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Ultra reveal new details on Global Observer JCTD

5th September 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by in Sydney

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The US Air Force (USAF) is this month commencing flight testing of a prototype wideband communications suite planned to equip an Aerovironment Global Observer endurance UAV under an ongoing joint concept technology demonstration led by the US Special Operations Command.

The flight trials programme will use the USAF’s Boeing 707 Paul Revere airborne networking test bed as a UAV surrogate ahead of Global Observer availability.

The communications suite is intended to provide a complete ‘switchboard’ capability at altitude over battlefield areas. A laboratory version has already undergone extensive testing says Thomas Lee, from Ultra Electronics ATS advanced programming concepts group ...

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