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Unmanned Systems

September 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army's 25-year initial capabilities document for its unmanned systems has been approved by the Army Requirements Oversight Council and has moved into initial Joint Requirements Oversight Council staffing for final approval, according to a service official.

September 17, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps' unmanned aerial systems coordinator downplayed an assertion made in a recent concept of operations for the cargo UAS that called the drone a "high risk" effort, and pledged that the Marines would not field the drone if doubts arise about its safety before its scheduled 2011 fielding.
September 17, 2010 | Inside the Navy

The Navy will resume testing the MQ-8B Fire Scout in Arizona this week after the aircraft was grounded last month following a violation of National Capital Region airspace when operators temporarily lost communications with a flight vehicle.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- NATO and Northrop Grumman officials are close to inking a deal that would place the company's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft as the centerpiece of the alliance's next-generation air and ground surveillance system, company officials said this week.

Northrop officials presented NATO officials with an informal proposal for the organization's Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system earlier this year, George Guerra, vice president for Northrop Grumman's High-Altitude and Long-Endurance programs, said during a Sept. 13 industry briefing here.

September 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army and Lockheed Martin are using a senator's support and what one service official called some "creative contracting" to shepherd a cargo-carrying unmanned ground vehicle toward field testing during combat in Afghanistan early next year, according to service and industry officials.

September 10, 2010 | Daily News

Pentagon officials and their counterparts at the Federal Aviation Administration must expedite efforts to set up the necessary protocols to allow unmanned aircraft operations above the continental United States, a senior military official said this week.

Adm. James Winnefeld, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said the lack of such agreements has left command officials unable to address “some pretty important needs” concerning homeland security via unmanned aerial operations, he said.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Defense Department plans to deploy a cargo-delivering unmanned aerial system as part of a joint capability technology demonstration run by the Army's Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center and the Marine Corps, according to service officials.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is seeking feedback from industry on plans to quickly field a robotic vehicle that would follow small groups of soldiers around on the battlefields of Afghanistan to carry their equipment, according to a notice published on the Federal Business Opportunities website today.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has begun the second phase of an analysis of alternatives to the Armed Aerial Scout helicopter effort following a decision to proceed with a manned-unmanned capability requirement, according to service officials.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

Oshkosh recently showcased its autonomous Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles Load Handling Systems truck, equipped with its patented TerraMax self-driving technology.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

According to Army officials, the service will remain focused on the Hellfire unmanned aerial system variant as the weapon of choice in arming the Grey Eagle, as industry continues to develop smaller alternatives for the UAS fleet.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Increment 3 version of the Navy's Broad Aerial Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aircraft is one of the options for the service's currently undefined EPX spy plane capability, BAMS program manager Capt. Bob Dishman told Inside the Navy Sept. 3.
August 27, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Army's ground-based sense-and-avoid system's "safety case," effectively expanding the service's available airspace for unmanned aerial system training, according to service officials.

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.