The Gremlins programme aims to demonstrate the aerial launch and recovery of multiple reusable uncrewed air systems (UASs) for specific missions. It is managed by DARPA’s tactical technology office.
The programme underwent a fourth flight test event at the Dugway proving ground in Utah.
An X-61A Gremlins air vehicle (GAV) was successfully launched and recovered during the test, marking a key milestone in the programme.
According to Moog, the company’s hardware components were used in the Gremlins demonstration system.
Its electromechanical actuation systems offered precision motion control for multiple elements of the demonstration system.
This included GAV tail fin control, GAV wing deploy, and fin control for the attitude-controlled ‘Bullet’, which supported the recovery system.
Moog developed the systems with Dynetics.
During the demonstration, three GAVs conducted four individual flight sorties for a total of 6.7 hours, including the 1.4-hour airborne recovery mission.
Moog Missile Systems director Mike Brunner said: “Our development of application-specific systems over the last several decades has resulted in an extensive portfolio of flight-proven solutions.
“In order to support the rapidly evolving needs of our warfighter, whenever possible, we are shifting from the longer timelines associated with the traditional development of unique solutions, and instead, as an embedded teammate, work to fully leverage our proven solutions to bring low risk capabilities to our customers at a much faster pace.”