Project Convergence 2020:
Air-Launched Effects via the Bell 360 Invictus
Area-I Expanding Air-Launched Effects Portfolio
Revealed: How the U.S. Army's Killer Drones Could Destroy Enemy Air-Defenses
Flooding the zone: Future aviation capability tightens kill chain at Project Convergence
Kill Chain In The Sky With Data: Army’s Project Convergence
In the 100-degree heat of the Yuma desert, Army troops are getting glimpses of how artificial intelligence can help their future fight. Aerial reconnaissance data automatically fills handheld digital maps with threats and targets, while smartphone apps allow them to take temporary control of passing drones to look through their sensors and fire missiles – that is, when the networks work and the tires don’t blow.
US Army awards air-launched effects contracts for future helicopters
The U.S. Army has awarded 10 contracts worth a total of $29.75 million to companies to provide mature technologies in the realm of air-launched effects, or ALE, for future vertical lift aircraft that are expected to come online around 2030, service aviation officials have told Defense News. Raytheon, Alliant Techsystems Operations of Northridge, California, and Area-I of Marietta, Georgia, were awarded contracts to develop air vehicles.
General Atomics launches ALTIUS-600 drone from MQ-1C Gray Eagle
The test launch of the Altius-600 from the MQ-1C was part of a month-long demonstration to show new uses for the US Army’s largest UAV, for instance, as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tool to be used against sophisticated adversaries, such as China or Russia.
GA-ASI Holds 3rd Multi-Domain Operations Demo with Gray Eagle ER
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) completed a month-long demo event that showcased a suite of long-range sensors, Air Launched Effects (ALE) and Scalable Command and Control (SC2) on its Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
U.S. Army tests new helicopter-launched drone at Yuma Proving Ground
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center conducted successful tests of the newest helicopter-launched unmanned aircraft system from.
Gunship-Launched Drone Approaches Transition Point
Air Force Special Operations Command wants to launch spy drones from its gunships to collect critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. The program to develop the technology is approaching a key transition point.
Army tests helicopter-based, tube-launched UAVs
Last week, the Army continued its plans to field a tube-launched, unmanned system for its tactical warfighter. Rather than deploying from fixed-wing aircraft like similar systems under development in the Navy and Air Force, the Army will use its fleet of helicopters as motherships for these autonomous drones.
Area-I delivered a PTERA-Baseline air-frame to NASA Armstrong in October 2014. A year later in October 15, Area-I personnel traveled to Edwards Airforce Base to lead the initial flight tests and train NASA engineers.
Area-I's ALTIUS has been featured in several publications now that the project has become public. Follow the links below to learn more: Jane's 18-May-2017 National Defense Magazine May-2017 UAS Vision May-2017 National Defense -May-2016