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USAF conducts RADAS test flight

25th September 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US Air Force has carried out an operational test flight of the Rapid Airfield Damage Assessment System (RADAS) at Kunsan Air Base in the Republic of Korea.

RADAS is designed to improve the airfield recovery and assessment process. The tool is capable of quickly deploying and locating airfield damage or unexploded ordnances left after a base attack. It gives engineers and base leadership a clear overhead flight line picture, with the ability to rewind and zoom in or out to view the airfield during an assessment.

The use of RADAS reduces the number of airmen exposed to hazards, while also improving overall efficiency. It is based on the Aeryon SkyRanger UAS, and requires two personnel to set up, remotely pilot the system and review the damage in real time.

Tech Sgt Kevin Patteson, noncommissioned officer in charge of execution support, said: ‘Our goal within RADAS is to quickly make a complete and accurate damage assessment of the runway and airfield conditions with our drones following an incident so we can brief the wing commander on actual real time findings. That’ll allow him to make the best decision as far as corrective action for repair faster and ultimately get the airfield back up and running for launch and recovery sooner.’

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