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Unmanned Systems

April 01, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps has been outfitting the Shadow unmanned aerial system with electronic warfare pods to provide aid to troops in the field, according to a Marine official.
April 01, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The MQ-8B Fire Scout program is at risk of further cost increases and schedule delays due to the Navy's concurrent testing and production plans, according to a Government Accountability Office report on selected weapon systems released March 29.
March 29, 2011 | Daily News

Defense officials last week announced a $14 million contract to continue field-testing a technology that can turn ordinary humvees into unmanned vehicles for bomb clearing on Afghan roads.

The $14 million deal awarded to General Dynamics Robotic Systems of Westminster, MD, covers the development of a remotely operated ground vehicle that would neutralize buried improvised explosive devices with a mine roller, according to the March 22 announcement. The work constitutes “Phase II” of a Joint IED Defeat Organization project, DOD said.

March 28, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy's Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike fixed-wing aircraft will be controlled from a land-based station, possibly refueled in the air and carry out attacks only under direct human control, the service said in a broad agency announcement issued today.

The BAA, posted on Federal Business Opportunities by Naval Air Systems Command, envisions a platform that would allow an aircraft carrier to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while simultaneously conducting 12-hour flight deck operations.

March 25, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to deploy a new ground surveillance sensor to
Afghanistan this summer designed to identify and track people across large
swaths of land, according to officials.

March 25, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Defense Department is looking to field small
reconnaissance robots to Afghanistan rugged enough to be tossed into a house,
over walls or onto roofs, according to defense officials.

March 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

Lockheed Martin officials still hope to be picked by the Army
for a test of the company's compact-car-sized ground cargo robot in Afghanistan
after months of uncertainty surrounding the project's contracting strategy.

March 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Northrop Grumman and Navy officials have been busy marketing the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance drone to Indian and Australian officials in recent weeks, according to a source familiar with the program.
March 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

In the first of several steps planned this year to boost competition and interoperability for unmanned aircraft systems, the Pentagon is poised to release new software that will help integrate various applications on drones' ground control stations.

March 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is coordinating a new roadmap that will lay out a department-wide vision for unmanned programs and technology for the next 25 years, according to a Defense Department official.

March 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army is one step closer to flying unmanned drones in U.S. airspace using ground-based radars now that the Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration signed a memorandum of agreement last week that lays out what data the military department needs to collect.

March 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has its eye on a large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicle that could be up to 45 feet long, 5 feet in diameter and spend four months in the water, and the service hopes to start fielding it in 2017, Navy officials told industry last week.
March 10, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy recently transferred four MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft to the Air Force after Air Force Secretary Michael Donley certified to Congress that the move would not degrade the drones' intelligence-gathering capabilities.

March 07, 2011 | Daily News

At least two congressional committees have denied -- without prejudice -- a Pentagon request to shift money between accounts to finance more than a dozen intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance initiatives Defense Secretary Robert Gates says commanders in Afghanistan urgently require, citing restrictive rules under the stopgap spending measure funding the federal government.

March 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is set to kick off an analysis of alternatives for its Medium Endurance Marinized Unmanned Aircraft System (MEMUAS) as well as move forward with its Sonochute Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program as soon as an appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011 passes.
March 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department has issued a new policy aimed at heading off other governments' requests to buy highly capable unmanned aerial vehicles that can fly great distances, gather intelligence from the skies and launch weapons without putting pilots in harm's way.

March 01, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon is seeking permission from Congress to immediately fund approximately three dozen high-priority initiatives proposed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force, planning to pump more than $300 million into an array of new starts and existing programs including a slew of unmanned aircraft-related efforts.

February 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Navy Special Operating Forces will use the MQ-8B Fire Scout as the interim sea-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance drone until fiscal year 2018, when the service expects to field a medium-range maritime UAS, according to the Navy's FY-12 budget justification documents.
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.