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Unmanned Systems

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

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

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.
February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps is aiming to have a limited user evaluation on Cargo UAS sent back from the field in Afghanistan by 2013, 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
A test flight for the Unmanned Combat Aerial System Demonstrator failed to get off the ground on Feb. 3 and the results for a second attempt on Feb. 4 were still pending at press time.
February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
It may be some time before the Navy can create a common controller for unmanned vehicles that spans both the aerial and underwater domains, according to the service's director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
February 04, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force may tap its modernization accounts to finance $5.8 billion in must-pay bills in fiscal year 2011 in the event Congress does not pass a defense appropriations bill and brace for other consequences that include severely disrupting planned MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft production and possibly grounding some of its F-15E fleet, according to senior service officials.

February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon aims to build autonomous systems that can perceive and reason in new, strange environments, the department's chief technology officer said this week.

February 02, 2011 | Daily News

Navy and Marine Corps efforts to plow savings from efficiencies into investment accounts will permit the purchase of additional aircraft and eliminate the services' strike fighter shortfall, add $400 million to accelerate by three years the procurement of the Marine Personnel Carrier and a nearly $500 million boost to radio and small arms accounts, according to Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.

February 01, 2011 | Daily News

When the Cargo Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is deployed to Afghanistan, it may be hobbled by interference on the radio frequency spectrum, according to a Marine Corps official.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army has
identified its inability to detect and track low and slow unmanned aerial
systems as one of several crucial capability gaps in its fires portfolio, with
the service's new Functional Concept for Fires document shifting more of its
focus to defensive fires.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army has
released a request for information on how to meet an urgent need for bolstered
sensor systems for unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan.

January 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Pentagon acquisition officials met this week to discuss the Army's MQ-1C unmanned aircraft, moving the armed drone program one step closer to a second low-rate initial production decision.

January 26, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is witnessing a great deal of progress in the development of Iraqi naval forces as U.S. forces are withdrawn from the region, but the Iraqis will need periodic support from a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, told reporters today.

“As we draw down from Iraq, there will be a need and a requirement to have a carrier inside the Gulf sometimes to provide overwatch opportunities to train and operate [with Iraqi forces],” Fox said at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington.

January 24, 2011 | Daily News

A new Air Force sensor designed to give commanders a bird's-eye view of the battlefield below them cannot track people once they exit vehicles and has trouble seeing all targets at night, according to draft report by service testers.

The internal Air Force audit of the new, supposedly all-seeing Gorgon Stare sensor, conducted by Air Combat Command's 53rd Wing, reveals an unreliable system of high-power cameras that frequently crashes during test flights. The 53rd is responsible for operational testing of new equipment for strike aircraft.

January 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
One of the main lessons coming out of the first brigade-level amphibious exercise on the East Coast in nearly 10 years is the importance of interservice coordination when using unmanned assets for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, according to Maj. Shannon Greene, the intelligence plans officer for Expeditionary Strike Group Two, who spoke with Inside the Navy in a Jan. 19 interview.
January 21, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army
expects soon to issue requests for proposals for A160 Hummingbird sensor
upgrades and deployment as part of an Army intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance-focused, vertical-take-off-and-landing quick-reaction
capability, according to an industry official.

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