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Unmanned Systems

February 10, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Navy intends to release a request for proposals for a large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicle in fiscal year 2014, a Navy official said.
February 10, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will mount and fire a missile manufactured by Israeli company Rafael from an unmanned surface vehicle this summer, according to a Navy official.
February 10, 2012 | Inside the Navy
As the Navy begins a competition for its next iteration of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services from borrowed drones, the Marine Corps is testing the Insitu-built Integrator drone that will serve as the Marines' small tactical unmanned aerial system (STUAS), the program executive officer for UASs said last week.
February 10, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps, which is in the early stages of weaponizing the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial system, will make a decision on whether to test the system in the field in about 18 months, Col. James Rector, program manager of small tactual unmanned aerial system program office (PMA-263), said last week.
February 10, 2012 | Inside the Navy
Deck operations aboard an aircraft carrier won't be any different once the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Strike and Surveillance system reaches the fleet at the end of this decade, Capt. Chip Miller, director of intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance in the information dominance directorate (N2/N6), said last week.
February 10, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Navy's acquisition community needs to investigate ways to 'rapidly evolve' unmanned systems acquisition, a top Navy acquisition official told industry during a conference in Washington.
February 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army has
invited the other services to a demonstration of ground-based, sense-and-avoid
technology at Dugway Proving Ground, UT, this summer, according to the deputy
product manager for unmanned systems airspace integration concepts.

February 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army is
looking at where within the service organization Task Force ODIN, a specialized
aviation unit designed to engage bomb-laying insurgents, could reside in the
future, according to the two-star general in charge of force development in the
service's G-8 office.

February 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army wants
a universal armaments interface for the unmanned aerial systems it may
weaponize, according to the service's deputy UAS program manager.

February 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

wide-area surveillance capabilities for unmanned aerial systems will remain an
important part of Army modernization plans as the Defense Department pivots
toward a new strategy with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region, according to the
Army's chief scientist in the UAS project office.

February 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army's
top ground combat systems official last week foreshadowed the service's plans
to find cost savings by converging its robotics portfolio around a minimum
number of common mobility platforms that can be kitted for different uses,
rather than continuing to buy such capabilities piecemeal.

February 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

Recent talks
between the Army and Air Force at the Pentagon have focused on countering
threats to unmanned aerial vehicles, according to the two-star general
overseeing force development in the Army's G-8 office.

February 08, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy unmanned aviation community is anticipating a loaded year of important milestones for unmanned aircraft throughout the service, Rear Adm. William Shannon, program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons, said today.

February 03, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aerial system program will participate in a new joint project to simulate UAS mission environments beginning this fiscal year, according to the program office.
February 03, 2012 | Inside the Navy
With one shipboard deployment already under its belt and another squadron headed out on another frigate, the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial system is getting a few improvements to help it deal with maritime missions, according to some recent Federal Business Opportunities notices.
January 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
Northrop Grumman and the Navy recently undertook some flight tests to demonstrate an autonomous aerial refueling capability for the Unmanned Combat Air System-Demonstrator program using a Learjet as a surrogate platform, the company announced last week.
January 27, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force has not made a final decision on what to do with its C-27J and Global Hawk Block 30 aircraft, and after axing both programs from its procurement plan the service is almost certain to place them in storage, the chief of staff said today.

January 26, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department's $525 billion fiscal year 2013 budget request cuts F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement quantities, reduces funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program because of a delay caused by a contract dispute, and curtails the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Netted Sensor System due to concerns about its cost and operational mobility, states a DOD white paper released today.

January 20, 2012 | Inside the Army

A perceived
lack of coordination among a growing airship inventory prompted legislators to
mandate that the Pentagon designate an official to manage airship programs,
according to a Senate Armed Services Committee spokeswoman.

January 20, 2012 | Inside the Army

Secretary John McHugh has issued a new policy Army unmanned aerial vehicle
operators must follow when flying these systems outside restricted military air
space in U.S. skies.