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Unmanned Systems

December 15, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

House and Senate conferees have approved a fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill that waters down rules for spotlighting certain cost growth, establishes a fund for urgent needs and cuts funding for a new naval drone.

December 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon would be required to establish an airship czar, whose responsibilities the defense secretary has some latitude to define, under legislation key House and Senate lawmakers agreed to this week, a development that comes as the military's renewed interest in using lighter-than-air vehicles for both intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as airlift missions grows.

December 09, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy's first helicopter squadron to combine manned and unmanned platforms will be stood up in July 2012 and fully staffed by the summer of 2013, allowing a single detachment to provide surface combatants with a wider range of aerial responses.
December 09, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will install new radar systems aboard nine MQ-8B Fire Scouts in response to an urgent operational need statement from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, a few months after a squadron of the unmanned helicopters embarked aboard the frigate Halyburton (FFG-40) in 5th Fleet/NAVCENT's area of responsibility.
December 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army has decided to shut down its first-ever effort to fly unmanned drones using just ground-based radar because the endeavor was taking up needed resources without providing enough benefits, according to an official leading the program.

December 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Congressional proposals to limit spending on the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program until Congress receives more information on the effort would cause major setbacks, the Pentagon argues in an appeal to House and Senate authorizers.

December 02, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Fire Scout and Fire-X manufacturer Northrop Grumman has responded to the Navy's broad agency announcement for the Medium-Range Maritime Unmanned Aerial System, but the company hasn't yet committed to a system that would utilize the Bell 407 air frame.
December 02, 2011 | Inside the Navy
A successful first flight of the second X-47B unmanned aircraft test vehicle on Nov. 22 means the Navy and manufacturer Northrop Grumman will be able to increase the "pace and productivity" of the unmanned combat air system (UCAS) flight test program, Northrop said in a Nov. 28 statement.
December 02, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is looking to industry for ideas on unmanned cargo
helicopters, according to a request for information posted on the Federal
Business Opportunities
website on Nov. 22.

December 01, 2011 | Daily News

AVX Aircraft Co. and BAE Systems have thrown their hat into the ring for the Medium-Range Maritime Unmanned Aerial System competition, AVX announced in a statement today.

November 29, 2011 | Daily News

The Army is looking to industry for ideas on unmanned cargo helicopters, according to a request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on Nov. 22.

The service's Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA) intends to host a cargo unmanned aircraft systems industry event on Jan. 18 and 19 in McLean, VA, for contractors to present concepts on the development and use of unmanned cargo aircraft.

November 29, 2011 | Daily News

A successful first flight of the second X-47B unmanned aircraft test vehicle on Nov. 22 means the Navy and manufacturer Northrop Grumman will be able to increase the "pace and productivity" of the unmanned combat air system (UCAS) flight test program, Northrop said in a Nov. 28 statement.

The recent flight test involved flying at an altitude of 5,000 feet for about half an hour near Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Now that two test aircraft are available, the program can increase the amount of data the program gathers, according to the statement.

November 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Riverine Group One recently received three X-class unmanned surface vehicles to test out over the next six months to a year in the hopes of developing an unmanned capability for investigating suspicious activity in rivers.
November 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
A group of 34 countries that signed the Missile Technology Control Regime, which restricts trade of unmanned aerial systems and missiles, may once again debate whether to amend the agreement to allow for foreign sales of lighter-than-air unmanned aircraft, a move that has failed in the past.
November 22, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Acting Pentagon acquisition executive Frank Kendall wants to see more acquisition programs collaborate on technology across service boundaries, following the example of Navy and Air Force radar initiatives.

November 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Office of Naval Research last week released its third version of a naval science and technology strategic plan that promotes a new emphasis on autonomous and unmanned systems.
November 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
As the Navy continues to acquire more and more unmanned aerial vehicles, it is actively working out plans to better integrate the systems and their operators with other unmanned and manned systems, an official in the Navy's program executive office for unmanned aviation and strike weapons told industry and military officials last week.
November 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

High-level talks between the Army and the Air Force scheduled for February are expected to include a review of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs from both services.

November 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
banking on a technology installed on the latest Apache helicopter version as a
blueprint for enabling pilots to commandeer unmanned aerial vehicles during flight,
according to a service official.

November 15, 2011 | Daily News

Sequestration cuts would hammer the Defense Department's top weapons programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the Littoral Combat Ship and the Air Force's new bomber, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers today.

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