Engine Run Testing Completed on US DoD Target Drone

By Mike Ball / 17 Jan 2020
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Sierra Technical Services (STS), a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) design, manufacturing and testing specialist, has announced that it has completed engine run testing on the 5th Generation Aerial Target (5GAT), a high-performance unmanned fighter-size drone that is designed to simulate representative threat aircraft for U.S. armed forces air-to-air and surface-to-air weapons evaluation, pilot training, and ground forces training.

Having previously acted as a subject matter expert to the U.S. Department of Defense during the design phase of the 5GAT, STS was awarded a Prime Contract by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Contracting Office (USACE) to design, manufacture, assemble, integrate and ground/flight test the 5GAT Demonstrator. The first test flight of the demonstrator is scheduled to take place in the near future.

Roger Hayes, President and CEO of STS, commented: “This is an exciting day and major milestone achievement with the completion of these Engine Run Tests leading up to our flight test phase expected in the 1st quarter of 2020. I am extremely proud of our very small and dedicated 5GAT Team. This is a major step forward to providing our warfighters an attritable, low-cost, high-performance, full-scale, 5th Generation Aerial Target that can be also be used by the Department of Defense (DoD) for other emerging projects such as NGAT, Loyal Wingman, and Sky Borg.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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