November 30, 2005

International UAV systems sector gets boost from European cooperation

'User groups and industry alike in the Unmanned Aviation, Ground and Marine systems sectors will benefit strongly from the recently announced cooperation between Shephard Group and UVS International, according to Iain Blackhall of Shephard Group and Peter van...
Posted by Darren

November 29, 2005

AAI's 'shadow systems' lauded by military

'AAI Corp. has been honored by the Department of Defense for its work on an unmanned aerial vehicle system used in Operation Iraqi Freedom. AAI, a subsidiary of Hunt Valley-based United Industrial Corp. (NYSE: UIC), earned a special achievement...
Posted by Darren

UAVs Replacing Spy Satellites

'UAVs are starting to replace spy satellites in the major espionage agencies. The CIA has long had its own fleet of Predator UAVs, and now the NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which analyses stuff, makes maps, and the like) and...
Posted by Darren

November 28, 2005

First Naval UAV squadron to be commissioned next month

'The Indian Navy's first 'Unmanned Aerial Vehicle' (UAV) squadron will be commissioned here in January, Flag Officer Commander-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Vice-Admiral S C Bangara said today. Addressing a press conference on board the INS Krishna, anchored off the...
Posted by Darren

Micro Air Vehicles: Backpackable UAV for Tactical Reconnaissance Surveillance

'Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have already proven their unique capabilities and importance in the U.S. military's prosecution of the war on terror. Large tactical reconnaissance/targeting UAVs like the now-famous weaponized Predator UAVs (a.k.a. Predator drones), including the RQ/MQ-1 Predator,...
Posted by Darren

November 27, 2005

Ambitious Russian UAV Programs

'The Russian government has not been pushing the development of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), but that does not mean Russian firms are ignoring them. Russian companies, particularly Yakovlev and Tupelov, have been working on a family of UAVs. These...
Posted by Darren

November 26, 2005

UAV Seeker Makes Emergency Landing

'During a development test flight last week, one of Denel's 'Seeker' unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was damaged in an emergency landing north of Pretoria. A Board of Inquiry has been convened to establish the cause of the incident and...
Posted by Darren

November 25, 2005

UAVs fight for airtime

'THE aviation industry's dream of flying pilotless cargo planes may be grounded by a lack of radio frequencies to control the aircraft. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry is lobbying regulators to let military UAVs use civilian airspace and...
Posted by Darren

Israeli UAVs Continue to Lead Despite Libel

'Israels aircraft industry continues to lead the world in the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and claims recent reports of faulty UAVs sold to India are totally false. Indias media have reported in recent days that the Indian...
Posted by Darren

Robonic To Launch UAV Test Flight Centre In Finland

'Robonic Ltd of Finland is to establish a dedicated UAV test flight centre at Kemijarvi, Finland. This new centre will support development, test and evaluation, and operational training for ground launched targets and tactical UAVs. The facilities will include...
Posted by Darren

India concerned over high crash rate of Israeli spy drones

'India has expressed concern over the high crash rate of its Israeli-made spy drones, taking up the issue with Israeli officials, media reports said Thursday. Four of the 50 Searcher and Heron unmanned aerial vehicles India purchased from Israel...
Posted by Darren

November 24, 2005

Four UAVs crash within two years of induction

'Within two years of its induction to boost border surveillance, Armed Forces have lost four Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAV) with Indian officials taking up the matter with Israeli manufacturers. The Defence Ministry took up the matter with the Israeli Aircraft...
Posted by Darren

U.S. Border Security Going Sky High

'Flying high above the desert on the border between Arizona and Mexico, the very keen-of-eye on the ground might spy it on a clear day. The fleeting specter has a wingspan of 32 feet and is 18 feet long....
Posted by Darren

A Successful First Flight With FILUR UAV

'Saab and FMV's technology demonstrator program FILUR has successfully made its first flight and the test results are now being evaluated in order to be able to optimize flight performance for future flights. On the 10th of October the...
Posted by Darren

Russia Irkut Corp Announces Five UAV Platforms

'Russian's Irkut Corporation announced today that it is to begin production of five 'unmanned and optionally piloted' 'civilian' UAV systems in early 2006. They are the Irkut-2F/T, -20, -60, -200 and -850. The latter model can lift a payload...
Posted by Darren

Rafael unveils new mini-UAV

'Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd. today held a demonstration of its new tactical mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), intended for use by the IDF. The new mini-UAV is a member of the SkyLite family of UAVs for tactical intelligence for...
Posted by Darren

UAV and helicopter markets poised to take off as IDEX 2007 prepares for the launch of the largest defence exhibition ever held in the Middle East | ADNEC

'Advances in the aerial platforms, surveillance sensors and command and control technologies are continuing to fuel boom conditions in UAV development-and the interest is beginning to be shared by the civilian industrial economy. Since the introduction of a dedicated...
Posted by Darren

Boeing wins new Navy UAV deal

'The Boeing Co.s work on unmanned aerial vehicles for the Navy will continue under a $24 million contract modification. Boeing of Chicago previously won a contract to develop unmanned aerial vehicle control software, classification aids software and computer-aided design...
Posted by Darren

November 22, 2005

US Army Invests $300M plus To Maintain Shadow 200 As Worlds Leading Capability In TUAV Systems

The Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) System is set to remain at the forefront of battlefield operations and capability with the US Army committing more than US$300M over the next five years to its ongoing evolution and...
Posted by Darren

Rafael unveils new mini-UAV

'Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd. today held a demonstration of its new tactical mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), intended for use by the IDF. The new mini-UAV is a member of the SkyLite family of UAVs for tactical intelligence for...
Posted by Darren

A Successful First Flight With FILUR UAV

'Saab and FMV's technology demonstrator program FILUR has successfully made its first flight and the test results are now being evaluated in order to be able to optimize flight performance for future flights. On the 10th of October the...
Posted by Darren

November 21, 2005

Nineteen UAV Types Currently Operating in Iraq

'There are currently 19 different UAV types operating in Iraq with coalition forces stated General Ron Fogleman (Retd), former USAF chief of staff, speaking yesterday at the Defense News Media Groups Air Chiefs Conference held at the Knowledge Village,...
Posted by Darren

UAV and helicopter markets poised to take off

'Advances in the aerial platforms, surveillance sensors and command and control technologies are continuing to fuel boom conditions in UAV development-and the interest is beginning to be shared by the civilian industrial economy. Since the introduction of a dedicated...
Posted by Darren

November 20, 2005

Thales to trial UAV launch and recovery from RN frigate

'A team led by Thales UK will trial the launch and recovery of an organic Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) from a Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate as part of a final phase of maritime trials to be conducted...
Posted by Darren

November 18, 2005

Seeker Unmanned Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing

'During a development test flight this week, one of Denel's 'Seeker' unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was damaged in an emergency landing north of Pretoria. A Board of Inquiry has been convened to establish the cause of the incident and...
Posted by Darren

Cop-pilots fly their own kind of plane

'The glamour of their piloting job may not match that of F-15 Eagle or F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jocks. But a group of enlisted Airmen here are using their wings to do a job both kinds of pilots do...
Posted by Darren

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

November 16, 2005

UAV Flock Study

Check out this fascinating piece on how a student is using the behavior of flocks of animals to help with UAV development: 'A student at the Technion observed the behavior of flocks of wild animals such as storks, wasps,...
Posted by Darren

USAFA Program Explores UAV Aircraft And Systems Design Issues

'Cadets and faculty working in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in the Colorado Springs, CO-based USAF Academy Department of Electrical And Computer Engineering here are designing and building more the next generation of sophisticated autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles -- UAVs...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Aircraft to help deliver medical supplies in the event of Bird Flu pandemic?

'Should a Pandemic hit, we may just see the rapid deployment of Guided Resupply Systems, as seen above. Launched by Stara Technologies, this is an ideal (if expensive) method of delivering medical supplies without putting human lives at risk....
Posted by Darren

UAVs in the US Army's New Modular Combat Brigade

'When the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Air Assault Division deployed to Iraq in late October 2005, it contained more unmanned-aerial-vehicle (UAV) assets than any combat brigade in US Army history. Among the many warfighting tools at his disposal,...
Posted by Darren

Unitied Arab Emirates looks to develop its own UAVs

'Air force seeks partner for MALE and tactical programmes, and eyes new trainers and utility helicopters The United Arab Emirates is poised to select a foreign partner to help it develop its own medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) and tactical unmanned...
Posted by Darren

Drones to Fly over Cities

'Honeywell is developing a micro flying spy drone -- that would be used for civilian law enforcement! The device, a hovering robot carrying video cameras and other sensors, is being created and tested at HONEYWELL's Albuquerque, NM plant. The...
Posted by Darren

South Korea reveals UAV development project

'Small, close-range vehicle intended for military surveillance, but may have civil roles Korean Air (KAL) has begun developing a small, close-range unmanned air vehicle (UAV) for potential military surveillance missions and expects to begin flight tests by August 2007....
Posted by Darren

November 15, 2005

Why Marines Love Their Dragon Eyes

Strategy has a good post on Why Marines Love Their Dragon Eyes'The U.S. Marine Corps has been using the six pound Dragon Eye UAV for three years now. This system is just an interim one, until a better replacement...
Posted by Darren

India to buy 50 UAVs from Israel

'India has renewed interest in buying unmanned spy planes from Israel for deployment on its borders with Pakistan and China. A deal with Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) for the purchase of 50 Heron aircraft that can mount a remote...
Posted by Darren

November 11, 2005

Global Hawk UAV gets bigger and more capable

'The Global Hawk UAV was still in its development stages when the needs of the war in Afghanistan saw it pressed into service. Since then, Global Hawk has successfully completed more than 225 missions through three deployments and more...
Posted by Darren

Cadets Designing, Building Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

'U.S. Air Force ACADEMY, Colo. - At the Sensor-based Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in the department of electrical and computer engineering here, cadets and faculty are designing and building more sophisticated autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. These UAVs will able to...
Posted by Darren

November 10, 2005

Senate OKs money for UAVs

'An amendment to the Defense Authorization bill will authorize the Pentagon to ramp up its fleet of unmanned aircraft, possibly increasing the number of UAVs destined for Grand Forks Air Force Base. The Senate approved late Tuesday night a...
Posted by Darren

Forks UAV fleet grows to 38

'Make that 38 unmanned aerial vehicles stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base instead of nine. The U.S. Senate approved adding to the number of UAVs in its $491 billion defense authorization bill late Tuesday, said Sen. Kent Conrad,...
Posted by Darren

Drone Program Charges May Be Over EUR100M

'European Aeronautic Defence Space Co. NV (5730.FR) could incur charges of over EUR100 million in the fourth quarter as a result of a review of two drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, programs, Chief Operating Officer for Finance Hans...
Posted by Darren

November 09, 2005

Robot Plane 'Pilots' Have Bird's-Eye View of Iraq War

'They've watched the city live. They've seen the daily ebb and flow of families going about their business. They've watched the city die. They've seen roads abruptly turn into puffs of smoke, and people fleeing in terror. They've seen...
Posted by Darren

Israel's Elbit gets Australian army mini-UAV deal

'Elbit Systems Ltd. reported today that its Skylark mini-UAV has been selected for rapid deployment by the Australian Army. Elbit Systems will deliver 6 systems to the Australian Ground Forces. The Skylark system includes 3 Air Vehicles, a Ground...
Posted by Darren

Dragon Eye Protects Troops, Improves Recon

'U. S. Marines and sailors from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, use the Dragon Eye to minimize friendly casualties and maximize surveillance during missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Dragon Eye...
Posted by Darren

Australian Acquires Israeli UAV

'Impressed by the American use of micro-UAVs in Iraq, Australia has obtained the Skylark system from Israeli firm Elbit. Australian troops in Iraq will receive one Skylark system (three ten pound UAVs, plus one set of ground control equipment),...
Posted by Darren

Global Hawk Tests Ability To Detect Airborne Targets Story

'The U.S. Navy's most advanced unmanned aerial system (UAS), the RQ-4A Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD), participated with the Air Force in a congressionally directed demonstration Oct. 26, to detect airborne targets. The 12.3 hour mission, flown in Navy...
Posted by Darren

November 08, 2005

Iran protests illegal U.S. overflights

'Iran sent letters protesting illegal overflights by two unmanned American aircraft that crashed in Iran in recent months, documents circulated at the United Nations on Monday showed. Iran's deputy U.N. ambassador Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi asked the U.N. Security Council on...
Posted by Darren

Singapore Looking To Buy Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft

'Singapore is looking to buy at least two mini unmanned surveillance aircraft, The Straits Times reported Nov. 7. The Defense Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), the city-states procurement arm, confirmed with Agence France-Presse that it had made inquiries with...
Posted by Darren

Successful first flight of high-speed UAV demonstrator CARAPAS

'EADS Military Aircraft has just staged the successful first flight of the high-speed UAV demonstrator CARAPAS (CApacit drone RAPide AntileurreS) at the Biscarrosse missile test centre (CELM) in France. The aim of the flight was to check the system...
Posted by Darren

November 06, 2005

UV North America: US/Allies Have Big UAV Gap To Bridge

'Dimensions of a UAV gap between what the US does and, well, everyone else were unavoidably highlighted in an international perspectives session. The UK, Canada and Australia sent teams to outline progress being made in their respective countries, but...
Posted by Darren

November 05, 2005

Number of unmanned aircraft growing

'They've fought fires, peeked into windows in a search for Hurricane Katrina victims and tracked the movements of insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are the eyes in the skies, and soon, they could be watching you. These flying...
Posted by Darren

Dragon Eye UAV Protects Troops, Improves Recon

'The easily-transportable unmanned aerial vehicle gives troops up-to-date reconnaissance over a wide area of terrain. U.S. Marines and sailors from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, use the Dragon Eye to minimize friendly casualties and maximize...
Posted by Darren

South Korea to launch MALE UAV

'Seoul plans to launch a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicle development programme next year to equip the South Korean air force. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) says its UAV team began working earlier this year with the Agency for...
Posted by Darren

Fire Scout UAV Finishes Two-day Demonstration During 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Home of U.S. Army Aviation

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Army's Airworthiness Development and Test Center performed flight demonstrations of the U.S. Army's MQ-8 Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air vehicle (UAV) during the 50th anniversary celebration at Fort Rucker, Ala.,...
Posted by Darren

Elbit Details Watchkeeper UAV Project

'Israel's leading non-state-owned defense firm has detailed its contract to provide unmanned aerial vehicles to the British Army. Elbit Systems said its contribution to the Watchkeeper program would reach 317 million pounds, or more than $500 million. Elbit Systems...
Posted by Darren

Army helicopter UAV work goes to Alion

'Alion Science and Technology Corp. won a $5 million contract with the Army Aviation and Missile Command for process technology of replacement parts for Army helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicle weapon systems. Process technology refers to manufacturing techniques and...
Posted by Darren

Australian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Be Deployed to Iraq

'Defence Minister Robert Hill said four Skylark miniature UAVs will be deployed to assist the second rotation of the Al Muthanna Task Group (AMTG). A further two UAVs will remain in Australia for training and preparation purposes. The miniature...
Posted by Darren

November 01, 2005

Internet Troops to carry miniature spy planes on their backs

'Canada's military is buying miniature spy planes that soldiers can carry on their backs and launch anywhere to collect pictures from over the hill or around the corner in battle zones. Reconnaissance, artillery or other troops should be packing...
Posted by Darren

Alion Awarded $5M Army Aviation Contract

'Alion Awarded $5M Army Aviation Contract; Technology Solutions Firm to Enhance Helicopter and UAV Technologies Alion Science and Technology was awarded a $5M contract for process technology of replacement parts production through the Army Aviation and Missile Command. The...
Posted by Darren

UK seeks USAF deal to extend Predator use

'The UK is increasing its use of General Atomics MQ-1 Predator unmanned air vehicles under a partnership with the US Air Force, and could seek to extend the deal to also include operations of the services larger MQ-9 Predator...
Posted by Darren

Alion wins Army helicopter UAV work

'Alion Science and Technology Corp. won a $5 million contract with the Army Aviation and Missile Command for process technology of replacement parts for Army helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicle weapon systems. Process technology refers to manufacturing techniques, and...
Posted by Darren