Archive: UAV

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.
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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]


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). […]