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Unmanned Systems

September 15, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department will not achieve Congress' goal of replacing one-third of the aircraft in the operational deep strike force and one-third of DOD's operational ground combat vehicles with unmanned systems by 2015, a senior Pentagon official warned this week.

September 15, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon believes it achieved its goals in the first major milestone of a joint project designed to help services better coordinate unmanned drones in theater, according to preliminary test results.

September 09, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy hopes to field the medium-range maritime unmanned aerial system in a limited fashion as early as fiscal year 2016, three years earlier than its planned initial operational capability target of 2019, according to slides from a Sept. 7 industry day.
September 09, 2011 | Inside the Army

The services
should explore commonality among unmanned aircraft rather than focus on joint
programs, an Army UAS official said last week.

September 09, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
trying to organize a "weapons rodeo" in the next year or two to fly different
weapons systems on unmanned aircraft to determine which weapons are the most
mature and have the most capability, Tim Owings, deputy project manager for
Army unmanned aircraft systems told Inside the Army on Sept. 7.

September 09, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. to include comments from a Navy spokeswoman.)

The Navy this week took a step toward allowing Northrop Grumman to select a new aircraft for the MQ-8C program, an "endurance upgrade" of the Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle, setting the stage for a possible sole-source acquisition of at least 28 remotely piloted Bell 407 helicopters.

September 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

As part of the Pentagon-wide effort to create a modularized ground control station for unmanned drones, the Army plans to incorporate the Defense Department's architecture into applications incrementally as they undergo major software upgrades.

September 02, 2011 | Inside the Army

Weeks after
reports surfaced about Libyan rebels using a Canadian-made drone in operations
against forces loyal to former ruler Moammar Gadhafi, a U.S. company has begun
touting a similar ultra-small, rotary-wing aircraft.

September 02, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy must make a "lot of progress" in the development of unmanned systems over the next year or two as the service seeks to field an ambitious array of new unmanned aerial platforms that can perform a wide variety of jobs, Vice Adm. David Architzel, head of Naval Air Systems Command, told Inside the Navy.
September 02, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will release a request for proposals in fiscal year 2012 and hold an industry day later this year for the unmanned influence sweep system, an integral part of the Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasures mission package, the program manager for Navy unmanned systems said recently.
September 02, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The U.S. and Australian armed forces tested an array of nascent naval technologies during the annual "Talisman Sabre" exercise that wrapped up recently, experimenting with everything from lightweight unmanned underwater vehicles to water filtration systems.
September 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy and Army have issued acquisition decision memorandums supporting a joint effort to modularize ground stations that control unmanned drones -- a key step toward implementing the architecture in development.

September 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is seeking industry's input on how to help unmanned drones sense and avoid nearby objects, a major hurdle that must be overcome before the drones can be integrated into U.S. skies.

August 26, 2011 | Inside the Army

An unmanned
helicopter featuring a new ground imaging system won't be used in Afghanistan
until next year due to technical issues, Army spokeswoman Sofia Bledsoe said on
August 20.

August 26, 2011 | Inside the Army

An urgent
request to procure 180 Puma unmanned aircraft systems for operations in
Afghanistan in July generated a $65.5 million order for Puma's California-based
creator AeroVironment, the company's largest-ever order.

August 26, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Northrop Grumman currently operates deployed MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial systems, but the Navy plans to gradually transition to a more government-operated system, Capt. Patrick Smith, Fire Scout program manager, told reporters recently.
August 26, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has simulated the Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft in seas as rough as sea state five -- characterized as rough seas with waves as high as 13 feet -- but the program is unlikely to actually test the air vehicle in those conditions, Capt. Jaime Engdahl, UCAS program manager, said recently.
August 26, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy plans to deploy the Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-MAX unmanned air system to ferry cargo in Afghanistan in support of the Marine Corps, Rear Adm. William Shannon, the Navy's program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons, said during a recent industry conference panel session.
August 25, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is planning a second round of demonstrations as part of its efforts to modularize the ground stations that control unmanned drones.

August 19, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army will
spend $73 million to urgently procure 180 Puma unmanned aircraft systems for
operations in Afghanistan, according to a rapid-acquisition authority
memorandum signed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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