Responsive Airborne Test Solution (RATS)

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Responsive Airborne Test Solution
RATS Overview
Responsive Airborne Test Solution (RATS)
RATSResponsive Airborne Test Solution

What differentiates RATS from other UAV operators is our engineering background. MTSI employs a group of professional flight test engineers with expertise to research, procure, build, and operate COTS sUAS solutions tailored to a customer’s specific requirements. Expertise fields include:

  1. Engineering/design support
  2. Operations
  3. Mission/deployment planning
  4. Integration
  5. Experimentation
  6. Training support
RATS is an agile, cost-effective airborne testing solution that leverages a variety of COTS small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to act as an experimental test bed for a customer’s payload, provide and operate low-cost sUAS to test developmental C-UAV systems, and address the shortage of realistic targets for training purposes. RATS deploys to the user’s location and offers several options to include high performance scenarios, multi-ship formations, and adjustable radar and infrared characteristics. MTSI’s aircraft fleet consists of Group 1-3 UAVs and uses either electric or turbine powered propulsion systems.
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Case Studies
Case Studies
RATS Skyborg
Skyborg Loyal
Wingman Program
  1. Current effort which provides operational, mission planning, integration, and training support to the Emerging Technologies CTF at Edwards AFB.
  2. Purpose is to mitigate AI development risk using lower cost, COTS sUAS before equipping a more expensive UAS with autonomous systems.
  3. Support incudes operating RATS aircraft (COCO) or Gov owned aircraft (GOCO) to accomplish software testing objectives.
PRISM/Brass  Talon Programs
Talon Programs
  1. Current efforts which involve researching, procuring, building, and operating COTS UAVs on CONUS and OCONUS deployments.
  2. Purpose is to test and mature experimental C-UAV systems through a variety of flight testing scenarios.
  3. Support involves the operation of a variety of attritable and non-attritable sUAS during hazardous testing scenarios in order to mature C-UAV systems.
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Flight Characteristics
Flight Characteristics

High Speed Target

  1. Currently up to 200+ KCAS, higher speeds possible if needed
  2. RCS available upon request
  3. Further RCS manipulation capable

Experimental Testbed

  1. 25 lbs of internal payload
  2. 50 min flight time @ 110 KCAS

Long Endurance

  1. 90 min flight time
  2. 1-2 lbs payload
  3. Hand launched and highly attritable

Multi-Ship & Autonomous Capable

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