Airbus and Schiebel launch manned/ unmanned trials
Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel have tested Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) capabilities between an H145 helicopter and a CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS. The two craft jointly flew different scenarios including detection of objects hidden in places not accessible by traditional helicopters. The S-100 was controlled and piloted by an operator flying in the H145 and from a ground-based control station to simulate the return of the manned helicopter for refuelling.
“MUM-T multiplies the capabilities of both systems,” explained Mark R Henning, Programme Manager at Airbus Helicopters. “Smaller UAS with vertical take-off and landing capabilities can, for example, fly around (such) obstacles as trees or buildings closer than a helicopter could. They are able to explore unknown territory and deliver information to the helicopter crew which is operating from a safe position and which can then step in with the helicopter’s superior effects, having received a clear picture from the UAS.
“Our airborne MUM-T management system will become a highly attractive feature for our entire product range including the NH90, NFH and Tiger, together with the H145, as it adds an extremely valuable operational capability. The MUM-T capability can be implemented in any kind of helicopter and can interact with all types of unmanned systems, in particular Airbus Helicopters’ new VSR 700 UAS. The next step will be to optimise the human-machine interface.”
MUM-T test for Airbus and Siebel