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Unmanned Systems

June 14, 2018 | Daily News

A key House panel is proposing to cut the Navy's MQ-25 Stingray fiscal year 2019 budget request by more than 40 percent, dealing the high-profile project to develop a catapult-launched unmanned aircraft system a major funding setback just as the service this summer is set to select a contractor to lead the program.

June 13, 2018 | Daily News

House appropriators are pushing back on the Air Force's request to buy 29 MQ-9 Reapers in fiscal year 2019, arguing the service's procurement plans don't properly address its future aircraft needs.

June 11, 2018 | Daily News

Hurlburt Field, FL, is expanding its active-duty MQ-9 Reaper pilot workforce to allow for a second combat line under Air Force Special Operations Command.

June 08, 2018 | Daily News

Senate lawmakers want a report from the Army secretary on the Soldier Borne Sensor, a miniature unmanned aircraft system.

June 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology effort would get an $80 million boost under the Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill, more than doubling the program's $50.5 million prototyping request.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

Senate lawmakers want the Air Force to prototype capabilities to operate a tanker in a contested environment, providing funding in their mark of fiscal year 2019 defense policy legislation to pursue the effort.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

Senate lawmakers are calling for the Marine Corps to purchase a medium-altitude, long-endurance Group 5 unmanned aerial system because the lawmakers believe the RQ-21 Blackjack has repeatedly proved to be ineffective.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Marine Corps would like to purchase a shipboard-capable, unmanned aerial system that can operate from both a large-deck amphibious assault ship and a Navy destroyer for roughly $25 million a copy, according to a senior official.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Marine Corps wants to incorporate a $98 million autonomy solution onto its upcoming group 5 unmanned aerial system, according to the service's general in charge of requirements.

June 02, 2018 | Daily News

Two Democratic senators added language to the Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill that would tell the Government Accountability Office to report on how the Air Force is improving the lives of its remotely piloted aircraft operators.

June 02, 2018 | Daily News

Over the last 12 to 18 months, the Marine Corps spent roughly $80 million to combat the counter-unmanned aerial system threat, which includes technology that will be outfitted on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

June 01, 2018 | Daily News

The Army on May 31 issued a request for prototype proposals for the Common Robotic System (Heavy), a replacement for its "outdated" Remote Ordnance Neutralization System robots.

May 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force wants to make headway on developing an autonomous fighter jet in an 18-month program spearheaded by a new rapid development team, Inside Defense has learned.

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.