Northrop, Yamaha Collaborate on Unmanned Helicopter System

301_northrop_r-bat_5.8.2014 Northrop, Yamaha Collaborate on Unmanned Helicopter SystemNorthrop Grumman Corp. and Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. have agreed to work together to develop and market an unmanned autonomous helicopter system.

According to Northrop, the unmanned aerial system (UAS), called the Rotary Bat (R-Bat), merges an airframe produced by Yamaha with Northrop's autonomous control and intelligence-gathering technologies for applications such as search-and-rescue operations, power-line inspection and forest-fire observation.

Northrop notes that the R-Bat UAS is based on the Yamaha Motor RMAX remotely piloted unmanned helicopter that is currently used for industrial and farming applications in Japan.

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