March 31, 2006

Avid developing new UAV concept for Homeland Securuity

'A potential terrorist slips across the U.S. border under the cover of darkness. Unchallenged, he disappears into the night - or so he thinks. Unknown to this intruder, he's been detected all along - from 20,000 feet. And now,...
Posted by Darren

Are More UAVs On The Way?

'Having demonstrated their abilities in combat on the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan, it's little wonder why unmanned aerial vehicles are being looked at for a variety of roles over US soil. That could prove to be a blessing......
Posted by Darren

March 30, 2006

Global Hawk drone will be in JEFX exercise

'The first Global Hawk drone designed for sea duty will be part of the U.S. Navy's upcoming JEFX 2006 exercises. The RQ-4A Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) unmanned aerial vehicle arrived at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station Wednesday...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Predator Kills Three in Iraq

'An MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle engaged three insurgents in the process of planting a homemade bomb along a road near Balad Air Base, Iraq, yesterday evening and launched an AGM-114 Hellfire missile against the group. The Predator monitored...
Posted by Darren

UAV demand surges on the front lines

'Piloted remotely from a Nevada air base half a world away or by soldiers on the scene, unmanned aircraft have become so indispensable in Iraq and in the war on terror that by next year the U.S. could be...
Posted by Darren

UAVs may prowl U.S. skies

'Unmanned aerial vehicles have soared the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq for years, spotting enemy encampments, protecting military bases, and even launching missile attacks against suspected terrorists. Now UAVs may be landing in the United States. A House of...
Posted by Darren

Predator UAV Engages Insurgents

An MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle engaged three anti-Iraqi forces in the process of placing an improvised explosive device along a road near Balad Air Base yesterday evening. The Predator launched an AGM-114 Hellfire missile against the group. The...
Posted by Darren

Fire Scout UAV to Enhance Network-Centric Capabilities

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research, successfully demonstrated the ability to extend communications range and capability using the RQ-8A Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV). Northrop Grumman's RQ-8A...
Posted by Darren

US Navy Global Hawk Arrives

'The U.S. Navy's first Global Hawk unmanned air system (UAS), N-1, an RQ-4A (BuNo 166509), arrived today at its new home at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland. The vehicle is one of two RQ-4A aircraft which the Navy...
Posted by Darren

Design an unmanned aerial vehicle for Mars Competition

'Students are invited to submit their ideas for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) suitable for exploring Mars the best designs will win a place at the Euroavia Design Workshop to be held at the Erasmus User Centre in...
Posted by Darren

March 29, 2006

UAVs come of age, exact a price

'Piloted remotely from a Nevada air base half a world away or by soldiers on the scene, unmanned aircraft have become so indispensable in Iraq and in the war on terror that by next year the U.S. could be...
Posted by Darren

Geneva Aerospace Completes Dakota UAV Test Flight

'Geneva Aerospace successfully completed six consecutive auto landings of a Dakota UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) at the United States Army Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona. This flight test was the next phase under Geneva's current contract with the...
Posted by Darren

UAV comes down in Vavuniya

'An unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) used by Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) for surveillance and reconnaissance missions crashed down colliding against the television antenna in a private house Tuesday morning at about 10.15 in Poonthodam Maharambaikulam, in Vauniya. The...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in war do not come cheap

'The United States' spending on unmanned aircraft could rise to seven times as much as pre-September 11 levels by next year. Spending on the planes is expected to total at least $12 billion over the next five years, up...
Posted by Darren

March 28, 2006

Northrop targets Killer Bee UAV at US forces

'Northrop Grumman has demonstrated its private-venture Killer Bee low-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle for the US Air Force, as industry awaits a US Marine Corps request for proposals for a divisional/regimental unmanned aircraft system to enter service in 2010....
Posted by Darren

Shipboard UAV testing proposed

'Texas-based Geneva Aerospace is in discussions with the US Navy about turning its unmanned air vehicle shipboard landing technology research programme into a funded concept demonstration. The current programme, run under a US small business innovation research grant, will...
Posted by Darren

Little Bird UAV

'An unmanned Little Bird helicopter could fly nap-of-the-earth autonomously using software-enabled control (SEC) technology developed for unmanned air vehicles under a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and US Air Force Research Laboratory project, says Boeing. The software...
Posted by Darren

U.S. Unmanned Aerial Systems Market to Reach 17 Billion in Five Years

The U.S. unmanned aerial systems (UAS) market has had considerable momentum due to recent operational successes and increasing mission roles. In addition, UAS market penetration in all four military services and the commercial sectors in surveillance and weaponized capabilities...
Posted by Darren

US Army UAS (UAV) Manual

Check out this new manual (PDF) on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS - or UAVs) that the US Army has released. it covers all the latest on their UAV/UAS operations....
Posted by Darren

Europe Develops Robotic Warplanes

'In Europe, several robotic warplanes ( the Neuron, the Barrakuda and the Corax) are under development. These UACV (Unmanned Aerial Combat Vehicles) concepts began in the Untied States, but Europe wants to remain competitive with the U.S. military aircraft...
Posted by Darren

March 27, 2006

Turkey to Sell Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

'Turkey will sell multi purpose unmanned aerial vehicles and high technology products. In accordance with the demand of Italy and the United Arabic Emirates, the producer of the unmanned aerial vehicles, Global Technical Joint Stock Company, started production works...
Posted by Darren

The Energy Blog: Solar Powered UAV

'QinetiQ, Europe's largest science and technology organization, has completed the first flight trials of Zephyr - a High-Altitude, Long-Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that has a 12 meter (39 ft) wingspan but weighs just 27 kilograms (59 pounds). The...
Posted by Darren

Border Patrol to expand UAV usage

'By the end of this month, U.S. Border Patrol officials plan to monitor a larger area of the southwest border with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which has been in use since September 2005. They plan to add a...
Posted by Darren

March 26, 2006

Air Force Releases UAV Strategic Vision

'The Air Force recently completed a vision document to provide high-level guidance to service development and integration of unmanned aircraft for the next 25 years. While the Air Force has been experimenting with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles since 1962, the...
Posted by Darren

March 25, 2006

Army and USAF Share Son of Predator

'The U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force are both looking to buy the same new UAV from Predator manufacturer General Atomics. As a result of that joint interest, the two services are looking for ways to save money by...
Posted by Darren

The Talisman Autonomous Underwater System

'We hear a lot about Unmanned Aerial vehicles from the size of a butterfly to a full blown jet, and unmanned ground vehicles have been getting their share of the limelight recently too. So it figures that Unmanned Underwater...
Posted by Darren

Air Force releases UAV strategic vision

'The Air Force recently completed a vision document to provide high-level guidance to service development and integration of unmanned aircraft for the next 25 years. While the Air Force has been experimenting with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles since 1962, the...
Posted by Darren

March 24, 2006

Unmanning the traffic in the sky

'The arrival of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) at Grand Forks Air Force Base could be just the beginning in a number of financial and academic opportunities for UND and its students. The Red River Valley Research Corridor Action...
Posted by Darren

March 23, 2006

Rules for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

'Is there a way to ensure robotic fighter planes do not mistake civilians for enemy soldiers and kill innocent people? Is "system malfunction" a justifiable defence for contravening the Geneva Convention? Should robotic sex dolls resembling children be allowed?...
Posted by Darren

QinetiQ announces first flight trial for Zephyr UAV

'QinetiQ has completed the first flight trials of Zephyr - a High-Altitude, Long-Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (HALE UAV) that has a 12 metre wingspan but weighs just 27 kilograms. The trials took place at the White Sands Missile Range,...
Posted by Darren

The Love-Hate Relationship With Flying UAVs

'The U.S. Air Force is undergoing another shift in leadership, as defined by the type of warplane the generals spent their formative years piloting. After World War II, the bomber pilots monopolized the air force leadership, and heavy bombers...
Posted by Darren

Indian Navy still to deploy UAVs

'It is almost four years since the Indian Navy had acquired Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to boost up surveillance, which is still to deploy them inviting serious censure by the Comptroller and Auditor General. "Twelve UAVs purchased at a...
Posted by Darren

March 22, 2006

Flapless, Pilotless Planes in Development

The revolutionary model plane has been developed as part of a 6.2m programme, involving engineers from the University of Leicester, funded jointly by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and BAE Systems. The five-year programme is called FLAVIIR...
Posted by Darren

Experimental Fuel Cell Power System Expands UAV Flight Capabilities

'Recent flights of the Spider-Lion fuel-cell-powered unmanned aerial vehicle have shed light on the potential for deploying fuel-cell technologies in the future. Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory designed the Spider-Lion, and while the aircraft itself is not...
Posted by Darren

Budget document discloses existence of secret US Air Force UAV programme

'Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works is believed to be developing a high-altitude, stealthy unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the US Air Force (USAF) under a secret programme, funded with money taken from the terminated Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS)...
Posted by Darren

Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Picture

A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (picture left), the workhorse of the U.S. Air Force's reconnaissance fleet in the fight against terrorism, returned here today after 167 missions and more than 4,800 flight hours in Southwest Asia. The RQ-4...
Posted by Darren

Predator UAV Crashes in Iraq

'An unmanned aerial vehicle crashed this morning in Iraq, and combined operations continued in Salah ah Din province as part of Operation Swarmer. A pilot at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. , was piloting an Air Force MQ-1 Predator...
Posted by Darren

NOAA Missions now to use UAV systems

'Most people are familiar with NOAAs use of unmanned or autonomous underwater vehicles, but NOAA is also interested in routinely using unmanned aircraft systems to explore and gather data in the atmosphere between satellite and ground-based observing systems. UAS-acquired...
Posted by Darren

CAG slams Indian Government for spending too much on UAVs

'The barrage of corruption in defence deal continues. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has blasted the defence ministry again for lapses in deals of VVIP executive jets, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and air-to-air missiles. The UPA...
Posted by Darren

Budget document discloses existence of secret US Air Force UAV programme

'Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works is believed to be developing a high-altitude, stealthy unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the US Air Force (USAF) under a secret programme, funded with money taken from the terminated Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS)...
Posted by Darren

March 21, 2006

Qinetiq to organise civil UAV demonstrations

'UK defence and security technology company Qinetiq is encouraging unmanned air vehicle technology developers to demonstrate systems to potential civil users next month. The demonstrations are for platforms and payloads and their use in non-military roles.' Read more at...
Posted by Darren

Flight Interview: Blue is chipper on UAV potential

'General Atomics chairman predicts it will not be long before unmanned aircraft will be a familiar sight in civil skies In the not-too-distant future, the name of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) might not be associated just with military...
Posted by Darren

GoldenEye-50 Passes 100 Flight Milestone

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that its GoldenEye-50 unmanned aerial system (UAS) completed its 100th flight during a 22-minute flight at the company's flight test facility earlier this month. Aurora's GoldenEye team is now focused on transforming the aircraft...
Posted by Darren

March 18, 2006

Malaysia Planning To Procure UAV, Says Army Chief

'The army has plans to procure Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), said army chief Gen. Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Zainal. Abdul Aziz said the procurement would complete the defence assets of the army. We' ve yet to own this aircraft....
Posted by Darren

Sonex receives $235,000 follow-on project for UAV Heavy Fuel Engine Design

SONEX RESEARCH, INC., a leader in the field of combustion technology, announced that it has been awarded a follow-on project worth approximately $235,000 to continue development and pre-production qualification of a heavy fuel engine (HFE) conversion process for a...
Posted by Darren

March 17, 2006

US budget watchdog calls for suspension of Northrop Grumman RQ-4B UAV full production

'The US federal government's expenditure investigation body is calling for the suspension of serial production of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle and for the programme to be massively reviewed. A report by the US Government...
Posted by Darren

Geneva Aerospace achieves unmanned auto-landing test flight of Dakota UAV for U.S. Navy

'Geneva Aerospace Inc., developer of unmanned vehicle technologies, has completed six consecutive auto landings of a Dakota UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz. The flight test was the next phase under...
Posted by Darren

March 16, 2006

AeroVironment Raven UAV Hits 3000 Units

'Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment announced today that its Raven Unmanned Aerial Vehicle has surpassed the 3000 vehicle mark in production. The firm's UAV is used by the U.S. Army and Special Forces for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.' Read more at...
Posted by Darren

Pakistan acquiring UAVs from Europe

'Pakistan is acquiring two types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from Europe to enhance surveillance capabilities while continuing with its indegenous development efforts, a defence weekly reported today. The Pakistan army has finalised an order from Germany for the EMT...
Posted by Darren

Geneva Aerospace Successfully Completes Unmanned Auto-Landing Test Flight with the Dakota UAV

'Geneva Aerospace,(R) Inc., a leader in the development of unmanned vehicle technologies, successfully completed six consecutive auto landings of a Dakota UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) at the United States Army Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona. This flight test...
Posted by Darren

March 15, 2006

Pentagon's new weapon - cyborg flies that are spies

'The Pentagon is trying to develop insect cyborgs able to sniff out explosives, or bug conversations by lurking unseen in enemy hideouts with micro-transmitters strapped to their bodies. The cyborgs - half insect, half robot - would be created...
Posted by Darren

Raven UAV achieves milestones and wins the Commando Olympics

'After the incredible response to yesterdays story on weaponised micro unmanned aerial vehicles, it is interesting to note AeroVironments significant production milestone of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (SUAV) systems that was announced today. The Raven (RQ-11A), a manpackable SUAV...
Posted by Darren

Pakistan acquiring UAVs from Europe

'Pakistan is acquiring two types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from Europe to enhance surveillance capabilities while continuing with its indegenous development efforts, a defence weekly reported today. The Pakistan army has finalised an order from Germany for the EMT...
Posted by Darren

Killer Bee UAV

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has demonstrated its KillerBee low-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the U.S. Air Force, highlighting its ability to provide real-time streaming video and precision targeting information to warfighters. Northrop Grumman demonstrated its KillerBee low-altitude,...
Posted by Darren

March 14, 2006

Aerostar UAV In Police Role

'Aeronautics Defense Systems and the Israel Highway Police have employed the Company's Aerostar UAV in a successful experiment to detect and arrest traffic offenders on the highways of Southern Israel. A police patrol pilot joined the Aeronautics Operating Team...
Posted by Darren

Sonex Receives $235,000 Follow-On Project For UAV Heavy Fuel Engine Design

Sonex Research, a leader in the field of combustion technology, announced that it has been awarded a follow-on project worth approximately $235,000 to continue development and pre-production qualification of a heavy fuel engine (HFE) conversion process for a small,...
Posted by Darren

U.S. military plans to make insect cyborgs

'Facing problems in its efforts to train insects or build robots that can mimic their flying abilities, the U.S. military now wants to develop 'insect cyborgs' that can go where its soldiers cannot. The Pentagon is seeking applications from...
Posted by Darren

Coanda UAV

'UK-based GFS Projects has demonstrated its Coanda-effect unmanned air vehicle to the Ministry of Defence. The 0.91m (3ft)-diameter, 5.45kg (12lb) GFS-6a and smaller -7 prototypes were demonstrated at an indoor flying area in Peterborough. The battery-powered vertical take-off and...
Posted by Darren

India tests air-to-air missile, UAV

'ndia on Monday test fired a short range, air-to-air missile and an indigenous drone for the second time in less than a week. The testing was done at a military base in Orissa, military sources said. The Lakhya drone,...
Posted by Darren

DESPITE AGE, MARINES USE ISRAELI UAV IN IRAQ

'Despite its advanced age, an Israeli-origin unmanned aerial vehicle continues to be used by the U.S. military in Iraq. The Pioneer UAV has been operated by the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion...
Posted by Darren

March 13, 2006

Northrop Grumman And UCSD Increase Hunter UAVs Combat Capabilities

'Northrop Grumman and the University of California, San Diego have completed a study that will enable the MQ-5B Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to carry additional payloads, increasing its effectiveness in providing communications, intelligence and firepower for the U.S....
Posted by Darren

March 10, 2006

New Israeli drone due

'Israel reportedly will unveil its biggest-ever unmanned aerial vehicle. Janes Defence Weekly reported this week that Eitan, a UAV with a wing-span of 80 feet, will soon be formally introduced into Israels air force and navy. With an altitude...
Posted by Darren

Increase in Hunter UAVs Combat Capabilities : Military Aviation

'Northrop Grumman and the University of California, San Diego have completed a study that will enable the MQ-5B Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to carry additional payloads, increasing its effectiveness in providing communications, intelligence and firepower for the U.S....
Posted by Darren

France advises bringing UAVs into mainstream defence budgets

'The French government has recommended the formal inclusion of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) funding in future defence budgets, adding that the country could terminate its state-funded European medium-altitude long-endurance (EuroMale) project in favour of the Dassault Aviation-led Neuron unmanned...
Posted by Darren

Improved micro-UAV faces September tests

'Honeywell has doubled the flight endurance, upgraded the sensors and fixed GPS software bugs in its micro air vehicle (MAV) in preparation for a critical design review (CDR) later this month. The ducted-fan vertical take-off and landing MAV is...
Posted by Darren

Russian UAVs making a comeback

'The issue of the overall development of various types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including unmanned helicopters for civilian and military purposes, has been and still is well addressed by the Moscow-based analysts and defense correspondents. However, what has...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned aircraft program catching fancy of local firms

'The Canadian Forces is looking to add unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to its arsenal and local companies are already exploring the opportunities despite the fact that any serious buying is still some time away. On the table is the...
Posted by Darren

March 09, 2006

France advises bringing UAVs into mainstream defence budgets

'The French government has recommended the formal inclusion of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) funding in future defence budgets, adding that the country could terminate its state-funded European medium-altitude long-endurance (EuroMale) project in favour of the Dassault Aviation-led Neuron unmanned...
Posted by Darren

March 08, 2006

Australia brings HALE UAV project forward by a year

'The Australian government is to consider proposals in the next three months for initial funding of its Project Air 7000 Phase 1 high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) multi-mission maritime unmanned air vehicle requirement. The initial funding approval has been brought forward...
Posted by Darren

US Army Apache Controls Hunter UAV

'L-3 Communications (New York, NY) announced on March 6 that the Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL), developed by L-3 Communication Systems-West (Salt Lake City, UT) has been successfully used for command and control of a US Army Hunter unmanned...
Posted by Darren

March 06, 2006

Israel to test small UAV contenders

'The Israeli defence force plans to evaluate five contenders for a platoon-level unmanned air vehicle requirement next month, and will select an over-the-hill intelligence system by the end of 2006.' Read more at Israel to test small UAV contenders...
Posted by Darren

Aerostar UAV in Police Role

'Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd. and the Israel Highway Police have employed the Companys Aerostar UAV in a successful experiment to detect and arrest traffic offenders on the highways of Southern Israel. A police patrol pilot joined the Aeronautics Operating...
Posted by Darren

General Atomics joins Canada drone chase

'The California company that produces the Predator drone has joined forces with General Dynamics Canada to pitch the American-made UAV to the Canadian military. General Atomics' Aeronautical Systems unit has signed a memorandum of understanding with General Dynamics, Canada's...
Posted by Darren

Brits Get Fire Scout Update at Royal Aeronautical Society

'Robert Mitchell, vice president, Special Programmes, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems flew to London on Wednesday 22 February to present a lecture on Fire Scout UAV developments to an audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society. He had been invited by...
Posted by Darren

UAVs scan border

'When unmanned Predator aircraft prowled the skies of Afghanistan using their electric eyes to hunt down al-Qaida operatives, they provided examples of a blossoming technology that probably will become more common in civilian uses. Over about 10 years, unmanned...
Posted by Darren

Boeing ScanEagle UAV Surpasses 10,000 Combat Flight Hours

'ScanEagle, a long-endurance fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group, has surpassed 10,000 combat flight hours in less than two years supporting U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy operations. Since being deployed with...
Posted by Darren

Pioneer UAV support hits 40,000 flight hours

'The aptly named Pioneer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will most likely be remembered over the deserts of Iraq during Desert Storm where it proved that the UAV had truly come of age. Today, 20 years, four wars and 40,000...
Posted by Darren

UAVs are on the way

'Gen. Michael Haugen, North Dakota National Guard commander, said Thursday that an unmanned aerial vehicle mission is coming to Grand Forks Air Force Base regardless of crosswind runway problems reported on this week by the Herald. While it's true...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned aircraft squadron finishes third deployment with astonishing flight hours

'Soaring on the seventh month of deployment, the Marines of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1, Marine Air Control Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, prepare to return home to Twentynine Palms, Calif., after going above and beyond the...
Posted by Darren

March 05, 2006

U.S. spy plane conducts test flight over Japan

'The U.S. Air Force flew its Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle in Japanese airspace last month, government sources said Saturday. Washington may have wanted to demonstrate the Global Hawk's performance to Tokyo, which plans to introduce the remote-controlled, high-endurance...
Posted by Darren

March 02, 2006

UAVs need new runway

'After spending $28 million on a new runway this summer, state and Air Force officials are talking about building another runway to accommodate lighter unmanned aerial vehicles scheduled to start arriving in Grand Forks next year. The lack of...
Posted by Darren