Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully demonstrated the heterogeneous airborne reconnaissance team (Hart) system during a recent Spiral 7 DARPA field exercise, conducted at Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah, US.

During the exercise, the HART system software and hardware autonomously managed multiple tactical unmanned aircraft systems, including Shadow, Raven, Hunter and Bat.

The HART system manages various manned and unmanned aircraft and sensors to collect and transfer streaming video, surveillance and reconnaissance information to soldiers when needed.

The warfighters can use handheld computers to request full-motion geo-registered video of enemy positions or hostile territory for quick decision-making and reaction ability.

The successful demonstration moves the technology closer to field deployment to enhance warfighter situational awareness.