Archive: UAV

CyPhy’s Tethered Drones Provide Limitless Uptime to Army, Navy

Drones can be used for covert surveillance, attacks, refueling, patrolling, inspection, and any number of other tasks that benefit from a portable aircraft with an operator kept out of harm’s way. The U.S. Army and Navy Special Operations Forces use drones from CyPhy Works to get around one of the big hindrances with most unmanned […]


In FAA Bill, Senate Passes TSA Reauthorization, Counter-Drone Measures

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a five-year reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes additional legislative measures that would also reauthorize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and provide limited authorities to the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to deploy technologies to defeat potential threats from aerial drones. The bipartisan FAA […]


Bell Moving to Scale Up Autonomous Delivery Drones for U.S. Military

Bell [TXT] is developing the scalability and flight control software of its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) family of vehicles to meet U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army requirements, Todd Worden, the Bell senior manager of global military business development and advanced tiltrotor systems, said in an interview at Modern Day Marine this week […]

L3 ASV's C-Target 13 marine target vehicle. Photo: L3 Technologies

L3 Acquires UK Firm That Makes Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Adding to its growing franchise of unmanned maritime system capabilities, L3 Technologies [LLL] on Monday said it has acquired ASV Global, a United Kingdom-based developer and manufacturer of unmanned surface vessels and related technology for commercial, scientific, military and security applications. Terms of the deal, which closed on Sept. 20, were not disclosed. ASV also […]

Fortem Technologies' DroneHunter counter UAS system can track and monitor small drone threats. The system can also shoot a net at an airborne drone to disable it and lower to the ground. Photo: Fortem Technologies

Counter Drone Measure Included In Bipartisan House, Senate FAA Agreement

House and Senate conferees last Saturday evening reached agreement on a bipartisan, long-term reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes legislation allowing the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to counter threats posed by drones in limited circumstances. The counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) legislation also allows DHS to research, develop and […]

The first two delivered MQ-4C Triton aircraft at their new hangar at Naval Base Ventura Couny, Point Mugu, Calif. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

MQ-4C Triton Crashes In California

One of two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) crashed yesterday on a Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Calif., base runway following an inflight mechanical issue and landing gear failure. A spokesperson for Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) told Defense Daily in a statement on Thursday that the Triton experienced an “inflight mechanical issue” during […]

Diagram of Ocean Aero's Submaran unmanned underwater and surface vessel . (Diagram: Ocean Aero.)

Lockheed Martin Makes Second Investment In Ocean Aero

Lockheed Martin [LMT] on Tuesday said it has made a second investment in the unmanned maritime systems company Ocean Aero, a multi-million dollar investment aimed at helping the California-based company ramp up its production capacity. Lockheed Martin said that that its strategic investment in a Series B funding round came alongside another multi-million dollar infusion […]

William Bryan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be under secretary of Science and Technology for DHS. Bryan is currently the acting head of S&T. Photo: DHS

DHS S&T Nominee Plugs Counter UAS Bill

Legislation in the Senate permitting the use of technology to defeat potential threats from drones is necessary to enable the testing and evaluation of these technologies in operationally relevant environments, a Department of Homeland Security official said on Wednesday. Current law allows for detecting and tracking of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) “but we’re not able […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

Coast Guard Cancels Tech Demo Of Long-Range UAS

The Coast Guard on Tuesday said it is canceling plans for to conduct a land-based technology demonstration of long-range unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) because the funding for the project has been rescinded. Congress previously appropriated $17.5 million in fiscal year 2017 research and development funds for the Coast Guard to demonstrate the Long-Range/Ultra Long-Endurance (LR/ULE) […]