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Unmanned Systems

November 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's
Logistics Innovation Agency is developing a request for information from
industry to assess possible advances over the next decade in cargo unmanned
aerial systems, which could lead to an industry day at which companies could
present future concepts, according to the LIA's director.

November 10, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The military departments have completed their part of a Defense Department review to determine airspace-integration needs for unmanned drones by submitting flight-profile needs for all of their unmanned aircraft systems, according to a service official.

November 09, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force has launched a new study to explore how the service might conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance against adversaries capable of shooting down aircraft like its unmanned Predator, which over the last decade has emerged as a marquee U.S. weapon system in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board is conducing a study of "Non-traditional ISR for Contested Environments (NICE)" to consider new approaches to generating a high-fidelity ISR picture.

November 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Office of Naval Research will kick off a competition to build a cargo unmanned aerial system next month to help fill the Marine Corps' urgent need for an autonomous system that can ferry supplies and take trucks off Afghanistan roads littered with improvised explosive devices.
November 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Due to the fact that unmanned surface vehicles are limited in their ability to send and receive information, the Office of Naval Research is experimenting with using unmanned aerial vehicles to enhance the functionality of USVs, an official told Inside the Navy last week.
November 03, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is moving forward with plans to expand the capability of its X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System -- a development effort that aims to demonstrate technologies needed for a stealthy unmanned fighter designed to operate from an aircraft carrier -- to autonomously refuel while in flight with both Air Force and naval tankers.

November 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Contracting issues could delay by a year new technical demonstrations that are slated to inform Pentagon plans to more rapidly and affordably acquire unmanned drones.

November 02, 2011 | Daily News

Army Secretary John McHugh today singled out Defense Department-wide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets as a "good area" to look at in the Pentagon's search for reducing costly duplications in the services' weapon programs.

October 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

must not take a backseat to schedule or technical performance considerations
when the Pentagon buys unmanned systems, according to a new roadmap issued by
the Defense Department's procurement chief and the military's No. 2 officer.

October 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense
Department must overcome challenges in training, airspace integration, and
propulsion and power to achieve its vision of seamlessly integrating its
unmanned capabilities, according to its new unmanned systems roadmap.

October 21, 2011 | Inside the Army

concerns over a possible delay of a competition for unmanned vertical
take-off-and-landing aircraft, the Army says it still plans to award two
quick-reaction capability contracts in January for a fly-off in Afghanistan.

October 21, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army,
hoping to field a "James Bond tool kit" of small unmanned aerial systems that
would allow soldiers to pick the right drone for each scenario, is awaiting the
approval of a capabilities production document before moving forward, according
to Tim Owings, the service's deputy program manager for unmanned aerial

October 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
General Dynamics won a $48.6 million contract to develop the surface mine countermeasures unmanned underwater vehicle component of the littoral combat ship mine countermeasures mission package, which the Navy said has tested well so far but faces a complicated task.
October 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
U.S. Special Operations Command could start making arrangements to deploy a new low-collateral damage weapon system as early as next spring, pending the success of a task order recently issued to Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation.
October 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy plans to demonstrate a universal launch and recovery module in the summer of 2013, according to the program executive officer for submarines.
October 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships is working with Lockheed Martin to put the company's Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle through a reliability growth program.
October 20, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A Pentagon-assembled panel will hear 20 presentations during industry days next week in its quest to determine how to help unmanned drones sense and avoid nearby objects.

October 13, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Congress is backing the Pentagon's plans to launch new multimillion-dollar programs that would develop urgently needed sea-based, unmanned aircraft capable of hunting down terrorists.

October 12, 2011 | Daily News

German military officials are moving forward with their plan to purchase four additional Euro Hawks following today's rollout ceremony of the Northrop Grumman aircraft system in Manching, Germany, according to an industry source.

October 07, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy announced that the Lockheed Martin/Kaman-built K-MAX unmanned helicopter system will deploy to Afghanistan sometime in November, pending the deployment schedule of the unit that will control the two aircraft, according to the service.