July 30, 2004

US Spy Planes help with Olympic Security

"U.S. spy planes have increased flights over North Africa and the Middle East to provide Greek and NATO authorities information about any potential threats to next month's Olympics, officials at this U.S. base on the island of Crete said Thursday....
Posted by Darren

July 26, 2004

UAV helps in Border Patrol Arrest

"The U.S. Border Patrol's new unmanned drone helped agents track down a smuggling suspect accused of running a police officer off a dirt road and throwing rocks at a helicopter, authorities said. Federal agents arrested a 32-year-old Mexican man after...
Posted by Darren

July 24, 2004

Robotic Aircraft Competition 2004

"College engineering students are flying their high-tech creations this week in the 14th Annual International Aerial Robotics Competition, paving the way for a new generation of surveillance gear that could help soldiers during urban warfare. University of Arizona's Keith Brock...
Posted by Darren

UAVs requested to Help with Alaska's Fires

"Governor Frank Murkowski on Thursday sent a letter to the U.S. Coast Guard, asking them to assign one of the agency's aerial drones on a two-day mission to collect information on the Boundary Fire in Alaska's Interior. "It is essential...
Posted by Darren

July 23, 2004

US Delay Army Modernization Plan

"The U.S. Army is delaying for two years the launch of its first combat unit to be fully equipped in a $92 billion modernization program co-led by Boeing Co._, top generals told Congress on Wednesday. Underlying technology will take longer...
Posted by Darren

July 22, 2004

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Create Jobs

'More than 250 new jobs are winging their way to Leicester as part of an �800million project to build spy planes for the military. Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon announced yesterday that defence contractor Thales, which has offices in Scudamore Road,...
Posted by Darren

X-47B Robotic Fighter

Yesterday Boeing announced their new BX-45C complete with Mock up and today it is Northrop Grumman's turn to unveil a full-scale mock-up of its X-47B fighter UAV. 'The Pentagon is funding the development of both the Northrop drone and Boeing's...
Posted by Darren

July 21, 2004

Dubai to Host Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Conference in 2005

'Dubai 2005 � the ninth international aerospace exhibition � is to feature the air show's first unmanned systems conference. The conference � Unmanned Systems Middle East 2005 � is being organised by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)...
Posted by Darren

Upgraded Global Hawk UAV Achieves First Flight

Northrop Grumman Press Release FARNBOROUGH 2004 AIR SHOW, U.K., July 20, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- The first air vehicle in a new production lot of upgraded RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicles made its maiden flight on July 1. Designated...
Posted by Darren

Hermes 1500 Crashes at Sea

An Elbit Systems UAV went missing and crashed at sea this week. 'The Hermes 450 UAV was on an operational mission crashed into the Mediterranean, due to technical breakdown. Another Elbit Systems UAV, this time a Hermes 1500, made a...
Posted by Darren

UAV's play important Role in Border Patrol

Numbers of those being apprehended trying to cross US borders illegally have soared recently, partly due to the use of UAVs in surveillance. 'Two unmanned aerial vehicles are soaring over the U.S. Mexico border area, and apprehensions of illegal immigrants...
Posted by Darren

July 20, 2004

BX-45C Unmanned Aircraft

Press Release: 8 June 2004 Boeing started assembling its Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45C aircraft today, loading the aft �carry-through� frame into a holding fixture inside the company�s St. Louis manufacturing facility. The 86-pound aluminum part, which spans...
Posted by Darren

IAI and Northrup-Grumman Partner in US UAV tender

'srael Aircraft Industries (IAI) today signed a strategic cooperation agreement with US defense giant Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Aurora Flight Sciences, which deals in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The companies are expected to submit a joint bid in the...
Posted by Darren

Global Hawk Passes 2000 Combat Hours

'The U.S. Air Force's RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial reconnaissance system recently achieved a significant program milestone by surpassing 2,000 combat flight hours. This accomplishment, achieved while supporting the global war on terrorism, adds to a long string...
Posted by Darren

Boeing show UAV and manned Aircraft can work together

Boeing have recently shown that UAVs can be used in conjunction with manned aircraft such as the F-15E. This will open up numerous new opportunities for UAV usage in a variety of contexts. 'Boeing, a leader in aerospace technology development,...
Posted by Darren

Green Hills Software Win UAV Contract

'Green Hills Software Inc., today announced that The Boeing Co. has selected Green Hills Software's real-time operating system (RTOS) and software development tools for development and deployment of the X-45C Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS). The X-45C's Vehicle Management...
Posted by Darren

July 18, 2004

Scan Eagle - Mini UAV Heads to Iraq

MSNBC: Spy deal: Miniplane zooms to Iraq reports that a mini UAV called the 'Scan Eagle' has been bought by the Marines for use in Iraq that has the capability of lingering above a battlefield for hours.... 'A small, Washington-made...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Crashes near Mirali

An Unidentified UAV has crashed on the Afghan border near Mirali. 'An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed near Mirali in the North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday, sources said. An official source told Dawn on Thursday that the UAV flying...
Posted by Darren

July 17, 2004

Northrop Grumman Hunter Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance System Surpasses 30,000 Flight Hours

Northrop Grumman Press Release SAN DIEGO, July 12, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- A U.S. Army unmanned aerial reconnaissance system supporting the war on terrorism recently achieved a significant operational milestone by reaching the 30,000 total flight-hours mark. The achievement by the...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Development Gathers Speed

'The term "unmanned combat air vehicle" (UCAV) was coined less than a decade ago, but armed, unmanned aircraft are in service and the subject of major programs worldwide. The biggest single effort, the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) managed...
Posted by Darren

Altair UAV Maps Fires

An 'Altair' UAV from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been used to map fires burning in Alaska. 'Sean Triplett, a geographic information specialist with the Alaska Fire Service, said the unmanned aircraft, on its second flight, helped firefighters get a...
Posted by Darren

'Harness the UAV Enthusiasm' says Air Vice Marshall David Walker

'Air Vice-Marshall David Walker, Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Royal Air Force, UK, said that although the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) industry should remember that it is not at the dawn of UAV flight, it must �harness the enthusiasm it...
Posted by Darren

July 11, 2004

US UAV Crash

The US Air Force is investigating a UAV crash that happened while the UAV was returning from a training exercise at the Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field recently. There are no reports of property damage or human injury. Source...
Posted by Darren

Civil Uses for UAVs

Business 2.0 has an interesting article on some of the civil uses for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. 'The Insitu Group, which makes long-range UAVs, is currently marketing its Seascan for several applications, like search and rescue, harbor patrol, pipeline reconnaissance, and...
Posted by Darren

Canada Ends UAV Program

'Canada's spy plane experiment in Afghanistan officially concluded Thursday, eight days after the last of six unmanned aircraft ended up bent and broken against the side of a house and nine days ahead of schedule. But despite the problems and...
Posted by Darren

12 UAVs Showcased in Wales

12 UAVs will be showcased at 'ParcAberporth' an event in Wales next week. 'The event, which takes place on the eve of the UV Europe 2004 event and a week prior to the Farnborough Air Show, will showcase a wide...
Posted by Darren

TAG-M65 and TAG-M80 UAV Helicopters

'Tactical Aerospace Group (TAG) made its first public showing of the revolutionary new composite TAG-M65 and TAG-M80 UAV helicopters in Paris at the UAV 2004 International Conference and at the Eurosatory 2004 International Military Exposition. The new helicopters are unique...
Posted by Darren

Hermes 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Press Releases - DHS Fact Sheet: Hermes 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) The success of the Arizona Border Control Initiative (ABC) is contingent on impairing and stopping the smuggling organizations that transport human cargo across the border. �To assist state,...
Posted by Darren

Team Eagle Eye to Develop UAV

Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC), AAI Corporation and Textron Systems Corporation have reached an agreement in principle to form the Core Team for TEAM EAGLE EYE to develop, produce and market the Eagle Eye Vertical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VUAV)...
Posted by Darren

July 09, 2004

Fire Scout Unveiled at RIAT - UK

UAV Online reportst that the Fire Scout UAV will make its debut at RIAT, held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on the 17th and 18th July. Get more info at...
Posted by Darren