Archive: UAV

Integrating Drones Into Airspace Presents ‘Host’ Of Legal Complications: CRS

Federal legislation calling for the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into national airspace in the next several years brings with it a “host” of complicated legal issues that will have to be resolved along the way, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The CRS report said the government will […]

Army Contracts For AeroVironment Wasp AE for Marines

AeroVironment Inc. [AVAV] yesterday said it received a $12 million order for its Wasp ® AE small unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares packages, training, and one year of contractor logistics support. The Naval Air Systems Command’s Program Office for Navy & Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PMA-263), working collaboratively with the Army’s Counter-IED […]

Northrop Grumman Building Testbed Triton

Northrop Grumman [NOC] said yesterday it is in the process of building a Triton unmanned aerial vehicle to use as a test bed for the Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program. Northrop Grumman is internally funding the construction of the MQ-4C Triton, a variance of the company’s Global Hawk platform operated by the Air […]

South Korea Requests $1.2 Billion Deal For Global Hawk Block 30 UAVs

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said it notified Congress Dec. 21 of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to South Korea of four RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and associated parts and support worth potentially $1.2 billion. The possible sale includes four of Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Block 30s with the […]

U.K. Taps AgustaWestland For Sea King Helo Support

The U.K. Ministry of Defense yesterday said it has agreed to an approximately $419.9 million contract with Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland to support Sea King helicopters. The work will sustain 500 jobs across the United Kingdom, while supporting military operational readiness policy. The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Sea King fleets are best known for providing […]

Navy Nearing Ship Testing Of Small Tactical UAV

The Navy expects to conduct ship-based testing of its RQ-21A small tactical unmanned aerial vehicle for carrying out intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance missions early next year. Marine Col. Jim Rector, the program manager for the Navy and Marine Corps’ Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) program, said the RQ-21A Integrator completed land-based operational assessment and […]

U.S. Has To Keep Edge Over Drone Seeking Countries

As other potentially adversarial countries pursue fielding unmanned aerial vehicles, the United States will have to stay one step ahead in being able to track enemy drones and thwart their missions, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said this week. “The fact is that unmanned systems are increasing in the world that we’re involved,” Panetta told a […]