July 30, 2007

Welsh Assembly preparing UAV strategy update

'The Welsh government plans to issue an updated unmanned air vehicle roadmap by late this year with work now under way to identify the region's industrial and research capabilities that could be leveraged as part of an intensified approach...
Posted by Darren

July 29, 2007

Global Hawk UAV proves reliability

"The Global Hawk unmanned aerial system has maintained a high level of readiness after more than 1,000 flights in support of U.S. anti-terrorism operations. Northrop Grumman officials in San Diego announced Friday that the high-flying RQ-4 Global Hawk has...
Posted by Darren

Predators Stop Insurgents

"Southwest Asia: Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations July 24, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. In Afghanistan, an Air Force B-1B Lancer...
Posted by Darren

Spain Joins France, Germany in Advanced UAV

"Spain joined France and Germany in the risk-reduction phase of the Advanced UAV on July 18, signing a technical arrangement agreement to develop the large unmanned aerial vehicle for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions, the French procurement...
Posted by Darren

July 26, 2007

Fort Rucker UAV Program Moving

'An Army aviation program at Fort Rucker could be moved following a recommendation by a military advisory council. The joint requirements oversight council has approved an Air Force request for control over medium and high altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicles...
Posted by Darren

Spain Joins France, Germany in Advanced UAV

'Spain joined France and Germany in the risk-reduction phase of the Advanced UAV on July 18, signing a technical arrangement agreement to develop the large unmanned aerial vehicle for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions, the French procurement...
Posted by Darren

July 24, 2007

Drone makes its mark

"INSURGENTS firing rockets at a British base in southern Iraq were spotted and tracked by an Australian unmanned spyplane, then obliterated with a guided bomb from a US fighter jet. In a stunning demonstration of the capabilities of the...
Posted by Darren

July 22, 2007

Military aims to spend millions on unmanned attack aircraft

"The Canadian Forces plans to purchase aerial drones capable of directing smart bombs to their targets as well as tracking down insurgents, but the aircraft will be delivered just as the Afghanistan mission officially winds down. The unmanned aerial...
Posted by Darren

July 20, 2007

Now a UAV fleet for the British police?

"The UK Home Office is looking at the possibility of setting up a fleet of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to support police and emergency response operations nationwide, according to a report in www.flightglobal.com. A paper on a UAV capability...
Posted by Darren

July 17, 2007

Air Force chief of staff initiates MQ-1 Predator plus-up

"Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley is accelerating delivery of the Defense Department's December 2009 goal of 21 daily MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle combat air patrols, or CAPs, by one year. At the chief of...
Posted by Darren

Condor UAV Supports FEMA and National Guard Exercise

"Emmen Aerospace announced today that it supported the Emergency Response Exercise Palmetto CWID 2007 last month in Charleston., SC. State officials, South Carolina’s National Guard, FEMA, SPAWAR and emergency managers were assembled this year to practice a hurricane scenario....
Posted by Darren

July 16, 2007

First 'Robot Attack' Bombers Coming to Iraq Soon

"BALAD AIR BASE Away from the headlines and debate over the "surge" in U.S. ground troops, the Air Force has quietly built up its hardware inside Iraq, sharply stepped up bombing and laid a foundation for a sustained air...
Posted by Darren

July 15, 2007

UAV To Be Inducted Into Smithsonian

"United Industrial Corporation announced this week a US Army RQ-7A Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft, designed and produced by its subsidiary AAI corporation, has been selected for induction into the aircraft collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space...
Posted by Darren

Russian micro UAVs demonstrate swarming capability

"The little-known Russian A-Level Aerosystems company has demonstrated swarming capabilities using micro unmanned air vehicles with repeated flight displays at this year's ParcAberporth UAV airshow at West Wales airport. Two ZALA 421-08 flying wing UAVs and a single portable...
Posted by Darren

July 13, 2007

New Damselfly UAV configuration unveiled

"Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems has unveiled models of its new Damselfly vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicle, with the actual flying prototype remaining behind closed doors at the company’s facility at the ParcAberporth UAV centre in west...
Posted by Darren

Predator - Safely Behind the Lines

"Predator -- a fierce name for a warplane that could not hurt you unless it fell on you, but that is the name assigned to the RQ-1 pilotless surveillance aircraft by the United States Air Force. (USAF Photograph) The...
Posted by Darren

Miniature Helicopter UAV in Iraq

"The U.S. Army has successfully tested a miniature helicopter UAV, called the MAV ((Micro Air Vehicle), in Iraq. The 17 pound vehicle can fly as high as 500 feet, and carries day and night cameras. The MAV is most...
Posted by Darren

Spike in UAV use sets up power struggle

"The use of unmanned aircraft in Iraq has surged by nearly one-third since the buildup of U.S. forces began early this year, and drones are now racking up more than 14,000 hours a month in the battlefield skies. The...
Posted by Darren

Drone School, a Ground's-Eye View

"The loping, wooden barracks here look pretty much the same as they did in the 1880s, when soldiers marched off to chase Geronimo and his Apache guerillas. From the open, double-story porches, you can still see the adobe home...
Posted by Darren

Autonomous Flying Ambulances Could Save Troops

"When there’s no safe escape, call in the Mules: These unmanned aerial vehicles could save lives on the battlefield—and off U.S. troops are pinned down in a crowded city center. Several are wounded and need immediate evacuation. There are...
Posted by Darren

Virginia Tech develops UAV to detect airborne pathogens above agricultural fields

"David Schmale prepares to collect Fusarium samplesA Virginia Tech plant pathologist has developed autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to detect airborne pathogens above agricultural fields. David Schmale, assistant professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science in the College...
Posted by Darren

July 06, 2007

Spike in UAV use sets up power struggle

"The use of unmanned aircraft in Iraq has surged by nearly one-third since the buildup of U.S. forces began early this year, and drones are now racking up more than 14,000 hours a month in the battlefield skies. The...
Posted by Darren

France and Germany to launch formal talks on Advanced UAV

"France and Germany are to begin formal government and industry talks on a common combined medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) and high-speed deep penetration unmanned air vehicle development programme based on the EADS "Advanced UAV" concept. Defence acquisition authorities in both...
Posted by Darren

Keeping UAV Eyes in the Sky

"ORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan - One of the assets commanders in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team use to view the battlefield is the RQ-7 Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The UAV is able to provide the combat...
Posted by Darren

Maintaining UAVs

"One of the assets commanders in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team use to view the battlefield is the RQ-7 Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The UAV is able to provide the combat team with video coverage of an...
Posted by Darren

Air Guard flies first UAV from Fargo

"The North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing has flown its first mission from Fargo using an unmanned aircraft system. National Guard officials said Monday the mission, flown overseas late last week, is a milestone in the 119th Wing's...
Posted by Darren