Unmanned systems, networks struggle with reliability tests

Army networks and unmanned systems did not perform well overall in meeting reliability thresholds when tested in fiscal 2011, according to a new Defense Department report, writes Paul McLeary in Aviation Week's Ares blog.

Fifty-five percent of the Army programs assessed were able to meet their reliability thresholds, with aviation, trucks and artillery performing well, "while networks and unmanned systems did not do well," according to the report issued by DOD's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation.

Sixty-three percent of Navy systems studied met their reliability thresholds, while only 27 percent of Air Force programs tested met their thresholds, the blog states.

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