April 29, 2005

Lockheed Martin and Aerosonde Enter Strategic Alliance for Unmanned Aircraft System Solutions

'Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News), Aerosonde North America, Inc., and Aerosonde Pty Limited today announced the establishment of a multinational strategic alliance to provide Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) solutions for domestic and international markets. “Our customers' future requirements...
Posted by Darren

April 28, 2005

Border Hawk hunts illegals

'With a 10-foot wingspan, the ability to reach speeds of 65 mph, onboard cameras and heat-seeking devices, the Border Hawk could become the newest weapon in the government's effort to shut down illegal aliens and drug smugglers. That's what...
Posted by Darren

April 27, 2005

NASA And NOAA Join In UAV Flight Demonstration

'NASA's pioneering work with unmanned aerial vehicles could boost the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's quest for life-saving atmospheric and environmental information. An Altair unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is pioneering climate and environmental research for NASA and the National...
Posted by Darren

GoldenEye-50 UAV Makes First Autonomous Transition Flights

'Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that its GoldenEye-50 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) performed multiple autonomous transitions from vertical to horizontal flight, and back again, during test flights last week. The flights validate Aurora's research, development, test, and evaluation of...
Posted by Darren

April 26, 2005

Washington Questions Turkey's UAV Deal

'Turkey's procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industry (SSM) has selected a team of Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Elbit for the supply of three UAV systems, a contract worth US$183 million. IAI-Elbit was competing with General Atomics Aeronautical...
Posted by Darren

April 25, 2005

Civilian-built spy aircraft monitors U.S. southern border

'With a 10-foot wingspan, the ability to reach speeds of 65 mph, onboard cameras and heat-seeking devices, the Border Hawk could become the newest weapon in the government's effort to shut down illegal aliens and drug smugglers. That's what...
Posted by Darren

Turkey awards Israeli company contract for army drones

'Turkey announced on Tuesday it had chosen an Israeli manufacturer to supply its army with 10 drones and ground stations, ahead of a fence-mending visit to Israel by the Turkish prime minister. A joint venture between two Israeli firms,...
Posted by Darren

April 22, 2005

New unmanned aircraft tested

'U.S. scientists have tested a remotely operated aircraft that can stay aloft for long periods to monitor weather or climate data. Scientists working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Altair, an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, is...
Posted by Darren

April 21, 2005

Small UAVs geared to be eyes in skies

'Carving a deeper niche in the highly competitive market for unmanned aerial vehicles, Tucson-based Advanced Ceramics Research Inc. is working on a small UAV that can be launched from naval aircraft. Advanced Ceramics, 3292 E. Hemisphere Loop, is developing...
Posted by Darren

$14.5M for UAVs to Cover Naval Strike Groups, Oil Platforms

'The Boeing Co. in St. Louis, MO is being awarded a $14.5 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide “persistent Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle services for a Naval Expeditionary Strike Group deployment and Gulf Oil Platform security in...
Posted by Darren

FLIR Systems Awarded $13 Million Contract from U.S. Army for UAV Sensor Program

'FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR) announced today that it has received a contract from the US Army Research Development & Engineering Command (RDECOM), Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), valued at approximately...
Posted by Darren

April 18, 2005

IAI and Elbit Systems win $200m Turkish UAV contract

Elbit Systems have won a contract estimated to be worth $200 million to supply unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Turkish military. It emerges from the report, which quotes sources in Turkey's military industries, that the contract is expected...
Posted by Darren

Israel sends spy planes to Lebanon after Hizubllah UAV overflight

'Israel has increased its air reconnaissance over Lebanon. Lebanese military sources said the Israel Air Force has increased flights into Lebanon over the last few days. The sources said the latest overflights appeared to be in retaliation for Hizbullah's...
Posted by Darren

Tiny UAV Joins the Marines

'Efforts to create smaller and smaller UAVs has reached the point where the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are now field testing the seven ounce Wasp Micro Air Vehicle (MAV). This is a flat, rectangular “flying wing” (13 inch...
Posted by Darren

April 17, 2005

Drone aircraft industry slowly rising from dream to reality

'The future home of Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems' Unmanned Services Center is still a framed artist's concept on the wall of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation's office. Right now, the future home of the Fire Scout and Global...
Posted by Darren

Tactical UAVs Provide American Troops An Edge

'The Dragon Eye Tactical UAV was developed by the Marine Corps Warfighting lab in collaboration with Aerovironment which developed the Helios High Altitude Solar Electric UAV Just a few years since being designed at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab,...
Posted by Darren

April 15, 2005

Rapid growth expected with UAV launch

'The rapid growth in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is expected to create rapid expansion in product and employment at Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems' Unmanned Services Center at Trent Lott International Airport, a company official said Thursday. The...
Posted by Darren

Prototype Airship Unveiled

'GlobeTel Communications hopes to begin flight testing of its Sanswire One later this year over the California desert and is in discussions with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The prototype is 188 feet long,...
Posted by Darren

April 14, 2005

Northrop Grumman Conducts First Flight Of Endurance Hunter UAV

'Northrop Grumman has conducted the first flight of a new configuration of the U.S. Army's RQ-5A unmanned aerial vehicle system called the Endurance Hunter (E-Hunter). Conducted March 17 at a company flight test facility near Douglas, Ariz., the flight...
Posted by Darren

Geneva Aerospace Joins Forces with Vought to Study the Feasibility of a Sea-Going Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

'Defense Contract Will Investigate Plane That Can Land on Waves, without Pilot Assistance 'The aerospace world is buzzing over a newly announced contract that could take unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to the high seas. And Geneva Aerospace, Inc., is...
Posted by Darren

BAE SYSTEMS Achieves First Untethered Flight of Vertical-Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

BAE Systems has achieved the first untethered flight of its second-generation ducted-fan unmanned aerial vehicle. The vertical-launch aircraft, built for risk reduction on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Organic Air Vehicle Class II (OAV II) program, twice...
Posted by Darren

April 12, 2005

Tiny robot helicopter unveiled in Japan

Here is a great photo of a great little Micro Flying Robot that weighs just 8.0 grams and is driven by four micro actuators to drive two rotors and stabilising units Source - Tiny robot helicopter unveiled in Japan...
Posted by Darren

Israel Confirms Hizbollah Drone Entered Its Air Space

'An unmanned drone sent across theIsrael-Lebanon border by Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas wasspotted over northern Israel on Monday, an Israeli militaryspokeswoman said. Israeli security sources said the small aircraft flew forseveral minutes over Israeli territory and then returned toLebanon before...
Posted by Darren

Hizbollah Flies Drone Over Northern Israel

'Lebanon's Hizbollah guerrillas flew an unmanned surveillance drone over northern Israel on Monday, the guerrilla group and the Israeli army said. “In response to repeated and continuous enemy violations of Lebanese airspace, the surveillance plane Mersad 1 carried out...
Posted by Darren

Northrop Grumman Conducts First Flight of Endurance Hunter UAV

'orthrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has conducted the first flight of a new configuration of the U.S. Army's RQ-5A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system called the Endurance Hunter (E-Hunter). Conducted March 17 at a company flight test facility near Douglas,...
Posted by Darren

April 11, 2005

Aurora Flight Sciences Delivers Major Global Hawk Assembly

'Aurora Flight Sciences announced last Thursday that it delivered the first aft fuselage for the new RQ-4B model of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle to prime contractor Northrop Grumman. Under the previously announced Engineering and Manufacturing Development Phase...
Posted by Darren

April 08, 2005

Allies plough billions into drones

'Unmanned robot planes which roam across the battlefield to hunt and kill the enemy are not the stuff of comic books. They are here, now, and proving so useful that the Pentagon is about to spend $13bn on a...
Posted by Darren

Robot aircraft to take videocam into battle

A video camera with wings is the way this little Micro Air Vehicle has been described (although no wings are in sight). It is set to become a part of some soldiers kit bags to help them do a...
Posted by Darren

Minehunter UAVs Becoming All-Purpose Hunter-Targeters

'Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. in Melbourne, FL received a $5.5 million modification to a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to add Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition and Laser Designation Functionality into the Airborne Standoff Minefield Detection System (ASTAMID) Block 1. This Army...
Posted by Darren

April 06, 2005

WASP Micro Air Vehicle (MAV)

'There are now dozens of different types of drones in the Pentagon's arsenal. But you'd be hard-pressed to find one smaller than this Wasp Micro Air Vehicle (MAV), now being tested aboard the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group off Southern...
Posted by Darren

April 05, 2005

Robot aircraft to take videocam into battle

'A flying video camera could soon be part of a soldier's field gear--just the sort of thing you need if you want to know whether there's someone around the corner with a grenade launcher. Electronics giant Honeywell is testing...
Posted by Darren

US using drones to fight insurgents

'In the skies over Iraq, the number of remotely piloted aircraft - increasingly crucial tools in tracking insurgents, foiling roadside bombings, protecting convoys and launching missile attacks - has shot up to more than 700 now from just a...
Posted by Darren

Global Hawk Reaches 4,000th Combat Flight Hour Supporting the Global War on Terrorism

Northrop Grumman Corporation's RQ-4 Global Hawk reached 4,000 combat hours on March 23 during an operational mission in support of the war on terrorism. Performing nearly continuous combat service with the U.S. Air Force since 2001, the high-altitude, long-endurance...
Posted by Darren

Excalibur UAV Still in Development

'With all the attention being paid to the projected increases in the MQ-1 Predator fleet and tests of the MQ-9 Predator B, other Umanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) may not get much attention. Recently, small business qualifier Aurora Flight Sciences...
Posted by Darren

April 04, 2005

Flying UAVs in the Marine Corps

' The earliest form of aerial reconnaissance dates back to the civil war, when the Union Army flew hydrogen filled balloons high above the battlefield to gain a greater vantage point. Today's aerial reconnaissance has come a long way...
Posted by Darren

April 03, 2005

Predator Fleet to Expand

'The US Air Force will expand its Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle fleet to as many as 15 squadrons in response to the escalating demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability in the war on terrorism. The plans are intended...
Posted by Darren

April 02, 2005

UAV crashes near Bikaner, no casualties

'An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Army, on a “routine surveillance mission”, crashed 28 km south of Bikaner in Rajasthan on Thursday night. “The accident took place due to a technical snag...there was no collateral damage,” said an...
Posted by Darren

April 01, 2005

Submarine Force Tests UAV Technology to Enhance Force Protection

'The submarine force conducted a demonstration here in February using a new type of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to test its utility for force protection. During the demonstration, a prototype UAV was launched and controlled by force protection personnel...
Posted by Darren

Mofaz hints UAV deal with China may be dropped

Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz discussed Israel's military relations with China with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. “Defense News”: The dispute is harming Israel's role in the development of the Joint Strike Fighter. Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz met...
Posted by Darren