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QuadA2012: Apache-UAV datalink capabilities to be expanded

3rd April 2012 - 16:37 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Nashville, US


Longbow Limited is looking to expand the capabilities of its UTA datalink system, allowing Apache crews to communicate with more UAV types.

The UTA - or Unmanned Aerial System Tactical Common Data Link Assembly - is the system which will allow Apache Block III crews to communicate and ultimately control unmanned aerial systems from the cockpit.

Use of the UTA provides the Apache crews with Level 3 (control of UAS sensors and weapons) and Level 4 (control of UAS flight path) capabilities, giving the crews a stand-off view of targets for ISR or engagement.

However, the system currently only works in the

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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