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Northrop Grumman fits jammer on small UAV

Nov. 15, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
A radar jamming payload was fitted on a Bat unmanned aircraft.
A radar jamming payload was fitted on a Bat unmanned aircraft. (Northrop Grumman)
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Electronic jammers have been fitted to a small UAV for the first time, according to Northrop Grumman.

The company said it has demonstrated a miniature electronic attack payload on a Bat UAV.

This marks “the first time that such a system was used in operation on a Group III (small, tactical) unmanned aircraft system,” Northrop said in a news release. The Bat is available in 10- and 12-foot wingspan variants.

The demonstration involved radar jamming at a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One event at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake last month.

The Bat carried the Pandora electronic attack payload, a low-cost derivative of Northrop Grumman’s APR-39 systems. Pandora was fitted to the Bat in less than two months.


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