extend the reach, cover additional ground, and communicate time critical information across the battlefield quickly and efficiently. The MUM-T capability is not limited to just the AH-64 Apache; GA-ASI unmanned aircraft can be teamed up with other manned military aircraft to deliver the same result as well.
MUM-T concepts can be utilized across the manned aviation fleet, both rotary and fixed wing, creating greater synergies with a system-of-systems approach to conducting combat operations. MUM-T enables a GA-ASI unmanned aircraft – a long endurance, persistent UAS – to pro- vide data from its multiple payload options to manned platforms to enhance missions. The capability provides manned aircrew real time FMV from the UAS to determine all pre-landing and landing zone (LZ) selection requirements well in advance of arrival. It reduces time aircrew requires to validate LZ, increasing the speed of an insertion. MUM-T also reduces costs significantly, allowing manned assets to operate only when needed. UAS from GA-ASI are far less expensive to operate on a cost-per-flight-hour basis, while pro- viding longer dwell times, and less visible and acoustic signatures.
Gray Eagle ER
The MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) UAS can conduct recon- naissance of named areas of interest or predetermined engagement areas while keeping the rotary wing aircraft on a quick response posture. GE-ER also provides economy of force and long endurance ISR in a maritime environment. The use of available sensors allows the commander to surveil maritime areas of interest while focusing combat power on the main battle area.
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