May 29, 2005

Boeing ScanEagle UAV Surpasses 3000 Combat Flight Hours in Iraq

ScanEagle, a long-endurance fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group, has surpassed 3,000 combat flight hours during operations in Iraq in just ten months. The low-cost UAV has proven to be one...
Posted by Darren

May 27, 2005

UAV air demonstration set for June

'The third demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles is shaping up to be the largest yet. The flying demonstrations and static displays will be held June 27 at the Naval Air Station's Webster Field Annex. The theme is Focusing Unmanned...
Posted by Darren

May 26, 2005

Harpy UAV compromise with US: No upgrades for China

'A compromise has been reached with the US over the Harpy attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), produced by Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. (IAI), which were sold to China. The Harpies China sent to IAI for what was called repairs,...
Posted by Darren

May 24, 2005

Cyber Defenses' CyberScout Performs Transition From Hover To Forward Flight

'Cyber Defense Systems has announced that on May 13 their CyberScout UAV performed its first transition flight from hover flight to forward flight. The CyberScout, a gas powered VTOL type vehicle, is the first in a series of planned...
Posted by Darren

U.S. Army Awards Raytheon $16.5 Million to Provide Multi-Sensor Payload for UAV

Raythorn News Release: Raytheon Company has been awarded a $16.5 million U.S. Army contract to provide the electro-optic/infrared/laser designator payload for use on the Army's Extended Range Multi-Purpose (ERMP) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS)...
Posted by Darren

May 23, 2005

UAVs to be manufactured indigenously in India

'The Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV), which has gain an important position in Defence strategies including surveillance, would be now manufactured indigenously and an budget of Rs 500 crore has been earmarked for its research and development, a top Government...
Posted by Darren

May 21, 2005

Boeing offers UAV collaboration with UK

'Senior executives from Boeing Unmanned Systems have offered UK aerospace and technology companies the opportunity to collaborate in exploiting the growing global interest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). As a company we are looking forward to a long and...
Posted by Darren

May 19, 2005

UAV air demonstration set for June

'The third demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles is shaping up to be the largest yet. The flying demonstrations and static displays will be held Monday, June 27 at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md....
Posted by Darren

May 18, 2005

UAV Tests its Sea Legs

'The Global Hawk has performed well on missions over land, but has not been assigned to long-range surveillance of the worlds oceans. The Navy is beginning development of a concept of operations for the persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance...
Posted by Darren

May 17, 2005

Soldiers learn to operate UAVs

'Some of the soldiers at Fort Drum are learning how to operate unmanned aerial vehicles. The Raven UAV is a small remote control aircraft with a video camera to provide soldiers with a look at what's ahead on the...
Posted by Darren

May 15, 2005

UAV unit, agents team up along border

'Unmanned aerial vehicles are important to the Army and the U.S. Border Patrol. That connection is being demonstrated at this Southern Arizona Army post and the Border Patrol's Naco Station as soldiers and agents work together on reconnaissance flights...
Posted by Darren

Tankers may be replaced by drones

'As part of a national military shakeup, the Grand Forks Air Force Base may see its tanker planes replaced by surveillance drones, which can record sharp images from 65,000 feet or carry missiles above a battlefield. North Dakota's congressional...
Posted by Darren

May 14, 2005

UAV (Predator) Kills Terrorist

'A senior al Qaeda operative was killed by a missile fired from a CIA Predator aircraft on the Pakistani side of the remote area near the Afghan border earlier this week, U.S. intelligence officials told ABC News. The CIA...
Posted by Darren

May 13, 2005

PC flies unmanned helicopter

'Israeli firm Steadicopter is claiming a breakthrough for its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This is the first system that can guide a helicopter through its entire flight without any human intervention, said company CEO Amir Rochman. There are miniature...
Posted by Darren

May 12, 2005

Mini-UAVs - the next small thing

'The age of the mini-UAV started in 1987, when Dr Paul MacCready's AeroVironment company developed the Pointer, the first hand-launched, backpack-carried UAV. Pointer combined the airframe technology of a high-performance model sailplane with an electric motor and propeller, a...
Posted by Darren

Eye in the sky: The Raven flies high

'The days and nights of risking soldiers' lives on dangerous reconnaissance patrols may soon be over thanks to the Army's latest unmanned spy plane, the Raven Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The RQ-11A Raven UAV has also become a key piece...
Posted by Darren

May 11, 2005

$20M to Develop UAV Swarm Technologies

'Alion Science and Technology Corp. in Chicago, IL won a $20 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for technical services to develop an intelligent control system for swarming unmanned vehicles to demonstrate autonomous operations and cooperative behavior for persistent surveillance.'...
Posted by Darren

UAV Designed for Finding Tuna

'ScanEagle is a relatively low-cost robot aircraft at $100,000 a copy - but then, it was originally designed to find tuna schools not terrorists. The U.S. Marine Corps is currently using an upgraded version of the aircraft in Iraq,...
Posted by Darren

Stewart ANG will not become home of new Predator mission

'The Stewart Airport Air National Guard Base will not become the home to the Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron. While all Air Guard bases in New York were considered, Governor George Pataki, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton and Congressman James...
Posted by Darren

Bush Wants to Ban Spy Plane Tech

'As part of its fight against terrorism, the Bush administration wants to block the export of technology you can find at your local camping store. In a testimony this week, a senior State Department official, Vann Van Diepen, told...
Posted by Darren

May 10, 2005

Little Bird UAV, Other Links to UAVs Addressed At Show

'US Army Aviation Association of America opened its annual convention to over 8,000 attendees and the association says record increases in show space. Opening day coincided with an Army operation into Anbar Province, with inevitable heavy...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Warfare

The Washington Times has an interesting article today on Unmanned Warfare including UAVs 'Ed Walby made an important trip in the history of unmanned warfare after al Qaeda attacked the United States on September 11. The Air Force colonel...
Posted by Darren

Syracuse airfield to get unmanned aerial vehicle squadron

'A Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron will be located at Hancock Airfield near Syracuse. Gov. George Pataki and U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodman Clinton made the announcement jointly on Monday from the air field. Hancock was selected after a review...
Posted by Darren

Northrop Grumman Places Order for First Hunter II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Northrop Grumman News Release: Northrop Grumman Corporation has placed a purchase order with Aurora Flight Sciences of Manassas, Va., to produce the company's first Hunter II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The order for the unmanned aircraft, which will serve...
Posted by Darren

May 07, 2005

Quad A: K-Max UAV Being Pushed For Army Role

'Kaman - once a fabled name in helicoper circles but lately a supplier of components - launches a bid to supply the Army with a medium-lift unmanned helicopter at the Quad Show in Orlando, Fl.. The company will announce...
Posted by Darren

May 04, 2005

$9.9M more for Engineering of RQ-7 Shadow UAV

'AAI Corp. in Hunt Valley, MD received a sole-source $9.9 million modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services for the RQ-7 Shadow 200 tactical unmanned aerial vehicle system. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, MD and is...
Posted by Darren

May 03, 2005

LockMart And Aerosonde Enter Alliance For Unmanned Aircraft System Solutions

'Lockheed Martin, Aerosonde North America and Aerosonde announced last Thursday the establishment of a multinational strategic alliance to provide Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) solutions for domestic and international markets. Our customers' future requirements demand innovative solutions that support their...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned aerial vehicle flights resume

'Two unmanned aerial vehicle crashes during training at Fort Huachuca last month temporarily suspended flights while the incidents were investigated, army officials said. Flights of Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVs, resumed Friday after investigators determined the cause...
Posted by Darren

Digital advances produce improved unmanned aerial vehicles

'One day on a gray-painted aircraft carrier tossed by turbulent seas, a grizzled Navy commander awaits the arrival of a new pilot. A teeny knock pings from the outside of the officer's watertight steel door. Come in, the commander...
Posted by Darren

May 02, 2005

'SoLong' Solar UAV Flies For 24 Hours

AC Propulsion's solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle, the 'SoLong' (pictured left and below) has broken aviation records by flying for just over 24 hours straight fueled soley by battery and solar power. This UAV with a 15.6 foot (4.75m)...
Posted by Darren

Standards for unmanned aircrafts getting lofty in Korea

'Unmanned Aerial Vehicles operated by the 2nd Infantry Division will be the first in the Army to meet the same standards as conventional aircraft, officials say. The 2nd IDs Company B, Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team,...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Used to Nab Suspects; Attacks Kill Soldiers

'Task Force Liberty soldiers used an unmanned aerial vehicle this morning to help track and detain two individuals who shot at coalition Forces encamped in Hawija, Iraq. Elsewhere, insurgents killed an American soldier in an attack in Khaladiyah today....
Posted by Darren

May 01, 2005

Unique Unmanned Aircraft Developed

' An Israeli company has developed a unique unmanned aerial vehicle that could be a future homeland security defense tool. The craft does not have a pilot, not even one who controls it remotely from the ground. All aspects...
Posted by Darren