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Unmanned Systems

November 04, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Army soldiers could be using portable 4G networks to gather surveillance data from unmanned drones as soon as two years from now, according to a senior Army aviation official.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Scores of Shadow unmanned aerial systems have crashed while performing missions in Iraq since 2004, many due to engine failures, according to classified documents posted on Wikileaks.org and analyzed by Inside the Navy.
October 29, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army continues to mull its path forward for optionally piloted helicopters, although questions of usefulness and funding remain across the manned and unmanned aircraft program offices, according to service officials.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Army

As they await scored results from September's limited user test, program officials from the Army's Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team are preparing for a Defense Acquisition Board review in December, service officials said last week.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has expressed interest in weaponizing its smaller unmanned aerial systems, although no formal requirement yet exists for any aircraft under the large Gray Eagle UAS, according to a service official.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Army

An industry team led by BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman has added iRobot to its partnership in the hopes of designing an autonomous navigation system for their Ground Combat Vehicle prototype.

October 28, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army is still trying to "work out the kinks" with the Federal Aviation Administration on what data requirements should be included as part of the approved certificate of authorization to fly unmanned drones in the national airspace using ground-based, sense-and-avoid technology, according to an Army official overseeing the program.

October 27, 2010 | Daily News

The Army has deployed a second Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle quick-reaction capability to theater, following a QRC1 set sent to Iraq last year, according to a service official.

“We deployed QRC2 into Afghanistan in September of this year,” Col. Gregory Gonzalez, project manager for the Army’s unmanned aircraft systems, told reporters Oct. 26 at the Association of the U.S. Army conference in Washington.

“All equipment and soldiers are in theater at this time and they are supporting Army special operations forces,” he added.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Army

A Defense Department airspace integration plan aims to have full operational capability for unmanned drones to use ground-based, sense-and-avoid systems by 2013 and airborne sense and avoid by 2018, a Pentagon source told sister publication Inside the Pentagon.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is developing a "proof of principle" combining tactical and strategic sensor fusion technologies that could reduce the number of unmanned aerial vehicles in the air at an overall lower cost, according to a service official.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to significantly ramp up its procurement of One System Remote Video Terminals in the coming years after the technology has proven highly successful in theater, according to a service official.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Army

The role of unmanned aerial vehicles in counter-improvised explosive device operations in theater will continue to grow, while the use of unmanned ground sensors has proven largely ineffective in the fight, according to a top Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization official.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Army

Future leaders of Pentagon acquisition programs are using a new simulation to grapple with the tough trade-offs inherent in building military vehicles.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Unmanned underwater vehicles may replace fixed undersea sensor networks and could eventually be weaponized, according to Navy officials, but the service has yet to set up a clear command and control chain to deconflict undersea assets.
October 21, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Senior Pentagon officials are still awaiting an internal Defense Department report on why an unmanned, rocket-launched, hypersonic air vehicle failed to complete its test run over the Pacific Ocean earlier this year.

October 21, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A Defense Department airspace integration plan aims to have full operational capability for unmanned drones to use ground-based, sense-and-avoid systems by 2013 and airborne sense and avoid by 2018, a Pentagon source told Inside the Pentagon.

October 20, 2010 | Daily News

Editor's note: This story was modified on Oct. 21 to clarify that Lt. Gen. Michael Oates was not referring to the Unattended Ground Sensors program, formerly of Future Combat Systems.

The role of unmanned aerial vehicles in counter-improvised explosive device operations in theater will continue to grow, while the use of unmanned ground sensors has proven largely ineffective in the fight, according to a top Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization official.

October 19, 2010 | Daily News

Ill-defined and incoherent Pentagon policies governing foreign military sales have hindered exports of U.S. unmanned aircraft to partner nation forces, putting the United States and its allies in danger of losing its edge in a key area, a top industry executive said today.

“It is a challenge to navigate through [that]  process . . . We are still struggling to sell unmanned aircraft, even to our allies,” Northrop Grumman's President and Chief Executive Officer Wes Bush said during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

October 15, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marines are seeing promising results from putting command and control capabilities on manned and unmanned assets and distributing them across the battlefield, but future development will likely depend on how well the different services can develop such capabilities together, officials told Inside the Navy in a recent interview.
October 15, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Chief of Naval Operations is planning a major push toward unmanned underwater vehicles with high stamina, he announced at a conference last week.

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