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Unmanned Systems

October 18, 2018 | Daily News

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Pentagon last week approved a mine countermeasures program that will adapt three payloads for use on an unmanned surface vehicle, according to an officer overseeing the program.

October 17, 2018 | Daily News

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Navy expects to award fabrication contracts in early 2019 for phase two of a new unmanned undersea vehicle program, according to an officer overseeing the effort.

October 16, 2018 | Daily News

New efforts to mature the Air Force's AgilePod on a range of legacy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft could make the modular sensor carriage combat-ready within the next two years.

October 09, 2018 | Daily News

The Army is using a new rapid prototyping and fielding, "middle-tier acquisition," authority granted by Congress to procure prototypes for its designated replacement for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, called the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.

October 04, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force this month will take its first look at how to use portable laser and microwave weapons to defeat unmanned aerial vehicles, in a month-long experiment starting Oct. 9 where Raytheon is the only participant.

October 01, 2018 | Daily News

The development of the unmanned underwater vehicle market likely won't track the path of the unmanned aerial vehicle market, the chief executive of Huntington Ingalls said last week.

September 24, 2018 | Daily News

MAG Aerospace, founded less than a decade ago, is seeking growth, hoping to expand into adjacencies and build a larger international business, according to its chief executive.

September 21, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Force Global Strike Command's chief scientist told Inside Defense this week he will soon reach out to industry and academia seeking new ways to protect strategic assets.

September 19, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Two L3 Technologies executives, both of whom joined the contractor this year, said the company's more integrated approach will open up opportunities, particularly in maritime work and in the international market.

September 07, 2018 | Daily News

The United States will propose changes to how the Missile Technology Control Regime guides exports of unmanned aerial systems at an upcoming annual meeting, as officials want to enable U.S. companies to compete with countries like China for foreign UAS sales.

September 06, 2018 | Daily News

The head of the Missile Defense Agency says more work is needed to mature the configuration of an updated missile-tracking sensor on General Atomics' MQ-9 Reaper ahead of flight tests in 2020.

September 04, 2018 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a new round of contracts to a trio of defense firms drafting new airborne laser proposals, advancing the Pentagon objective to field an unmanned aerial vehicle armed with a speed-of-light weapon to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles by the early 2020s.

August 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department's new 30-year unmanned systems plan -- the first update on the long-range roadmap in four years -- grapples with the "massive potential" of artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as the tricky policy challenges of weaponizing these systems.

August 29, 2018 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin Ventures has made a second investment in Ocean Aero, the developer of the Submaran unmanned maritime vehicle.

August 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Army is shifting resources and focus to learn how to better package "small" data and hold onto it when adapting commercial systems for the tactical network.

August 17, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy has begun conducting "independent technical risk assessments," which were mandated by the Pentagon's chief technology officer in June, starting with the service's highly anticipated unmanned aerial tanker and followed by an all-weather landing system for land- and sea-based aircraft as well as a multimission radar, according to a Navy spokesman.

August 08, 2018 | Daily News

A recent Air Force analysis found buying Block 5 MQ-9A Reapers is a smarter investment than procuring General Atomics' newer MQ-9B, which costs more and lacks worthwhile capabilities, a congressional source tells Inside Defense.

July 20, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is seeking to immediately triple funding for a project that aims to defeat an unmanned aircraft -- including small drones -- that could be armed with chemical, biological or nuclear materials, an objective Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wants fielded by December.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, readying to grow its tactical and target drone businesses, has opened a new facility, teamed with another contractor to bolster its capacity and hired a former four-star Air Force general as a consultant.

July 11, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute this week proposed the service consider pulling Lockheed Martin F-16 jets from the boneyard to repurpose them as autonomous aircraft that can fight in tandem with other platforms like the B-21 and F-35, arguing fleets of autonomous aircraft are a cost-effective way to bolster combat capacity.

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