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Unmanned Systems

December 23, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is
on track to field a combat hybrid airship by early fiscal year 2012 now that
contractor Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a critical design review
of its Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle.

December 23, 2010 | Inside the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft program is updating its award fee plan in response to a November report by the Defense Department Inspector General that faulted the program for not properly overseeing award fee provisions.
December 23, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will hold a second industry day for its next-generation unmanned fighter and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft in January, according to a spokeswoman.
December 20, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Acquisition Board review of the Army's Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team suite of technologies has been postponed until mid-January due to scheduling conflicts, according to defense officials.

The E-IBCT is composed of several systems that originated under the canceled Future Combat Systems program: the Network Integration Kit, the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle, the Class 1 Unmanned Aerial System and tactical and urban varieties of unmanned ground sensors.

December 17, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Integrating the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear designed for the CVN-78 class of aircraft carriers with the Navy Unmanned Combat Aerial System will present challenges and tradeoffs, according to service officials, since the carrier's launch and recovery gear will also have to be robust enough to launch new and heavier jets.
December 17, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Cargo unmanned aerial systems could transport supplies using only half as much fuel as a CH-53E helicopter and less than a ground convoy with standard security, according to an unreleased study the Marine Corps performed in 2009.
December 17, 2010 | Inside the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The Navy may acquire up to seven more Block 10 Global Hawks to supplement its two Broad Area Maritime Surveillance demonstrator drones as the service considers expanding usage of an asset that was originally slated to see only six months in theater, the program manager said last week.
December 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army
is mulling whether its Task Force ODIN, a quick-reaction capability utilizing
manned and unmanned teaming to monitor adversary actions, has a long-term
future, according to a service official.

December 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army
plans to deploy the A160 Hummingbird to theater as an intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance-focused, vertical-take-off-and-landing
quick-reaction capability, according to a service official.

December 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army
leaders are questioning the path forward for integrating specific
communications packages on unmanned aerial systems, with the service's vice
chief reportedly calling for greater prioritization of the effort.

December 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

A
short-lived catchall spending proposal floated and then killed last week by
Senate Democrats suggested that defense appropriators had backed off a
September plan to cut the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system by $425
million, proposing instead a $272 million reduction for this fiscal year,
according to congressional documents.

December 16, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army is seeking Pentagon approval on a recent agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration concerning what data should be collected under a new certificate of authorization allowing unmanned Army aircraft to fly in U.S. airspace using ground radars, according to an official overseeing the program.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

Boeing has
begun delivering the first brigade set of Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team
hardware to the Army, as the service prepares for a Defense Acquisition Board
review later this month that could impact additional deliveries and the future
of the program.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Forces in the U.S. Southern Command area of operations have less than half the resources they need to meet their drug interdiction goals, according to a Fourth Fleet and SOUTHCOM official.
December 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is examining the possibility of augmenting its two Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aerial system demonstrator vehicles with Air Force Block 10 Global Hawks, according to Northrop Grumman and Navy officials.
December 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy, facing numerous challenges integrating swarms of small unmanned aerial vehicles aboard ships, has found that the crew required to handle those swarms would make their use nearly impossible on destroyers and frigates, according to Michael Goodman, naval architect at the Center for Innovation in Ship Design at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock (MD) Division.
December 07, 2010 | Daily News

While new program starts are in a holding pattern until a defense authorization bill is passed by Congress, the Navy is preparing to launch its medium-range unmanned aerial system, a follow-on to the Fire Scout, by plucking what it needs from previously approved initial capabilities documents for other platforms, according to an official.

Cmdr. Dan Jurta, Fire Scout requirements officer, told Inside the Navy today that work is moving forward on the project, though they can’t actually begin procurement processes until the budget is straightened out.

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy announced Dec. 2 it will award contracts to both Boeing and the Lockheed Martin/Kaman team to develop the Cargo Unmanned Aerial System for Marines in Afghanistan, but only one will be selected to go into theater next year, according to a Naval Air Systems Command statement.
December 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
With two deployments looming next year, the Fire Scout unmanned aerial system program flew four assets simultaneously in four different locations last month, although the program had to overcome some minor shipboard issues, the program manager said last week.
December 02, 2010 | Daily News

The Navy announced today it will award contracts to both Lockheed Martin and Boeing to develop cargo unmanned aerial systems for Marines in Afghanistan, but only one platform will be selected for deployment next year, according to a Naval Air Systems Command statement.

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