Photo Release: Navy tests small UAV support equipment
Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class (Aviation Warfare) Clyde Williams,left, and engineers Doug Waddell and Wayne Hewitt, from the Support Equipment Test and Evaluation Branch, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. conduct tilt-table testing with the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft vehicle Jan.16 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Tilt-table testing is conducted on all support equipment deployed aboard a ship to ensure stability and proper braking.
During the test, engineers used a steel platform to simulate the flight-deck environment. The unit, in this case the RQ-21A’s transportation cart, was tilted 15 degrees to simulate the ship’s dynamic motion at 24 points around a 360-degree compass.
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The RQ-21A Blackjack, managed by the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-263), will operate from both land and sea and will provide persistent maritime and land-based tactical reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition data collection and dissemination capabilities to the warfighter.
Source : Naval Air Systems Command - view original press release