Northrop Grumman has conducted a flight test of Re Scalable Aperture for Precision Targeting Radar (RAPTR) and Mini-Communications, Navigation, Identification (Mini-CNI) systems.

During the flight test, the systems were installed on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to showcase their capabilities to perform bi-directional air-to-ground communications functions.

The multifunction Raptr sensor and Mini-CNI demonstrated the transmission of advanced sensor data and communications when conducting air-to-air searching and tracking of targets.

The flight test was carried out at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst as part of a series to showcase Northrop Grumman’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) capabilities.

According to the company, the demonstration proved the systems’ ability in assisting the US Department of Defense’s (Dod) crewed-uncrewed teaming and long-range precision fires missions.

The two systems will also help increase the US Army’s FVL platforms’ survivability and lethality while furthering the company’s efforts to enable the DOD’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control programme.

Northrop Grumman advanced mission capabilities vice-president Susan Bruce said: “This flight test was a key step in demonstrating the ability to integrate multifunction sensors and advanced communications and networking systems into the FVL ecosystem that will provide warfighters with a number of new line-of-sight capabilities.

“These combined solutions will extend the operational reach of joint and coalition partners and will improve lethality, survivability and targeting against any threat for decision dominance in contested environments.”

Northrop Grumman noted that the RAPTR and Mini-CNI systems offer flexibility and lower cost, risk and time to deploy.

The systems feature a software-defined, modular open systems architecture.