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Unmanned Systems

March 21, 2017 |

Naval Sea Systems Command has organized an “integrated product team” of representatives from different program offices to make it easier and faster to deploy unmanned systems off submarines, according to a Navy official.

March 17, 2017 | Inside the Navy

The Navy has begun modifying aircraft carriers to host control stations, multiple displays and an area for the air vehicle operator to sit when flying the MQ-25 Stingray, according to a service official.

March 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The head of Air Force Special Operations Command earlier this month elaborated on his vision to streamline the remotely piloted aircraft workforce, saying he wants to try controlling multiple aircraft with one keyboard sometime this year.

March 15, 2017 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon will permanently station Gray Eagle drones in South Korea, Defense Department Capt. Jeff Davis said Monday, a week after a series of North Korean missile launches landed in the Sea of Japan.

March 10, 2017 | Inside the Army

The Army is taking another step in its ongoing effort to bolster the capacity to counter unmanned aerial systems.

March 10, 2017 | Inside the Navy

The Navy recently released the final request for proposals for the Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle and is offering industry schedule incentives if items are delivered early.

March 08, 2017 |

The head of U.S. Strategic Command told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that the military's effort to combat small unmanned aerial vehicles near nuclear sites is not moving fast enough, despite added authority granted in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

February 24, 2017 | Inside the Navy

The Navy must shift $116.7 million for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft's system development and demonstration to support a restructured program plan that was approved last September.

February 23, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is eyeing off-the-shelf products to build an aircraft teaming network over the next decade before creating a long-term solution under the Loyal Wingman program, and will release more details in a broad agency announcement in the next few months.

February 23, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force hopes to launch at least one analysis of alternatives to explore intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and sensor options in the next two to three years, and is currently working with industry on "multiple lines of effort to determine the best mix of force structure," a service spokesman recently told Inside the Air Force.

February 17, 2017 |

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry's input to develop an architecture to enhance offensive swarming tactics with an eye for how this could help in challenging urban environments, according to a new broad agency announcement.

February 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force expects to set up a program of record to counter small unmanned aerial systems by the end of fiscal year 2018, according to a service spokeswoman, as the threat of armed small UAS grows in the Middle Eastern theater.

February 09, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Air Combat Command is studying the MQ-9 Reaper's service life to shape its retirement time line, a spokeswoman said this week, but she declined to say whether the service may recapitalize the unmanned fleet as contractor General Atomics suggests.

February 09, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force plans to award General Atomics a sole-source contract worth up to $20 million this month to update the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper programs with six urgent mission-readiness initiatives, Inside the Air Force has learned.

February 03, 2017 | Inside the Army

The Army has failed to fully address training deficiencies with respect to its unmanned aerial system pilots, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

February 03, 2017 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps will kickoff an analysis of alternatives for a large, sea-based unmanned aerial system in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, according to the service's top aviator.

February 02, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

General Atomics is pushing the Air Force to consider recapitalizing its MQ-9 Reaper fleet rather than retrofitting Block 1 aircraft that have exceeded their service lives, a proposal the Air Force seems willing to pursue, a company official told Inside the Air Force this week.

February 01, 2017 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army intends to start flying unmanned aircraft at Ft. Campbell, KY, later this month using a ground-based, sense-and-avoid system to replace the use of visual observers or chase planes -- making it the second location to install this system, according to the service official overseeing the effort.

February 01, 2017 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry's input to develop and demonstrate swarming autonomous platforms that can help in urban operating environments, according to a recently released draft broad agency announcement.

January 18, 2017 |

The Navy is conducting an accelerated acquisition program and resourcing assessment that includes evaluation of the MQ-25 Stingray, the Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle and the surface ship laser weapon system, Inside Defense has learned.