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Boeing - ScanEagle UAV Team Achieves NATO Compliance


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Boeing
: 07 February, 2007  (New Product)
Boeing ScanEagle Team Achieves Compliance with NATO UAV Interoperability Standard
The Boeing and Insitu, Inc., ScanEagle team has gained compliance with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) interoperability standard. The standard, also known as Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4586, establishes specifications for a common ground station system for UAVs used by NATO military forces.

Compliance with STANAG 4586 allows NATO member nations to jointly support military operations using their own UAVs and ground control station equipment. This increases interoperability and allows data and information processed by member nation UAVs to be shared real-time through a common ground interface.

'This accomplishment demonstrates Boeing's continued commitment to systems interoperability,' said Marshall Williams, Mission Management Systems manager, Boeing Unmanned Systems. 'This new capability will pave the way for even greater versatility for ground station deployment choices and support advanced multi-vehicle autonomy features to be demonstrated later this year.'

Using a ScanEagle Vehicle Specific Module and an Insitu Multiple UAV Software Environment ground station with an 'Army One' ground control station Common UAV Control Software package developed by CDL Systems Ltd., the team flew a three-hour simulated mission to demonstrate various functions and levels of STANAG 4586 specifications. The test also included numerous flight route and payload functions and the collection of video and still imagery of multiple targets.

'We were impressed with how quickly the Boeing team was able to implement a Vehicle Specific Module for the ScanEagle air vehicle,' said Albert Sulmistras, Business Development manager, CDL Systems Ltd. 'This reflects favorably on the maturity of the STANAG 4586 standard as a key enabler to UAV interoperability. We are thrilled that the Boeing team selected our VCS-4586 software for their ground station.'

NATO maintains STANAG processes and procedures for military and technical equipment as well as procedures commonly used by member nations. STANAG was established so that one nation's military can access and use the procedures and equipment of another through common interfaces.
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