Archive: UAV

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 […]

Marines prepared assault amphibious vehicles (AAVs) for an exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on April 26, 2017.

Marines Test The Future Of Amphibious Warfare: Unmanned Systems

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.  – Once a remote-controlled assault amphibious vehicle trundled ashore here, it stopped and released from its hold a ground robot that continued its way across the wide beach before stopping and launching a quadcopter from its back. The tracked ground robot was accompanied by another wheeled unmanned vehicle topped with a .50 […]

The Airfence counter-UAS system.(PRNewsfoto/Sensofusion)

Marine Corps Lab To Experiment With Sensofusion’s Counter-UAS System

The U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory has awarded a contract to Sensofusion to “further develop” the company’s Airfence system, which is designed to counter unmanned aircraft systems, the Finland-based firm announced April 25. Partnered with the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), the Marine lab will experiment with Airfence and develop tactics, techniques and procedures, […]

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DHS S&T Selects Mississippi For Small UAS Testing Range

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch has selected a site in Mississippi for the flight testing of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in support of its research and development efforts. Mississippi State University (MSU) in Starkville will lead the R&D project, which was competitively awarded, the school said on Wednesday. […]