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Northrop Grumman Develops a STANAG 4586 Compatible Ground Control Station for UAVs

MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) recently completed a flight under the command and control of a new company-developed STANAG 4586 compatible ground control station (GCS). The first series of tests took place at the Yuma Proving Ground in AZ.  


The new system will be demonstrated as part of the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment at Fort Benning, Ga. The GCS contains multiple radios for voice, secondary command and control and a Tactical Common Data Link for primary command and control and sensor data downlink. The operator stations are fully redundant with PC-based commercial off-the-shelf workstation components.

The GCS intercommunication system is digital with an external wireless system for other crew members. Mission planning is accomplished with the Army standard Aviation Mission Planning System. The graphical user interface makes use of the latest technologies and displays an intuitive Primary Flight Display that was developed with input from teams of experienced air vehicle operators. The Vehicle Specific Module can interface with any STANAG 4586 compatible Core Unmanned Control System (CUCS) module such as that used in the Army Universal/One System GCS.