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Lockheed Martin develops new control system for SUAS

25th April 2014 - 08:20 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Lockheed Martin is migrating its Group 1 family of UAS to enhanced automation capabilities using its Kestrel "Fly Light" flight control systems and mobile Ground Control Station (mGCS) software it has announced.

The company says that the increased automation allows operators to focus on executing the mission, rather than flying various aircraft.

In February this year, Lockheed Martin's Desert Hawk III SUAS demonstrated these enhancements by delivering improved situational awareness to operators.

The company said that the mGCS enhancements also proved to substantially reduce operator workload through an intuitive interface, user-friendly touchscreen  and joystick options, as well as a sophisticated set of operator warnings, cautions and advisories.

‘The mGCS is a derivative of our proven VCS-4586 software that focuses on providing capabilities to the small unit level,’ said Kevin Westfall, director  of unmanned solutions at Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training business. ‘mGCS is a single, portable system capable of conducting missions that would typically require multiple controllers and federated software applications in order to manage the  many different types of UAS.’

mGCS was developed on an open system using COTS that is interoperable with a variety of portable computers, hand controllers, autopilots, data links and sensors.

The mGCS software is compliant with NATO's STANAG 4586 and also includes a full software development kit to provide other UAS manufacturers the ability to add systems and other capabilities without restriction. The company believes this significantly eases integration while reducing support and sustainment costs as well.

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