Aerosonde Mark 5 UAS has successful test

HUNT VALLEY, Md., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. company AAI Corp. says its unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight test.

AAI is designing its Aerosonde Mark 5 UAS for eventual deployment as part of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps unmanned vehicle programs. Officials say the Aerosonde Mark 5, under development for two years, successfully conducted its first flight tests, marking a milestone for AAI.


The tests, conducted at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, were designed to measure the capabilities of the Aerosonde Mark 5's latest airframe design.

"We have incorporated the best features of our proven Aerosonde aircraft UAS," Steven Reid, AAI vice president of unmanned aircraft systems, said in a statement.

"The Aerosonde Mark 5 delivers impressive endurance with superior intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition capabilities. Our experience and understanding of our military customers' needs uniquely position us to meet these Navy and Marine Corps requirements."

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