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Unmanned Systems

May 25, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee recommends authorizing $100 million for a major Marine Corps unmanned aircraft initiative, according to a summary of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill, putting them at odds with House lawmakers who want to cut the service's request citing "unjustified cost growth."

May 25, 2018 | Daily News

A new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program hopes to develop tools to ensure autonomous systems act properly as they evolve with machine learning, and will work with Boeing and Northrop Grumman testbeds to vet those assured autonomy techniques.

May 25, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force Air Education and Training Command is gathering data that will shape whether and how the service allows enlisted airmen to fly MQ-9 Reapers, the command's top general told reporters this week.

May 24, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy acquisition executive today said the service disestablished its unmanned systems office because he thought separating the portfolio might hold it back.

May 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is soliciting ideas for a kinetic interceptor to destroy ballistic missiles during the boost-phase of flight, a first step in establishing a parallel -- or potential rival -- program to the technologically ambitious effort to develop a speed-of-light weapon to kill long-range enemy missiles immediately after launch.

May 19, 2018 | Daily News

L3 Technologies is moving to focus its research and development and invest in or acquire innovative companies as its seeks to become a "non-traditional sixth prime" under new chief executive Chris Kubasik.

May 15, 2018 | Daily News

The version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill passed by the House Armed Services Committee last week includes a provision that would require the Defense Department to provide information on its efforts to protect Army maneuver forces from low-cost unmanned aircraft systems.

May 09, 2018 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee today passed an amendment to its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill requiring the Air Force secretary to brief lawmakers by spring 2019 on plans for allowing enlisted airmen to fly all remotely piloted aircraft, as well as on the possibility of creating a path for enlisted airmen to pilot any aircraft.

May 09, 2018 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee is nudging the Air Force to invest more in its EQ-4B Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft, a modified version of Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk, in the chairman's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill.

May 05, 2018 | Daily News

Lawmakers want an independent assessment of a proposal to arm Predator unmanned aircraft with guided missiles to shoot down North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles, leveraging proven technologies in the American arsenal to rapidly field a system that uses kinetic interceptors to kill Pyongyang’s ballistic missiles during the boost phase of flight.

April 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plan to demonstrate whether teams of manned and unmanned aircraft can work together in an air-to-ground combat mission, following a series of flight tests last fall.

April 25, 2018 | Daily News

Lawmakers are questioning Air Force Air Combat Command's ability to manage MQ-9 Reapers on behalf of their special-operations counterparts and want a report on how Reaper aircrews are assigned, managed and developed, according to the House Armed Services emerging threats subcommittee's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill released this week.

April 25, 2018 | Daily News

The Army intends to award a contract for a “unique solution” for an unmanned aerial system device that would provide real-time location of its UAS platforms while reducing size and weight. The service would use the capability to enhance UAS and counter-UAS training at two combat training centers.

April 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Marine Corps plans to host an industry day on June 6 and 7 to help develop requirements for an unmanned aerial system that can operate from an amphibious assault ship, according to a senior official.

April 20, 2018 | Daily News

Dynetics will prove whether it can launch and recover four small unmanned aerial vehicles from a C-130 in 30 minutes during phase three of the Pentagon's Gremlins program, beating out General Atomics for a $32.5 million contract this week.

April 18, 2018 | Daily News

General Atomics performed a deck-handling demonstration of its MQ-25 Stingray offering in November using an Avenger aircraft as a surrogate and is using a Pratt & Whitney PW850 engine in its design, according to the company.

April 17, 2018 | Daily News

Data processing, exploitation and dissemination research will be fast-tracked by a new rapid development team at the Air Force Research Laboratory that calls itself a special-operations team for autonomy.

April 17, 2018 | Daily News

The Army will by June complete its "Unmanned Systems Roadmap through 2035" that will serve as a plan to "migrate" its unmanned systems portfolio to where it needs to be by that year, according to an official.

April 12, 2018 | Daily News

Up to four companies could prove their directed-energy weapons can protect military bases against small unmanned aerial vehicles in an experiment this fall that will help shape a potential acquisition program, the Air Force said this week.

April 11, 2018 | Daily News

One of the Army's top research centers through its science and technology investments is building a foundation for manned/unmanned teaming, or MUM-T, a desired capability for several future robotic systems.