Archive: UAV

General Dynamics’ Knifefish Successfully Completes CDR

General Dynamics [GD] Advanced Information Systems yesterday said it has successfully completed the critical design review for Knifefish, the surface-mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle (SMCM UUV), one month ahead of schedule. Now, the team will begin development of the system hardware and software to integrate the approved design by building three engineering development modules. Knifefish […]

CBO Finds GCV Alternatives Less Costly, Risky

The Congressional Budget Office yesterday released a report that said there are better options for the Army’s desired new $29 billion Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) after evaluating four alternatives. “Although none of those alternatives would meet all of the Army’s goals for the GCV program, all are likely to be less costly and less risky […]

FAA Set To Engage Public On UAS Privacy Policy

Seeking public comment on its proposed privacy policy for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday will host an online public engagement session to overview the UAS program and take comments from participants. The FAA in February issued a Request for Proposals for six ranges that will be used to test […]

Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman $434 Million For Global Hawk Work

The Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $433.5 million cost-plus-firm-fixed-fee contract for contractor logistics support for the RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to a March 25 Air Force statement. Northrop Grumman spokeswoman Gemma Loochkartt said yesterday the work will cover Global Hawk Blocks 20, 30 and 40 and will include fielded […]

Navy Orders Six More Large Fire Scouts

The Navy has ordered six of the latest Fire Scout unmanned helicopters that feature a larger airframe than those already deployed with the fleet are intended to fly and remain on station longer for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The Navy awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $71 million contract modification this week for the six […]

UCLASS RFP Nearing Release

The Navy is about a month away from releasing its request for proposals (RFP) for the aircraft carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle designed for surveillance and strike, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations, said yesterday. Greenert said the Navy has completed defining the requirements for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program […]

Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Joint STARS, Global Hawk Interoperability

Northrop Grumman [NOC] in February completed a successful exchange of radar data during a flight test involving the Air Force’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS, JSTARS) and the RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), according to a company statement. The exchange is the first collaborative effort to stream […]

AgustaWestland Reveals Tiltrotor Technology Demonstrator

Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland this week took the wraps off its Project Zero—a tiltrotor technology demonstrator already secretly flown over the past two years. The demonstrator was designed and built in less than six months, funded entirely by the company as part of its research and development work. Project Zero is powered completely by electricity, designed to […]

Boeing’s Phantom Eye Soars Above 8,000 Feet in Second Flight

Boeing’s [BA] liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) completed its second flight Feb. 25, demonstrating capabilities that could allow it to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for up to four days without refueling. The 150-foot wingspan Phantom Eye climbed above an altitude of 8,000 feet and remained aloft for 66 minutes […]

FAA Expecting Numerous Proposals For UAV Test Sites

The Federal Aviation Administration anticipates receiving numerous proposals under a solicitation seeking six test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of plans to integrate drones into national airspace over the next several years, the head of the agency said yesterday. “We’re expecting that we will receive a lot of proposals. There has been […]