Transformational Close Air Support
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Research is proposed to investigate the feasibility of developing an HMMWV based Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) with laser designator and target geo-referencing capability to provide Close Air Support (CAS). Shoulder fired missiles have pushed US aircraft so far away from the CAS customer that he needs to find a replacement for the aircraft. As CAS aircraft stand off farther from the small unit commander they drive up complexity, training, response time, equipment weight, and costs involved in CAS. To transform CAS, DPI proposes to develop a multi-functional VUAS that operates in the near earth environment with on-board weapons. Innovations in flight controls, path planning, weapons management, and autonomous weight management are required to deliver this capability to the small unit commander.
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