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Unmanned Systems

October 07, 2011 | Inside the Navy
LEXINGTON PARK, MD -- The Navy has been demonstrating interoperability between MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial systems and the H-60 helicopter to see how they would operate together while working off Littoral Combat Ships, a program official said last week.
October 07, 2011 | Daily News

In one of his first acts as deputy defense secretary, Ashton Carter has established a new senior-level governance body -- the Deputy's Management Action Group -- to guide decisions on critically important issues like the Pentagon's five-year investment plan, force structure, global posture and key capabilities such as space and nuclear deterrence.

October 06, 2011 | Daily News

The U.S. intelligence community is seeking proposals for technologies that could allow unmanned aircraft to swap out gasoline and diesel engines for yet-to-be-developed power and propulsion packages designed to improve endurance and reduce engine noise.

On Oct. 5, the Office of Smart Collection in the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency kicked off the "Great Horned Owl" program, a four-year effort to "enable quieter" unmanned aerial vehicles through innovations in both power production and motor propulsion.

September 30, 2011 | Inside the Navy
With the Lockheed Martin/Kaman-built K-MAX unmanned aerial system set to deploy to Afghanistan next month as part of the Marines' cargo UAS program, the Boeing A160 Hummingbird program is hoping to recover from a setback in August and send its own UAS to the field soon as well.
September 23, 2011 | Inside the Army

"flawless" demonstration of a manned-unmanned systems integration capability
(MUSIC) at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah last week, a suite of programs could
be up and running in Afghanistan in the next year or two, the deputy project
manager for unmanned aircraft systems said.

September 22, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A tested military capability that autonomously detects and closely monitors moving targets could greatly reduce the workloads of drone operators and intelligence analysts, but its future depends on snagging a sponsor in the Pentagon or another agency.

September 22, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate appropriators have proposed cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from the Pentagon's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and they want it to stop spearheading niche sensor projects for unmanned aircraft.

September 19, 2011 | Daily News

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley expressed concern today about the service's ability to improve how it gathers and utilizes intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information as its force structure and budgets come under increased scrutiny on Capitol Hill.

September 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Defense Department is asking Congress to shift $17.4 million within the Navy's fiscal year 2011 budget to develop a capability for the RQ-7B Shadow to employ weapons.
September 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has asked Congress for permission to transfer $38 million to the MQ-8B Fire Scout program to correct anomalies discovered during its recent deployment aboard the frigate Halyburton (FFG-40) and those mentioned in the recent Pentagon test and evaluation report, according to the program office and an omnibus reprogramming request sent to Congress this month by Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale.
September 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Companies interested in making a pitch to develop the medium-range maritime unmanned aerial system (MRMUAS) planned to field in a limited fashion as early as fiscal year 2016 must submit their offer by Oct. 17, according to the final request for proposals for broad agency announcement study contracts released last week.
September 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Office of Naval Research may award contracts to improve its large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicle as early as the spring, according to its broad agency announcement.
September 15, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department will not achieve Congress' goal of replacing one-third of the aircraft in the operational deep strike force and one-third of DOD's operational ground combat vehicles with unmanned systems by 2015, a senior Pentagon official warned this week.

September 15, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon believes it achieved its goals in the first major milestone of a joint project designed to help services better coordinate unmanned drones in theater, according to preliminary test results.

September 09, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy hopes to field the medium-range maritime unmanned aerial system in a limited fashion as early as fiscal year 2016, three years earlier than its planned initial operational capability target of 2019, according to slides from a Sept. 7 industry day.
September 09, 2011 | Inside the Army

The services
should explore commonality among unmanned aircraft rather than focus on joint
programs, an Army UAS official said last week.

September 09, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
trying to organize a "weapons rodeo" in the next year or two to fly different
weapons systems on unmanned aircraft to determine which weapons are the most
mature and have the most capability, Tim Owings, deputy project manager for
Army unmanned aircraft systems told Inside the Army on Sept. 7.

September 09, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. to include comments from a Navy spokeswoman.)

The Navy this week took a step toward allowing Northrop Grumman to select a new aircraft for the MQ-8C program, an "endurance upgrade" of the Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle, setting the stage for a possible sole-source acquisition of at least 28 remotely piloted Bell 407 helicopters.

September 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

As part of the Pentagon-wide effort to create a modularized ground control station for unmanned drones, the Army plans to incorporate the Defense Department's architecture into applications incrementally as they undergo major software upgrades.

September 02, 2011 | Inside the Army

Weeks after
reports surfaced about Libyan rebels using a Canadian-made drone in operations
against forces loyal to former ruler Moammar Gadhafi, a U.S. company has begun
touting a similar ultra-small, rotary-wing aircraft.