Archive: UAV

RQ-4 Global Hawk
Photo: Northrop Grumman

Operational Demands Limit Readiness Of Air Force RPA Operators

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–The constant pace of Air Force unmanned aircraft operations in war zones is limiting the readiness of the crews that operate these systems, the head of Air Combat Command said this week. The Air Force is “pretty good” at performing the missions with the Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA) despite their original assignation as […]

The Border Patrol is testing the InstantEye quadcopter sUAS as well as two fixed-wing systems in operating environments. Photo: PSI Tactical.

Border Patrol Begins Operational Testing Of Small UAS

The Border Patrol is beginning operational tests of field proven, rapidly deployable small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) with a goal of improving the situational awareness and safety of its agents in the field. Customs and Border Protection, which manages the Border Patrol, said last Thursday evening that the series of tests will run into 2018 […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

Coast Guard Surveys Market For Land-Based, Long-Range UAS

The Coast Guard on Wednesday issued a Request for Information for land-based high-endurance drone aircraft to help it examine the potential of these systems to patrol vast ocean areas for illegal drug shipments. Earlier this year Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said the service wants to obtain land-based, forward-deployed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to […]

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

Battelle, Dedrone Partner For Comprehensive Counter UAS Solution

Battelle and a small company that has developed a drone tracking software platform have agreed to partner on an end-to-end counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) solution. The non-exclusive memorandum of understanding between Battelle, which has developed a handheld remote-controlled system to defend against small UAS, and California-based Dedrone, is aimed creating a comprehensive drone defeat […]

MQ-9B SkyGuardian. Photo: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

General Atomics’ MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft Completes FAA-Approved Flight

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is one step closer to receiving full certification to deploy its MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for NATO use after successfully completing a flight last week through various classes of non-restricted airspace. The MQ-9B SkyGuardian completed the 275-mile trip from the Laguna Army Airfield in Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., […]

Lt. Gen Samuel Greaves, the new director of the Missile Defense Agency. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

MDA Director: Systems Can Defend U.S. From North Korean ICBMs

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The U.S. ballistic missile defense forces are capable today of defending against North Korean ballistic missile threats but are still developing future capabilities for future threats, the Defense Department’s newest missile defense chief said on Wednesday. Lt. Gen Samuel Greaves, who was recently installed as the director of the Missile Defense Agency […]

A Coast Guard-built unmanned surface vessel, although not designed for ice operations, maneuvers easily between ice floes. Photo: Coast Guard

Unmanned Systems Featured In Coast Guard’s Arctic Technology Evaluation

The Coast Guard is evaluating several types of unmanned systems during this summer’s annual Arctic Technology Evaluation aboard the medium icebreaker Healy, including surface, subsurface and aircraft systems. The testing is being done by officials from the Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center aboard the Healy, and also includes technology for oil spills, low visibility […]

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Autonomous Systems Are ‘Next Wave’ For Coast Guard, Zukunft Says

The Coast Guard is a “decade behind” where it needs to be in terms of fielding and operating unmanned systems, particularly in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), the service’s top official said on Tuesday. “The next wave is autonomous systems,” Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said at an event co-hosted by […]

Raven is among the small UAVs deployed by special operations. Photo: AeroVironment

Border Patrol Plans Small UAS Evaluations This Year

The Border Patrol in September plans to conduct operational tests of three different types of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at different border locations to help evaluate requirements and assess capabilities, an agency official said on Tuesday. The testing will include a short-range quadcopter UAS that can stay aloft about 30 minutes, a Raven UAS […]

An upgraded Coyote Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flies over the Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla. during a January demonstration flight. Photo: NOAA.

Leonardo Joins Army Effort To Defeat Small Enemy Drones

The Army awarded Leonardo DRS a $16 million contract to fill an urgent operational need for systems that can detect and destroy enemy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Leonardo has teamed with Moog Inc. [MOG.A, MOG.B] to provide the counter-UAS capability, which the Army has identified as a critical capability gap against current enemies like Islamic […]