General Atomics“™ aeronautical systems company has completed the flight test for a sense-and-avoid radar aboard a remotely piloted aircraft in an effort to further the aircraft“™s integration into international and domestic airspace.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. flight-tested a due regard radar on Predator B and the radar system performed collision avoidance maneuvers onboard the unmanned aerial vehicle, General Atomics said Thursday.
Frank Pace, president of aircraft systems at GA-ASI, said the radar is intended to help users operate Predator B “in international airspace without the need for land-based, sea-based or off-board airborne airspace surveillance.“
General Atomics seeks to align the radar“™s functionality with the traffic alert and collision avoidance system II with resolution advisories applied to commercial aircraft at present.
The preproduction DRR tracked multiple targets and searched a wide field-of-regard in scripted encounters against other aircraft during multiple flight tests in December.
Pace said the flight test culminates the radar“™s four-year development phase.