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Unmanned Systems

October 15, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is developing an unmanned surface vehicle that riverine forces could use to look upstream and around obstacles to avoid ambushes or counter improvised explosive devices, Capt. Duane Ashton, unmanned maritime vehicles program manager, told Inside the Navy recently.
October 15, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to award an engineering and manufacturing development contract for its Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System within the next quarter, according to a service official.

October 15, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army intends to release a request for proposals for an unmanned robotic system capable of detecting, marking and neutralizing explosive hazards like roadside bombs, according to a special notice released by the government to the Robotics Technology Consortium.

October 14, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Air Force and Navy's AirSea Battle partnership will focus on three levels of joint cooperation, according to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, who sees increased teamwork on unmanned aircraft as emblematic of the new approach.

October 14, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

In a second complaint filed with the Defense Department inspector general's office in less than a month, a small technology company claims a two-star Army general attempted to discredit its proposal for a cargo-carrying air trailer without properly evaluating it.

October 08, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is seeking industry input on a potential development effort that would seek to increase commonality in the control systems of unmanned aerial, surface, underwater and ground systems, according to Navy officials and a notice in Federal Business Opportunities.
October 08, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is one step closer to fielding a combat hybrid airship after contractor Northrop Grumman successfully completed a preliminary design review of its Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle.

October 08, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army, eying an expansion of the national airspace for tactical unmanned aerial systems, is conducting testing on the Shadow to gain the confidence of the Federal Aviation Administration.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to create 10 additional Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle companies as part of the service's efforts to identify efficiencies and increase the number of UAV systems fielded to theater.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is attempting to determine its requirements for a non-lethal Full Spectrum Effects Package so a program of record can be established, according to the FSEP program office.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army will conduct an assessment of a family of small unmanned aerial systems' proof-of-principle fielded in Afghanistan, the results of which will inform a capabilities production document the service is developing.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Defense Acquisition Board is expected to review the Multi-Mission Unmanned Ground Vehicle program in early December and chart a way forward for what is slated to become a major defense acquisition program, according to an Army spokesman.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is in the midst of developing a concept for a large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicle, a program that was abandoned years ago but could come to fruition in just a few years, Capt. Duane Ashton, program manager for unmanned maritime vehicles, told Inside the Navy in a Sept. 29 interview and in written responses to questions.
October 01, 2010 | Inside the Navy
QUANTICO, VA -- The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab has begun an effort to create an unmanned Medium Tactical Vehicle-Replacement that can travel in convoys with no one at the wheel.
October 01, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is developing a drone that could provide a persistent network to troops on the ground, Col. Stephen Medeiros, director of the technology division at the lab, said last week.
September 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory will start work on an enhanced operations Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) concept this spring that could incorporate the immediate cargo-delivery drone and a casualty evacuation unmanned aircraft that would complement each other, an official said last week.
September 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Defense Department has notified Congress that it intends to reprogram $5.6 million from within the fiscal year 2010 budget to jump-start a new program that will add a new camera to the Marine Corps' RQ-7 Shadow unmanned air vehicle.
September 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
As the Navy pushes forward with fixed-wing maritime surveillance assets such as the P-8A Poseidon, the first Navy-owned airship in decades has quietly been testing surveillance and reconnaissance sensors and other technologies, a program official told Inside the Navy last week.
September 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is developing a weapon that is essentially a drone with a warhead attached to it, Col. Stephen Medeiros, director of the technology division at the lab, said last week.
September 24, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is considering ways to increase the number of unmanned aerial systems deployed to theater as it pushes for efficiencies and cost savings within the service, according to its vice chief.

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