Apache Block III upgrades include UAV link
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Dec 09, 2011
The Army installed 25 technology upgrades to its Apache attack helicopter in November, one of which enables a pilot in flight to control a drone, access its streaming video and use its sensors for target engagement, reports Aviation Week.
The AH-64D Block III, as the latest version is known, is reportedly the only aircraft with this advanced capability.
The sharing of target information is made possible through the installation of the high-bandwidth UAS Tactical Common Data Link Assembly (UTA), which was provided by Longbow, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
The Army this year successfully flight-tested UTA on an Apache with a General Atomics Gray Eagle MQ-1C UAS.