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Unmanned Systems

February 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is focused on developing platforms and systems containing a "significant amount of autonomy," as the Defense Department pushes for technological breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and manned-unmanned teaming.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

Autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and cyber capabilities "should be central components to future war" and the Army has to prepare to integrate and protect those capabilities, according to the director of the service's Office of Business Transformation.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Army is "taking risks in favor of accelerating programs," particularly robotics, according to a service official.

February 06, 2018 | Daily News

Robotics and autonomous systems have quickly taken over a larger share of the Army's investments for modernization and will continue to do so, according to Maj. Gen. John George.

February 05, 2018 | Daily News

General Atomics has received $49.3 million to develop common MQ-9 Reaper software under an open agreement that facilitates upgrades to the remotely piloted aircraft, according to a Defense Department contract announcement.

February 02, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force officials are still nailing down the specifics of a heavy maintenance plan for Northrop Grumman's RQ-4, and will bring a third aircraft to Robins Air Force Base, GA, within the next few months.

January 31, 2018 | Daily News

A demonstration of the U.S. and British armies' robotic systems last October gave a glimpse into the future of transporting supplies to the front lines without drivers. It was the beginning of a three-year project to eliminate risks inherent in the "difficult and dangerous" last mile, according to an Army release.

January 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy last year began planning for an unmanned Aegis self-defense test ship only after repeated arm-twisting by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, according to a Defense Department report.

January 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Army is in the midst of a review of all requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems, with the results expected to drive all future small UAS requirements, the service told Inside the Army.

January 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department chartered the Stand-Off Weapons Defeat Joint Integrated Product Team to study "state-of-the-art" unmanned undersea vehicle countermeasures, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

January 26, 2018 | Daily News

Developmental testing on Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk revealed the MS-177 sensor's electromagnetic interference could lead to false signals intelligence reporting, the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation wrote in his fiscal year 2017 report released this week.

January 19, 2018 | Daily News

Shaw Air Force Base, SC, expects to fly its first MQ-9 combat line by early spring, and officials there told Inside the Air Force this week they hope service leadership will continue their commitment to sustained funding and flexible planning as the new Reaper control group stands up.

January 17, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy will use a rapid acquisition strategy for the Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle as a model for other acquisition programs.

January 17, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy has created an executive steering council composed of key stakeholders to ensure unmanned maritime systems fit into the service's vision of the future fleet.

January 12, 2018 | Daily News

Shaw Air Force Base, SC, announced this week it received service Secretary Heather Wilson's approval to stand up a new MQ-9 Reaper group over the next four years, after passing an environmental impact study last year.

January 11, 2018 | Daily News

Aurora's Orion long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle will take steps toward deployment over the next two years, although the Air Force has not created a formal program of record.

January 11, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy has created an executive steering council composed of key stakeholders to ensure unmanned maritime systems fit into the service’s vision of the future fleet.

January 10, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy should take several steps, such as creating a venture capital firm and an internal "Shark Tank" program, to ensure its autonomy capabilities stay ahead of its adversaries, according a new report by a Navy advisory panel.

January 09, 2018 | Daily News

The Army has contracted Kratos to develop 70 to 80 high-speed aerial targets over a five-year period, according to a company official. Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems -- formerly Composite Engineering -- will deliver the drones with ground support, including launchers and spares.

January 09, 2018 | Daily News

Development of the Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle is facing new delays stemming from a funding shortfall, forcing a 15-month delay to plans for declaring the newest variant of the Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasure mission package operational.

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