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Unmanned Systems

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.

January 16, 2017 |

A new budget blueprint drawn up by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) would fund a massive military buildup by seeking an additional $430 billion in defense spending above what the Obama administration had planned for the next five years, Inside Defense has learned.

January 11, 2017 |

The Defense Science Board in a new report has recommended the Navy expand its competitive advantage under the sea by adopting a fleet of low-cost, commercially developed undersea systems to experiment with a handful of new missions that could both create new capabilities and significantly challenge potential adversaries. 

January 10, 2017 |

Boeing's purchase of ocean surface robot builder Liquid Robotics will significantly accelerate both companies' growth, according to a Boeing executive.

January 06, 2017 | Inside the Army

The Army is seeking proposals from industry to support simulation efforts for current and future aviation platforms, according to a broad agency announcement on Federal Business Opportunities.

January 06, 2017 | Inside the Army

The Army is searching for a vendor to support leader-follower development efforts, according to a Dec. 29 Federal Business Opportunities notice.

January 05, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center wants to procure another Battlefield Airborne Communications Node-enabled Global Hawk, dubbed the EQ-4B, as part of the next-generation fleet, according to a request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

January 05, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

General Atomics was awarded a $349 million cost-plus, sole-source support and services contract for its MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems, the Defense Department said Dec. 22, 2016.

December 09, 2016 | Inside the Navy

Northrop Grumman along with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Navy recently cleared a critical design review for the Tern air vehicle's engine that will allow the unmanned aerial system to fly vertically and horizontally from a small ship.

December 09, 2016 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps is planning to partner its development of a large, sea-based unmanned aerial system with an Army-led effort to develop helicopter replacements for the joint force, according to a Marine official.

December 02, 2016 |

Could the Navy's new fleet of maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8 Poseidon, pick off the crown jewels of the U.S. military's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payload inventory from the Air Force when the U-2 Dragon Lady -- the venerable high-flying Cold War spy plane -- retires in fiscal year 2019?

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