Archive: UAV

Members of the 163d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron,163d Attack Wing, California Air National Guard, conduct a preflight check on the wing's MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft before a fire support mission, Aug. 1, 2018, at March Air Reserve Base, California. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Michelle J. Ulber)

MQ-9 Helping California National Guard Fight Fires In Combat Zone-Like Conditions

Amidst heavy smoke, “fire tornadoes,” and combat-zone like conditions, the California Army National Guard (CANG) is relying on the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle to relay critical video and thermal imaging data to fight back against the largest fire in the state’s history. Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, the CANG’s deputy adjutant general, told reporters Wednesday […]

Latitude Engineering HQ-40 UAS. Photo: Latitude Engineering

L3 Acquires UAS Company With Technology For Fixed-Wing And Vertical Flight

L3 Technologies [LLL] in late June acquired Latitude Engineering, a small company that has developed technology to enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to take off and land vertically and also fly as a fixed wing aircraft. L3 disclosed the $15 million cash deal in a July 26 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that […]

General Atomics To Quadruple Footprint At U.S. Drone Research Park

Drone maker General Atomics will nearly quadruple its footprint in the Grand Forks, N.D., industrial park dedicated to unmanned aerial systems research and development. GA Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) currently occupies 5.5 acres at Grand Sky, the first and only fully operational civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS)-focused research and development park in the United States. Under […]

Nielsen Heads To North Dakota For UAS Briefings

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday will be in North Dakota to discuss border operations and receive briefings on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the development of technologies to counter UAS, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. Nielsen will be in Grand Forks, which is home to one of Customs and Border […]

Sierra Nevada Corp. and Israel Aerospace Industries officials following the signing of their new cooperation agreement. Photo: IAI.

Sierra Nevada, Israel Aerospace Industries Developing New UAS For U.S. Market

Sierra Nevada Corp. announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to develop a new tactical Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the U.S. market. Under the strategic cooperation agreement, SNC is responsible for system integration on the IAI-built VTOL UAS, which would be developed to assist […]

Legislation in the Senate and House would enable testing and evaluation of counter UAS systems in the U.S. Shown above is Fortem Technologies DroneHunter, which is a small UAS equipped with a radar detecting, classifying and mitigating potential drone threats. Photo: Fortem Technologies

White House Gives Support To Senate Counter Drone Bill

The White House late Tuesday issued a statement of support for a bill circulating in the Senate that would give the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security limited authorities to detect, track and mitigate potential threats from small drones, they kind that typically can be purchased commercially by anyone. The statement from the White House […]

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Boeing Working With SparkCognition On Unmanned Traffic Management Solutions

Boeing [BA] on Tuesday said it is working with a small company it invested in last year to provide traffic management solutions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Boeing said it and SparkCognition will apply artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to the unmanned air traffic management system, which will track flights and create flight corridors. The […]

Raytheon's Coyote small unmanned aerial system (UAS). Photo: Defense Daily.

Army Taps Raytheon Drone-Radar Combo For Urgent Counter-UAS Capability

The U.S. Army will use Raytheon’s [RTN] Coyote unmanned aircraft system and the KRFS radar, as a near-term counter-unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capability to protect deployed units from enemy drones. Raytheon has delivered 40 KRFS, or Ku band radio frequency system, units to date, with as many as 32 deployed with Army units overseas. The company is finalizing development […]

CACI International sells its SkyTracker Counter UAS solutions for detecting, tracking and mitigating potential drone threats. Graphic: CACI International

DoD Counter UAS Efforts Creating Framework For Homeland Applications, FAA Official Says

Work done by the Defense Department to thwart potential threats posed by remotely piloted aircraft to its facilities in the U.S. is laying the “foundation” for the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to rollout similar capabilities in the homeland once they’ve been granted authorities to do, an official with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]

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Schiebel Demos Camcopter UAV Trials for Belgian Navy

Schiebel has successfully completed trials for the Camcopter S-100 anmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the Belgian Navy, the company said. The tests demonstrated search and rescue as well as maritime surveillance capabilities. Schiebel’s trials for the Belgian Navy were aimed at building an enhanced knowledge base and developing a successful concept of operations. This was […]