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Unmanned Systems

April 10, 2018 | Daily News

The Army has hired a project director for autonomous systems and is waiting on four-star approval to rename the Training and Doctrine Command project office for maneuver robotics and autonomous systems as the capability management office for maneuver robotics and autonomous systems.

April 09, 2018 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin does not have a prototype of its offering for the MQ-25 Stingray competition but will use "a solution that’s very representative" in an upcoming test with the Navy, according to a company executive.

April 06, 2018 | Daily News

ST. LOUIS -- After years of development, Boeing unveiled its prototype for the Navy's MQ-25 Stingray unmanned tanker competition and revealed the air vehicle uses the same engine as the RQ-4 Global Hawk and MQ-4C Triton.

April 06, 2018 | Daily News

Gorgon Stare, the Air Force's sensor program of record for wide-area motion imagery mounted on MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, will receive a limited slate of upgrades in the near future but isn't currently expected to grow across the Reaper fleet, the service recently reported to Congress.

April 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is defending the performance of its MQ-9 Reaper following a fiscal year 2017 report by the director of operational test and evaluation that showed the remotely piloted aircraft still faces radar system deficiencies.

April 04, 2018 | Daily News

Five Air Force procurement programs saw cost swings of more than $1 billion over the last year, and 24 of the service's systems shrank by $2.5 billion in aggregate, the Defense Department said this week.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The estimated cost for the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio grew by $177 billion, or more than 10 percent, over the last year, swelling from $1.7 trillion to $1.9 trillion.

April 02, 2018 | Daily News

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army is establishing three programs of record to sort its inventory of more than 4,000 non-standard robots and seeks to develop a common controller across the entire fleet. The service aims to remove 2,000 of those robots from the inventory before the programs of record are fully online.

March 29, 2018 | Daily News

Two Northrop Grumman Global Hawks will return to Robins Air Force Base, GA, for a new coat of paint after their recent paint jobs cracked and chipped.

March 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's formal report to congressional defense committees on its new plan for replacing the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System offers more insight on how it views the roles of the MQ-9 Reaper, RQ-4 Block 40 and other assets in a future battle management network.

March 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Army's Future Vertical Lift cross-functional team is focused not only on replacements for the service's rotary aviation fleet, but on developing new unmanned aerial systems for "advanced teaming."

March 26, 2018 | Daily News

The Maneuver Center of Excellence, the Army's proponent for ground robotics systems, is teaming with academia and industry to make Ft. Benning, GA, and the greater Columbus area the "center of gravity" for maneuver robotics, according to service officials. The site will eventually house a full capability management office under Training and Doctrine Command.

March 20, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy's multimission tactical unmanned air systems program office is seeking information from industry to inform an analysis of alternatives for the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System Expeditionary (MUX) program.

March 20, 2018 | Daily News

The Army is close to finishing the first phase of its plan for a new unmanned aircraft system, called Next-Generation Tactical UAS Technology Demonstrator (NGTUAS-TD), which is expected to be runway-independent and perform better than currently fielded UASs.

March 19, 2018 | Daily News

An Air Force spokesman says the possibility of adding air-to-air missiles to the MQ-9 Reaper is still predecisional, following a notice of a pending contract award to General Atomics for a system simulating that capability.

March 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Army plans to develop prototypes for one robotic combat vehicle and one optionally manned fighting vehicle, according to the Next Generation Combat Vehicle cross-functional team's director.

March 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy wants to begin initial concept design efforts and an analysis of alternatives in fiscal year 2019 for a new unmanned surface vehicle that has already seen preliminary success at the Defense Department's preeminent research agency.

March 06, 2018 | Daily News

Commercially available, high-performance unmanned aerial systems -- when used for nefarious means  -- pose “a significant and growing threat” to U.S. forces, particularly dismounted infantry and lightly armored vehicles in the Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces.

February 23, 2018 | Daily News

ORLANDO, FL -- The head of Air Force Air Education and Training Command told reporters here last week he is working to flesh out initiatives to shrink the manpower and the cost needed to keep the remotely piloted aircraft enterprise running.

February 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to buy 29 new MQ-9 Reapers from General Atomics in fiscal year 2019, largely to replace aircraft lost in combat or those the service expects will be unusable.