Bell Helicopter, Textron Systems and AAI—all subsidiaries of Textron Inc.—have opened a research lab in Huntsville, Ala. that will focus on systems integration and manned-unmanned teaming. The complex, which includes the Bell/AAI manned/unmanned operations (MUMO) capability development lab and the Textron Systems integration and collaboration lab, houses a number of technology development programs, including a maintenance trainer for the Shadow unmanned aerial system (UAS), Shadow hardware-in-the-loop simulator, an iCommand suite, ground control station simulators and Gray Eagle/Shadow desktop trainers. The site will also feature a Kiowa Warrior simulator to help develop MUMO cognitive skills. The company says the MUMO lab will help operators develop tactics, techniques and procedures.
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Shadow hardware-in-the-loop simulator. Photo courtesy of Textron