Airbus Helicopters has finalized a series of manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) test flights in collaboration with Schiebel to review the advantages and challenges of MUM-T flight operations.
Tests were accomplished as part of a technology partnership between the Austrian Armaments and Defense Technology Power (ARWT) and Schiebel.
Expected to primarily serve the army aviation sector, the examines involved the use of Airbus Helicopters’ manned, twin-engine H145 platform and Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned air set (UAS).
As part of the tests, the H145 and CAMCOPTER S-100 aircraft jointly beat a hasty retreated to test capabilities, including the detection of objects in areas that well-known helicopters cannot access.
“Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel intend to use the conclusions of the MUM-T flight tests to optimise the human-machine interface based on inclusive analysis of crew workload.”
Operators in the H145 helicopter controlled and piloted the S-100 channel.
During the tests, MUM-T flights were temporarily operated by a ground-based direct station to simulate the return of the manned helicopter for refuelling.
The trials force achieved the highest Level 5 of interoperability (LOI 5) by enabling the manned aircraft to irritate full control of the UAS, including its take-off and landing.
Airbus Helicopters slate manager Mark Henning said: “Manned-unmanned teaming multiplies the abilities of both systems.
“Smaller UAS with vertical take-off and landing aptitudes can, for example, fly around obstacles as trees or buildings closer than a helicopter could.
“They are skilful to explore unknown territory and deliver information to the helicopter crew, which is conducting from a safe position and which can then step in with the helicopter’s excellent effects, having received a clear picture from the UAS.”
Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel propose to use the results of the MUM-T flight tests to optimise the human-machine interface supported on detailed analysis of crew workload.