December 24, 2005

Communication delays beset UAVs

'Unmanned military aircraft have knocked out enemy targets and collected intelligence in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but are plagued with problems that delay information from getting to commanders for hours or days, according to congressional investigators. In...
Posted by Darren

Israel Navy to deploy first UAVs

'The Israel Navy (IN) will deploy its first reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in January. The IN has been allocated a few Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Mahatz I (also known as Heron) medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAVs out of several...
Posted by Darren

December 23, 2005

Canada Crafting High-End UAV Requirements

'DID's article about the RQ-11 Raven's performance in Afghanistan noted that Canada was looking to buy its own set of mini-UAVs to complement its Sperwer tactical UAVs. Both systems are in the procurement pipeline as Canada prepares to send...
Posted by Darren

Border UAVS May Not Be All They're Cracked Up To Be

'AOPA Cites High Operating Costs, May Conflict With Existing GA Traffic The cost of operating unmanned aerial vehicles along the border may not be a good idea for a few reasons, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association...
Posted by Darren

December 22, 2005

Iraq: Dragon Eye UAVs protect US Marines on the road

'Predicting the future is one power that will never be attainable, but if it was possible it could save the lives of many service members in a combat zone. With the skills of the Marines of Intelligence Shop, 2nd...
Posted by Darren

Swedish Government Decide to Participate in European UCAV demonstration program

The Swedish Government has today decided to participate in the European UCAV-demonstrator program, Neuron. Saab’s participation in the program is thereby secured. “This is a crucial decision for both Saab and Sweden, which secures our participation in one of...
Posted by Darren

December 21, 2005

ADD Plans to Monitor Sea with UAV

'It has been confirmed that Agency for Defense Development (ADD) is actively pursuing to participate in the U.S. Navys Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program development, which uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as well as adopting it. On December...
Posted by Darren

US Naval Research Laboratory fuels UAV power development

'Simulated flight bench tests are being conducted this week on the US Naval Research Laboratorys 2.54kg (5.6lb) Spider-Lion fuel-cell powered unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to gain performance efficiency data. The bench test data will aid further research using a...
Posted by Darren

December 19, 2005

Canada Crafting High-End UAV Requirements

'DID's article about the RQ-11 Raven's performance in Afghanistan noted that Canada was looking to buy its own set of mini-UAVs to complement its Sperwer tactical UAVs. Both systems are in the procurement pipeline as Canada prepares to send...
Posted by Darren

US Military, Police Increasing Use of Unmanned Aircraft

'Unmanned aircraft systems, or UASs, consist of an unmanned aircraft; sensor, communications, or weapons, carried on board the aircraft, collectively referred to as payloads; and ground controls. UAS have been used successfully in recent operations, and are in increasingly...
Posted by Darren

New Pentagon agency oversees unmanned planes

'Unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming integral to U.S. warfare, but their use for border patrol, homeland security and even weather monitoring will also increase, the general recently appointed to oversee these new aircraft told Reuters. Each of the military...
Posted by Darren

December 18, 2005

Unmanned Border Planes Can Require a Crew of 20

'The Office of Border Patrol is using a number of unmanned planes to patrol and track down immigrants crossing a portion of the Southwest border. While this is a positive step toward using mobile technology, it is also an...
Posted by Darren

US Military, Police Increasing Use of Unmanned Aircraft

'Unmanned aircraft systems, or UASs, consist of an unmanned aircraft; sensor, communications, or weapons, carried on board the aircraft, collectively referred to as payloads; and ground controls. UAS have been used successfully in recent operations, and are in increasingly...
Posted by Darren

December 15, 2005

The Future of Surveillance - Hovering Cameras

'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

Unmanned vessels against pirates

'Robotic patrol boats could safeguard the seas from piracy and fight ocean-going people traffickers, reports Tracey Logan in the BBC World Service's Discovery programme. Passengers aboard the Seabourn Spirit, a luxury liner sailing off the coast of Somalia, came...
Posted by Darren

U.S. drone aircraft riddled with bugs and glitches: study

'Unmanned U.S. military aircraft used in Iraq and Afghanistan are plagued with problems that delay information from reaching commanders for hours or days, congressional investigators said. In addition, unmanned aircraft flights are sometimes delayed or cancelled because the transmission...
Posted by Darren

IAI, Boeing Australia win $100m Australian UAV contract

'Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. (IAI) and Boeing Australia Ltd. have won a huge $100 million Australian Defence Force (ADF) tender for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). IAI will sell its tactical I-view UAV, but said its share of the deal...
Posted by Darren

Study uncovers problems with UAVs

'Unmanned military aircraft have knocked out enemy targets and collected intelligence in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but are plagued with problems that delay information from getting to commanders for hours or days, according to congressional investigators. In...
Posted by Darren

December 13, 2005

Lockheed Martin To Build High Altitude Airship For MDA

'Lockheed Martin will build a prototype High Altitude Airship (HAA) under a $149.2 million contract awarded by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). This contract marks the beginning of the program's third phase, leading to prototype delivery and flight in...
Posted by Darren

New Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Capability

'The Australian Defence Force will be equipped with a fleet of long range tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to be used as Army's 'eyes in the sky' which will play a crucial intelligence and surveillance role in Australia combined...
Posted by Darren

Three to develop mini-UAV

'Composite Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM), Ikramatic and System Consultancy Services (SCS) have agreed to set up a joint venture company to develop a mini unmanned air vehicle for the Malaysian army. The three Malaysian companies signed a memorandum of...
Posted by Darren

$145m pilotless plane buy for army

'AUSTRALIA'S defence forces have bought themselves a new view of the battlefield, announcing a fleet of pilotless aircraft worth $145 million. Defence Minister Senator Robert Hill said the small, remotely controlled aircraft, known as tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, would...
Posted by Darren

Canada Shapes Plan for UAV Buy

'Canada’s Air Force is crafting a multimillion-dollar plan to purchase medium- or high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be fielded by the end of the decade. Work is under way on the Joint Unmanned Surveillance Target Acquisition System (JUSTAS),...
Posted by Darren

December 12, 2005

UAVs - New eyes in the sky

'AUSTRALIA'S defence forces have bought themselves a new view of the battlefield, announcing a fleet of pilotless planes worth $145 million. Defence Minister Senator Robert Hill announced that the small, remotely controlled planes, known as tactical unmanned aerial vehicles...
Posted by Darren

NASA Announces Planetary UAV Competition

'NASA's Centennial Challenges program office, in collaboration with the California Space Education and Workforce Institute, Santa Maria, Calif., announced the Planetary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Challenge. This new $250,000 competition may significantly affect how science is conducted on planets and...
Posted by Darren

Cubic wins Navy UAV data link subcontract

'Northrop Grumman Corp. has tapped Cubic Corp. to provide the tactical common data link for a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) currently under development. Cubic of San Diego won an $11 million subcontract from Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman to...
Posted by Darren

UAV Involved In Environmental Research and Disaster Protection

'NOAA has successfully completed its first series of missions using a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system recently to support NOAAs operational and research needs. Over the course of one flight, the Altair UAS set a number of records, including...
Posted by Darren

December 09, 2005

Boeing X45 UAV

'Boeing displayed its vision of the future of air warfare Tuesday, a batlike model of a small fighter craft that exudes silent menace. Sitting in a parking lot inside Boeing's research complex across from the Museum of Flight, the...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned plane crashes into padi field

'One minute after take-off, the Irkut-2F, an unmanned aerial vehicle, crashed into a padi field. It was the first accident recorded during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima) 2005 air show. No one was injured in the...
Posted by Darren

Fire Scout UAV forges service partnership

'The Program Executive Office for Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aerial Systems (PEO-W) is working with organizations in the Army to facilitate the development of the Fire Scout Vertical Take-off Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) system. The partnership has at it's...
Posted by Darren

December 08, 2005

Australians to Experiment with UAVs in Agriculture

'Pilotless aircraft could soon be flying over Queensland skies. A $3.5 million Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation was officially launched in Brisbane today. The facility will be based at the Brisbane Airport and will allow Queensland University of...
Posted by Darren

U.S. Border Patrol's newest tool: a drone

'As President Bush was bumping along the banks of the Rio Grande last week with the United States Border Patrol, an American unmanned aircraft was apparently tracking a top Al Qaeda member to an abandoned house in remote Pakistan....
Posted by Darren

Cubic Wins $11 Million Contract to Provide Tactical Common Data Link for RQ-8B Fire Scout UAV

Cubic Defense Applications, the defense segment of Cubic Corporation (AMEX:CUB) has received an $11 million contract from Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems to provide its Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) for the Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing...
Posted by Darren

Fire Scout UAV Moving Closer To Production

'Northrop Grumman has successfully conducted a critical design review of its MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the U.S. Navy. The review moves the program closer to full-scale production and delivery of the vertical takeoff and landing...
Posted by Darren

Boeing A160 Hummingbird Completes Flight Test

'Boeing has announced the A160 Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft made its first test flight from an airfield near Victorville, Calif., Nov. 30. This flight - the first with a six cylinder Subaru engine - is an important step toward concept...
Posted by Darren

Thales and Elop to provide payloads for Watchkeeper UAV

'Thales and Israeli firm Elop are to provide the mission payloads for the UKs Watchkeeper WK450 unmanned air vehicle system under a selection announced on 7 December. The companies will respectively supply their I-Master synthetic-aperture radar/ground moving target indication...
Posted by Darren

December 05, 2005

Global Hawk UAV Prepares for Maritime Role

'Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV has established a dominant position in the High Altitude/ Long Endurance UAV market. While they aren't cheap - GlobalSecurity.org notes that these UAVs cost about $48 million with a full sensor suite, or...
Posted by Darren

The Information Hub of the Helicopter Industry

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully conducted a critical design review of its MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the U.S. Navy. The review moves the program closer to full-scale production and delivery of the vertical takeoff...
Posted by Darren

ISRAEL EVALUATES UAV

'Israel has launched an evaluation of a tactical miniature unmanned aerial vehicle. The Israel Army has begun trials of the SkyLite-B UAV for tactical missions for infantry battalions. The trials sought to determine the capabilities of Skylite-B for urban...
Posted by Darren

No go for drones over New Mexico border

'On Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, President Bush promised, We're going to use drones to help enforce the border in rural Texas and in rural New Mexico and rural Arizona. Between Tuesday and Thursday, New Mexico and Texas disappeared...
Posted by Darren

Desk Jockeys vs. Border Drones

'The President wants it to happen. The guys on the ground want it to happen. And their bosses in DC want it to happen. But that doesn't mean the bureaucrats are going to let unmanned spy planes start patrolling...
Posted by Darren