Archive: UAV


Navy’s Triton Takes First Flight

The Navy’s MQ-4C Triton, a variant of the Air Force’s Global Hawk, took its maiden flight on Wednesday, the first of a series of tests to validate the aircraft designed for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance before it heads into production. The unmanned Triton took off in Palmdale, Calif., flew for 80 minutes and reached an […]


Navy’s Triton UAV Close To First Flight, Northrop Grumman Official Says

The Navy’s MQ-4 Triton, a variant of the Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk, is scheduled to make its first flight in the “very near future” following the resolution of some technical problems that prompted the Navy to delay production earlier this year, a senior Northrop Grumman executive recently said. Tom Vice, the president of Northrop […]

The EuroHawk was at the center of a scandal in Germany last year. Photo: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Waiting To Hear From Germany On Euro Hawk’s Fate

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has not been formally notified by the German government of plans to scrap its version of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, a top executive said yesterday, adding the company was hopeful Berlin’s concerns about the program could be addressed. Northrop Grumman has produced one Euro Hawk for the German Defense Ministry. […]

Northrop Grumman Pitching Camera Upgrade Plan For Global Hawks

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has proposed a plan to the Air Force for upgrading the imagery resolution capability on the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles by using powerful cameras currently deployed on U-2 spy planes, a top executive said yesterday. Tom Vice, the president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, said using the Senior Year Electro-optical Reconnaissance […]


Aviation History: Navy UAV Launched From Carrier

The Navy made aviation history on Tuesday when the service conducted the first ever aircraft carrier-based catapult launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle. The X-47B aircraft lifted off the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and flew for 65 minutes before arriving on land at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The launch […]

ONR Develops Common UAV Software

The Office of Naval Research has developed software that can be shared across the range of unmanned aerial vehicles in an effort the organization believes will save money and streamline training. The Unmanned Aerial System Control Segment (UCS) software for the Common Control System has recently been successfully tested during a dry run on the […]


X-47B Makes First Arresting Gear Landing

The Navy’s unmanned X-47B designed to operate off aircraft carriers successfully conducted its first landing with arresting gear, the Navy and contractor Northrop Grumman [NOC] said yesterday. The test took place Saturday at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. using shore-based arresting gear in what was key step for the Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator […]


Navy’s Phalanx Cited In U.N. Report Critical Of Autonomous Targeting

A United Nations report calling for a moratorium on autonomous weapons systems that emerged Thursday cites the Navy’s Phalanx Gatling gun for ship defense as a system that should receive greater scrutiny because of its ability to automatically fire on perceived threats. The Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CWIS) is deployed on most Navy surface combatants […]

Lockheed Martin Kaman K-MAX Autonomous Rotorcraft

Post Afghanistan: What’s Next For Marines’ K-MAX And Unmanned Cargo Supply?

Since arriving in Afghanistan 18 months ago, the Marine Corps’ two K-MAX unmanned helicopters have earned high marks for their ability to deliver cargo in support of operations in remote areas, while putting fewer lives at risk by lessening the need for ground convoys vulnerable to roadside bombs or ambushes. The Marine Corps, along with […]

L-3 Cincinnati Electronics Unveils New Ultra-Compact Cooled Infrared Sensor

L-3 Cincinnati Electronics [LLL] (L-3 CE) yesterday revealed its new NightWarrior 640 Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR) imaging system, one of the smallest cooled infrared cameras in the world. “We really put a lot of resources on it, and despite the challenging budget environment we’re in, we still think there’s a growth area in the market because […]