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Unmanned Systems

April 25, 2011 | Daily News

Multibillion-dollar efforts to build nuclear ballistic missile submarines, Army vehicles and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will spearhead a new Defense Department initiative challenging program managers to deliver weapons under budget.

April 22, 2011 | Inside the Navy
ST. LOUIS, MO -- Boeing is studying how it might weaponize the A160 Hummingbird unmanned helicopter, and the company sees a wide range of uses for the drone in an unmanned aerial market worth billions of dollars, a company executive told reporters here last week.
April 18, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's acquisition executive has directed two major cost reviews of the Global Hawk program in a bid to rein in its ballooning price tag -- poised to possibly exceed $14 billion -- while laying plans to formally restructure the high-flying unmanned aircraft effort as soon as June.

April 15, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
ramping up its effort to field unmanned vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft
for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance missions, as requested by the
service's top intelligence official, according to Col. Gregory Gonzalez, the
project manager for unmanned aircraft systems.

April 15, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft program has moved up production of the Increment 3 signals intelligence-capable aircraft two years earlier than the Increment 2 capability in the last budget cycle, Capt. Bob Dishman, BAMS program manager, said at a conference here last week.
April 15, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Navy plans to test a fast-track acquisition process for major systems with the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike drone and the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, according to the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition.
April 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Integrating unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. skies would be "much easier" if all aircraft were mandated to broadcast their location and communicate with one another, according to a Pentagon official.

April 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's upcoming unmanned systems roadmap will focus on improving control of program costs, a Defense Department official told Inside the Pentagon.

April 08, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is working on concept documents that will guide the future of unmanned underwater vehicles and antisubmarine warfare, according to the official in charge of the projects.
April 08, 2011 | Inside the Army

Secretary Robert Gates has kicked off this year's round of "front-end
assessments," picking several topics with an Army bent for special
consideration during deliberations over the next five-year spending plan,
according to officials and documents.

April 08, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army lost a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor aerostat in an accident last September after an airship moored nearby broke loose and crashed into it, the service told Inside the Army.

April 08, 2011 | Daily News

Defense acquisition chief Ashton Carter has authorized the Army to buy 29 Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft and requisite ground equipment as part of a second low-rate initial production lot, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.

Carter's March 25 approval followed a March 22 Defense Acquisition Board meeting devoted to the program, Cheryl Irwin wrote in an April 5 e-mail to Inside the Army.

April 07, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon wants Congress to eliminate statutory language that pushes the Defense Department to acquire unmanned drones over manned systems in new programs and directs DOD to provide an explanation when that does not occur.

April 01, 2011 | Inside the Army

Northrop Grumman has jumped into the Army competition for a cargo-carrying unmanned ground vehicle, taking on Lockheed Martin's Squad Mission Support System in a race to build prototypes for field testing in Afghanistan, according to a Northrop official.

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.