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US Army picks RapidEdge as mission system for Air Launched Effects

26th July 2022 - 11:58 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US Army has chosen its mission system supplier for Air Launched Effects that will be fired from its future helicopters. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

The open architecture RapidEdge mission system provides central functionality for Air Launched Effects from US Army Future Vertical Lift platforms.

Collins Aerospace announced on 25 July that the US Army has chosen its RapidEdge solution as the mission system for the next phase of the Air Launched Effects (ALE) initiative within the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme.

ALE is a family of air-launched guided weapons and attritable UAVs capable of mounting explosive and non-kinetic effects warheads or carrying out ISR missions for the US Army.

The open-architecture RapidEdge provides ‘central functionality’ for ALE including radios for communication, solutions for handling multiple levels of classified data and mission computing, Collins Aerospace noted in a statement.

As an open system, RapidEdge can absorb third-party capabilities to give the US Army flexibility and ‘avoid vendor lock’, according to the company.

It added that the mission system ‘also enables multiple, autonomous, ALEs to work together toward a common goal by leveraging individual payloads to make a greater impact on dynamic and complex operational environments’.

In November 2021, Collins Aerospace successfully demonstrated RapidEdge to support FVL.

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