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Collins Aerospace Completes Air Launched Effects Demonstration for US Army Future Vertical Lift program

Collins Aerospace has successfully demonstrated a ready-now Mission Systems solution to support the operations of Air Launched Effects (ALE) from Army Aviation’s Enduring and Future Vertical Lift (FVL) fleet. Comprised of an air vehicle, multiple payloads, and a Mission System, these ALE are a crucial piece of the FVL aircraft’s ability to extend the organic reach, lethality, and survivability of manned platforms with Operator-on-the-Loop autonomy. The RapidEdge™ Mission System demonstrated by Collins acts as the brain of the system and includes radios for communication, solutions for handling multiple levels of classified data, mission computing, and autonomous behaviors for ALE.

During the demonstration, Collins’ hardware located in a lab in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was connected to hardware located at the company’s new Customer Experience Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The RapidEdge™ Mission System successfully executed tactically relevant ALE behaviors while communicating via a cross-domain multi-level security solution. The company’s Mission System enables multiple ALEs to act as a cooperative team with complementary capabilities while simultaneously reducing pilot workload. Additionally, the open system architecture allows multiple payloads and datalinks to be seamlessly integrated.

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RapidEdge™ Mission System combines small form factor mission computers and datalinks to enable proactive autonomy
RapidEdge™ Mission System combines small form factor mission computers and datalinks to enable proactive autonomy

“We designed our RapidEdge™ Mission System solution for this market with a robust and resilient open systems approach at a high technological and manufacturing readiness level,” said Heather Robertson, vice president and general manager, Integrated Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “The offering is primed to meet the Army’s aggressive program schedule while delivering a critical capability to the warfighter.”

Further evidence of this high readiness level was demonstrated by the recent live flight of the Collins Mission System solution while physically integrated into the Altius-700 air vehicle from Area-I, underscoring the ability to deliver a solution in line with the Army’s FVL schedule.

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary, is one of the world’s largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Collins Aerospace is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. As Collins Aerospace, the combined talents of both organizations are committed to honoring their strong legacy while creating comprehensive strategies to propel its customers and the industry toward the future, every day.

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