US Drone Maker Cleared to Export Jet Powered Combat Drones

March 15, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Kratos, Syndicated Industry News 
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a manufacturer of jet-powered tactical unmanned aerial drone systems, will soon offer its Mako militarized, combat unmanned aerial vehicles systems for export, following approval of such export by the U.S. State Department to certain European and Asia Pacific region countries.

Boeing Joins General Atomics MQ-25 Stingray Team

February 13, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, General Atomics, Syndicated Industry News 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has formed an industry team to pursue the US Navy MQ-25 Stingray, the future carrier-based aerial refueling drone program. The most surprising member is the Autonomous Systems division of the Boeing Company. Boeing is also pursuing the MQ-25 opportunity with its own MQ-25 platform, developed by its rapid prototyping center - the 'Phantom Works'.

France to Evaluate Airbus’ Unmanned Helicopter for Use on its Future Frigates

January 12, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Airbus, Syndicated Industry News 
Airbus is developing a rotary-wing unmanned aerial system for naval application, under a newly awarded contract signed with the French armament directorate DGA. Under the program the company's VSR700 drone will be demonstrated on board ships, to evaluate its use with future frigates.

UVision’s Hero 400EC Demonstrates Loitering, Precision Attack Capabilities

January 9, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel's UVision demonstrated their Hero-400EC extended-range loitering missile system last month, pitching the enhanced drone to a strategic customer that already operates the company's other Hero loitering weapons.

Russian Forces in Syria Repelled Massive Drone Attack on Hmeimim and Tartus

January 8, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Syrian militants began using drones in Syria; following repeated attacks against Russian ground forces operating in the country, Russian and Syrian forces repelled a massive drone attack on Saturday night, downing or capturing 13 improvised, armed drones. The rapid growth in the use of drones and number of simultaneous missions used on each strike indicate the level of maturity and know-how acquired by the perpetrators, although the identity of faction using those drones has yet to be disclosed.

US Air Force to Experiment With Counter-Air Defense Cruise Missiles

December 21, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Kratos, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) munitions directorate awarded two competitive contracts for the first phase of development of a new cruise missile designed to defeat modern, integrated air defense systems (IADS).

Boeing Unveils the Unmanned Aerial Refueling Drone Proposed for the US Navy MQ-25 Program

December 19, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Syndicated Industry News 
Boeing has unveiled a photo of an unmanned aircraft proposed to the U.S. Navy for an aerial refueling aircraft that will operate from aircraft carriers, to refuel Navy jets operating from aircraft carriers.

Airbus Taps WIlliams’ Experience to Enhance Zephyr

December 19, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Airbus, Syndicated Industry News 
Williams Advanced Engineering will explore the use of lightweight composites and battery design for application with Airbus‘ Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) programme.

Marines Try Out Fully Autonomous Helicopters

December 15, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: logistics, Syndicated Industry News 
The Marine Corps examined an innovative autonomous flying capability that enables troops to safely and reliably control helicopters from the ground, even in difficult weather conditions. The demonstration flight took place this week at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., as the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the successful conclusion of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program.

MAGMA Drone to Demonstrate Flight Without Control Surfaces

December 14, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: BAE Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
BAE Systems and The University of Manchester have developed and tested unique flight control technology that could enable future aircraft - including stealthy, jet-powered drones, to maneuver without the use of control surfaces. If successful, the tests will demonstrate the first ever use of such circulation control in flight on a gas turbine aircraft and from a single engine, paving the way for future, stealthier aircraft designs.

Drones Double Weapon Loadout with Laser-SDB

November 27, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
The U.S. Air Force is planning to increase the weapon loadout on its MQ-9 drones by integrating Guided Bomb Unit-39B/B, also known as laser small diameter bomb (LSDB) onto the drone. The weapon is integrated into the vehicle using a dual carriage system, controlled via universal armament interface. The Reaper currently carries the GBU-12 250 pound Laser Guided Bomb, in addition to Hellfire missiles, both are limited to short range attack patterns.

Teal Predicts $100 Billion Military Spending on Drones, UCAVs over 10 years

November 10, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
A new market study predicts $100 billion in military spending on UAS research, development, procurement and payloads. With classified programs making about a third of the volume, unmanned system operations are becoming more substantial than ever before.

Soldier Borne Sensors

October 27, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: AeroVironment, Syndicated Industry News 
By the next year, the U.S. Army plans to equip the individual warfighter with an autonomous Soldier Based Sensors (SBS) based on a miniature drone. The Army is evaluating different off the shelf solutions for this applications.

Future Drones: Smarter and Deadlier

October 26, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Today military forces use Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in many roles, primarily for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) supporting all echelons, from the strategic to the tactical level.  Drones are also used for strike missions, particularly against time-sensitive targets (TST), where these persistent platforms, that carry the surveillance and communications equipment, also operate the strike […]

Future Drones: Essential Changes Lead to Higher Autonomy

October 25, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Three significant changes are required to make such autonomy a reality. Trusted navigation Inherent to their unmanned operation UAVs are dependent on external input for navigation and positioning. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is the most common, but not the only navigational aid. Unfortunately, such services are vulnerable to interference and exploitation, rendering military operation […]

Lockheed Martin UK Developed a Submarine-Launched UAV

September 12, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
OUTRIDER, a miniature, expendable drone launched from submarines while underwater at periscope depth was unveiled today by Lockheed Martin. The drone was developed in the UK and is being evaluated by potential customers.

Watchkeeper UAVs Grow COMINT Ears

September 11, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: QinetiQ, Syndicated Industry News, Thales 
Britain’s electronics expert QinetiQ has developed a variant of its AS3 communications intelligence (COMINT) system designed specifically for unmanned aerial vehicles. Following an integration, with Thales’s Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the AS3 is now ready for initial test flights. Fitted to Watchkeeper, AS3 is designed to increase the UAV’s sensor footprint and enable it […]

IAI Introduces a Loitering Weapon Optimized for Maritime Attack

September 10, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: IAI, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a Maritime version of its Harop Loitering Munitions (LM) family. The company is displaying the weapon at the DSEI 2017 defense expo in London this week. The new marine capabilities of the HAROP extends the operational capability of surface ships, from offshore patrol vessels to naval frigates. The technological […]

Optimus Drones Set to Safeguard Cities

September 7, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Airobotics, an Israel based developer of automated industrial drone based systems completed an investment round raising $32.5 million to strengthen its industrial and mining solutions and expand into new applications. "Our next stop – automated drones in cities" sasid CEO Ran Krauss.

Russian Arms in the War on Terror

August 23, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Russia, Syndicated Industry News 
At the Army-2017 exhibition near Moscow, the Russian arms industries are promotiong the latest weapons and systems tested in combat in Syria. Unlike similar events in the west, the Russian weapons are demonstrated in daily live firing demonstrations throughout the week long event.

Israel’s All Seeing SkEye – Persistent Surveillance Countering Terror

June 12, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
Elbit Systems unveiled today an advanced capability that has been operational for several years with the military forces of several nations, in homeland security and the war on terror. Using a single payload integrating multiple cameras that together provides an image built from billion pixels, SkEye enables users to simultaneously look, and zoom in or out into 10 Regions of Interest (ROI), using different viewing angles. At any time they can ‘look back in time’ to analyze how a situation unfolds.

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Australian Forces Select Aerovironment’s Wasp-AE Mini-UAVs

The Australian defense department selected AeroVironment's Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft system for use by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Australian order will deliver mini-drones within a period of three-year period, and support the systems for ten years. The contract is worth A$101 million(USD 74.6 million), of which the about half (US$36.5 million) will be the original manufacturer's share.

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German Court Clears Israel’s Drone Sale to the Bundeswehr

German court dismisses General Atomics suit over Heron drone orderA German court dismissed a legal challenge from U.S. weapons maker General Atomics to Germany's plans to lease armed drones from Israel Aerospace Industries, clearing the way for the drone program to go ahead, Reuters reported. Judge Heinz-Peter Dicks said the ruling was effective immediately and meant that Germany can now procure drones as it had planned.

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Fury Guided Weapon Completes Developmental Testing

May 18, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

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UVision Extends Loitering Weapon Capability with Hero-400EC

May 16, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 

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