- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
- Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses
- Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle
- United States Air Force
Boeing/DARPA have announced UCAV program successful completion of all ground and
flight objectives for the first phase, or Block 1, of demonstrations. UCAV
program is now ready to enter second phase.
During phase 1, the UCAV program completed 48 discrete laboratory, simulation
and flight demonstrations. The demonstrations reduced risks related to the
technologies, processes and system attributes of the UCAV objective system.
The two X-45A air vehicles involved in this program have completed a total of 16
flights and nearly 13 flight hours since May 2002.
The final Block 1 activities were demonstration flights to verify safe operation
mode of the weapons bay door at altitudes of 35,000 feet and speeds up to 0.75
Key Block 1 demonstrations included:
Assembly and disassembly of the UCAV wings for transport
Concept of operations demonstrations
Response to a loss of communication
According to USAF plans, UCAV will be employed for attack missions, mainly SEAD.
UCAV program/ UCAV objective system will achieve an initial experimental
capability by 2008.
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