BAE marks milestone with Coyote system

Jan. 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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TUCSON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- BAE Systems says its unmanned aircraft system achieved a milestone following a test flight funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

British company BAE says its 13-pound Coyote UAS technology, under development for military and scientific applications, successfully completed its first test flight.

The electric-powered Coyote, which has a 58-inch wingspan and is integrated with next-generation sensors or cameras, was dropped from a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft with a sonobuoy system and flew for 49 minutes marking a milestone for the UAS technology.

"This is a major step forward for this innovative and one-of-a-kind system," John Wall, BAE Systems vice president of aviation programs, said in a statement.

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