THE TRW/ISRAEL Aircraft Industries (IAI), Hunter Joint Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), has been cleared to resume flight-testing.

The beleaguered $4.2 billion US Army/Navy project is threatened with cancellation after three crashes caused the UAV to be grounded in August. Project officials say that the accidents were caused by faulty aileron servos.

IAI confirms that the Hunter team is cleared to resume test flights. The first flights in Israel will test a replacement servo.

The USN says that senior officers met on 5 December to review the proposed return-to-flight approach, and evaluate the corrective actions related to the mishaps.

Source: Flight International