US Army flies new Honeywell navigation solution for first time
The US Army has undertaken the first flight of Honeywell’s Eagle-M Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System (EGI) with M-Code capabilities.
The solution was flown on an MQ-1C UAS by the army, validating its airworthiness for deployment on military platforms.
The US Army will begin migrating its fleet to the Eagle M EGI with M-Code early this year.
Honeywell Aerospace Defense and Space president Ricky Freeman said: ‘Over the next several years, all military aircraft will need EGI equipment capable of receiving M-Code signals as the current technology is being phased out.
‘We are confident that our next-generation M-Code-enabled EGI units will meet the high expectations of the US Army, the DoD and international partner nations that have been waiting to upgrade their GPS anti-jamming capabilities for more than a decade.’
More from Uncrewed Vehicles
The Eaglet air-launched effect can be deployed from other UAS, helicopters and ground vehicles.
As Central Asian countries have bolstered their UAV fleets, states have been keen to localise production (and in some cases cut ties with Russia) through deals with Turkey, Iran and Belarus.
The programme's next phase will see the Airbus VTOL drone operating from a French Navy frigate.
A series of flight trials for the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high-altitude long-endurance UAS will determine the aircraft's ability to fly in icing conditions.
QinetiQ is supporting the UK Royal Navy's pursuit of UAV development.