Northrop Seeks to Rent Out Small Training UAV

2013-08-15

Northrop Seeks to Rent Out Small Training UAV

Northrop Grummanhas offered theU.S. Air ForceandCustoms and Border Protectiona new unmanned training aircraft under a structure that aims to help the government save $70 million in annual maintenance and procurement expenses, Breaking Defensereported Tuesday.

Richard Whittlewrites the company presented the SandShark(nee Sand Storm ed)at the international trade show of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International held in Washington.

The company intends to rent the drone on an hourly rate under a fee-for-service system for drills that normally utilize MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers, according to the report.

Karl Purdy, Northropdirector of new UASprograms, told Breaking Defense the company designed SandSharkto perform about 50 touch-and-go landings per hour.

Whittle reports the SandShark can be controlled via the Internet or a 4G network and can also be flown atFederal Aviation Administration-accredited airfields in Arizona, Montana or Oklahoma.

source: suasnews.com



Region:  USA and Canada
Contry:  USA
Category:  UAV
Company:  Northrop Grumman


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