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Counter-Drone Tech May Have Repelled the Assassination Attack in Venezuela

August 6, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

The failed assassination attempt in Caracas, Venezuela highlight the potential of drones as a weapon and a tool of terror, and the vulnerability of critical assets, even where drone countermeasures are active.

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A new Asian Customer for the Israeli MALE Drone

July 30, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Companies, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) producer Aeronautics announced today the award of a contract worth $27 million from an Asian government to supply Dominator XP Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) UAS.

Lasers to Extend the Missions of Solar Powered Drones

July 28, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: DARPA, Syndicated Industry News 
Laser beams are used for numerous applications and when associated with unmanned aerial systems are most likely used as drone killers. But under a new research supported by the US Defense Advanced Programs Research Agency (DARPA), lasers are used as a consistent power source for drones. DARPA plans to demonstrate this capability under the Stand-off Ubiquitous Power/Energy Replenishment - Power Beaming Demo (SUPER PBD), which will extend the mission of a Silent Falcon solar electric UAS using laser power.

Heavy Drones set to Roam the European Skies

Two leading manufacturers of remotely piloted aircraft systems are nearing the goal of certifying unmanned aerial systems (UAV) for operation in the same airspace with manned aircraft, thus removing a major barrier to entry for drones that restricted the operation of large drones over the populated areas in Europe, Canada, and the USA. Elbit Systems of Israel and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. are the two forerunners in this field, followed by IAI and Northrop Grumman.

IAI Heron RPAS – Operations in Civilian Airspace

July 12, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: IAI, Syndicated Industry News 
The Heron I RPAS has been operating over the Mediterranean Sea and Southern Europe under this authorization as part an experiment run by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency FRONTEX, evaluating the use of air patrols to spot illegal immigrants from North Africa.

Elbit Systems Hermes 900 StarLiner

July 12, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
Elbit Systems introduced today the Hermes 900 StarLiner - the largest and heaviest version of Hermes 900 family, designed to be fully compliant with NATO STANAG 4671, enabling the ‘StarLiner’ to be safely integrated into civilian airspace and fly in the same environment with manned aircraft.

GA-ASI MQ-9B SkyGuardian

July 12, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
To achieve airworthiness that meets NATO STANAG 4671 GA-ASI redesigned the MQ-9 platform from scratch, to enable the new ‘SkyGuardian’ to meet fully the UK Military Type Certificate for the time when Protector RG MK1 enters service by the mid-2020s. The RAF just announced its plan to assign the RPAS to 31 Squadron, that will phase out the Tornado GR4 by next year.

Fire Scout Completes Test Series at Sea, Operating with Manned Helicopters

July 8, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
USS Coronado (LCS 4) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) completed the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned rotary wing platform on June 29, 2018. Results from this IOT&E will inform decision-makers on how best to integrate the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter with littoral combat ships (LCS) and other platforms.

Australia to Operate Six MQ-4C Drones by 2025

Australia commits to buy six Northrop Gruman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance drones, to be fielded beginning in 2023, at an investment of $1.4 billion. The Tritons will operate with manned aircraft to enhance Australian anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and search and rescue capabilities.

Eurosatory 2018 – First View

June 10, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: IAI, Plasan, Syndicated Industry News 

Australians Integrate Nano UAVs at Squads, Troop Level

June 3, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, ISR, Syndicated Industry News 
The Australian Army is now the biggest user of Nano UAS in the world. It is also the first in the world to proliferate this technology to the conventional forces down to combat platoon level

Yagu – An Ultralight Special Ops Armored Vehicle

April 24, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Plasan, Syndicated Industry News 
Plasan unveiled today it’s all-new, lightweight protected vehicle – Yagu at Expo Seguridad event in Mexico City this week. In fact, plasan transformed the 767 kg commercial Arctic Cat Wildcat 4 1000 four-seat all-terrain vehicle into a 1.48-ton (dry weight) fully-protected assault vehicle. The vehicle is designed to behave like an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) […]

DEFEXPO 2018 – Aerospace Highlights

April 21, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Models of India's future hope for indigenous airpower: Ghatak stealth combat UAV and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) on display at DEFEXPO 2018. Other models included Airborne Early Warning (AEW) platforms and the Advanced Air Defence missile, part of India's strategic missile defense network, can be seen in the background.

DEFEXPO 2018 HIGHLIGHTS – Unmanned Systems

The fourth part of our photo report highlighting UAV topics from the DEFEXPO 2018 exhibition in India.

AeroVironment Enhances Puma UAV to Endure E-Combat

March 26, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: AeroVironment, Syndicated Industry News 
AeroVironment, Inc. is unveiled today the Puma 3, a new version of its proven RQ-20B Puma AE small tactical UAV that includes upgrades that prepare the air-vehicle for operation in rugged terrain and challenging electronic combat environment. The updated design enables the SUAS to carry advanced, third-party payloads and software applications. The entire system has also been reduced in size, now enabling to carry a flyable system in a single case.

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.

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