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Unmanned Systems

July 10, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy intends to accelerate a large unmanned undersea vehicle program by bringing the government's design to industry five years earlier than planned, a plan Senate appropriators are supporting in their version of the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill.

July 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force last week revealed plans to buy about 100 MQ-9 Reapers in the next five fiscal years, nearly double the number it projected in budget documents published earlier this year.

July 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy appears to have quietly decided to retain both contractors for the second phase of a large unmanned underwater vehicle program, according to Senate appropriators.

June 28, 2018 | Daily News

A team analyzing the future of the MQ-9 Reaper will present its final results to the Air Force Capability Development Working Group in July, a service spokeswoman told Inside Defense this week.

June 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence in Ft. Benning, GA, has hosted a number of companies that are developing algorithms for robot "swarming," or controlling many at once, according to a service official.

June 25, 2018 | Daily News

An influential Army advisory panel is delving into the science and technological underpinnings needed to team soldiers with robots for combat operations, a sweeping study that aims to recommend options to synchronize research and development of needed sensors, communications and artificial intelligence technologies to produce game-changing capabilities for ground and air service components.

June 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's weapons technology chief has commissioned a high-level advisory panel to conduct a strategic assessment of U.S. counter-autonomy capabilities, a one-year study to explore the potential for disruption across the military enterprise caused by advances in artificial intelligence and global technology proliferation.

June 14, 2018 | Daily News

A key House panel is proposing to cut the Navy's MQ-25 Stingray fiscal year 2019 budget request by more than 40 percent, dealing the high-profile project to develop a catapult-launched unmanned aircraft system a major funding setback just as the service this summer is set to select a contractor to lead the program.

June 13, 2018 | Daily News

House appropriators are pushing back on the Air Force's request to buy 29 MQ-9 Reapers in fiscal year 2019, arguing the service's procurement plans don't properly address its future aircraft needs.

June 11, 2018 | Daily News

Hurlburt Field, FL, is expanding its active-duty MQ-9 Reaper pilot workforce to allow for a second combat line under Air Force Special Operations Command.

June 08, 2018 | Daily News

Senate lawmakers want a report from the Army secretary on the Soldier Borne Sensor, a miniature unmanned aircraft system.

June 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology effort would get an $80 million boost under the Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill, more than doubling the program's $50.5 million prototyping request.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

Senate lawmakers want the Air Force to prototype capabilities to operate a tanker in a contested environment, providing funding in their mark of fiscal year 2019 defense policy legislation to pursue the effort.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

Senate lawmakers are calling for the Marine Corps to purchase a medium-altitude, long-endurance Group 5 unmanned aerial system because the lawmakers believe the RQ-21 Blackjack has repeatedly proved to be ineffective.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Marine Corps would like to purchase a shipboard-capable, unmanned aerial system that can operate from both a large-deck amphibious assault ship and a Navy destroyer for roughly $25 million a copy, according to a senior official.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Marine Corps wants to incorporate a $98 million autonomy solution onto its upcoming group 5 unmanned aerial system, according to the service's general in charge of requirements.

June 02, 2018 | Daily News

Two Democratic senators added language to the Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill that would tell the Government Accountability Office to report on how the Air Force is improving the lives of its remotely piloted aircraft operators.

June 02, 2018 | Daily News

Over the last 12 to 18 months, the Marine Corps spent roughly $80 million to combat the counter-unmanned aerial system threat, which includes technology that will be outfitted on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

June 01, 2018 | Daily News

The Army on May 31 issued a request for prototype proposals for the Common Robotic System (Heavy), a replacement for its "outdated" Remote Ordnance Neutralization System robots.

May 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force wants to make headway on developing an autonomous fighter jet in an 18-month program spearheaded by a new rapid development team, Inside Defense has learned.