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Unmanned Systems

June 07, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate authorizers want the defense secretary to provide annual reports on the Pentagon's progress on research and development to integrate unmanned drones into the national airspace and related funding needs.

June 01, 2012 | Daily News

The Army has asked Pentagon leaders to approve a third early production run of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, a stopgap measure that aims to keep the aircraft manufacturing line going in the wake of testing delays for the service's high-end unmanned air vehicle program, according to Defense Department sources.

May 31, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

To counter emerging weapons designed either to keep U.S. warships at bay or constrain their operations, future amphibious warfare capabilities must rely more on unmanned systems, deception and intelligence, according to a previously unreported naval assessment.

May 25, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army's
program manager for unmanned aircraft systems said he is confident about a key
test of the Gray Eagle this summer despite a new report that claims the program
is on a troubling course due to reliability shortfalls.

May 25, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army's
Rapid Equipping Force has tested Textron's Battlehawk Squad-Level Loitering
Munition at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center in Socorro, NM,
as part of the REF's effort to find a munitions-capable unmanned aerial vehicle
that can be recovered and re-used, according to the REF's operations chief.

May 23, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The services
have agreed on a common set of requirements for ground-based, sense-and-avoid
systems for unmanned aircraft and will conduct related tests next month,
according to military officials.

May 18, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Office of Naval Research looks to award contracts in about six months for the nascent large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicle, according to a program officer.
May 18, 2012 | Inside the Navy
Despite an ongoing investigation into two mishaps this year and a recommendation to suspend non-essential flights, the MQ-8B Fire Scout has flown 30 sorties in Afghanistan, and the Navy will send the unmanned helicopter aboard a frigate for a new deployment next month, according to the program office.
May 18, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Navy may opt to just put out a draft request for proposals soon rather than a second broad agency announcement for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Strike and Surveillance program, according to the Navy official in charge of unmanned aircraft.
May 18, 2012 | Inside the Army

Department testers have recommended that the Army put the brakes on the MQ-1C
Gray Eagle program, warning that the unmanned aircraft should not enter initial
operational testing -- scheduled for this summer -- until after reliability
improvements are made.

May 17, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is gearing up for the second test in a joint project designed to develop tactics, techniques and procedures enabling the armed services to better coordinate unmanned aircraft in theater.

May 11, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army
awarded a contract worth nearly $142 million to General Atomics Aeronautical
Systems for services in support of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system,
according to a May 10 Defense Department announcement.

May 10, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The worldwide spread of precision weapons could jeopardize U.S. amphibious operations unless naval forces acquire new survivable tools for communication and targeting, and develop unmanned systems not only to gather intelligence but also to spearhead perilous beach assaults in mine-laden waters, according to a draft briefing from a naval advisory panel.

May 10, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is considering a third flight of an unmanned, rocket-launched, hypersonic air vehicle that prematurely crashed into the Pacific Ocean during its first two test runs, according to a congressional source.

May 03, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Special Operations Command is asking Congress to fund a $143 million shortfall in the command's latest budget request to acquire significantly improved video capabilities for drones and aircraft, an urgent need endorsed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta -- and the only unfunded requirement the department has sent to Congress this year.

May 01, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force's top military official today urged policymakers to loosen export-control restrictions and allow the Defense Department to share more of its unarmed and unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms with international partners.

April 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Navy will begin sea trials in fiscal year 2015 for a 3,000-pound unmanned underwater vehicle known as the Knifefish, which can detect and positively identify mines on the ocean floor and fill a gap in the Littoral Combat Ship's mine countermeasures capability, a program official told Inside the Navy recently.
April 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Boeing was unable to field the A160 Hummingbird in time for the Marine Corps' cargo unmanned aerial system demonstration program, but the company still sees an emerging requirement that the UAS will be able to fill for the Navy in the future, a Boeing official told Inside the Navy here recently.
April 27, 2012 | Inside the Army

Following a series
of internal engine failures in Shadow unmanned aerial systems in theater, the
Army is taking steps to replace the old engines with a new High Reliable
Propulsion System, according to the UAS Ground Maneuver product manager.

April 27, 2012 | Inside the Army

A group of
House lawmakers have called for fiscal year 2013 research and development funds
for the MQ-18 vertical-takeoff-and-landing unmanned aircraft system to be put
on hold until the Defense Department shows the system can meet requirements
that another aircraft already in the inventory can't fill.