Archive: UAV

Under DARPA's Gremlins program, Dynetics Inc. will launch and recover unmanned aerial vehicles from a C-130. (Artist's rendering courtesy of Dynetics)

DARPA Picks Dynetics To Launch, Recover UAVs From Manned Plane

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has tapped Dynetics Inc. to conduct a demonstration in which a manned C-130 transport plane will launch and recover small unmanned aerial vehicles in mid-air. The Dynetics-led team has received a 21-month, $38.6 million contract award to carry out the test for DARPA’s Gremlins program, the Pentagon announced late April 17. By […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

CBP Awards General Atomics $276 Million For Predator O&M Services

General Atomics has received a potential $275.9 million contract to provide operational and maintenance (O&M) services to Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) fleet of nine MQ-9 Predator B drones that the agency operates in support of border and maritime security missions. General Atomics’ Aeronautical Systems business began supplying the Predator unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to […]

The Triton arriving at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Sept. 18, 2014. Photo: U.S. Navy

Triton On Track For Early Operational Capability This Year, Navy Official Says

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–The Navy’s new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for broad area maritime surveillance will achieve early operational capability later this year on schedule at a forward operating base in Guam, a service official said on Monday. The early operating capability will consist of two aircraft with a baseline sensor capability and the initial operating […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

Coast Guard Plans Tech Demonstration Of Long Range UAS

The Coast Guard has issued a draft solicitation related to a forthcoming technology demonstration of long-range, ultra-endurance unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for potential use finding and tracking illegal drug and migrant activities in the transit zone. The technology demonstration will help the Coast Guard determine the operational utility of long-range, ultra-endurance UAS for patrolling the […]

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Boeing’s Tech Venture Unit Invests In Detect And Avoid Radar Company

Boeing [BA] on Thursday said its HorizonX Ventures arm is part of a $15 million financing round for Fortem Technologies, a developer and manufacture of radar systems that enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to safely fly beyond visual limits. Boeing doesn’t disclose the investments HorizonX makes other than to say they take minority stakes that […]

A ScanEagle sUAS and launcher sit on the flight deck of the Coast Guard National Security Cutter Stratton. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Barney.

Coast Guard Releases RFP For Small UAS For National Security Cutters

The Coast Guard this week released issued a solicitation for contractor provided surveillance services using small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) aboard the entire fleet of National Security Cutters (NSCs). The commercially-acquired services include surveillance, detection, classification and identification of a wide range of targets using the ship-based sUAS systems, according to the Feb. 7 Request […]

C-17. Photo: Air Force.

Qatari Military Eyes Unmanned Systems

Qatar’s military, which has acquired a host of manned weapon systems from the United States and other countries in recent years, wants to add unmanned technology to its arsenal. Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatar’s defense minister, said at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Jan. 29 that unmanned systems “are the future” and that […]

Kirstjen Nielsen being sworn  in as the new DHS Secretary on Dec. 6. Photo: DHS.

Trump Administration Working New Proposals To Counter Domestic UAS Threats

The Trump administration is developing a second set of proposed legislative authorities to allow relevant federal departments and agencies the ability to counter unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in domestic airspace, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday. Last year the government proposed legislation to Congress to provide federal authorities to counter UAS threats, Nielsen […]

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton's Long-Range Interceptor-II cutter boat approaches a suspected drug smuggling vessel several hundred miles southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, Sept. 6, 2017, recorded by the ScanEagle small UAS on board the cutter. U.S. Coast Guard graphic.

In UAS Assessments, Coast Guard Finding Success In Drug Interdictions

An ongoing operational assessment of small unmanned aircraft systems aboard a Coast Guard cutter has demonstrated new ways to help in drug interdiction missions and increase the chances of catching drug smugglers at sea without tipping them off and giving them an opportunity to ditch their contraband and other material, the Commandant of the Coast […]

An armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down a runway.
Photo: U.S. Air Force

Air Force Nearing Completion Of ISR Plan

The U.S. Air Force, which is writing a report on how it hopes to improve its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities in the coming years, plans to finish the document in “early spring,” a key general said Jan. 4. The “Next Generation ISR Dominance Flight Plan” will be “pretty comprehensive,” addressing “all things for ISR […]