The LONGBOW UTA provides a two-way, high-bandwidth data link for AH-64D Apache aircrews. The LONGBOW UTA enables the AH-64D Apache aircrew to control unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at long ranges and receive high-quality UAS imagery on their multi-function displays. This imagery is available for distribution to other air and ground platforms.
The UTA enables up through Level 4 control of a UAS that is equipped with a tactical common data link (TCDL). The UTA is fully integrated with the aircraft mission computers and displays, giving the UTA-equipped LONGBOW Apache aircrew the capability to manipulate the UAS flight path, control the sensor package to acquire and track targets and designate and engage targets with UAS designators and weapons. Providing net-centric interoperability, the UTA can also communicate with TCDL ground stations to share UAS or on-board Arrowhead Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system day/night vision imagery with ground forces.
The UTA has extensive commonality with the combat-proven LONGBOW FCR. Its visual signature and aerodynamics are identical to the LONGBOW FCR. The UTA’s above-the-rotor TCDL Mast Mounted Assembly (TMMA) shares the same structure as the FCR’s MMA. The TMMA tracks UAS azimuth and elevation, while compensating for aircraft motion. Its high-gain antenna system provides long-range communication. The fuselage-mounted TCDL Radio Electronics Unit (TREU) stores data and interfaces with the aircraft’s mission computers. The Apache Block III REU and the TREU also share significant degree of commonality.
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