Archive: UAV

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

Autonomous Systems Are ‘Next Wave’ For Coast Guard, Zukunft Says

The Coast Guard is a “decade behind” where it needs to be in terms of fielding and operating unmanned systems, particularly in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), the service’s top official said on Tuesday. “The next wave is autonomous systems,” Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said at an event co-hosted by […]

Raven is among the small UAVs deployed by special operations. Photo: AeroVironment

Border Patrol Plans Small UAS Evaluations This Year

The Border Patrol in September plans to conduct operational tests of three different types of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at different border locations to help evaluate requirements and assess capabilities, an agency official said on Tuesday. The testing will include a short-range quadcopter UAS that can stay aloft about 30 minutes, a Raven UAS […]

An upgraded Coyote Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flies over the Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla. during a January demonstration flight. Photo: NOAA.

Leonardo Joins Army Effort To Defeat Small Enemy Drones

The Army awarded Leonardo DRS a $16 million contract to fill an urgent operational need for systems that can detect and destroy enemy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Leonardo has teamed with Moog Inc. [MOG.A, MOG.B] to provide the counter-UAS capability, which the Army has identified as a critical capability gap against current enemies like Islamic […]

An Air Force F-22 Raptor. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Seeking Authority To Counter Drones At U.S. Bases

The U.S. Air Force is seeking authority to use anti-drone equipment to defend against small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that accidentally or intentionally fly onto its homeland bases, according to the head of Air Combat Command (ACC). Gen. James “Mike” Holmes said July 11 that the need to field such technology was underscored last week when […]

Aerosonde HQ, the vertical-takeoff-and-landing variant of Textron's Aerosonde unmanned aircraft. (Photo courtesy of Textron Systems)

Textron Eyes Endurance Upgrade To Vertical Takeoff Variant of Aerosonde UAS

Textron [TXT] Systems, which unveiled a kit last year that converts its Aerosonde small unmanned aircraft system into a vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) UAS, is now developing a longer-endurance version of the kit. While a standard Aerosonde can fly 16 to 17 hours with a day/night video camera payload, an Aerosonde with the existing VTOL kit is […]

Carbon by Design provides manufacturing services for unmanned aerial vehicles. Photo: HEICO

HEICO Acquires Composites Manufacturer Carbon By Design

Aerospace and electronics manufacturer HEICO Corp. [HEI] on Tuesday said it has acquired Carbon by Design, a manufacturer of composite components for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), rockets, spacecraft and other applications, further expanding the company’s composites capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. HEICO said the acquisition is expected to be accretive to its […]

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 […]