BAE Systems, in conjunction with the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense’s Office of Strategic Capabilities (SCO), has successfully completed a flight test of advanced Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) technology.
The demonstration at a Department of Defense flight test range involved real mission sensors on a manned military fighter jet and several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The drones worked together to autonomously develop and execute the tactics needed to complete the mission. The airman used BAE Systems’ human-machine interface (HMI) to monitor mission progress and interact with the drones as he wished.
During this flight test, the team achieved its primary objective of demonstrating collaborative mission execution in an operationally representative environment.
The MUM-T architecture is designed to be open, flexible and secure. It uses BAE Systems algorithms for decentralized autonomous decision-making at the tactical edge, allowing the architecture to be easily adapted to new missions and integrate future technology.
DOD and BAE Systems will continue to work together and invest in additional capabilities to further evolve its MUM-T suite for operational readiness. The next phase of flight testing will enhance the capabilities and technology of the mission suite, demonstrating the flexibility and openness for integration onto an additional manned aircraft type and another unmanned platform to execute a mission. different.
“The development of autonomous technologies is crucial to protect our fighters against emerging threats”, said Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of controls and avionics solutions at BAE Systems. “This flight test demonstrates our team’s commitment to accelerating the deployment of reliable and innovative crewed team solutions for mission success.”