Archive: UAV

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 […]


U.S. Africa Command Building Drone Site In Central Niger

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) says it is building an “operating location” for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in central Niger to enhance its collection of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information on the continent. At Nigerien Air Base 201 in Agadez, U.S. military engineering squadrons and contractors are improving the runway and basic life-support facilities, AFRICOM […]

An MQ-8B Fire Scout conducts low-light conditional development testing with the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Photo: U.S. Navy).

Mine Detection System Achieves IOC

The U.S. Navy’s AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system airborne mine detection system has achieved initial operational capability (IOC), the service said Tuesday. COBRA is a sensor payload that can be integrated into the Northrop Grumman [NOC] MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air system (UAS) deployed on to a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). COBRA […]

Leonardo DRS_CUAS

Leonardo Scores Production Contract For MRAP-Based Counter-Drone System

The Army has awarded Leonardo DRS a contract to fulfill an urgent operational need to protect soldiers from enemy unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The $42 million contract for counter-UAS capability is a follow-on to a previous contract under which DRS and Moog [MOG.A, MOG.B]] built prototypes of a two-vehicle anti-drone defense system. The previous $16 […]

Flight test of Aurora Flight Sciences subscale VTOL UAS. Earlier this year the company conducted a series of flight tests on the 325-pound aircraft, demonstrating the ability of the tiltwing aircraft to take-off and land vertically and to fly horizontally. Photo: Aurora Flight Sciences

In A Fast Changing World, Boeing Acquiring Aurora To Help Develop Future Aircraft

Boeing [BA] on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences, a technology leader in autonomy, aerostructures and aerospace designs, in a deal the world’s largest aerospace company is betting will help it design and develop the next-generation of commercial and military aircraft that are expected to increasingly feature more autonomous capabilities. Terms […]

The popular quadcopter UAV developed by China's DJI. Photo: DJI

Air Force To Test Directed Energy Weapons Against Small Drones

The U.S. Air Force plans to conduct an experiment in fiscal year 2018 using directed energy weapons to counter small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The experiment will seek to determine whether high-energy lasers and high-power microwaves could help in such ways as protecting military bases in combat zones, the Air Force announced late Sept. 26. […]

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 […]