October 31, 2004

Unmanned Reconnaissance Plane Arrives at Beale Air Force Base

' 'The first production model of the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft arrived at Beale Air Force Base near Yuba City Thursday morning. The aircraft missed its scheduled arrival time of 10:45 a.m. by just two seconds...
Posted by Darren

Markland Technologies Provides Counter Terrorism Airborne Surveillance Technology

'Markland Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: MRKL) (http://www.marklandtech.com), an integrated homeland security company, announced today that EOIR Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Markland, has developed and delivered an integrated sensor suite for counter terrorism surveillance. The surveillance sensor suite...
Posted by Darren

Proxity Announces micro-mini UAV

'Proxity Announces micro-mini UAV: Low Cost CyberBug Flies into Problem Area, Acts as the Eyes and Ears for Remote Operator with Headset -- Proxity Digital Networks, Inc. (Pink Sheets:PDNW) through Cyber Aerospace Corp., an operating subsidiary of Proxity's Cyber...
Posted by Darren

John Deere, iRobot Team Up to Make Robot

'In a trailblazing pairing of robotics and tractor companies, iRobot and John Deere announced plans Monday to build a 9-foot-long semi-autonomous battlefield vehicle. Burlington-based iRobot Corp. will adapt the artificial intelligence technology used in its Roomba vacuums and portable...
Posted by Darren

October 28, 2004

Helicopter UAV, Controlled By Another, Will Soon Do Live Fire Tests

'Washington DC: A rotary wing UAV � the Vigilante � will be the first platform to fire weapons while being controlled by a nearby helicopter in flight. The milestone tests will take place during a series of trials scheduled for...
Posted by Darren

Beale to get its first unmanned spy place

'The first Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle to be stationed at Beale Air Force Base is scheduled to arrive at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. The aircraft will be assigned to the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale, the Air Force's first Global...
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Boeing Unveils Low-Cost, Versatile �Little Bird� That Can Fly Manned or as UAV

'Flight testing of a unique aircraft combining the advantages of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a combat-proven manned rotorcraft helicopter is under way at The Boeing Company in Mesa, Ariz. News of the innovative flight test program, which builds...
Posted by Darren

IDF relies on use of killer drones in Gaza

'Israel has been deploying "killer" pilotless aircraft in its battle against Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip and used one Sunday to kill two militants, Palestinian officials said. Hamas leader Nizar Rayyan claimed that unidentified UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) had...
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Jordan Mulls UAV procurement

Jordan's air force could decide on the procurement of its first indigenous unmanned air vehicle in 2005. Industry sources said the kingdom's air force has been examining a range of UAVs produced by Jordanian companies. The sources said a procurement...
Posted by Darren

October 26, 2004

Northrop Grumman Offers Next Generation Hunter II for U.S. Army UAV System Competition

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has proposed using an upgraded version of the fourth-generation, in-production Heron medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the U.S. Army's new Extended-Range/Multi-Purpose UAV System. Known as Hunter II, the new UAV will provide...
Posted by Darren

October 25, 2004

High-tech club builds 12-inch airplane

'A group of 20 UA students are working on an award-winning Micro-Air Vehicle design, which carries an onboard Global Positioning System, infrared sensors and cutting-edge artificial intelligence. The students are part of the Micro Air Vehicle club, which hopes...
Posted by Darren

Micro Aerial Vehicles

'Micro aerial vehicle (MAV) describes a category of aircraft with dimensions roughly comparable to small birds. As the smallest, powered aircraft, MAVs can carry various sensors as payload to support such civil and military missions as traffic monitoring, weather...
Posted by Darren

Hybrid UAV/Helo Flies Hands Off Demo

'Boeings Mesa division had sufficient confidence in their unmanned/manned MD 530F Little Bird demonstrator to fly this reporter on only its fourth autonomously guided mission. With test pilot Dave Guthrie in the right hand seat, the aircraft guided itself...
Posted by Darren

October 19, 2004

Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle

'The Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle program will support Marine Corps conduct of Ship To Objective Maneuver (STOM) through the use of a small-medium sized mobile robotic system to minimize risk and neutralize threats to Marines across the spectrum...
Posted by Darren

Battlefield Robots Leap From Science Fiction to Reality

'Once the fantasy of science fiction, battlefield robots are now a reality. "The whole idea is to take the war fighter out of harm's way," Robin Laird said. Laird is supervisor of the Unmanned Systems Branch of the U.S....
Posted by Darren

October 18, 2004

US troops won't give up IAI Pioneer UAV

'Britain's "Defense Systems Daily" is full of praise for the operational performance of Israel Aircraft Industries' (IAI) Pioneer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in combat in Iraq. IAI and AAI Corporation established a joint venture, Pioneer UAV Inc., to build...
Posted by Darren

October 17, 2004

Saddam planned to provide UAVs to Al Qaeda

'Saddam Hussein's government discussed supplying unmanned aerial vehicles to terrorists, according to a CIA report made public last week, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service. The Iraq Survey Group report stated that the development of the Al Quds...
Posted by Darren

October 15, 2004

'X-43A to Go Mach 10 in November

The final flight of the small X-43A research aircraft is targeted to sustain a speed of up to Mach 10, powered by a airframe-integrated supersonic-combustion ramjet or scramjet engine. This is a very high-risk mission, but if successful, the...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned aerial vehicles may fly into crater of Mount St. Helens

'A Tucsoncompany wants to send its unmanned aerial vehicles into the crater of Mount St. Helens to help government scientists monitor the rumbling volcano in Washington state. Advanced Ceramics Research was invited by the U.S. Geological Survey to experiment with...
Posted by Darren

October 14, 2004

DARPA expands robot plane work

'Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency officials awarded a $766.7 million contract to Boeing Co. to continue work on the X-45C Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) that will fly in demonstration tests in 2007. J-UCAS will consist of communications, navigation...
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Autonomous Vehicles Team Underwater, on Land and in Sky

'Fleets of unmanned autonomous marine vehicles, now in the prototype stage, will one day perform tactics too dangerous or tedious for humans. Arranged in geometric formation, similar to schools of fish, the fleet could be dispatched to sweep for mines,...
Posted by Darren

Northrop Grumman Selects Saft to Enhance Performance of Global Hawk UAV

'A next generation Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), designated the RQ-4B will soon be under flight test with more powerful and efficient Saft Lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries under a competitive contract awarded to Saft America. The multi-million dollar, multi-year...
Posted by Darren

October 13, 2004

Turks interested in Israeli UAVs

'The Turkish Ministry of Defense is considering buying IAI and Elbit Systems-made UAVs for $100 million. Representatives of the Turkish Ministry of Defense contacted senior Israeli Ministry of Defense and defense industry officials in recent days. The Turkish representatives wish...
Posted by Darren

Silver Fox Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

'The Silver Fox program is a research and development effort. The design goals of the Silver Fox program are to develop a small, lightweight, inexpensive and/or expendable unmanned aerial vehicle that will fly autonomously for long durations at 60 knots,...
Posted by Darren

Lakshya - Piliotless Target Aircraft (PTA) - Successful Test Flight

The Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) known as the 'Lakshya' had a successful test flight this week at Chandipur-on-sea. Plane News reports: 'According to ITR sources, the Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) was test flown at 1153 hours. The Lakshya aircraft has...
Posted by Darren

October 12, 2004

Cyber Scout UAV on Display at Upcoming Conference

Press Release - Proxity Digital Networks: Cyber Scout UAV on Display at Upcoming Conference, Joe Theismann to Discuss the Investment Significance with Attendees NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 2004--Proxity Digital Networks, Inc. (Pink Sheets:PDNW), through Cyber Aerospace Corp., an operating subsidiary...
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October 11, 2004

UA's MAV Team Wins Top Honors in Fly-Off

' UA's Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) team took top honors earlier this month during the 4th International Micro Aerial Vehicle Meeting in Toulouse, France. The event included more than a dozen teams from France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, and the...
Posted by Darren

October 08, 2004

Unmanned drone killed 40 last week in Gaza

'The Israel Air Force successfully tested an unmanned aerial vehicle platform capable of firing missiles or anti-tank munitions at ground targets.Palestinian sources said the unidentified UAV has been used during the current "Days of Pentinence" military operation in the northern...
Posted by Darren

Global Hawk UAV Makes First Flight for the Navy

'The first RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) slated for the Navy's Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) program made its first flight from Palmdale, Calif., to Edwards Air Force Base Oct. 6. The mission lasted for approximately four hours...
Posted by Darren

October 05, 2004

Pakistan Claims US UAV Crashed

Pakistan has claimed that a US UAV has crashed into a field 3 miles from a Pakistani air force base in Jacobadad - 180miles from the Afghan border. "We collected the debris of the 3-foot plane and handed it over...
Posted by Darren