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Army Picks Three Firms To Support Tactical UAS

The U.S. Army has tapped three companies – AASKI Technology, Leidos [LDOS] and Textron [TXT] AAI Corp. – to share in a five-year, $900 million contract to provide technical services and field support for tactical unmanned aircraft systems. The three firms will compete for work under the contract. The Department of Defense, which announced the […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

Predator B UAV Detects Ground Radar In Tests

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) announced last week that it recently demonstrated the ability of a Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle to detect enemy ground-based radar. During company-funded flight tests at a GA-ASI facility near Palmdale, Calif., a Predator B equipped with a Raytheon [RTN] ALR-69A Radar Warning Receiver successfully identified various ground-based radars, GA-ASI […]

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Navy Finishes Key Tests Of Fire Scout, MQ-25 UAVs

The Navy announced this week that it has completed key tests of two unmanned aerial vehicles: the new MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter and the future MQ-25 Stingray aerial refueler. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said April 11 that the MQ-8C finished its first test period aboard a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the USS Montgomery (LCS-8). […]

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Air Force Blames MQ-9A Reaper Crash On Pilot Error

Investigators concluded that pilot error caused an Air Force MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aircraft to crash at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan last year, the service announced April 13. According to Air Combat Command, the Reaper, built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., was returning from a combat support mission on Feb. 20, 2016; and went down […]

Air Force Lt. Gen. Mark Nowland spoke at the Air Force Association on April 12, 2017.

Air Force Exploring How To Benefit From Small Commercial Drones

The U.S. Air Force is studying how to tap into the agility, speed and other advanced capabilities of small unmanned aerial vehicles that have proliferated in the private sector in recent years, a service official said April 12. For example, Lt. Gen. Mark Nowland, deputy chief of staff for operations, mentioned the new sport of […]

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

NAVAIR Reviewing Bids For UAS Surveillance Services

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are reviewing industry proposals to continue the “Close Range” program, in which companies deploy and maintain small unmanned aircraft systems to supplement military surveillance assets. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) plans to award multiple five-year contracts by fall, said Marine Col. Eldon Metzger, program manager for […]

The 20-percent scale model of the Aurora LightningStrike Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) undergoes a flight test in Maryland. Photo: Aurora Flight Sciences.

DARPA, Aurora Finish Flight Tests Of Subscale VTOL X-Plane

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Aurora Flight Sciences, which are developing an unmanned, tilt-wing, vertical-takeoff-and-landing experimental airplane (VTOL X-Plane) called LightningStrike, have a achieved a significant milestone by completing flight tests of a subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD). The tests, which ended in early March at Webster Outlying Field in Southern Maryland, demonstrated the […]

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Land-Based UAS Would Be Forward Deployed, Zukunft Says

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–The Coast Guard wants to obtain its own fleet of land-based, forward-deployed, long-range unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to give persistent surveillance capability in the maritime environment, Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the Coast Guard, said on Monday. Zukunft last month in the annual State of the Coast Guard address said the service needs […]

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

Coast Guard Issues Draft RFP For Small UAS For National Security Cutters

The Coast Guard on Tuesday issued a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) on its plans to acquire small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) capabilities to deploy aboard its fleet of National Security Cutters (NSC) to provide the vessels with airborne tactical surveillance. The Coast Guard plans to award a five-year contract to procure the sUAS capabilities, […]

Small drones, such as this Perdix micro UAV, are being tested in swarms. (Credit: Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force Could Be Most Challenged Service In Push To Decentralized Systems

The Air Force could be the most challenged of the United States military services in the Pentagon’s push toward decentralized weapon systems because the air service has benefited from having dominant capabilities and, thus, is most resistant to fundamental change, according to a key Pentagon executive. Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) Director William Roper said Tuesday […]