Army Testing Pilotless Helicopters
The U.S. Army is testing an unmanned Black Hawk helicopter that one day can deliver cargo and supplies to troops autonomously, according to LiveScience.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. built the helicopter, which completed its first test in March.
The autonomous Black Hawk helicopter provides the commander with the flexibility to determine crewed or un-crewed operations, increasing sorties while maintaining crew rest requirements, Mark Miller, vice president of research and engineering at Sikorsky, said in a statement to LiveScience. This allows the crew to focus on the more sensitive operations, and leaves the critical resupply missions for autonomous operations without increasing fleet size or mix.
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