Archive: UAV

The ScanEagle is a catapult launched UAV. Photo: Boeing.

Boeing, Textron Given Shots At $475 Million SOCOM Drone Services Contract

U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) on June 7 announced that Boeing’s [BA] Insitu unmanned systems arm and Textron’s [TXT] AAI Corp. both share in a multiple-award contract for providing unmanned aircraft services to forces around the globe through 2022. Both companies were awarded contracts that initially pay out $150,000 in fiscal 2017 funding. The contracts […]

An MQ-9 Reaper. Photo: U.S. Air Force

Air Force Study To Project Service Life Of MQ-9 Reaper

The U.S. Air Force is conducting a study to determine how long its heavily used MQ-9 Reaper will last, an effort that could guide future spending decisions on the remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), a service official said June 7. The Air Force plans to complete the first phase of the two-phase study this summer and […]

Air Force Predator Crash Linked To Lost Datalink

U.S. Air Force investigators have determined that an MQ-1B Predator crashed last year after its controllers lost a datalink with the unmanned aircraft, the service’s Air Combat Command announced June 5. According to the command, the datalink was lost while the Predator was performing a combat support mission on March 8, 2016, in U.S. Central […]

BerrieHill Research gives ARA capabilities in electromagnetics. Photo: ARA

Applied Research Associates Acquires BerrieHill Research

Research and engineering company Applied Research Associates (ARA) said last Thursday that it has acquired BerrieHill Research Corporation (BRC), adding new capabilities in electromagnetics. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. BRC, which is based in Dayton, Ohio, has 60 employees. The company provides services in the areas of computational electromagnetic simulations, radio frequency materials […]

The X-47B is refueled in flight over the Chesapeake Bay April 22. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)

U.S. Navy To Issue MQ-25 Tanker Solicitation

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) intends to release a solicitation for the MQ-25 Air System Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) Program to Boeing [BA], General Atomics [GA], Lockheed Martin [LMT], and Northrop Grumman [NOC], according to a May 26 notice on FedBizOpps. The notice explains the solicitation for the MQ-25 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

Coast Guard Authorization Bill Introduced In House

A bill to reauthorize the Coast Guard for two years was introduced in the House last Thursday and would allow for nearly $2 billion to be spent on acquisition in both fiscal years 2018 and 2019. A similar bill was marked up last Thursday by the Senate Commerce Committee. The authorization bill pending in the […]

An early version of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Ninja Spiral 1 counter-drone system. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force Lab Unveils Counter-Drone Systems

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on May 18 unveiled two technology efforts it is working on to disrupt and capture small, hostile drones. The first system, or spiral, which has been deployed at an undisclosed location overseas for several months, is designed to precisely disrupt radiofrequency communications between a drone and its operator and […]

MQ-4C Triton during test flights in California. Photo: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Wins $304 Million Contract Modification For Three MQ-4C Tritons

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $304 million modification on Tuesday to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract to procure three low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 2 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Triton is set to be the Navy’s unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft. The modification also provides for one main operation control […]

An armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down a runway.
Photo: U.S. Air Force

Air Force Blames Reaper Crash in Nevada On Pilot Error

Investigators have concluded that pilot error caused an MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aircraft to crash during a training mission in Nevada 11 months ago, the U.S. Air Force announced May 11. Although the Reaper successfully reached its cruising altitude, the aircraft stalled because the pilot did not give it enough power, according to the service’s Air […]

Aerovironment Snipe Nano-UAS

AeroVironment Unveils Palm-Launched Nano-UAS For Dismounted Intel Collection

Aerovironment [AVAV] has unveiled a bird-sized miniature unmanned aerial system (UAS) whose small size allows launching from the palm of a hand and makes it difficult to detect while spying on enemy positions for dismounted troops. The ruggedized UAS, called Snipe Nano Quad, began delivering to the first U.S. government customer in April. The Snipe is […]