Military Embedded Systems

5th-gen aerial target UAS completes engine run testing


January 14, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of Sierra Technical Services.

TEHACHAPI, Calif. Sierra Technical Services, Inc. (STS) completed the engine run testing on the 5th Generation Aerial Target (5GAT). The 5GAT contract is administered by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Contracting Office (USACE) and is managed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (OSD/DOT&E).

STS was awarded a Prime Contract in March 2017 to design, manufacture, assemble, integrate, and ground/flight test the 5GAT Demonstrator and has provided subject matter expertise to the U.S. government while developing the design of the 5GAT aircraft concept since 2008.

According to the company, the 5GAT aircraft is intended to meet specialized needs regarding "threat representative" adversaries that the warfighter may encounter in an aerial combat situation.

The 5GAT is an unmanned, fighter-size aircraft that will be utilized for Air-to-Air and Surface-To-Air weapons evaluation, pilot training, and ground forces training when translated into production as the Next Generation Aerial Target (NGAT).



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