Moog participates in an unmanned military stage

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Moog, the Tewkesbury-based high-tech engineering company, has revealed its key role in an unmanned military project.

US parent company Moog Inc. says its hardware has been used in a “historic step” in unmanned aviation.

An X-61A Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) successfully launched and recovered during a test flight in Utah.

The Gremlins system piloted three GAVs to complete four individual flight sorties for a total of 6.7 hours of flight time, including the 1.4 hour in-flight recovery mission.

The goal of Project Gremlins, managed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is to demonstrate the air launch and recovery of several low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems.

Moog’s systems provide precision motion control for several elements of the Gremlins system.

These were developed in collaboration with the American information science and technology company Dynetics.

It uses pre-tested elements and off-the-shelf commercial components to ensure reliability and cost effectiveness.

The system allows for multiple rides, allowing Dynetics to achieve the critical 24-hour refurbishment goal for return to flight.

Moog has provided precision steering controls to weapons programs for 70 years and has been a leader in the transition from hydraulic and pneumatic actuation to rugged electromechanical technologies.

Mike Brunner, Director of Moog Missile Systemssaid, “Our development of application-specific systems over the past decades has resulted in an extensive portfolio of flight-proven solutions.

“In order to meet the rapidly changing needs of our fighters, where possible, we are moving away from the longer timelines associated with traditional development of one-off solutions and instead, as an integrated teammate, work to take full advantage of our proven solutions to reduce risk capabilities to our customers at a much faster rate.”

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