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Unmanned Systems

September 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy late last week awarded six companies with contracts to begin studies for the Large Unmanned Surface Vessel, providing an early look into which companies will vie to build the new class of ship.

August 28, 2020 | Daily News

L3Harris Technologies' new contract to build the Navy’s Medium Unmanned Surface Vessel includes the maritime technology firm Gibbs & Cox as well as the Louisiana-based shipbuilder Swiftships as subcontractors, according to an L3Harris executive.

August 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy’s chief weapons buyer said yesterday the service’s new campaign plan for unmanned systems will strive to “align” various efforts across the operational fleet, developmental squadrons, warfare centers and the acquisition corps.

August 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon announced today the availability of new, U.S.-manufactured, small unmanned aircraft systems for a variety of government uses after the Defense Department and other federal agencies phased out their use of popular Chinese-made drones and components due to security concerns.

August 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory had to abort a July 29 flight test of Kratos' XQ-58A Valkyrie after an "anomaly" with the rocket-assisted take-off system -- the drone's second mishap in 10 months.

August 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Army has released an initial request for information for the investment strategy for Air-Launched Effects, drones that can perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks and deliver lethal effects against threats.

August 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Army this week is concluding the first soldier operational experiment for the Robotic Combat Vehicle effort to assess how it can integrate unmanned vehicles into ground combat formations.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration is touting its export policy for unmanned aerial systems as a win for American companies, but some industry representatives say the government still hasn't fixed ongoing restrictions that hinder business.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

Several defense contractors this week said sales rose during the most recent quarter, despite the ongoing pandemic.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force will decide in the next 60 to 90 days which of its four initial Skyborg prototyping competitors will have their drones participate in operational experiments to build the service's first autonomous vehicle for manned-unmanned teaming.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Marine Corps yesterday announced it plans to modify two MQ-9 Reapers with a Raytheon-produced situational awareness tool as a means to ensure operations are similar to the Air Force-procured drones being used to train its pilots.

July 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration is seeking to boost U.S. exports of unmanned aerial systems by reinterpreting how those aircraft are treated under the Missile Technology Control Regime.

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has chosen Boeing, General Atomics, Kratos and Northrop Grumman as initial contractors to support the Skyborg program and compete for tasks worth up to $400 million.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Army's Joint Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems office has merged into the fires directorate within its management office, a service official said today.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force expects to announce an "initial set of awards" for the Skyborg Prototyping, Experimentation and Autonomy Development program next week, according to a service spokesman.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

House appropriators are recommending cutting most of the fiscal year 2021 funding the Air Force proposed for Advanced Battle Management System on-ramp events while also criticizing the service's nontraditional execution of the program.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force testers are developing a first-of-its-kind, systematic approach to guide experimentation with artificial intelligence and autonomous airborne vehicles and fill a need within the defense community for a set of principles for officials evaluating these new technologies.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy is considering tasking its new unmanned surface vessels with the ballistic missile defense mission, a move that could free up guided-missile destroyers and push the service toward the more distributed fleet it is seeking.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill would fully fund KC-46 tanker procurement, add money to maintain the MQ-9 Reaper production line and support the Space Force’s three requested National Security Space Launch services.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers are pushing to fund the Army's MQ-1 Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system after concerns that a temporary halt to the program will result in increased costs and requirement delays.