Defense

November 7, 2012

Sentry UAVs launch first flight at Naval Postgraduate School

navy-sentry-uav

Demonstrating its growing partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, the Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office supported the institution’s “first flight” of a Sentry Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Oct. 19.

Under a new agreement with NPS, PMA-226 manages nine Block 20 and five newer Block 30 Sentry UAVs, expanding the organization’s portfolio beyond manned aircraft.

“The Sentry UAV flight represents a new era for PMA-226,” said U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. David Walsh, the program manager for the organization formerly known as the H-46/T58 Program Office. “For more than 20 years, PMA-226 built its reputation for sustaining the H-46/T58 platform. Now, we’re broadening our focus to include programs like the NPS aircraft.”

After undergoing a mission and name change nearly a year ago, PMA-226, which is headquartered in Cherry Point, N.C., continues supporting the Marine Corps’ H-46; oversees several aircraft at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as well as NPS’ Sentry UAVs; and manages Foreign Military Sales cases for out-of-U.S. Navy inventory aircraft, such as the H-2 and H-3.

The research-oriented Sentry could boost UAV support to the war fighter, and has become a valuable learning tool for NPS students, said Bob Bluth, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely Piloted Aircraft Studies at NPS.

“The postgraduate students at the school are using the Sentry UAVs as an operational asset where they can apply their thesis work and perhaps uncover a novel way of using a UAV that has not been done in the past,” Bluth said.

Accommodating various payloads up to 75 pounds and with an endurance of six plus hours, the Sentry UAV provides increased performance, reliability and payload capability while maintaining an expeditionary footprint. The UAV can accommodate a full spectrum of various payloads for military and civilian applications at the postgraduate school. CIRPAS is dedicated to operating instrumented research aircraft in support of the science community and military technology test, evaluation and demonstration.

“A vehicle like the Sentry allows you to carry a substantial payload,” Bluth said. “It allows a substantial amount of time in the air, giving the flexibility of testing things out without the cost associated with other platforms.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds

F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds F-35B aircraft BF-4, piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Dan Levin, starts down the runway as part of wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards AFB, Calif. In an important program ...
 
 
Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Wilcox

Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Wilcox Two F-22 Raptors and a T-38 Talon from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, fly together during a 43rd Fighter Squadron Basic Course training mission Oct. 7, 2013 over Florida. A sortie begin...
 
 
Army photograph by David Vergun

Senior leaders explain Army’s drawdown plan

Army photograph by David Vergun No commander is happy when notified that a soldier from his or her command has been identified for early separation. But commanders personally notify those Soldiers and ensure participation in th...
 

 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom

F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II...
 
 
Air Force photograph by A1C Erin OĆ­Shea

U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted ...
 
 
raptors4

Raptors, Falcons fuel up in desert skies

Three U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., fly alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash., during Red Flag 14-3, Ju...
 




One Comment


  1. William McMinn

    Great UAV I worked this airplane at S-tec in Texas .



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>