The specialists of the US Army held trials, during which time a multi-purpose helicopter UH-60 Black Hawk was launched miniature reconnaissance drone Altius. As writes Flightglobal, the tests took place in early March 2020, and was deemed successful.
The development of UAV Altius is engaged in a U.S. company Area-I. the Device has a foldable wing, and created a pipe run. The drone can stay in the air for up to 4 hours and fly at speeds of 100 kilometers per hour. The range of the drone is about 400 kilometers. Altius can carry a payload weighing up to 2.7 kilograms.
During tests conducted at the test site in Yuma, Arizona, the UAV Altius was launched from a helicopter from a height of 30 meters. Due to the small height of the flight the helicopter may take longer to be undetected by the enemy, while receiving reconnaissance information from the drone. In flight, the unit transferred data of detected targets on the helicopter-carrier.
Earlier it became known that an American company General Atomics in the summer of 2020 will test the drums drone MQ-1C Gray Eagle launch reconnaissance drones Altius. According to the test plan, during the tests of miniature drones after launch will fly off the MQ-1C, for a distance of 60 to 80 kilometers.