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Future unmanned systems will have to be able to communicate, share information, and collaborate tighter, and intuitively with their human counterparts, across systems and domains.

A new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)/ strike unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) unveiled recently responds to this need. 

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) showcased an artist’s illustration of the aircraft and stated that it envisions this aircraft as a conduit, supplier, and consumer of information. The multi-mission control capability of the aircraft will allow commanders to control up to six UAVs with a single pilot, according to 

The UAV is based on an interconnected framework of vision, operating concepts, agile capacity development, and rapid fielding that embraces a family of systems. 

The aircraft is expected to leverage combat operational experience of the company’s MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) aircraft in UAV operations and digital engineering techniques.