June 29, 2006

Turkey and Pakistan will sign a joint production of UAV deal

'Pakistan and Turkey plan to sign a deal next month for the joint production of six to seven tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),according to a report in the Jane's Defence Weekly. During a visit to Turkey, Chief of the...
Posted by Darren

June 28, 2006

Galileo Avionica plans carrier UAV

'Italy’s Galileo Avionica has unveiled proposals for an aircraft carrier- or large-deck warship-launched and recovered version of its Falco tactical unmanned air vehicle. A maritime configuration proto-type will be rolled out within one year, with this to be ready...
Posted by Darren

June 27, 2006

Last Block 10 Global Hawk Arrives for Check Flights

'An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, the last Block 10 production aircraft, arrived here for a thorough checkup before delivery to an operational squadron. The aircraft will undergo a series of acceptance and operational check flights by the...
Posted by Darren

Sheriffs' Drone Doesn't Fly With FAA

'The FAA says it's willing to work with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department in its quest to use a surveillance drone on official police business. But the feds left no ambiguity about who rules the skies when they ordered...
Posted by Darren

Canada to buy Elbit Systems UAV

'The Canadian Army will procure Elbit Systems Ltd.’s Skylark 2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for operations in Afghanistan. Three key US allies the UK, Canada, and Australia - are now using Israeli tactical UAVs. The Canadian Army is procuring...
Posted by Darren

June 26, 2006

Last Block 10 Global Hawk Arrives For Check Flights

'An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, the last Block 10 production aircraft, arrived here June 15 for a thorough checkup before delivery to the warfighter. The aircraft will undergo a series of acceptance and operational check flights by...
Posted by Darren

Tactical unmanned aerial vehicle launches at Polk Army Airfield

'A first in 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light) and Fort Polk history, Soldiers from Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4BCT, launched a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at Polk Army Airfield, May 25. The Shadow 200 is an...
Posted by Darren

AAI Corp Acquires Leading Australian UAV Developer Aerosonde

'United Industrial Corporation has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary AAI Corporation has acquired privately held Aerosonde Pty Ltd. and Aerosonde North America, Inc. in stock purchase transactions for an aggregate purchase price of $6.5 million, with additional consideration...
Posted by Darren

UAV Down In Afghani Village

'US-North Korean tensions mounted -- and currency exchange markets reacted -- to unsubstantiated reports of a US military plane crash in North Korea on Thursday. Some 3,100 miles to the west, however, there was tangible evidence that a reconnaissance...
Posted by Darren

June 23, 2006

Paris Hilton's no fur vow

'Paris Hilton has vowed to never wear fur again - after being shown a video of animals being skinned alive by Heather Mills McCaView the profile for Paris Hilton on Celebrity Spotlightrtney. The blonde star was made to watch...
Posted by Darren

UAV to watch over Basque region’s fisheries

'Spain’s Basque region provincial government is to stage an unmanned air vehicle-based fisheries surveillance and protection demonstration from August until late in the year using a new purpose-developed air vehicle. The civil UAV demonstration has been in the planning...
Posted by Darren

Drone maker AAI acquires Australian competitor

'Hunt Valley-based AAI Corp. is expanding the market for its unmanned aerial vehicles beyond the U.S. government with the purchase of an Australian company. AAI, a subsidiary of United Industrial Corp., announced yesterday that it paid $6.5 million in...
Posted by Darren

UAV competition draws students from 18 colleges

'The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Program Executive Office for Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aviation hosted the 4th annual student competition for unmanned aerial vehicles Friday and Saturday at the Webster Field Annex, St. Inigoes, Md....
Posted by Darren

June 22, 2006

Raytheon Wins Contract On ISIS UAV Project

'The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $7,996,471 contract to Raytheon Systems, Co., of El Segundo, Calif., for a surveillance sensor program. The two-year contract is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of Arlington, Va., in...
Posted by Darren

IAOPA Calls For International UAV Operating Standards

'At an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Exploratory Meeting on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in Montreal recently, the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) called for measures to make UAVs compatible with existing air traffic, ensuring...
Posted by Darren

June 21, 2006

New Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Law Enforcement, Homeland Defense, and First Responders

'FARSIGHT Intelligence Systems announces its new product line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed for law enforcement, homeland defense, border security, and search-and-rescue operations. FARSIGHT UAV and Mobile Ground Station systems offer persistent surveillance, enhanced situational awareness, and actionable...
Posted by Darren

June 20, 2006

Predator UAV to gain interim sense and avoid capability

'The US Air Force is planning to fit its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-1 Predator unmanned air vehicles with an interim, optically based air traffic sense-and- avoid capability by mid-2008 using technology in the final stages of research testing....
Posted by Darren

UAV to watch over Basque region’s fisheries

'Spain’s Basque region provincial government is to stage an unmanned air vehicle-based fisheries surveillance and protection demonstration from August until late in the year using a new purpose-developed air vehicle. The civil UAV demonstration has been in the planning...
Posted by Darren

June 19, 2006

Tactical unmanned aerial vehicle launches at Polk Army Airfield

'A first in 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light) and Fort Polk history, Soldiers from Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4BCT, launched a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at Polk Army Airfield, May 25. The Shadow 200 is an...
Posted by Darren

June 18, 2006

Navy details huge unmanned aerial vehicle program

'The Navy Wednesday gave a large audience of defense contractors details on what might be a multibillion dollar contract for an unmanned air reconnaissance system that would require scores of sophisticated flying drones, an array of high-technology sensors and...
Posted by Darren

Saab launches new “Skeldar V-150” UAV

'At the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris, Saab is launching a brand new UAV system called the Skeldar V-150. The system has a wide range of civil and military applications. 13/06/2006 | Hurricane Katrina reaches New Orleans. The flood barrier...
Posted by Darren

Police launch UAV over Los Angeles

'Police launched the future of law enforcement into the smoggy Los Angeles sky in the form of a drone aircraft, bringing technology most commonly associated with combat zones to urban policing. The unmanned aerial vehicle, which looks like a...
Posted by Darren

UND and UAVs

'University wants to become world-class center of unmanned aerial vehicle research -- and a $20 million grant from state is paving the way John Watson, dean, School of Engineering and Mines, UND Watson worked in England, Australia and New...
Posted by Darren

June 17, 2006

Greece orders two UAVs from France

'The Greek Armed Forces have ordered two additional Sperwer tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) systems from Sagem Defense Security, local news media reported. Two initial systems were delivered at the end of 2004 and the beginning of 2005, said...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned aerial vehicle training on hold

'The Del Rio City Council has put plans for an unmanned aerial vehicle training facility on hold. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Group, Incorporated made a proposal to city council under the name of King’s Eye, Incorporated, Tuesday that would...
Posted by Darren

June 16, 2006

Baucus calls for unmanned plane to patrol border

'U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is urging the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, to help patrol the northern border out of Great Falls. The Montana Democrat said he met Wednesday with Michael Kostelnik,...
Posted by Darren

Greece doubles Sagen Sperwer tactical UAV inventory

'Sagem Défense Sécurité has confirmed that Greece has placed orders for two additional Sperwer A tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems, taking the country's totally inventory, once delivered, to four. In parallel, Sagem has revealed it is developing a...
Posted by Darren

June 15, 2006

QinetiQ helps deliver UK's national UAV centre

'A new partnership will see the creation of a national UAV centre that will provide operators with the advice and clearances required to fly unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems from West Wales Airport near Aberporth in Wales. The centre...
Posted by Darren

Test Flights of New Armed UAV a Success

'Test flights of the Navy-built Guardian Griffin unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in May demonstrated a new capability to support U.S. joint forces with missions ranging from convoy escort and port security to combat patrol. Testing of the armed powered...
Posted by Darren

June 14, 2006

US FAA studies three-category UAV classification and certification system for integration into civil airspace

'The US Federal Aviation Administration is exploring potential establishment of a three-category classification and certification system for unmanned air vehicles as part of a roadmap for UAV integration into the US national airspace system planned for release in October....
Posted by Darren

Saab Launches Unmanned Helicopter

'Saabs launches a new UAV system at the Eurosatory exhibition called Skeldar V-150. It is a versatile, easily handled, and cost effective system, developed for military as well as civil use. "The demand for advanced UAV systems is growing...
Posted by Darren

FARSIGHT Intelligence Systems Announces New Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Law Enforcement, Homeland Defense, and First Responders

FARSIGHT Intelligence Systems today announced its new product line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed for law enforcement, homeland defense, border security, and search-and-rescue operations. FARSIGHT UAV and Mobile Ground Station systems offer persistent surveillance, enhanced situational awareness, and...
Posted by Darren

June 13, 2006

FAA studies three-category UAV classification system

'The US Federal Aviation Administration is exploring potential establishment of a three-category classification and certification system for unmanned air vehicles as part of a roadmap for UAV integration into the US national airspace system planned for release in October....
Posted by Darren

U.S. not yet using UAVs on Mexican border

'Unmanned aerial vehicles face major challenges in their conversion to a surveillance role on U.S. borders, experts say. President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff have both promised the increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, to...
Posted by Darren

Boeing inks DoD $8 mln deal on bio-warfare detection drones

'Boeing Co. has won an $8 million Pentagon contract to turn a small surveillance drone into a detector of biological and chemical attacks, the company said Monday. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency plans a technology demonstration program to test...
Posted by Darren

UK seeks European input to UAV airspace initiative

'The UK’s ASTRAEA unmanned systems initiative could expand to incorporate common European unmanned air vehicle air traffic integration objectives after the current project phase concludes in 2008, according to steering board member Nick Miller. Speaking at the Unmanned Vehicle...
Posted by Darren

Canada plans for expansion of UAV inventory

'Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) is formally establishing a project office to oversee a planned acquisition of up to five medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft systems to enter operational service between 2009 and 2012. Ottawa is also negotiating...
Posted by Darren

Tactical unmanned aerial vehicle launches at Polk Army Airfield

'A first in 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light) and Fort Polk history, Soldiers from Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4BCT, launched a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at Polk Army Airfield, May 25. The Shadow 200 is an...
Posted by Darren

NASA Eyes UAVs, Microsats for Measuring Soil Moisture

'NASA scientists are studying the possibility of placing microwave sensors aboard unmanned aircraft and microsatellites as a way to obtain soil-moisture measurements at a bargain price. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., issued a notice May 16...
Posted by Darren

June 12, 2006

Predator UAV Proves Its Worth

'The Air Force officer is a transport plane pilot, but these days his aircraft flies "solo," and he doesn't leave the ground. Capt. Sam J. Vanzanten, 32, is an earthbound controller of the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. The eight-year...
Posted by Darren

Successful Test Flights Of New Armed UAV

'Test flights of the Navy-built Guardian Griffin unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in May demonstrated a new capability to support U.S. joint forces with missions ranging from convoy escort and port security to combat patrol. Testing of the armed powered...
Posted by Darren

June 10, 2006

Unmanned border flights suspended despite Bush call for more

'Although President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff have touted the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for border security, recent problems with the technology indicate that UAVs face major challenges in their conversion to a domestic surveillance role,...
Posted by Darren

U.S. routinely using attack drones to protect convoys

'The U.S. military has turned unmanned aerial strike operations in Iraq into a routine. U.S. military officials said the Air Force has honed the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to target and kill snipers and insurgency bombers in efforts...
Posted by Darren

Air Force UAVs Cleared for Domestic Duty

'Senior Air Force Northern Command and Federal Aviation Administration officials have hammered out a pact that will allow the service to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles over the continental United States during major disasters, according to the AFNORTH commander. “I'm...
Posted by Darren

Honeywell gets contract extension for work on unmanned aircraft

'The U.S. Army has extended its contract with Honeywell International Inc. in Albuquerque to continue work on the $39 million development and demonstration of unmanned aerial equipment. The contract extension, worth more than $5.1 million, will allow Honeywell (NYSE:...
Posted by Darren

June 09, 2006

Royal Artillery to take UAV to Afghanistan

'Soldiers from 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan shortly with an unusual piece of equipment - an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Around seventy men and women from 18 (Quebec 1759) Battery, 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery...
Posted by Darren

Bental To Showcase UAV and UGV Solutions At Eurosatory 2006

'Bental Industries Ltd., Israel’s Motion Systems House for defense and commercial applications, is showcasing its advanced solutions for UAVs, Satellite Cameras and Armored Ground Vehicles at Eurosatory 2006. The company's stand located at the Israel Pavilion, Booth F-39/7 Bental’s...
Posted by Darren

June 08, 2006

UAVs fight Forest Fires

'Their sensors were used to detect Taliban fighters hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan and track Iraqi troop movements in the desert. Now the pilotless drone aircraft known as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are being enlisted on the domestic...
Posted by Darren

Small aircraft take on some of the biggest missions

'Patrolling the sky over Iraq for more than 2,250 hours in May, the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron here leads the largest unmanned aerial vehicle operation in the world with one of the Air Force's smallest aircraft - the MQ-1...
Posted by Darren

June 07, 2006

Robonic’s Kemijärvi UAV Test Range Secures First Customer

'Robonic’s Arctic Test UAV Flight Centre (RATUFC) at Kemijarvi, Finland will commence commercial operations in mid June with a lead customer having now been confirmed. The customer, who cannot be named for commercial reasons, anticipates a seven day flight...
Posted by Darren

June 06, 2006

Bell Announces Aurora Flight Sciences as Eagle Eye tilt-rotor UAV Airframe Supplier

'Bell Helicopter a Textron company (NYSE: TXT) today announced they have selected Aurora Flight Sciences of Manassas, VA as the airframe provider of the Bell Eagle Eye TR916 Unmanned Aircraft System. Bell Helicopter is a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin,...
Posted by Darren

Growing up fast: UAV market demand set to boost jobs

'The UAV market will triple in size over the next 10 years, potentially leading to a dramatic increase in the number of aerospace professionals who work in the sector, a recently published report says. Nations are spending more money...
Posted by Darren

June 05, 2006

Dakotas may battle it out over UAVs

'A fight is brewing between North Dakota and South Dakota over a futuristic military mission that could help save the states' Air Force bases. North Dakota's Grand Forks Air Force Base and South Dakota's Ellsworth Air Force Base were...
Posted by Darren

Thales Strengthens Its Position in UAVs

'The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a study contract to assess the feasibility of firing munitions from a tactical unmanned air vehicle (TUAV). As part of the capability-based approach to UAV systems proposed by Thales, the...
Posted by Darren

June 04, 2006

Exercise gives 1st Cav troops a feel for UAVs

'Unmanned Aerial Vehicles joined 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment for the Iron Storm exercise here last week, giving troops a taste of the future. Lt. Col. John A. Peeler, the 1-1 commander, said the Shadow UAVs that worked with...
Posted by Darren

Australia's Need For UAVs Becomes Critical

'Autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles are seen by senior Australian planners as fundamental to the nation's network-centric, warfighting capabilities beyond 2020. In fact, they may buy fewer next-generation, Lockheed Martin-designed Joint Strike Fighters in order to field a stealthy, unmanned...
Posted by Darren

Navy refutes Iran claim that UAV buzzed Reagan

'A news item that an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle loitered over the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan in the Persian Gulf was refuted by Navy officials this week. “It was an erroneous report,” said Lt. Bashon Mann, a Navy spokesman...
Posted by Darren