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Unmanned Systems

February 25, 2011 | Inside the Army

With two out of four hardware projects under the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team modernization program now canceled, the Army's No. 2 officer views the program's fate as an example of military requirements becoming outdated amid the evolution of military technology.

February 25, 2011 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is pressing lawmakers to act on a $1.1 billion request to finance an appeal from Gen. David Petraeus for new weapons and capabilities "urgently" needed for the war in Afghanistan -- a proposal to siphon funds from what congressional sources say are potentially unacceptable programs, particularly the Army's humvee procurement account.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to invest $197 million in maturing technologies for the new long-range penetrating bomber, according to the fiscal year 2012 budget request released today.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy heavily boosted Fire Scout buys, added seven P-8As to the future years defense plan and made the expected additions and subtractions to its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet procurement and Joint Strike Fighter buys, according to the president's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal rolled out today.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force has moved $3.4 billion gathered through operating efficiencies in the fiscal year 2012 budget over to enhance funding for several initiatives including F-15 radar modernization, the block purchase of space launch vehicles and the purchase of MQ-9 Reapers, according to a top service official.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy

The distinction between underwater and surface unmanned vehicles is more fluid than some might think, according to Jame Galambos, the head of the large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicle (LDUUV) project Penn State University conducted for the Navy. Galambos spoke at a Feb. 3 conference in Washington.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Office of Naval Research is looking at a Large-Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle power system prototype that could keep the robot going between 46 and 70 days, according to briefing slides posted on Federal Business Opportunities last week.
February 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Lockheed and Boeing officials say that their cargo unmanned aerial vehicles -- the K-MAX and A160T Hummingbird, respectively -- will both be able to overcome radio frequency interference in theater, despite the concerns a Marine Corps official expressed earlier this month.
February 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy

The Navy is working to define the role of unmanned surface and subsurface vehicles in its fleet -- a role that Capt. Jeffrey Currer, the head of the Navy’s undersea capabilities program, said will be reflected in the service’s Undersea Dominance Roadmap as it is modified this year.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

Despite the fact the Army is phasing out its Early Infantry
Brigade Combat Team program and has eliminated two systems from what would have
been fielded in Increment 1, several technologies that were scheduled to be
released in later increments continue to move forward, according to an Army
spokesman.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is taking a more incremental approach to its
unmanned ground vehicle systems, looking to an upcoming analysis of
alternatives as well as several capabilities development documents to better
inform its path forward, according to a service official.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army could procure fewer Gray Eagle unmanned aerial
systems than planned due to the congressional continuing resolution the Defense
Department is operating under, and will likely see a schedule slip in a Defense
Acquisition Board meeting slated to approve a second low-rate initial
production decision.

February 06, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy successfully launched the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator, Northrop Grumman's X-47B, from Edwards Air Force Base, CA, on Feb. 4, and the program's next move will be to launch F-18s with X-47B software from a carrier as surrogates later this spring, program officials said today.

The program aims to demonstrate unmanned aircraft launch and recovery from an aircraft carrier as a precursor to the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Aerial Surveillance System tentatively scheduled for fielding in 2018.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

Training and
Doctrine Command officials are working on a revised equipment plan across Army
formations that would more than double the number of small, hand-launched
aerial surveillance drones throughout brigade combat teams, an increase that
would bring the Army-wide number of these systems from 2,250 to almost 5,000,
according to a command official.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

A Training
and Doctrine Command official last week dampened expectations that the Army
could somehow turn Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters into "optionally piloted"
aircraft for carrying cargo, an idea eyed by the service as part of an ongoing
study.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

Pentagon
acquisition chief Ashton Carter has officially terminated the Class 1 Unmanned
Aerial System and the Unmanned Ground Sensors that were part of the Army's
Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team, ringing in what service officials are
calling the "conclusion" of the entire program, according to a memo obtained by
Inside the Army.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army must
adjust how it pursues unmanned autonomous capabilities amid uncertainty about
the service's ability to deliver future reliable autonomy performance in
theater, the Army's new chief scientist said last week.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marines are working to put a weapon on the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle after receiving an urgent needs statement from the field in Afghanistan, according to Lt. Col. George Beach, the unmanned aerial systems coordinator for Marine Corps Headquarters Aviation, who outlined the requirements for the new weapon in a Feb. 2 speech at an unmanned systems conference Feb. 2 in Washington.
February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The congressional continuing resolution the federal government is operating under could delay the Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (STUAS) from early fielding, according to Lt. Col. George Beach, the unmanned aerial systems coordinator at Marine Corps Headquarters Aviation, who spoke at an unmanned systems conference in Washington on Feb. 2.
February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy expects to finalize capabilities requirements for its Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance System by the end of the month and begin an analysis of alternatives in early March, according to the head of the sea service's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities division.

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