Fri, Mar 16, 2007
Certified Cobra Fleet Now Numbers Five
The Federal Aviation Administration awarded Experimental
Airworthiness Certificates to three of Raytheon Company's Cobra
Unmanned Aircraft Systems this week, bringing the certified Cobra
fleet total to five.
The Cobra is described as a low-cost, highly reliable unmanned
system that is designed to test unmanned systems technologies. It
has a wingspan of 10 feet and is 9-feet long.
The triple EACs clear the way for Raytheon to continue current
operations in a specified section of the National Airspace in
Southeastern Arizona and remain in compliance with a recently
published FAA policy on unmanned aircraft operations in the
National Airspace System.
Raytheon is also authorized to conduct research and development,
crew training and market surveys using the Cobra system, according
to Plano's Inside Collin County Business.
The Cobra Unmanned Aircraft System is a compilation of
capabilities from several Raytheon businesses, including Missile
Systems in Tuscon; Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) in
Garland, TX; Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, CA; and
McKinney, TX-based Network Centric Systems.
Raytheon Company employs more than 80,000 people worldwide and
is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. The defense and aerospace
systems supplier saw 2006 sales topping $20.3 billion.
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