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EADS Continues Barracuda Flight Test Campaign

UAV Demonstrator Completes Four Test Flights In Goose Bay, Canada

In a series made up of four flights, EADS Defence & Security (DS) successfully tested the technology demonstrator 'Barracuda' at Goose Bay Air Force Base in Canada. Advanced technologies and new procedures, including sense & avoid capabilities, auto taxi systems, a structure integrated antenna and the image exploitation chain, were checked under realistic conditions.


Barracuda UAV EADS Photo

During this 2010 test campaign in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the jet-propelled UAV flew completely autonomously along pre-programmed flight profiles including auto-taxi. Flying some 2 hours and 42 minutes in four take-off and landing cycles this summer, the Barracuda has reached an overall total flight time of 4 hours and 15 minutes over 2009 and 2010. It was monitored from the ground control station with respect to flight safety only, while the payload ground station was used to steer the on-board Zeiss EO/IR sensor with regards to different modes and view angles from the ground as well as to receive the sensor data.

These successful flights in Goose Bay have given EADS Defence & Security practical confirmation of the results of technology program testing it had previously conducted. The Barracuda technology demonstrator was also used for test flights in the "Agile UAV in Network Centric Environment" technology program commissioned by the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (Bundesamt fur Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung - BWB).

"The continued successful testing campaigns of the Barracuda mark an extremely important step in the technological development, enabling us to consequently increase our capability to offer a full range of UAV products", stated Nicolas Chamussy, senior vice president of Unmanned Aerial Systems at EADS Defence & Security.

The test campaigns also enabled practical experiences in the interoperability of UAS within Network-Centric (NEC) operations conducted in line with the latest NATO criteria and in autonomous operation involving interaction with other systems. The experiences and results of this flight test campaign will be used for future UAS programmes such as the Talarion.

FMI: www.eads.com

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