06/10/2020

IOC of REAP Pod achieved on MQ-9

GA-ASI, ANG, AATC and Ultra Electronics Successfully Complete Initial Operational Assessment of REAP Pod on MQ-9 – link

Source: ASD News

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  • In conjunction with the Air National Guard (ANG), the Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) and Ultra Electronics, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems successfully completed initial operational assessment of the Rosetta Echo Advanced Payloads (REAP) pod on an MQ-9
  • The first REAP flight test (known as REAP-1), held Aug. 3 and based out of Syracuse, N.Y., demonstrated a communications relay network providing seamless connectivity between air and ground participants in the demonstration area
  • Specific waveforms supported by the REAP pod include Link 16, UHF/VHF radio and P25 public safety, as well as mobile ad hoc networks (MANET)
  • According to the ANG/AATC, a REAP-equipped MQ-9 relayed video received from a Coyote small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) to a ground node at distances over 110 miles. All this was done while simultaneously bridging voice communications over the MANET at extended distances
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