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AAI Takes Another UAV Ground Control Project

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RQ-5A Hunter:to be replaced Military & Aerospace Electronics reports that General Atomics awarded AAI Corp. a $30 million subcontract to develop the ground control components of the Army’s new Warrior UAV program. The army wants all development work done in four years with deployment capability in 2009. That may well be possible, as AAI has plans to incorporate this work into an existing project… AAI plans to develop this system as part of its emerging One System ground control offering. The new One System platform is designed to be compatible and interoperable with multiple unmanned aircraft systems in AAI’s stable and beyond, including the aptly-named RQ-2 Pioneer, RQ-5 Hunter, the RQ-7 Shadow TUAS (Tactical Unmanned Aerial System), the Class IV RQ-8 Fire Scout helicopter UAV, the Eagle Eye VTUAV(Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Arisal Vehicle) tilt-rotor, the future Warrior UAV, and the long-endurance Aerosonde. In addition, the One System design complies with the emerging NATO STANAG 4586 for standard interfaces of UAV control systems. Portable GCS version One System is based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and features a modular design with redundant hardware and a UNIX-based operating system as its base.

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