AP, OWEGO, N.Y. Officials at a Lockheed Martin unit based near Binghamton say significant progress is being made in the development of an unmanned aircraft for the U-S Army.
Lockheed's Systems Integration division in Owego is leading a team that's designing the advanced helicopter.
The company today announced that preliminary design work in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is on schedule.
Officials overseeing the project say the design ultimately could revolutionize the helicopter industry. Additional design work on the unmanned helicopter is planned over the next several months.
The aircraft is expected to be able to fly as fast as larger, manned helicopters.
Lockheed hasn't said how soon such an aircraft could go into production.