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Unmanned Systems

July 24, 2017 | Daily News

The Army plans to demonstrate multiple leader-follower capabilities in October as part of a collaborative project with the United Kingdom, according to project managers at the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.

July 21, 2017 | Daily News

A Lockheed Martin spokeswoman told Inside the Air Force this week the company will have options ready for Congress and the Air Force if Senate language telling the service to explore the idea of an unmanned U-2 is approved in the final fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill.

July 18, 2017 | Daily News

Some of the largest defense contractors are increasingly taking positions in the unmanned maritime systems market, buying companies and readying for new Navy programs.

July 12, 2017 | Daily News

Textron's Aerosonde unmanned aircraft system was recently cleared by the Navy to compete for sea-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance task orders in U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command.

July 11, 2017 | Daily News

The head of Air Force Air Combat Command wants broader authority to deal with small, unmanned aerial systems after service assets were threatened twice last week.

June 30, 2017 | Daily News

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV -- The success of introducing the Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper at the same time as the MQ-1 Predator sunsets depends in part on how Block 5 performs in combat.

June 30, 2017 | Daily News

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV -- The commander of a key remotely piloted aircraft wing envisions the ongoing effort to retire the MQ-1B Predator by next spring will help refine the MQ-9 Reaper's mission focus, as the service begins deploying Block 5 Reapers and looking at what's next for the RPA enterprise.

June 30, 2017 | Daily News

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV -- Looking ahead, the MQ-9 must retain a meaningful combat role as anti-aircraft threats intensify and push unmanned aircraft farther from the battlefield. Col. Case Cunningham, the 432nd Air Wing commander, argues that opens new doors for the RPA as a platform that can enable manned aircraft missions as combat becomes more permissive.

June 27, 2017 | Daily News

A new report from the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute recommends the Defense Department establish an executive agent tasked with coordinating remotely piloted aircraft requirements and integration across the department.

June 26, 2017 | Daily News

A House panel wants to fence off the bulk of $222 million the Navy seeks in fiscal year 2018 to launch the MQ-25, the Unmanned Carrier Aviation program, until the service details performance parameters for the multibillion weapon system development project whose mission has shifted since the original requirement for the capability was validated in 2011.

June 25, 2017 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of its fiscal year 2018 defense spending bill Sunday night that would boost weapons procurement by $18.6 billion above what is sought by the Trump administration and $24 billion more than what was enacted in FY-17.

June 23, 2017 | Daily News

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV. -- The Navy is considering a plan to recycle the Air Force's soon-to-be retired MQ-1 Predators for its own use, a Navy spokeswoman confirmed to Inside the Air Force this week.

June 21, 2017 | Daily News

The Army is seeking information from industry for the Common Robotic System, Heavy according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

June 20, 2017 | Daily News

The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee’s mark of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill directs the Air Force and defense secretaries to study whether it would be more cost-effective to improve the MQ-9 Reaper fleet by upgrading existing Block 1 aircraft to the Block 5 design or by buying new aircraft altogether.

June 13, 2017 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top acquisition official has commissioned a strategic counter-autonomy assessment, directing an influential Defense Department advisory panel to consider projected autonomous threats in both the physical and information domain, identify U.S. weaknesses and recommend potential investments in new capabilities, force strategy and deterrence policy.

June 13, 2017 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 09, 2017 | Daily News

An RQ-4 Global Hawk's recent arrival at Robins Air Force Base, GA, may set the stage for new approaches the Air Force could take to maintain the remotely piloted aircraft fleet.

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