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Unmanned Systems

August 19, 2011 | Inside the Navy
iRobot plans to bid on two separate unmanned vehicle programs in the coming months, one for mine counter measures and the second program for an expeditionary neutralization system, the company's vice president of maritime systems told Inside the Navy this week.
August 19, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Pentagon officials are vetting an updated version of a concept of operations for countering unmanned drones, according to an official involved in the effort.
August 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Officials
from several of the government agencies that work with unmanned aerial systems
have been meeting to determine the best way to invest in unmanned research and
development, and the group's final report will be released at the end of
September, according to a Federal Aviation Administration official.

August 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Pentagon
officials are vetting an updated version of a concept of operations for
countering unmanned drones, according to an official involved in the effort.

August 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The recent
Federal Aviation Administration furloughs that caused a partial shutdown forced
the Army to "indefinitely postpone" flying unmanned drones using just
ground-based radars, an official leading the program said.

August 12, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is considering at least three new aircraft in its effort to build an "endurance upgrade" of the Fire Scout unmanned aerial system for Special Operations Forces, and plans by next month to determine an acquisition strategy for executing what the service calls an "engineering change proposal" to swap out the MQ-8B Schweizer airframe for a larger aircraft.

August 12, 2011 | Inside the Army

An
influential congressman is asking Pentagon acquisition executive Ashton Carter
to intercede on behalf of the Army's recently terminated Autonomous Navigation
System.

August 12, 2011 | Daily News

The push to cut costs in the Air Force's Global Hawk program has Raytheon executives eying a potential reduction to the price of the program's service life extension plan.

Raytheon is responsible for the Global Hawk ground stations.

August 11, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's advanced research arm has assembled an independent board to review the data collected from today's test flight of the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, which lost contact more than nine minutes into its flight.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants the team to analyze the flight data collected to expand the Pentagon's "technical understanding of this incredibly harsh flight regime," HTV-2 Program Manager Air Force Maj. Chris Schulz said in a press release.

August 05, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Fire Scout program has received authorization to start modifying the Navy frigate Simpson (FFG-56) in preparation for the drone's second sea-based deployment early next year, and officials are also looking at modifying destroyers, amphibious ships and other ship classes so they can host the unmanned system, according to the program office.
August 05, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Joint Tactical Radio System program office has announced the development of a new waveform that better allows soldiers to control the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle.

August 01, 2011 | Daily News

A family of unmanned ground vehicles and their associated technologies left over from the failed Future Combat Systems effort have been scrapped by the Army as result of a capability portfolio review, according to a letter sent to Congress last week.

The letter states that a July 29 acquisition decision memorandum has directed the Army to cancel all efforts associated with the Multi-Mission Unmanned Ground Vehicle, the Common Mobility Platform that would have supported it and similar systems, and the Autonomous Navigation System that would have driven it.

July 26, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story was updated on July 29 to include a statement from the Army's Space and Missile Defense Command.)

The Pentagon's plan to deploy the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) to Afghanistan early next year is in doubt after the Army's request for an additional $28 million for the program in the final months of fiscal year 2011 was turned aside.

July 26, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's tethered-aerostat program, an $8.5 billion effort to detect cruise missiles and fast-moving aircraft, successfully completed its first endurance test last month by staying aloft for seven  days at 10,000 feet, according to Raytheon, prime contractor for the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensors program.

July 22, 2011 | Daily News

The Army is exploring the possibility of rapidly acquiring a new missile or aircraft designed to both thwart enemy unmanned aerial vehicles and to intercept rocket, artillery and mortar rounds targeting U.S. troops, asking industry this summer to draft concepts for a capability that could be fielded in as little as two years.

July 18, 2011 | Daily News

Northrop Grumman officials say they plan to reschedule the ferry flight of the Euro Hawk remotely piloted aircraft for later this week.

The flight, which was originally set to depart today, was delayed due to weather problems. A Northrop Grumman spokeswoman told Inside the Air Force via an email that, barring any further weather issues, the flight would take place within the next few days. Confirmation on that departure date will be available shortly, the spokeswoman added.

July 15, 2011 | Inside the Army

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first of three prototypes
of its Squad Mission Support System cargo robot to the Army in anticipation of
the vehicle's deployment to Afghanistan this fall, according to a company
official.

July 15, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The results of a scathing Pentagon report on the performance of the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle were based on a small window of testing at Navy facilities in Maryland, and the drone has performed very well in the field, the deputy program manager told Inside the Navy last week.
July 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is asking Congress to shift millions of dollars this summer to complete the development of an urgently needed airborne sensor designed to counter deadly improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan.

July 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army anticipates being able to resume flights of unmanned drones that use just ground-based radars in August -- more than three months after a glitch grounded the system just 11.25 hours into the flights.

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