Archive: UAV

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 […]


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 […]