Northrop Grumman showcased a small electronic attack payload integrated into an unmanned aerial vehicle during a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One event held in October.
The Bat aircraft installed with the Pandora payload worked to obstruct radar functions and finished flight tests using fixed wings and other unmanned technologies during a flight near the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif., Northrop said Nov. 14.
This the first electronic attack system of its kind to be installed into a Group III UAV, according to Northrop.
George Vardoulakis, Northrop vice president of medium range tactical systems, said the company aims to use the same features of large unmanned aircraft with smaller forms such as Bat.
The Pandora is built from the company’s digital APR-39 systems and designed as a multi-function payload capable of electronic, protection, attack and support.