October 25, 2006

Trident Systems Inc. Awarded a $2.8M Contract to Develop and Fly a Family of UAV-mounted Payloads for the Global War on Terror and Force Protection

Drawing on its expertise in signal processing and small electronics, Trident Systems -- www.tridsys.com -- has been selected to develop a family of interoperable sensor and communications payloads. These will support ground operations in the Global War on Terror...
Posted by Darren

October 22, 2006

Navy awards Boeing unit $15M in contracts

"The Boeing Co.'s aerospace division won two U.S. Navy contracts worth a total of about $15 million. The Boeing unit won a $9.85 million modification to a previously awarded contract for work associated with an engineering change for the...
Posted by Darren

Predator to be on the prowl again

"According to a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection report, officials expect to have a Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle flying along the U.S.-Mexico border again in November. It will mark the return to flight of the agency’s unmanned...
Posted by Darren

Northrop to offer Global Hawk to Navy

"Northrop Grumman officials confirmed yesterday that they would offer their Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle for a Navy surveillance program. If Northrop wins, the potentially billion-dollar program would be managed in Bethpage, N.Y., instead of San Diego." Read more...
Posted by Darren

October 21, 2006

Unmanned aerial vehicle takes flight

'In descent, the graceful, little plane — No. 05-134 — spirals in the sky, flickering in and out of sight in the sun. No pilot guides elusive No. 05-134, but the unmanned aerial vehicle glides obediently to the end...
Posted by Darren

October 20, 2006

Navy's quest for high-altitude drone attracts major firms

'A major defense contractor announced Wednesday that it will compete to supply the Navy with a new high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, the contract for which is expected next year. Officials of Northrop Grumman Corp. said they will propose...
Posted by Darren

October 19, 2006

AAI Receives up to $102.6M in New Contracts for its RQ-7 Shadow UAVs

'AAI Corp. of Hunt Valley, MD has now detailed 3 contracts announced by U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal, AL on October 5, 2006. While the initial awards add up to $57.7 million, AAI states that...
Posted by Darren

Marines check out urban-combat UAV system

'The latest tests have been completed on a U.S. system of low-flying unmanned aerial vehicles that scout out enemy positions in an urban battle. The HURT system is designed to provide unit commanders with the real-time video help they...
Posted by Darren

October 18, 2006

Customs and Border set to resume UAV patrols

'U.S. Customs and Border Protection expects to have a Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle flying along the U.S.-Mexico border again in November, officials announced in a new report. It will mark the return to flight of the agency’s unmanned...
Posted by Darren

AAI Corporation Receives Unmanned Systems Contracts

'United Industrial has announced that its AAI Corporation defense subsidiary has received three significant orders from the U.S. Army for production, refurbishment, and repair of equipment for Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS). Total potential value of the...
Posted by Darren

US Air Force To Study A Pilotless U-2

'The civilian chief of the U.S. Air Force says the retirement of the storied U-2 spy plane is on hold until the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft can be an effective substitute. The Air Force in late December 2005...
Posted by Darren

October 14, 2006

UAV Crashes Near Fort Huachuca

'Investigators are looking into the crash of an unmanned aircraft just yards outside Fort Huachuca. It happened about 11 a.m. Thursday morning, 50 to 75 yards outside the northwest corner of Fort Huachuca, just off the Rugge-Hamilton airfield. That's...
Posted by Darren

U.S. Air Force considers pilotless U-2 Spy Plane

'The civilian chief of the U.S. Air Force says the retirement of the storied U-2 spy plane is on hold until the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft can be an effective substitute. The Air Force in late December 2005...
Posted by Darren

October 10, 2006

Teal Group Predicts Worldwide UAV Market Will Top $54 Billion

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will continue to be the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry, report Teal analysts during this week's Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting & Exposition at the Washington Convention Center. Teal...
Posted by Darren

Camcopter S-100 VTOL UAV successfully completes two-week border patrol trial in Austria

'Schiebel's CAMCOPTER S-100 VTOL UAV successfully completed a two-week border patrol exercise for the Austrian Ministry of Interior (Bundesministerium für Inneres - BM.I) from 18 to 28 September, 2006. The S-100 completed a total of 9 routine night flights...
Posted by Darren

Boeing Manned/Unmanned Light Helicopter Makes First Flight

The Boeing Company has flown its newly designed A/MH-6X light-turbine helicopter for the first time, marking a significant milestone in the continuing development of the versatile manned/unmanned military aircraft. The aircraft combines the proven performance of the A/MH-6M Mission...
Posted by Darren

Kinshasa UAV accident highlights need for standards development

'The accidental death of a civilian in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a UAV crash landing is likely to strengthen international efforts to establish common design and certification standards according to Dewar Donnithorne-Tait, dean of the Association for...
Posted by Darren

Global Hawk to Launch

'Even to the fully initiated, the next-generation Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Block 20 Global Hawk will be at first sight hard to differentiate from its well-known predecessor when it is unveiled in Palmdale, California in August. Yet, packed into its...
Posted by Darren

Belgians in Congo to probe fatal UAV incident

'Belgian investigators arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital city of Kinshasa on 5 October to determine the cause of what is believed to be the world’s first incident in which a civilian has been accidentally killed...
Posted by Darren

October 07, 2006

Dragonfly Pictures DP-5X UAV conducts live fire demonstration with Metal Storm 40mm gun system

'The US-based Dragonfly Pictures Inc company has used one of its prototype DP-5X vertical take-off and landing UAVs to demonstrate airborne live firing of a Metal Storm GE40 40mm grenade launching gun system. Multiple live fire demonstrations were carried...
Posted by Darren

Malaysia's Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft To Roll Out Next Year

'Malaysia's first unmanned surveillance aircraft is expected to roll out next year to protect the country's waters and airspace from any threats, chief of Defence Forces Admiral Tan Sri Mohamad Anwar Mohamad Nor said here Thursday. He said several...
Posted by Darren

Live Firing on Dragonfly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Metal Storm Limited (ASX: MST) (NASDAQ: MTSX) -- Metal Storm is pleased to announce that it has conducted a live firing of its 40mm weapon system installed on a Dragonfly Pictures, Inc. (DPI) DP-5X prototype Vertical Take Off and...
Posted by Darren

October 06, 2006

South Africa's UAV duo ATE and Denel in merger talks

'South Africa’s two primary UAV manufacturers are in advanced discussions over a potential merger of their respective capabilities to form the basis of a single national unmanned systems company or co-operation agreement. Officials from the Pretoria-based Advanced Technologies and...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned aerial vehicles get funding boost

'Congress has given the Homeland Security Department funding and permission to expand its use of unmanned aerial vehicles for patrolling the nation's borders and other missions, despite continuing concerns about their cost, safety and use in domestic airspace. The...
Posted by Darren

October 05, 2006

Indian Army to acquire Israeli Heron UAVs mid 2007

'Israel will start delivering the Heron aircraft, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to the Indian Army, by the end of this year which will be fully functional by mid next year. The Heron deal was concluded at US $...
Posted by Darren

Belgian B-Hunter UAV crashes and kills woman in Kinshasa

'A Israeli Aircraft Industries / Belgian Hunter Consortium B-Hunter UAV has reportedly crashed this afternoon killing one woman and injuring two others in the Congolese capital city of Kinshasa. Details of the accident are still emerging.' Read more at...
Posted by Darren

BBC NEWS | UK | Futuristic naval devices tested

"A series of futuristic-looking, remote-controlled water vehicles could be added to the Royal Navy's arsenal. The Ministry of Defence has commissioned a £200,000 study of a group of drones. These include a robot patrol dinghy and a small aerial...
Posted by Darren

Next Generation Global Hawk

"Northrop Grumman in late-August rolled out the first production version of the new RQ-4 Block 20 Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system in a ceremony at the company’s Antelope Valley Manufacturing Center in Palmdale, CA. Company and USAF officials...
Posted by Darren

October 04, 2006

EU drone crashes in Kinshasa, one dead

"One person was killed and two injured when a drone from the European Union force in the Democratic Republic of Congo crashed in the capital Kinshasa, witnesses and officials have told AFP. "According to our information, a woman was...
Posted by Darren

October 03, 2006

Two Boeing-built UAV head to museums

'Two unmanned combat air vehicles designed and built by The Boeing Co. through partnerships are heading to new homes at two prominent aviation museums for permanent display, Boeing said Monday. The two X-45A aircrafts were designed and built by...
Posted by Darren

US Raven "loan" to MoD

'Ministry of Defence (MoD) procurement in the surveillance sector has been given a boost by the US loaning Raven unmanned aerial vehicles to British forces in Iraq. Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (MUAVs) have been heavily deployed by the US...
Posted by Darren

Power System fuels unmanned aerial vehicles

'Protonex Technology Corporation, a leading provider of advanced fuel cell power systems for sub-kilowatt portable, remote and mobile applications, will unveil its ProCoreTM unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) propulsion system at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned...
Posted by Darren