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Trouble at the top for US Army's future UAS plans

8th August 2019 - 15:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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The US Army has downplayed concerns that a manufacturer involved in the service’s Future Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (FTUAS) programme could force other aircraft to be ineligible for any final contract selection.

Due to L3 Harris Technologies holding software and licensing authority covering hybrid flight kits for Textron AAI’s Aerosonde and Arcturus UAV, any future decision from the rights holder not to support software upgrades could prevent the use of each platform or associated technology, a source close to the situation explained.

On top of this potentially disruptive move, it can also be reported that the army had to resort

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