Textron Methods Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) firm, introduced in the present day the profitable first flight and maritime integration of the Aerosonde® Small Unmanned Plane System (SUAS) on a U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG). The mixing follows a September 2021 award by the U.S. Navy of a multi-year Aerosonde job order for maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) companies aboard two DDGs. The success of this primary flight emphasizes the system’s capacity to supply a mature, dependable plane to assist the forms of ship-based missions being carried out now, all inside a small aviation footprint in a better sea state setting.

“This flight for Aerosonde represents the growth of the platform’s real-world maritime mission. Already working on the expeditionary sea base ship USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4), we’re excited to see Unmanned Methods contribute to the Navy’s essential missions throughout the globe,” says Wayne Prender, Senior Vice President of Air Methods. “The system’s long-endurance capabilities make it a really perfect platform for maritime ISR operations; search and rescue; and plenty of different missions offering the U.S. Navy with enhanced real-time situational consciousness at any time, wherever.”


The 70-pound Aerosonde unmanned air automobile supplies real-time full-motion video and different sensor functionality to Marines deployed in Afghanistan. (Photograph by Textron Methods Company/ U.S. NAVAIR)

Constructed with maritime missions in thoughts, the Aerosonde platform affords the multi-mission functionality and, with over 550,000 flight hours, confirmed reliability and efficiency. Built-in into the ship’s fight programs, the Aerosonde is supplied to ship day/evening full-motion video, wide-area surveillance, communications relay, indicators intelligence, and extra. The expeditionary platform is powered by a heavy gas engine and is able to level takeoff and touchdown, minimizing the impression on the ship’s operations.

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