Unmanned Aircraft System – Target (UAS-T)

PM ITTS

Mission

To provide a target system that offers a generic representation of a tactical class of unmanned aircraft systems being deployed by potential adversaries worldwide. The target system is available to support developmental and operational testing of weapon systems, Force Development Test and Experimentation, and training operations.

Description

The BroadSword Unmanned Aircraft System – Target (UAS-T), designated the MQM-171, provides realistic threat representation of unmanned aircraft systems likely to be employed against U.S. and Allied Forces in the tactical environment.  It can be flown manually within line-of-sight by the operator, but is normally operated using an autopilot that provides a wide variety of repeatable flight mission profiles to represent UAS operations. The air vehicle is available in both carbon fiber and fiberglass construction to provide different radar signatures to accommodate varied user requirements. UAS-T systems are currently available to support target requirements on ranges worldwide.

System Interdependencies

None

Program Status

  • 3Q FY19: Awarded follow-on, five year production and support contract.

Projected Activities

  • Support Mobile-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) test program at White Sands Missile Range, NM
  • Complete integration of Big Area Target System (BATS) instrumentation system into two BroadSword UAS-T air vehicles.
  • Support Space and Missile Defense Command’s High Energy Laser test program at White Sands Missile Range, NM

Foreign Military Sales

None

Contractors

  • Griffon Aerospace (Madison, AL)