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Unmanned Systems

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.
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.