Lockheed Martin partners with Canadian UAVs to develop BVLOS capabilities

Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding with supplier of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Canadian UAVs, to provide an unmanned traffic management solution to fly beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS). The increased range of BVLOS operations requires real-time airspace situational awareness for the UAV pilot and support crew to ensure safe, repeatable operations in Canada and other markets.

Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems will provide integration support for the vehicle control station software called VCS, a ground control system with more than 1.5 million flight hours in military and commercial flight operations. Canadian UAVs will integrate their low-cost, ground-based radar, Sparrowhawk, into VCSi to provide users with a complete airspace picture of manned and unmanned aviation tracking with collision avoidance. Sparrowhawk has been part of Canadian UAVs’ first permitted BVLOS flights outside of restricted airspace in Canada. The company will also develop hardware and artificial intelligence software as part of Project Skysensus, a five-year investment from Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefit (ITB) Policy.

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