The US Navy landed an F / A-18 strike fighter on the deck of the USS Abracham Lincoln aircraft carrier without pilot involvement using a remote control. The operation involved the ATARI (Aircraft Terminal Approach Remote Inceptor) system, designed specifically for landing deck unmanned aerial vehicles in emergency situations. Prior to this, tests were carried out at conventional airfields.
ATARI is designed for extreme situations when the pilot loses consciousness or orientation in space, and is able to intercept control almost 9, 5 km before the landing point. The operator's workplace is located directly on the deck. ATARI was also tested in touch mode, when the carrier-based fighter, having touched the deck, immediately went into the go-around.
In case of successful deck tests, ATARI can eventually provide control of the vehicle throughout the flight.