Boe­ing EMARSS air­craft com­pletes first test flight


US Army and Boe­ing team com­pleted the first flight of the first of four en­hanced medium al­ti­tude re­con­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance sys­tem (EMARSS) en­gi­neer­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and de­vel­op­ment air­craft on May 22.

The air­craft was in the air for more than four hours and com­pleted all first-flight test ob­jec­tives, in­clud­ing eval­u­a­tion of aero­dy­namic han­dling qual­i­ties, air­craft sys­tems per­for­mance, and au­topi­lot func­tions.

The flight took place at the Beechcraft fa­cil­ity in Wi­chita, Kansas, fol­low­ing ground tests that in­cluded a high-speed taxi. This mile­stone is a key event on the path to Limited User Tests and the Mile­stone C low rate ini­tial pro­duc­tion de­ci­sion.

EMARSS will pro­vide the army the abil­ity to de­tect, lo­cate, clas­sify, iden­tify, and track sur­face tar­gets in nearly all weather con­di­tions, day or night, with a high de­gree of time­li­ness and ac­cu­racy.

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