Flight testing of airborne sense-and-avoid technology for U.S. Air Force unmanned aircraft is set to transition from a Learjet manned surrogate to Northrop Grumman’s optionally piloted Firebird to demonstrate the system can be applied to different platforms without redevelopment. Under its Northrop-led Multiple Intruder Autonomous Avoidance program, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has used a Learjet operated by Calspan as a surrogate for the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV. The Learjet ...


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