BAE Systems and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense’s Office of Strategic Capabilities have successfully completed a flight test of advanced unmanned team technology at a Department of Defense flight test area.
Technology enables the rapid infusion of new payloads and platforms into the fleet to rapidly improve mission effectiveness and counter adversary technology.
The synthetic flight test used real mission sensors on several unmanned military platforms and a manned military fighter aircraft, to execute a combat mission. The unmanned aerial vehicle team worked together to autonomously develop and execute the tactics necessary to complete the mission. The airman used the human-machine interface (HMI) to monitor mission progress and interact with the drones as he wished.
“The development of autonomous technology is crucial to protecting our warfighters against emerging threats,” said Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of controls and avionics solutions at BAE Systems. “This flight test demonstrates our team’s commitment to accelerating the deployment of reliable and innovative crewed team solutions for mission success.”
During this most recent flight test, the team achieved its primary goal of demonstrating collaborative mission execution in an operationally representative environment. BAE Systems’ HMI was developed through extensive virtual and constructive simulation testing with the assistance of pilots and electronic warfare officers. Feedback from the operator of manned aircraft also underlined the maturity of the MUM-T technological offer, highlighting its user-friendly interface, which increases the safety and lethality of the mission.
“Our deep expertise in the development and commissioning of safety-critical flight control systems means that safety and assurance are built into our MUM-T architecture and software from the ground up,” said Matthew Find, director of development programs for military aircraft systems at BAE Systems. . “This gives the warfighter the confidence in our solution to operate in the same environment as their unmanned autonomous teammates.”
BAE Systems has developed its architecture specifically designed to be open, flexible and secure. The company’s underlying MUM-T algorithms enable decentralized autonomous decision-making at the tactical edge, allowing the architecture to be easily adapted to new missions and integrate future technology. A software development kit also allows third parties to introduce new algorithms and technologies to support future missions.
Over the next year, BAE Systems will continue its development efforts with the DOD and invest in additional capabilities to evolve its MUM-T suite for operational readiness. The next phase of flight testing will enhance the capabilities and technology of the mission suite, demonstrating the flexibility and openness for integration onto an additional manned aircraft type and another unmanned platform to execute a mission. different.