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Unmanned Systems

January 07, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Northrop Grumman is gearing up for a critical design review in mid-February for its Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft, and it will talk to Indian government officials to gauge interest in the drone a few days before, according to a source familiar with the program.
January 07, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Office of Naval Research plans to slate more than $10 million in the program objective memorandum for fiscal year 2012, or about half of its money for unmanned underwater vehicle research, on developing long-lasting and reliable power sources to meet goals that an ONR official called "exceedingly ambitious."
January 07, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is working its way toward building an autonomous Marine Corps vehicle capable of acting as a teammate with human Marines by 2023, according to an official with the Office of Naval Research.
January 07, 2011 | Inside the Navy
In September 2009, the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment announced a little-noticed award for a study on how the U.S. would "project power in a future anti-access environment." That study would "assess a prospective Navy power projection system involving conventional strike from an unmanned towed payload," according to the announcement. It was completed in about a year.
January 07, 2011 | Inside the Army

As the Army prepares for a key review of the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team suite of technologies, a central component continues to be criticized for being too expensive and unreliable. Emerging E-IBCT test results have also led the Army to reassess its network communications priorities, according to an Army spokesman.

January 07, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to reinvest a portion of the $29 billion in efficiencies it has identified over the next five years in efforts to bolster its manned and unmanned aviation assets, according to top Defense Department officials.

January 05, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is planning to fill the gap left by the cancellation of the EPX spy plane program with a family of systems that may include surface ships but is not likely to feature the P-8, according to the head of the service's intelligence directorate.

January 04, 2011 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is looking for new ideas on how to use unmanned systems to detect ballistic missile launches.

According to a Dec. 23 Federal Business Opportunities notice, MDA is "interested in obtaining information on new concepts to support the potential development of an airborne advanced sensor to improve acquisition, tracking, and discrimination in large raid scenarios.

December 23, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army does not foresee a significant cut in funding for unmanned aircraft systems going into the president's fiscal year 2012 budget, but UAS officials do have some concern about adequate funding to train soldiers on unmanned systems.

December 23, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army
continues to lean heavily on aerostats for surveillance and communications
relay missions in Afghanistan, estimating that the number of deployed vehicles
will surpass the one-hundred mark within the next year, according to a service
official.

December 23, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army funding
for a joint capability technology demonstration with the Marine Corps for a
cargo unmanned aerial system has dried up, but the service remains interested
in pursuing the capability, according to Army officials.

December 23, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has
approved plans to create an additional 10 Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system
companies, with Pentagon approval for the effort expected to follow in the
second quarter of fiscal year 2011, according to service officials.

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.

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