A manned Airbus Helicopters H145 and Schiebel Camcopter S-100 demonstration interoperability. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters
A Schiebel Camcopter S-100 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and Airbus Helicopters’ manned H145 successfully completed a series of manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) flights last week. The demonstration was accomplished through a partnership between the Austrian Armaments and Defense Technology Agency (ARWT) and Schiebel. The mission explored the benefits and challenges of delivering MUM-T flight operations for army aviation.
MUM-T provides pilots of manned aircraft with the ability to take full advantage of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of the UAS and thereby improve safety and decision-making in complex, contested missions. This particular demonstration achieved Level 5 interoperability by providing the user on board the manned aircraft with full command and control over the UAS as well as its payload, launch and recovery.
Some capabilities for UAS include providing an aerial view and operating above manned assets while manned assets benefit from using local terrain. This approach of enhancing coverage and timeliness of information helps keep pilots safe and enables commanders to maximize both platforms.