Defense

January 31, 2014

Navy tests small UAV support equipment

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Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class (Aviation Warfare) Clyde Williams,left, and engineers Doug Waddell and Wayne Hewitt, from the Support Equipment Test and Evaluation Branch, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. conduct tilt-table testing with the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft vehicle Jan.16 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Tilt-table testing is conducted on all support equipment deployed aboard a ship to ensure stability and proper braking. During the test, engineers used a steel platform to simulate the flight-deck environment. The unit, in this case the RQ-21Aís transportation cart, was tilted 15 degrees to simulate the shipís dynamic motion at 24 points around a 360-degree compass. The RQ-21A Blackjack, managed by the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-263), will operate from both land and sea and will provide persistent maritime and land-based tactical reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition data collection and dissemination capabilities to the war fighter.




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