Cassidian's Franz Bucher revealed more details about a recent series of tests involving the European company's Barracuda technology demonstrator.
A total of five flights were performed from Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador in June and July, with the Barracuda having been airborne at the same time as a manned Learjet, which was acting as a surrogate UAS. The work was conducted as part of the agile UAV in a network-centric environment research and development programme.
During the flights, the aircraft acted against a fixed and moving target. During the exercises, one aircraft acquired the targets, passing the information to the other aircraft, which then "prosecuted" the target - although no live weapons were used in the exercise.