December 23, 2006

Boeing wins $6.7M Navy order

"The U.S. Navy is awarding The Boeing Co. a $6.7 million order, the U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday. Under a modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract, Boeing will provide follow-on persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) unmanned aerial...
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Navy's New "Fire Scout" UAV Made Debut Flight at St. Inigoes This Week

"The U.S. Navys MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its first flight on Monday, at the Webster Field annex of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, in St. Inigoes, Maryland. The Navys vertical takeoff and landing tactical UAV...
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December 19, 2006

Second Navy Global Hawk UAV Arrives At NAS Patuxent River

'Aero-News has learned the second of two US Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) unmanned aircraft arrived on December 6 at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD following an 11.1 hour flight. The aircraft flew from Edwards Air...
Posted by Darren

December 17, 2006

Boeing Australia to Provide Australia's First Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

"Boeing Australia Limited has signed a contract to provide the Commonwealth of Australia its first Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) capability under Joint Project (JP) 129. Boeing Australia, with partner Israel Aircraft Industries' (IAI) MALAT Division, will deliver the...
Posted by Darren

December 15, 2006

ADF signs deal for new drone aircraft

'The Australian Defence Force has signed a deal with aviation company Boeing for new Israeli drone aircraft for the army. Under the $145 million contract, Boeing will supply and support a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (TUAV) capability, with the...
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Lockeed Martin Tests Centralized UAV Controller

'Lockheed Martin successfully controls four unmanned devices from a single control point Lockheed Martin is proud to announce it has successfully tested a new centralized controller device for unmanned vehicles. The successful tests enable the military to further expand...
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UAV crashes in JK, no casualty

'An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) crashed on Wednesday at Chakra in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. There was, however, no casualty as the UAV fell half a kilometer away from human habitation.' Read more at UAV crashes in...
Posted by Darren

December 14, 2006

UAV Video - Manchester University

A UAV video from the University of Manchester....
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MoD to trial new technology in June

'A three-week event which enabled the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to test new technology and identify areas for improvement has been announced for next June. The Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) is set to take place in Fareham next...
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December 13, 2006

U.K. developing unmanned fighter jet

"The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence is spending $242 million (124 million pounds) to develop stealth robot fighter jets, with a prototype expected in the air by the end of the decade. It has awarded a $242 million contract...
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Smiths Aerospace, BAE Systems partner on Taranis UAV technology demonstrator project

"Smiths Aerospace, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, has teamed with BAE Systems to develop an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) technology demonstrator project called Taranis. Under a contract awarded by the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD), BAE...
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Second Navy Global Hawk UAV Arrives at Patuxent River

"The second of two U.S. Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) unmanned aircraft arrived on December 6 at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland, after an 11.1 hour flight. The aircraft flew from Edwards Air Force Base, California,...
Posted by Darren

December 12, 2006

Lockheed Tests Controller for Multiple Unmanned Systems

'Lockheed Martin announced it has successfully tested a centralized controller device consisting of a touch-screen laptop and hand controller that allow a single user to direct four unmanned systems. Lockheed officials say that the hand-held Centralized Controller Device can...
Posted by Darren

December 11, 2006

France deploys UAVs to stop IAF flights | Jerusalem Post

'In an effort to put a stop to Israeli overflights in Lebanon, the French Armed Forces has deployed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) squadron in southern Lebanon to conduct intelligence-gathering missions in place of the IDF. France, a member...
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BAE Systems to lead 124 million Taranis UAV technology demonstrator programme

'Under a contract awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems will be the industry lead and prime contractor of a joint 124 million project to develop a world-class UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle) Technology Demonstrator Programme called Taranis....
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December 10, 2006

Emerging Australian company (Recoilless Technologies International Corp Limited) joins forces with rotary-wing UAV manufacturer

'An emerging Australian company is set to revolutionize the unmanned aerial vehicle battle space after landing a major deal with an American manufacturer. Melbourne based Recoilless Technologies International Corp Limited (RTI) will join forces with UAV manufacturer, Tactical Aerospace...
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December 09, 2006

UAV Operators Headed for Extinction

'The U.S. Air Force has greatly expanded the training of UAV operators. In 2005, the air force was running four UAV Predator crew training classes a year, each class producing twelve crews (one officer pilot and one enlisted sensor...
Posted by Darren

December 08, 2006

Aurora's Goldeneye 80 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Makes First Flight with Athena's Guidestar Flight Controls

Athena Technologies announced today its GuideStar flight control and navigation system contributed to the successful first flight of Aurora Flight Sciences GoldenEye 80 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The unique design and embedded capabilities of the GoldenEye 80 enable the...
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BAE captures United Kingdom UAV deal

'BAE Systems Plc won a $224 million contract to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle demonstration project known as Taranis for the U.K. Ministry of Defence. The award was announced by Smith Aerospace, which is a subcontractor on the project...
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State to test remote-control spy planes

'UNMANNED spy planes capable of a range of tasks from crop-spraying to detecting terrorists will be tested in regional Queensland. Experts have gathered at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane for a workshop on aerospace automation. The...
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Pilotless drones to replace RAF Tornado bomber fleet

'One of the frontline bombers for the RAF is to be replaced by an unmanned aircraft that will be able to seek out and attack a target by itself, the Ministry of Defence announced yesterday. The first of the...
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Taranis un-manned combat vehicle trial approved

'The government has announced the awarding of a 124 million contract to BAE Systems to develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology. Part of the Defence Industrial Strategy, the programme will explore how cutting edge technology can be used to...
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December 06, 2006

All-seeing radar tested on tactical UAV

"Lockheed Martin says it can deliver real-time imagery from high-resolution MiniSAR radar on an unmanned aerial vehicle directly to U.S. tactical ground units. The company announced Tuesday it had conducted a successful demonstration test of a MiniSAR (Miniaturized Synthetic...
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U.K. Will Unveil New UAV Demonstrator Project

"Britain this week is expected to commit more than 100 million pounds to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology demonstrator program. The test vehicle is expected to be about the same size as BAE Systems 32-foot wingspan Hawk...
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December 04, 2006

Britain Creates Robotic Wingmen

"Britain has developed software that enables UAVs to operate independently, but cooperatively, under the command of a manned aircraft, on combat missions. The UAVs would, most of the time, take care of themselves, following the plan of the operation...
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Indian Navy to go in for long-range spy planes

"To enhance its surveillance capability as it dons a much wider blue water role, the Indian Navy is the first of the three defence services to opt for inducting rotary-based Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and has put on fast track...
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New UAV software allows pack tactics

"Britain's QinetiQ has announced development of a guidance system to control simultaneously numbers of unmanned aerial vehicles. The Inquirer reported on Nov. 9 that the Ministry of Defense sponsored the QinetiQ project. QinetiQ used a modified BAC1-11 twin jet...
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December 03, 2006

Navy opts to induct rotary-launched UAVs

"To bolster its surveillance capability as it dons a much wider blue water role, Navy is the first of the three services to opt for inducting rotary-based Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and has put on fast track the purchase of...
Posted by Darren

New Predator on the Prowl Along The U.S.-Mexican Border in Arizona

"U.S. agents are again using an unmanned spy plane developed by San Diegos General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. to watch for illegal activity along the 2,000 miles of U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona. Pilots on the ground use a device...
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UAV Video from Cornell University

UAV Video from Cornell University...
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market is Ready to Take Off

"One day not long from now, planes without pilots could share the skies with commercial airliners. Equipped with infrared imaging, these flying robots could patrol the nation's borders for illegal immigrants and fly over storm-ravaged regions looking for survivors....
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World's First In-Flight Demo of Multiple Unmanned Aircraft Autonomy System

"QinetiQ has successfully completed the world's first flight demonstration of a system capable of controlling and autonomously organising multiple unmanned aircraft. The successful flight trial was conducted to support the concept of using a package of self-organising unmanned air...
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Finns propose common UAV training

"he Finland-based Robonic Arctic Test UAV Flight Centre is proposing the development of a common European unmanned air vehicle flight training centre around its UAV flight test centre at Kemijrvi on the edge of the Arctic Circle. The concept...
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UK RAF to raise UAV squadron

"The UK Royal Air Force is to establish a formal UAV operations squadron as the home for its two General Atomics MQ-9 Predator B aircraft. Approvals for the new squadron have recently been given within UK Ministry of Defence,...
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