U.S. Navy Missile Destroyer Tests UAS for Recon

California-based AeroVironment Inc. says the U.S. Navy has tested and deployed its RQ-20B Puma small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aboard a Flight I Guided Missile Destroyer. Some of the testing exercises included the use of AeroVironment’s fully autonomous system to recover the aircraft aboard a ship. According to AeroVironment, following completion of a Puma AE intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission, the AeroVironment Precision Recovery System provides for the autonomous onboard recovery of an aircraft without interrupting the ship’s operations. In addition, because the Puma AE...

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