- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The U.S. Army is seeking to own every type of weather condition, just as its ability to “own the night” was a battlefield game-changer decades ago.

Maj. Gen. Michael Lundy, commander of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, addressed the issue at the annual Army Aviation Association of America summit in Nashville, Tennessee.

“If we’re going to maintain overmatch and truly be game-changing, we have got to be able to fly and fight no matter what the weather, no matter what the visual conditions are,” the officer said, Defense One reported Monday. “It’s not just being able to fly, it’s to being able to employ weapons, acquire targets and defeat threats.”

Maj. Gen. Lundy wants to speed up the Army’s timetable for aircraft that can operate in rain, sleet, snow, fog, brownouts or any number of conditions that nature can throw at pilots. He plans to beat estimates that the technology will be available by 2035.

“We’ve got to get after degraded visual environment capability soon because that’s going to give us an advantage that no other nation will have. We’re going after that much earlier. […] Now’s the right time to go after it so we’re going to make an investment in that,” he told Defense One.

Telephonics, which specializes in advanced sensor and communication systems, recently announced successful testing of a Blackhawk helicopter radar system designed for degraded weather conditions, Defense One reported.

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