Archive: UAV

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 […]

Battelle's counter-UAS DroneDefender being operated by a U.S. soldier. Photo: Battelle

SOFWERX To Host Counter-Drone Demo

SOFWERX, a Florida-based experimentation hub created by the nonprofit Doolittle Institute and U.S. Special Operations Command, plans to host a series of demonstrations next year to assess technology that industry has developed to counter small unmanned aircraft systems. SOFWERX intends to kick off the effort with a technology exposition from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 […]

Northrop Grumman's B-2 bomber. Photo: Air Force.

Drone Sighting At Air Force Bomber Base Shows Need For Defenses, General Says

A recent drone sighting at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri underscores the need for the Air Force to continue developing systems to counter unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that trespass on its installations, according to a four-star general. “That got real to us not too long ago with Whiteman,” said Gen. Robin Rand, commander of […]

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.

Boeing Closes Deal For Aurora Flight Sciences

Boeing [BA] on Wednesday completed its acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences, boosting its ability to more quickly develop autonomous technologies for flight. Terms of the deal, which was first announced in early October, were not disclosed. Aurora will retain its name and independent operating model, functioning as a subsidiary under Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology. […]

The VA001 landing after 5 days of flight at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. (Photo: NASA)

Vanilla Aircraft’s UAV Finishes Five Day Flight

Vanilla Aircraft’s VA001 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) finished the longest unmanned internal combustion powered flight ever, the company said last Thursday. The over five-day flight occurred over 7,000 miles, ending at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The aircraft carried several payloads, including NASA’s multi-spectral imager and a Defense Department-furnished sensor and radio. The company […]

Coast Guard Approves Plans To Move Forward With Small UAS Acquisition

The Coast Guard last week said its acquisition authorities have approved a plan to begin soliciting bids for a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) that can operate from its new high-endurance cutter fleet. Release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the small UAS is expected before the end of 2017, a spokeswoman for the […]