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Predator B UAV EW demonstrations continue

30th October 2013 - 10:14 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has completed a second demonstration to explore its electronic attack capabilities. The demonstration was conducted at the US Marine Corps' (USMC's) Weapons and Tactics Instructor course held at Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Yuma.

Following on from an earlier successful effort between the USMC, Northrop Grumman, and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), the demonstration saw a company-owned Predator B integrated into a Marine Aviation Command and Control (C2) network. Control of the aircraft’s Electronic Warfare (EW) payload and other assets was used to deliver effects across the Electro-magnetic Spectrum (EMS).

According to GA-ASI, this C2 capability was exercised from the Cyber/Electronic Warfare Coordination Cell located at MCAS Yuma and addressed simulated targets located hundreds of miles north at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. 

The USMC is currently analysing the jamming data in an effort to quantify the EW effectiveness better and the company expects the official results to be released soon. 

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