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Sea Avenger completes key wind tunnel test

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 22, 2011
GA-ASI's Sea Avenger

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has announced the successful completion of a key wind tunnel test of a model of its Sea Avenger UAS.

GA-ASI claims the test “validated the low-speed characteristics of a new wing, resulting in higher endurance and lower approach speeds” for the Sea Avenger, which is designed to meet the US Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) requirement by providing a long-endurance, survivable, carrier-based UAS.  The test, which lasted for 90 hours over an eight day period (completed on February 15), was conducted at the San Diego Air & Space Technology Center.

GA-ASI said the updated design utilises proprietary wing technology which enables high-speed flight, while also giving excellent low-speed handling qualities for aircraft carrier landings.

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