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Unmanned Systems

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Marine Corps plans to ask Congress for $21 million in research and development funding for its Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Expeditionary program in the fiscal year 2020 request, according to a service spokesman.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy will procure two additional unmanned surface vessels configured by the Strategic Capabilities Office in fiscal year 2020, and experimentation with those ships will inform the top-level requirements of eight Large USVs purchased throughout the future years defense program, a Navy spokesman told Inside Defense.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy plans to request a $205.6 billion topline, including what is projected to be the largest requested shipbuilding budget in 20 years, according to fiscal year 2020 budget briefing slides obtained by Inside Defense.

March 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has issued more than a dozen contracts to develop insect-scale robotic technologies needed for a new-class of ultra-small platforms the size of ants that might one day clandestinely move within 10 centimeters of a target.

February 20, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy is proposing a series of industry days to discuss the nascent stages of standardizing autonomous vehicle interfaces, with the intent to mandate those standards in future contracts, according to a Feb. 15 request for information.

February 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is hosting a second experiment this fall to determine whether off-the-shelf directed energy technology can be used to counter unmanned aerial systems, and if successful, the service intends to acquire this technology using accelerated acquisition authorities, according to a Feb. 8 announcement.

February 09, 2019 | Daily News

Despite progress in career advancement for remotely piloted aircraft pilots, the Air Force has not evaluated its process for efficiently managing certain staff positions, according to a congressional watchdog.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Textron Systems in partnership with the Navy is researching how its unmanned surface vessel could use autonomous technology in conjunction with "smart weapons" to ultimately fulfill a fire and indirect fire mission for the service, a company executive told Inside the Navy in a Jan. 24 interview.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Army has identified specific parameters and a potential acquisition strategy for its future Robotic Combat Vehicle in a new "campaign plan" released this week.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy is looking to accelerate a mine neutralization system linked to a new mine countermeasures vessel, and will consider using an accelerated acquisition designation to do so, according to the program manager.

January 17, 2019 | Daily News

To maintain dominance in the air, the Army is starting a new science and technology program to develop technology enabling manned and unmanned aircraft to work together.

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy is developing specifications for how autonomous technology should behave within its unmanned systems, with the intention to eventually include them in solicitations, according to a Navy official.

January 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy estimates the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aircraft system -- the service's first operational unmanned aircraft for the aircraft carrier fleet -- will cost $15.2 billion to acquire, up nearly $2 billion from a $13.3 billion price tag the service tallied last year.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

Textron Systems is looking to its purchase of ground robotics company Howe and Howe as well as more focused independent research and development spending to help it grow, Lisa Atherton, the unit's president, told reporters today.

December 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is pulling together technologies to incrementally create a system that can counter encroaching unmanned aerial systems, rather than waiting for a complete solution to be ready.

December 18, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force will consider how it uses spare parts for the MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft when projecting future requirements, in response to a Defense Department inspector general finding that the service has thousands of excess Reaper parts in its inventory.

December 14, 2018 | Daily News

Operational testing for UTC Aerospace Systems' MS-177 multispectral sensor has been delayed by more than a year because issues with other programs impacted the sensor's developmental test schedule, the Air Force told Inside Defense this week.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The commander of the 9th Maintenance Squadron wants to piggyback on the Defense Innovation Unit's artificial-intelligence work to improve sustainment for Lockheed Martin's U-2.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

The Army at the 2019 Joint Warfighting Assessment this spring will for the first time use a reconfigured Abrams tank to serve as the robotic vehicle breaching a simulated minefield.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- High-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft -- particularly Lockheed Martin’s U-2 Dragon Lady -- can serve as a bridge to the next generation of reconnaissance aircraft by acting as a test truck for new sensors, according to the commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing here.

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