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Unmanned air systems (UAS) 2014 – The Lockheed Martin Kestrel autopilot has received its commodity jurisdiction, allowing for quick, affordable deployments for international markets. The Kestrel autopilot and a version of the vertical takeoff and lift Indago system are no longer restricted by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and they are now controlled under the Export Administration Regulations.
According to UST the Kestrel 3.0 autopilot features the Lockheed Martin “Fly Light” avionics technologies. This advanced system incorporates data from a suite of sensors and GPS to create an accurate estimate of the vehicle’s location and orientation. Low latency, high rate data is sent to the motors to stabilize and position the vehicle and payload.
To obtain approval for exports, Lockheed Martin submitted a commodity jurisdiction request, which determines whether an item is covered by the U.S. Munitions List, and therefore is controlled by regulations such as ITAR. The outcome of the request led to the Kestrel 3.0 autopilot and Indago system’s availability for international customers.