BAE execs boost new UAS performance

Feb. 25, 2008 at 9:18 PM
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WARTON, England, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- British company BAE Systems executives say their new HERTI UAS offers a higher level of reliability at cost-effective levels.

The executives were speaking as they prepared to put HERTI on display at this year's Singapore Air Show last week.

Andy Wilson, business development director for Utility UAS at BAE Systems, said: "What we have done in developing HERTI is to produce a platform that is affordable, built to meet operational needs, and which will offer levels of reliability that up until now will have only been available in manned aircraft." He was quoted in a BAE Systems press statement

"In Singapore, we will be exhibiting the production configuration vehicle, and the system in which it operates, giving new levels of autonomy and reliability for UAS. Effectively this is the first of the next generation of this kind of vehicle. HERTI has the ability to offer users both in the military and civil environment a range of capabilities up until now simply not accessible because of either cost or reliability issues," Wilson said.

Mark Kane, managing director of autonomous systems & future capability at BAE Systems, said: "The key to HERTI is that we have developed a capability and task driven system that will deliver high levels of operational performance in a wide range of different roles. Recent trials have given us further confidence that HERTI is uniquely placed to meet customer requirements around the world."

"When coupled with BAE Systems' Imagery Collection & Exploitation -- ICE -- system, the aircraft offers real potential in the fields of maritime, coastline and border surveillance as well as showing broader potential for areas such as pipeline, plant and infrastructure surveillance, and insurgent detection," BAE Systems said.

"HERTI builds on previous major achievements where BAE Systems has flown six different UAS over the last six years. These included the first, and still the only, fully autonomous flight by a UAS in (British) airspace with Civil Aviation Authority clearance," the company said.

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