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MQ-9 UAS supports ASW demonstration

14 November 2017

Key Points

  • The MQ-9 air vehicle was fitted with a sonobuoy receiver and a data processor for the purposes of the demonstration
  • Testing saw the MQ-9 receive and process sonobuoy data and then relay track data via a satellite communications link

A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 unmanned air system has demonstrated remote detection and tracking of underwater targets during a US Navy (USN) exercise

Testing on the Southern California Offshore Range (SCORE) west of San Clemente Island in October saw the MQ-9 receive and process sonobuoy data and then relay track data via a satellite communications (SATCOM) link.

The test, performed on 12 October, was designed to demonstrate the embodiment of a persistent, long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrol and relay capability on the MQ-9 alongside above-water maritime mission sets.

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