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Northrop Grumman Unveils Unmanned Aircraft

02 March 2001

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Integrated Systems Sector (ISS) today unveiled its design for an unmanned aircraft that the company will fly later this year to demonstrate some of the technologies emanating from its new Advanced Systems Development Center (ASDC) here.

A full-scale model of the Pegasus unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was rolled out of a hangar to culminate the opening ceremony for the center. The actual vehicle, being built with company funds for the flight demonstration program, is expected to be completed this summer.

Designed with stealth features and shaped like a kite, Pegasus is built largely with composite materials. The aircraft measures 27.9 feet long and has a nearly equal wingspan of 27.8 feet. First flight is planned for the fourth quarter of this year at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif. One of the first tasks of the Pegasus flight program will be to demonstrate the aerodynamic qualities of an autonomous UAV that would allow it to operate from an aircraft carrier. Northrop Grumman is performing trade studies, analysis and preliminary design for a naval unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) under a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Navy.

Northrop Grumman's ISS, based in Dallas, Tex., is a premier aerospace systems integration enterprise. ISS has the capabilities to design, develop, integrate, produce and support complete systems, as well as airframe subsystems, for airborne surveillance and battle management aircraft, early warning aircraft, airborne electronic warfare aircraft and air combat aircraft.






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