Friday, November 21, 2014
Unmanned Systems
Documents on the Pentagon's unmanned aerial, ground and underwater systems
Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

The Army is turning to industry for information on technologies needed to develop a network of trustworthy geolocation data systems.

Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

The Army is looking for technologies to create small, lightweight autonomous ground vehicles that can detect and defeat improvised explosive devices, explore and map underground tunnels, and detect and clear mines, according to a Federal Business Opportunities website announcement.

Inside the Navy - 11/17/2014

The Navy is looking at several efforts to develop lightweight sensors and weapons for future integration onto the Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle in order to support the Littoral Combat Ship's anti-submarine warfare mission, according to the program manager.

Inside the Navy - 11/17/2014

Naval Air Systems Command is looking to industry for a sense-and-avoid radar solution for its MQ-4C Triton unmanned air system, according to a recent request for information.

Inside the Navy - 11/17/2014

The Navy is asking Congress for additional funding to buy 15 Blackjack unmanned air vehicles to support the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to a service spokeswoman.

Inside the Air Force - 11/14/2014

Even though Air Combat Command has no formal requirement for a next-generation remotely piloted aircraft, officials within the Air Staff's RPA capabilities division continue to put forward features to industry that the Air Force believes would be desirable in a new platform.

Inside the Air Force - 11/14/2014

The Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration are conducting a review of aviation regulations that require the physical presence of a pilot to "see and avoid" other aircraft because it inadvertently restricts the use of unmanned aircraft in national airspace.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/13/2014

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking help from industry and research labs to determine the feasibility and value of having large aircraft launch and recover a number of small unmanned aircraft systems.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/13/2014

The Defense Information Systems Agency is seeking information on current mobile technology advances in an effort to continue improving enterprise solutions to ensure mobile device security.

DefenseAlert - 11/10/2014

The White House is requesting an additional $5 billion in overseas contingency funding in fiscal year 2015 to support its expanded campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, with $1.6 billion to support the U.S. mission to train and equip Iraqi and Kurdish forces, according to government documents.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

The Army has dropped Rockwell Collins as one of the two vendors that will compete to produce a new engine for the Shadow unmanned aircraft system, according to the service's deputy product manager for the program.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

Existing Army transport aircraft likely would have to be sidelined to a certain extent if the service were to pursue an unmanned aerial system for the cargo mission, an official said.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

A continuing resolution lasting beyond December is likely and may delay several new-start programs in the Army's unmanned systems portfolio, according to the service's director of force development, G-8.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

The Army will test the Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system's Link-16 interoperability at a follow-on test next summer, as it continues to field the aircraft at a rate of two per year, a service official said.

Inside the Navy - 11/10/2014

The Marine Corps' MQ-21 Blackjack unmanned aerial system will begin shipboard testing in late fall or early winter aboard an amphibious ship, according to a Naval Air Systems Command spokeswoman.

Inside the Navy - 11/10/2014

The Navy plans to issue a draft request for proposals for its Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle this summer, and expects to release the final RFP by the end of the fiscal year, according to a service official.

Inside the Air Force - 11/07/2014

The annual deployment of high-altitude Global Hawk surveillance aircraft to Japan is expected to conclude in 2017 after the system program office delivers a new weather radar capability and other adverse-weather improvements.

Inside the Air Force - 11/07/2014

The Air Force sees ground-based sense-and-avoid technology as the primary near-term enabler for unmanned aircraft operations in national airspace, especially since an airborne solution is too complex and expensive to field in the near term.

Inside the Air Force - 11/07/2014

The next major capability improvement for remotely piloted aircraft is likely to be air-to-air refueling, according to the Pentagon's top acquisition executive for unmanned systems, Dyke Weatherington.

Inside the Air Force - 11/07/2014

The Global Hawk program office is assessing options for standing up an organic sensor and air vehicle sustainment capability as the unmanned RQ-4 aircraft enters a period of "normalization" after more than 14 years of service with the Air Force.

Inside the Air Force - 11/07/2014

Republican control of the Senate is not expected to have a significant influence on the passage of legislation relating to aviation and the integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system, the majority staff director of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said this week.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/06/2014

Affordability remains a major challenge for the Pentagon's unmanned systems portfolio, as defense officials and contractors search for ways to reduce program costs, the Defense Department's director of unmanned warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance said this week.

DefenseAlert - 11/05/2014

The fate of the Navy's Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike aircraft is still in limbo and the program hopes for a decision by the end of the calendar year, according to a service official.

Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

The Army is adding $82.2 million to a contract for maintaining the RQ-7B Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System operated by the United States and Australia, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 11/03/2014

The Marine Corps is looking to industry for a multimillion-dollar facility expansion at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC, so that the service can accommodate its growing unmanned aircraft system force.

Inside the Air Force - 10/31/2014

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, NM -- The training pipeline for MQ-1 pilots and sensor operators remains open even though the Air Force's fiscal year 2015 total force plan would phase out the legacy hunter-killer aircraft by 2017.

Inside the Air Force - 10/31/2014

As the Air Force expands flight testing of its long-endurance Orion aircraft, the company behind the unmanned demonstrator platform is considering future operational applications such as maritime patrol and communications relay missions.

Inside the Air Force - 10/31/2014

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, NM -- After years of exponential growth, the Air Force will train fewer MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircrews in fiscal year 2015 as the focus shifts to "normalizing" the remotely piloted aircraft training pipeline and turning out more refined pilots and sensor operators.

Inside the Air Force - 10/31/2014

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, NM -- The Predator training community is eager to receive the Block 50 Ground Control Station being developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. because the new design, for the first time, addresses many of the human factor challenges associated with the legacy consoles.

Inside the Air Force - 10/31/2014

Aurora Flight Sciences has brought its odd-looking GoldenEye 80 unmanned aerial vehicle out of storage and the company is looking for ways to adapt the technology that was developed for the military for civil or commercial purposes, such as same-day package delivery in urban areas or the transport of blood samples out of quarantined areas.

DefenseAlert - 10/30/2014

The Pentagon's acquisition executive, who has repeatedly voiced concerns about future U.S. military technological superiority, has directed four new assessments of capability areas the Defense Department must not cede to competitors -- directing separate task forces to assess air dominance, next-generation unmanned undersea systems, cyber defense and cyber deterrence.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

As part of the ongoing effort to fly unmanned aircraft systems in U.S. skies, the Air Force and Army recently completed a joint test to help determine the most effective way to display and provide information to UAS operators, according to service officials leading the effort.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

Following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's call in September for a "game-changing offset strategy" to restore the U.S. military's technological edge, a Washington-based think tank has called for a new defense strategy centered around a "global surveillance and strike network."

DefenseAlert - 10/28/2014

The Federal Aviation Administration is weeks, if not days, away from releasing a draft rule on the safe integration of small unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system.

Inside the Navy - 10/27/2014

The Navy has decided to defer Fire Scout support for the Littoral Combat Ship's anti-submarine warfare mission due primarily to fiscal constraints, according to a defense official.

Inside the Air Force - 10/24/2014

Rolls-Royce has almost completed the physical construction of a new, organic RQ-4B Global Hawk engine maintenance and overhaul facility for the Air Force at Tinker Air Force Base's Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, and soon plant equipment will be moving to the factory floor to have the facility operational by the end of calendar year 2015, as planned.

Inside the Air Force - 10/24/2014

The Air Force is struggling to generate enough organic aircrews to support the high operational demand for MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers and is considering hiring contractors as pilots and sensor operators to support non-combat missions after an existing arrangement expires in 2016.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/23/2014

U.S. Special Operations Command intends to release a draft request for proposals this fall to help develop an unmanned, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance program, according to an Oct. 15 notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Inside the Navy - 10/20/2014

The Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS-4) recently completed dynamic interface testing with the Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle, which is planned to deploy as part of the LCS surface warfare and mine countermeasures mission packages, the Navy announced last week.

Inside the Air Force - 10/17/2014

The Air Force has approved a new acquisition concept for the MQ-9 Reaper that will reduce the cycle time between capability upgrades, according to the head of Air Combat Command's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance weapons systems division.

Inside the Navy - 10/13/2014

Northrop Grumman recently demonstrated the capabilities of its Mine Hunting Unmanned surface vehicle, which is planned ultimately to deploy off of the Navy's Flight II Littoral Combat Ship, according to a company official.

Inside the Navy - 10/13/2014

The Navy successfully tested its swarmboat technology and is planning an operational demonstration of the technology within the year, which may be used in the future to escort billion-dollar ships, defend people, ports, waterways and commerce, according to a service official.

Inside the Army - 10/13/2014

Electronic warfare systems used to combat improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan are among the capabilities eyed by the Army for taking down unmanned aircraft systems, according to a service official.

Inside the Army - 10/13/2014

The Army hopes to acquire an unmanned surveillance aircraft that can fly for up to eight hours at upwards of 16,000 feet, according to a request for information posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Inside the Air Force - 10/10/2014

Air Combat Command has commissioned a study to determine what type of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft the Air Force will need 10 to 15 years from now, and the prevailing view is the new aircraft will be multirole, having both surveillance and strike capabilities.

Inside the Air Force - 10/10/2014

Air Combat Command appears ready to support Northrop Grumman's universal payload adapter solution for transferring sensors from the U-2 to the RQ-4B Global Hawk once it is determined which sensors would be most appropriate to carry on the high-altitude unmanned surveillance aircraft.

Inside the Air Force - 10/10/2014

Air Education and Training Command has signaled interest in potentially transitioning its undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft training syllabus from the T-6 flight simulator to a "universal RPA simulator."

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

The Navy last week awarded Textron Systems a contract to develop an unmanned mine-hunting system that will equip the service's Littoral Combat Ship.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

General Dynamics Land Systems recently showcased its unmanned ground vehicle at an annual Marine Corps conference as a solution to reduce the logistics burden on the force.

Inside the Air Force - 10/03/2014

Operational testing of the RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 40 system has been pushed back to the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 because of test resource availability and difficulties integrating the remotely piloted aircraft's synthetic aperture radar with the Air Force's back-end processing, exploitation and dissemination network, the service has confirmed.