The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) being developed for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps is still on track to achieve initial operational capability (IOC) with a Marine Expeditionary Unit on a Navy amphibious ship in mid-2014, the program manager said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference this week. The twin-boomed, 135-lb. UAV completed land-based testing in December, but officials still want to do about a dozen more hours of ...

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