Navy, Marine Corps begin UAS cargo tests

Lockheed, Boeing helicopters being tested

Cargo tests of unmanned air systems helicopters by the Navy and Marine Corps are slated to begin in July at the naval air station in Patuxent River, Md., according to a Naval Air Systems Command press release.

Lockheed Martin’s KMAX helicopter and Boeing/Frontier Aviation’s A-160T Hummingbird are both being tested, and the one that has the ability to meet technical requirements after an assessment will be deployed to Afghanistan in fall 2011 for six months, the release said.

Both systems must go through Electromagnetic Environmental Effects, or E3 testing, which measures the aircraft's electromagnetic susceptibility to certain frequencies and will be followed up by Quick Reaction Assessments conducted at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.

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