2-Dec-2011 Source: AVX Aircraft Company
BAE Systems and AVX Aircraft Company have combined expertise in system and subsystem integration and rotorcraft design to compete for the U.S. Navyâ€™s Medium Range Maritime Unmanned Aerial System (MRMUAS). The MRMUAS will provide a multi-intelligence, reconfigurable platform for operation from all air-capable ships. The joint team recently submitted its response to the Navyâ€™s Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to develop this future sea and land-based vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial system.
This solution integrates AVXâ€™s patented new aircraft configuration with BAE Systemsâ€™ onboard common autonomous mission systems, payloads, mission control system and support capabilities to provide the U.S. Navy a weapon system that exceeds MRMUAS mission requirements. The teamâ€™s highly capable, flexible and affordable weapon system leverages state-of-the-art subsystems, a modular open system architecture and a common mission system design that facilitates reuse.
After examining a range of air vehicle options for MRMUAS, including modifying existing commercial and military helicopters, BAE Systems and AVX concluded the Navyâ€™s requirements cannot be met by systems currently on the market. The team brings together AVXâ€™s extensive rotorcraft experience and BAE Systemsâ€™ system and subsystem integration expertise, to provide the Navy a weapon system that exceeds MRMUAS mission requirements at low total ownership cost.