Archive: DARPA


HASC Grants Army $90 Million For Fast Fielding Of Vehicle Active Protection Systems

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has heeded the Army’s call for Active Protections Systems (APS) for its combat vehicles, adding $90 million for off-the-shelf missile shields in its markup of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. In its markup of the 2017 NDAA released Monday, HASC prescribed $80 million for an unfunded Army requirement […]

The 20-percent scale model of the Aurora LightningStrike Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) undergoes a flight test in Maryland. Photo: Aurora Flight Sciences.

Aurora Flies Subscale VTOL X-Plane For DARPA At U.S. Facility

Aurora Flight Sciences successfully flew a subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) of its LightningStrike Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) at a U.S. military facility for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the company said Monday. The flight was meant to meet a DARPA risk reduction requirement for the test craft that focused […]

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

Carter Urges Tech Professionals to Bring Expertise to Pentagon

SAN FRANCISCO–Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made a pitch to a crowd of Silicon Valley technology professionals at the RSA security conference on Wednesday: Work for the Pentagon and help the nation solve some of its toughest problems, from cyber operations against the Islamic State to protecting its networks against foreign adversaries. “The idea that you’re […]

An illustration of Tern, Northrop Grumman's next-generation unmanned system for maritime ISR and strike. Photo: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Wins $93M to Develop New Drone for Small Deck Ships

Northrop Grumman [NOC] landed a $93 million contract for a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could revolutionize the flight decks of small surface ships: an autonomous drone capable of conducting surveillance and striking targets. During phase three of the Tern program—which originally stood for Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node—Northrop Grumman will complete its final design, […]

A Soldier aims an XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement weapon system at Aberdeen Test Center, Md.

Study: Precision Small Arms Will Give Ground Troops Leg Up In Future Fight

The proliferation of highly capable electronics and advanced military weaponry could dull the edge U.S. ground forces have over their enemies in future ground conflict, but precision-guided small arms could sharpen the Army’s lethality, if not reverse that trend, a new think tank study finds. A litany of procurement programs and government and private laboratory […]

PFC Marcus Beedle leads the mule-like robot known as the Legged Squad Support System on a patrol through open terrain at Fort Devens Mass.

Deputy Defense Secretary Says Troops Teamed With Robots Will Keep Russia, China At Bay

Where precision-guided and nuclear bombs staved off war with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said thinking machines helping U.S. troops make faster, better decisions will deter Russian and Chinese aggression in the future. The scientific community is at an inflection point in regards to autonomy and artificial intelligence, […]

Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental (DIUx) chief George Duchak. Photo: Air Force.

Kendall Says DIUx Chief Looking Inside DoD For Funding Sources

The head of the Defense Department’s newly formed Silicon Valley outpost is increasingly looking inside DoD for sources of funding, according to the Pentagon’s acquisition executive. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Frank Kendall said Tuesday the job of George Duchak, the head of Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental (DIUx), and his staffers […]


AeroVironment Cut From DARPA’s Maritime Drone Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to develop inexpensive medium-altitude, long-endurance drones that can easily be integrated onto small ships, but as it embarks on the next stage of the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program, at least one company will no longer be involved. AeroVironment [AVAV] was not selected to receive a […]


Space Systems/Loral to Study Robotically-Assembled Satellites

Under a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), commercial satellite provider Space Systems/Loral will study how to robotically assemble geostationary communications satellite already in orbit, the company said Wednesday. The eventual goal of the program, called Dragonfly, is to develop a satellite that can be launched into space in a compact, stowed […]

UH-60 Black Hawk
Photo: Sikorsky.

Sikorsky Moves To Second Phase Of DARPA Aircraft Autonomy Program

Sikorsky has been awarded a $10 million contract for phase 2 of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) effort to automate existing military aircraft cockpits. The aircrew labor in-cockpit automation system (ALIAS) program seeks a “tailorable, drop-in, removable kit that would promote the addition of high levels of automation into existing aircraft, enabling operation […]