November 02, 2022

Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission

Featuring Stacie Pettyjohn

Source: New Scientist

Journalist Jeremy Hsu

This was the latest milestone in a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program called ALIAS that is testing Sikorsky’s MATRIX technology – a drop-in kit that can convert helicopters into aircraft that fly autonomously. The first, shorter flight tests without any humans on board took place in February.

“I think it’s a significant jump from the prior exercises and experiments where there was still a pilot onboard,” says Stacie Pettyjohn at the Center for New American Security, a national security think tank in Washington DC. “Eighty miles is a pretty significant distance.”

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Authors

  • Stacie Pettyjohn

    Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Program

    Stacie Pettyjohn is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at CNAS. Her areas of expertise include defense strategy, posture, force planning, the defense budget, ...