Army Conducts First Flight Test for Medium-Range Launched Effects System

Aurora Flight Sciences launches an Anduril Altius-700 during the tests at Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah. (Aurora Flight Sciences Photo) 

The U.S. Army’s Launched Effects (LE) program has successfully completed its inaugural flight test of the Launched Effects-Medium Range (LE-MR) prototype system at Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah. Conducted over eight days in mid-February, these tests mark a pivotal milestone for the program.

The system integration for this prototype was spearheaded by Aurora Flight Sciences, focusing on the functionality and integration of various components within the LE-MR system. The prototype amalgamates the Anduril Altius-700 air vehicle with the Collins Mission System, incorporating payloads such as Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Radio Frequency Detect, Identify, Locate, and Report payload, and a decoy payload from Report and Technology Service Corporation. Control during the flights was facilitated through a Scalable Control Interface prototype.

A key to the program’s success is its adoption of a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA), fundamental from the initial design and contractual discussions. “MOSA is an integral component of the LE-MR, enabling continuous upgrades and the integration of various payloads to stay ahead of threats,” stated COL Danielle Medaglia, PM UAS.

MOSA ensures alignment with overall program objectives and requirements, fostering a collaborative environment that eliminates redundant efforts. This strategy facilitated the collaboration among all five vendors, integrating mission systems and payloads seamlessly with the air vehicles.