Engility Team Supports Historic Aerial Refueling of US Navy Unmanned Aircraft
- Services provide navigational, mechanical design engineering
Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL ), teaming with the United States Navy and its Unmanned Combat Air System-Demonstration program, recently supported the first-time aerial refueling of an unmanned aircraft, marking an historic milestone in aviation history.
Under the project leadership of Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems Division, Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Department (NAWCAD) Patuxent River Code 4.11.7, Engility supported aerial refueling of the X-47B, as it performed a rendezvous with an Omega K-707 tanker.
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Engility provided a range of services for this event, including: software engineering that used inertial and GPS data to compute and send precision navigation information to the X-47B, enabling the aircraft to navigate to a fixed position behind the tanker; hardware engineering; and the mechanical design of racks of equipment, including custom components, that were installed on the Omega tanker (this equipment included power devices, sensors and radios, antennas, custom circuit cards, high density cameras and cabling).
Engility President and CEO Tony Smeraglinolo issued the following statement about the successful test.
"Engility and specifically the team at our Hollywood, MD , Engineering and Fabrication facility are proud to support the U.S. Navy and this strategic unmanned aerial refueling program. We are also proud to have been a part of this historic flight. Ultimately, the successful conclusion of the UCAS-D and Automated-Aerial-Refueling technology testing program will strategically extend the range and time aloft of our nation's unmanned aircraft fleet, providing critical mission support for our forces in different environments."
In 2013, the Engility and ATC Division team helped make naval history by supporting the first X-47B catapult (executed on May 10, 2013 ) and carrier-based arrested landing (executed on July 10, 2013 ) aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
Engility was recently awarded a $27.5 million re-compete contract to provide the range of services required in this program by NAWCAD 4.11.7.
Source : Engility Holdings, Inc. - view original press release