UAV Performs Drop Test of U-ADD GPS Guided Payload

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Textron Systems Corporation performed a first drop test of a Universal Aerial Delivery Dispenser (U-ADD). The dispenser was deployed from a US Army RQ-5 Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) during a U.S. Air Force inert drop demonstration conducted at the U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.

The GPS-guided U-ADD was released at an altitude of about 13,000ft, flew stably for the entire flight trajectory and ejected the inert munition payload cleanly from the tube dispenser at the designated above-the-ground aim point. According to Major Thomas Williams, Chief of the Combat Operations Directorate at USAF UAV Battlelab, "The U-ADD has the potential of providing the warfighter with a precise delivery mechanism for smart area weapons, non-lethal payloads, as well as other cargo." Following the demonstration, the U-ADD will enter a product improvement phase to enhance its mission capabilities as well as expand the types and number of payloads that it can carry.

 

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