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Unmanned Systems

August 27, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army will begin taking delivery of 40 Block III gasoline-powered Micro Air Vehicles this month after transferring 14 older Block I gMAV systems to the Navy, according to service officials.

August 27, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has officially renamed its Extended Range/Multi-Purpose unmanned aerial system Grey Eagle, as the service gears up to deploy a second quick-reaction capability to theater, according to Army officials.

August 27, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Less than six months after a Navy official said the MQ-8B Fire Scout's ground control station was facing some "reliability issues," Naval Air Systems Command announced it has suspended flight operations of the aircraft until early September after a software anomaly in the aircraft caused a vehicle to penetrate National Capital Region airspace.
August 20, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army will move one step closer to fielding a combat hybrid airship as contractor Northrop Grumman gears up for a mid-September preliminary design review of its Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle.

August 19, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon is in the final phases of an internal review to determine why an unmanned, rocket-launched, hypersonic air vehicle failed to complete its test run over the Pacific Ocean earlier this year, according to a senior defense official.

August 19, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The U.S. Army is awaiting final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to have the authority to fly unmanned drones at a California facility while relying on ground-based, sense-and-avoid technology.

August 18, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department has adjusted its $1.6 trillion portfolio of major weapon systems being developed and acquired, formally ushering in 11 new programs and completing paperwork on four major efforts whose procurement runs are complete or nearly finished.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army vice chief of staff has approved plans to reconfigure the service's fleet of unmanned aerial systems to increase the number fielded to brigade combat teams in theater, but final authorization for the initiative has yet to be given, according to service officials.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to conduct a large-scale demonstration at the end of fiscal year 2011 to prove interoperability between its fleets of manned and unmanned aviation assets, according to a service official.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The next-generation jammer, an electronic warfare system slated for use on the EA-18G Growler and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, could eventually be placed on unmanned ground vehicles, an official told Inside the Navy recently.
August 12, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration are working on a plan to integrate unmanned drones into the national airspace by relying on ground-based, sense-and-avoid technology among other solutions, according to DOD sources.

August 12, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Senior Pentagon officials are expected within the next month to give the green light to the development of a uniform training strategy for unmanned aircraft called for by the Government Accountability Office, according to an official with the Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence.

August 11, 2010 | Daily News

The Office of the Secretary of Defense is nearing completion of a new independent cost estimate of the $13.7 billion Global Hawk program conducted as part of a sweeping review of the high-flying, long-endurance unmanned aircraft, according to sources familiar with the effort.

Ashton Carter, the Pentagon's acquisition executive, in June directed the review of the Global Hawk program, including the preparation of a new cost estimate by the office of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has opted to remain with its current Shadow unmanned aerial system fleet, tabling an advanced follow-on capability for at least two years, according to service officials.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to weaponize the Shadow unmanned aerial system for the Marine Corps, and will analyze the results to better inform the service's path forward for its own Shadow fleet, according to an Army official.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to develop a universal ground control station for its small unmanned systems, including its family of small unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles, according to a service official.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to conduct a competition for its family of small unmanned aerial vehicles, although approval of a capability production document allocating funding has been delayed, according to service officials.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Another delay for the Northrop Grumman-built X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator (UCAS-D) has pushed back the first flight to December and sea trials to 2013, but the program manager told Inside the Navy last week he believes the program is now on track.
August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
After meeting its technical objectives in Limited Objective Experiment 4 last month in Hawaii, the team behind the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate is planning a second spiral of technological development in advance of another similar experiment next summer.
August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy wants to find out what unmanned aerial systems can do for explosive ordinance demolition operations, according to a request for information posted on Federal Business Opportunities last week.

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