An independent program assessment completed in March 1995, which was led by the Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Fain, recommended major management changes to the Hunter program. We are implementing its key recommendations, which will lead to an affordable and reliable system. In parallel, the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) system was accepted on 14 April 1995, at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. During FY96, a total of seven LRIP systems will have been delivered, representing 56 aircraft. The Hunter flew its 3,000th hour on 19 May 1995, and is increasing its flight hour rate with each system delivery. Hunters have flown an additional 1700+ hours (through 1 September 1995). About 75% of its current use is for user training in preparation for operational deployment. A user demonstration is scheduled for the Fall of 1995, in conjunction with the MAE UAV, to showcase the system's operational utility.
Concept of Operations
The Army considers tactical UAVs essential to its need to synchronize forces and own the night.
General Gordon R. Sullivan
Army Chief of Staff