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Lockheed Subsidiary Plans Full Demo of Autonomous Helicopter Tech in 2020

Lockheed Subsidiary Plans Full Demo of Autonomous Helicopter Tech in 2020 - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary, plans to conduct a fully autonomous flight of the S-70 helicopter as an optionally manned aircraft by 2020, Military.com reported Thursday.

The helicopter firm's new optionally piloted vehicle technology will allow the military to autonomously deploy the UH-60 Black Hawk, an S-70 variant.

Sikorsky seeks to allow for autonomy retrofitting on existing aircraft and provide warfighters with multiple autonomous modes.

Mark Ward, chief test pilot at Sikorsky, said the optionally piloted helicopter has reached a speed of 150 knots over 54.5 recorded flight hours.

The effort will move on to testing a range of piloting modes with varying levels of autonomy.

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