Lockheed promotes manned-unmanned capability for export

Lockheed Martin publicized its manned-unmanned teaming capability in mid-July at the Farnborough International Airshow hoping to spark interest among potential export nations in its Video from Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Interoperability Teaming (VUIT) system, reports Aviation Week.

The company's VUIT system is based on equipment that was fitted to 48 U.S. Army AH-64Ds and deployed to Iraq to enable the Apaches to receive video from unmanned aircraft and send video to the ground, the story said.

While the Army has developed an integrated system for the new Block 3 Apache that allows the crew to take control of the UAV’s sensor and flight path, VUIT is a federated system providing an “entry-level” manned-unmanned teaming capability to receive and relay video, Lockheed Martin executive Zak Tomczak, said in the story.

VUIT has been cleared for export to all operators of the Apache, and potentially other aircraft as well as ground vehicles, Tomczak said. However, the integrated system on the Block 3 Apache is not yet exportable.

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