The US Army is set to formalise its participation in the UK's Sender "unit level" tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV).

The Sender is one of two emerging British Army requirements for UAVs (Flight International, 14-20 July). With a 30km (16nm) range, it will be equipped with a surveillance and targeting-capable sensor.

US Army Tactical UAV (TUAV) programme manager Col Mike Howell says a memorandum of agreement is planned for UK/US Sender collaboration. A joint project will emerge if the US Army requires a battalion-level UAV.

Seven companies submitted bids for the US brigade-level TUAV contest (Flight International, 30 June-6 July), of which between three and five will be chosen, possibly by early August, for systems capabilities demonstrations.

Source: Flight International