Northrop Grum­man, Yamaha Mo­tor col­lab­o­rate on un­manned he­li­copter sys­tem


Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion and Yamaha Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion, USA have agreed to work to­gether to de­velop and mar­ket an in­no­va­tive small, un­manned au­ton­o­mous he­li­copter sys­tem. Called the Ro­tary Bat (R-Bat), the new sys­tem merges a proven air­frame pro­duced by Yamaha, with the lat­est au­ton­o­mous con­trol and in­tel­li­gence-gath­er­ing tech­nolo­gies for use in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments for ap­pli­ca­tions such as search and res­cue, power line in­spec­tion and for­est fire ob­ser­va­tion.

“The R-Bat joins our ex­ist­ing Bat fam­ily of un­manned air­craft sys­tems [UAS] used for tac­ti­cal in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance mis­sions,” said Ge­orge Var­doulakis, Vice Pres­i­dent for medium-range tac­ti­cal sys­tems, Northrop Grum­man. “Yamaha Mo­tor’s lin­eage of re­li­able prod­ucts speaks to the strength of R-Bat as a new mem­ber of our proven un­manned sys­tem port­fo­lio.”

The R-Bat is based on the Yamaha Mo­tor RMAX re­motely-pi­loted un­manned he­li­copter that is cur­rently used for in­dus- trial and farm­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. With more than 2 mil­lion ac­cu­mu­lated flight hours, the RMAX plat­form pro­vides agri­cul­tural sup­port ser­vices to more than 2.4 mil­lion acres of farm­land in Ja­pan each year.

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