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Unmanned Systems

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.

November 30, 2010 | Daily News

The Turkish military sought to acquire a large amount of U.S.-built weaponry, from armed unmanned aircraft to attack helicopters, to support its ongoing counterterrorism campaign against Kurdish rebels in Northern Iraq, according to classified State Department documents released this week.

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Army

While
examining mixed reviews from a limited user test in September, Army officials
say they continue to mull the future of Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team
technologies as a Defense Acquisition Board review nears.

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army leaders
met on Friday to review the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team program,
according to service spokesman Paul Mehney. The gathering precedes a
senior-level Defense Acquisition Board meeting scheduled for next month.
Heading into the meeting last week, officials from Boeing and the Army had
acknowledged concerns over the utility of the program's Unattended Ground
Sensors and the cost of the Class 1 Unmanned Aerial System. "We are considering
changes to the overall program but are in the continuing review process,"
Mehney told Inside the Army.

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army's
Task Force ODIN, a quick-reaction capability utilizing manned and unmanned
teaming to monitor adversary actions, has seen a recent surge in capability and
capacity due to priorities in theater, according to service officials in
Afghanistan.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Federal agencies that use unmanned drones have been instructed to complete detailed studies laying out and prioritizing their operational needs to fly the aircraft in U.S. skies.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Within the next five years, the Defense Department plans to more than double the number of certificates the military has to fly unmanned drones in the national airspace, according to a report recently submitted to Congress and obtained by Inside the Pentagon.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A recent study on why an unmanned, rocket-launched, hypersonic air vehicle failed to complete its test run over the Pacific Ocean earlier this year found the problem stemmed from a flight anomaly, not a major vehicle or system problem.

November 12, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is hoping to decrease the number of personnel required to operate unmanned aircraft and submarines to a point where one operator could control multiple unmanned vehicles, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughhead.

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