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New wing tests for carrier drone

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San Diego (UPI) Feb 17, 2011
The low-speed characteristics of a new wing design for a carrier-launched unmanned aerial system have been validated by its California manufacturer.

California's General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. said key wind tunnel tests on a model of the Sea Avenger UAS showed the new wing design had higher endurance and lower approach speeds.

The wing, it said, is also designed to increase aircraft dash speeds, decreasing the time to respond to potential threats.

"GA-ASI is committed to providing the Navy with swift delivery of a robust and versatile aircraft carrier-based UAS that meets or exceeds known requirements, provides measurable manpower savings and assures best value," said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. "Reducing risk is a key component of this process and our company has repeatedly designed and delivered low-cost, high-quality UAS, in part, because of our recurring commitment to invest in early development, as evidenced by this recent wind tunnel test."

The 90-hour, eight-day test was conducted at the San Diego Air and Space Technology Center.

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