EADS Barracuda tests new systems in Canada
In a further test series comprising four flights, EADS has again tested the technology demonstrator Barracuda at Goose Bay in Canada.
Advanced technologies and new procedures have successfully passed new tests under realistic conditions, the company claimed. As part of the flight tests, EADS particularly checked the Sense & Avoid capabilities, Auto Taxi Systems, a Structure Integrated Antenna and the Image Exploitation Chain (Automatic Target Detection Systems).
During the summer campaign the jet-propelled unmanned flight system (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – UAV) flew completely autonomously along pre-programmed flight profiles including auto-taxying processes. Total time was 2 hours and 42 minutes in four missions.
Barracuda was monitored from the Ground Control Station with respect to flight safety only, while the Payload Ground Station was used to steer the on-board Zeiss EO/IR sensor with regards to different modes and view angles from the ground as well as to receive the sensor data.
The flights in Goose Bay have given EADS Defence & Security practical confirmation of the results of technology programmes it had already conducted on its own initiative. Moreover, the Barracuda technology demonstrator was used for test flights in the ‘Agile UAV in Network Centric Environment’ technology programme commissioned by the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung - BWB).