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Unmanned Systems

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 | Daily News

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?

December 01, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

A Defense Department intelligence official said this week that while the future of machine learning is not so far away, the Pentagon is still trying to figure out how to combine Third Offset components like autonomy, teaming and deep learning into an overarching strategy that warfighters can use.

December 01, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The conference report to the fiscal year 2017 defense policy bill, released Wednesday, now pushes the deadline for more enlisted airmen to fly remotely piloted aircraft back by one year to 2020 for active-duty units and includes a later goal for the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.

December 01, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

Congressional conferees further defined the administration's tools to defend nuclear sites against unmanned aerial vehicles, as part of the conference agreement to the fiscal year 2017 defense policy bill released Wednesday.

November 23, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Research Laboratory is offering companies nearly $50 million across five years to move unmanned aircraft closer to being capable of autonomy, waging cyber warfare and more, according to a Nov. 10 broad agency announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

November 22, 2016 | Daily News

The decision by House and Senate leaders to delay action on a full-year fiscal year 2017 spending bill until the spring could restrain Pentagon plans to increase funding across a wide range of modernization programs, including the entire strategic weapon system recapitalization portfolio and marquee projects critical to each military service.

November 17, 2016 | Daily News

The Army has started flying unmanned aircraft at Ft. Hood, TX, using a ground-based, sense-and-avoid system to replace the use of chase planes or visual observers, according to the service officials overseeing the effort.

November 17, 2016 | Daily News

The Pentagon notified Congress this week of a potential $1 billion sale to the United Kingdom of a planned new variant of the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle that, when fielded by British forces, is slated to be called Protector and double the size of the U.K.'s medium-altitude endurance UAV fleet.

November 11, 2016 | Inside the Navy

The Defense Department Inspector General says the Knifefish unmanned underwater vehicle being developed by the Navy to hunt for sea mines is behind schedule and may not be ready for a planned initial production decision next year.

November 11, 2016 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps is looking for a small unmanned aerial system to equip each Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad after identifying a gap in a requirements document last year, according to the service.

November 10, 2016 | Daily News

The Army is seeking a company that can develop the Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II, according to a Nov. 10 notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

November 09, 2016 | Daily News

The Army is working to maintain overmatch in multiple domains, and integrating platforms such as robotics and autonomous systems can help achieve that goal, according to the service's head of Training and Doctrine Command.

November 07, 2016 | Daily News

Two master sergeants in the first group of airmen who were selected for remotely piloted aircraft training finished their first solo flights in a Diamond DA-20 Katana as part of Initial Flight Training Nov. 3, the first such flights in about 60 years, the Air Force said this week.

November 03, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Research Laboratory is trying to shrink the size and price of future unmanned aircraft systems to build a disposable fleet that could be more cost-effective in highly contested combat that requires greater air power.

November 03, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is recompeting its request for systems to defend against unmanned aerial vehicles, asking this week for portable point-and-shoot equipment that can break the link between the UAV and its user as well as jam GPS navigation signals.

November 03, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force last week announced it would take a phased approach to launching the MQ-9 Reaper's "Hydra Vision" program, a sensor-based identification technology developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The Oct. 21 notice of contract action said the service intends to evaluate, select, procure, modify, integrate, install and test Hydra Vision into the Reaper, its ground control stations and squadron operations centers.

November 02, 2016 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's unmanned systems coordinator is calling on industry to start working on swarming technology, stressing its importance to the department's mission.

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