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Unmanned Systems

December 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Office of Naval Research is spearheading a project that seeks to autonomize both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft -- whether manned or unmanned -- when landing on a ship, John Kinzer, research program officer in the aerospace research division at ONR, told Inside the Navy in a Dec. 21 interview.
December 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy intends to procure 12 MQ-8C unmanned aerial systems -- long-endurance versions of the MQ-8B Fire Scout -- using fiscal year 2012 funds, according to LaToya Graddy, Naval Air Systems Command spokeswoman.
December 23, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army, which has yet to make weaponizing unmanned aerial vehicles an official requirement, is supporting the Marine Corps' efforts to weaponize the Shadow UAV but hasn't said for sure whether it wants to do the same, according to Army aviation officials.

December 21, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army is looking to involve the other services in its next demonstration of a capability to integrate drones and manned aircraft, a change urged by the head of the Pentagon's unmanned warfare shop.

December 16, 2011 | Daily News

The Department of Homeland Security plans to acquire a Wide Area Aerial Surveillance System to patrol U.S. borders, leveraging a capability rapidly developed by the Air Force to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan by giving operators the ability to monitor an area the size of a small town with an "unblinking eye."

December 16, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army has
sent to the Pentagon a capabilities production document for a family of small
unmanned aircraft, including a new system with vertical-take-off-and-landing
capabilities that will be competitively procured, according to Cliff Brandt,
the Army's small unmanned aerial systems product manager.

December 16, 2011 | Inside the Army

Budget
uncertainties and technical challenges have delayed the Army's efforts to test
vertical-take-off-and-landing drones in theater, according to the Army's
product manager for unmanned aerial systems modernization.

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.

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