26.5.2020

US Army Advances Air Launched Effects Program

US Army Advances Air Launched Effects Programme – link

Source: UAS Vision

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  • The US Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Cross-Functional Team (CFT) will continue flight trials in the fourth quarter of this year as it transitions into the next phase of its Air Launched Effects (ALE) program, service officials have disclosed
  • The decision follows initial flights tests conducted at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, between February and March, during which the Area-I Altius 600 UAS were for the first time forward-launched at low altitudes in the hover position from UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in support of the ALE concept
  • The Altius 600 UAS being launched from a UH-60 helicopter at low altitudes and in the hover position during a trial
  • The ALE program has been designed to enhance the army’s ability to conduct multi-domain operations by using autonomous air vehicles as part of a wider FARA “eco-system”
  • Expected to penetrate enemy air-defense systems, air vehicles must be capable of creating “chaos in enemy decision spaces” to enable freedom of movement for friendly forces across a battlespace

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