The British conducted a joint test of a drone and a manned helicopter

British company QinetiQ conducted a joint test of a drone and a manned helicopter H125, the purpose of which was to demonstrate the interaction devices. As writes Flightglobal, testing took place on 19 June 2020 at the site in Salisbury plain in southwest England. A helicopter and a drone had engaged in a joint search for terrestrial purposes. The tests were carried out in the framework of the development of the concept of MUM-T.

The concept of MUM-T (Manned-Unmanned Teaming, interaction man — machine) with respect to helicopters suggests that the crews of manned helicopters in flight will be able to control unmanned aerial vehicles. It is not just about intelligence sharing but about the control over the apparatus at all stages of flight, including takeoff and landing.

MUM-T also suggests that drones can operate in fully automatic mode, performing certain tasks in tandem with a manned helicopter. Finally, the helicopter crews will be able to interact with unmanned vehicles on the level of a simple formulation of the problem, solutions to which drones will have to have to look for yourself.

During the test, 19 Jun drone QinetiQ worked in automatic mode; the operator only occasionally gave commands to the machine when it was necessary to adjust its goals. Flight control jobs drone was made using the tablet in the helicopter. The tests were conducted by the land forces of great Britain.

In April this year the European defence Agency has announced a tender to develop technology that will allow manned helicopters and drones to carry out joint flights together to solve various problems. In the framework of the contest the participants will also need to create a system that will allow you to translate a manned helicopter to unmanned mode. For research funding the European Union intends to send no more than 22 million euros.

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