The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that a Black Hawk helicopter recently performed its first autonomous flight at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
The helicopter flew for 30 minutes without any passengers on board as part of DARPA's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program.
The UH-60A model Black Hawk was equipped with Sikorsky MATRIX autonomous technology from Lockheed Martin, in order to fly without a pilot.
Said DARPA's Stuart Young, "With ALIAS, the Army will have much more operational flexibility. This includes the ability to operate aircraft at all times of the day or night, with and without pilots, and in a variety of difficult conditions, such as contested, congested, and degraded visual environments."
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