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May 10, 2006

US Army Aviation Warfighting Center assumes UAS training mission

'The newly activated Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion (provisional) assumed responsibility for training operators and maintainers of the Armys unmanned aerial systems last month at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. The ceremony marked the transfer of the training mission from the...

May 09, 2006

UAV for Greece undergoes test Flight

'An unmanned aerial vehicle ordered by the Hellenic Army has completed a successful test flight. The Sperwer tactical UAV recently conducted a successful test flight by Sagem Defense Security, now part of the Safran Group. The test took place...

Miniature Robotic Aircraft Manufacturer Secures Financing from Battery Ventures

'Battery Ventures today announced they have led a $23 million Series C investment in The Insitu Group, Inc., designer and manufacturer of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Other previous investors participated in this round,...

May 08, 2006

Flying robot attack unstoppable:

'It may sound like science fiction, but the prospect that suicide bombers and hijackers could be made redundant by flying robots is a real one, according to experts. The technology for remote-controlled light aircraft is now highly advanced, widely...

May 06, 2006

Kaman BURRO+ UAV impresses US Army

Kaman Aerospace Corporation reported that on April 28 its new-generation full-scale Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial System (VT-UAS) showed unprecedented mission endurance, completing a 12-hour and 17-minute simulated mission without refueling. Kaman believes this is the first time a full-scale...

Special Report: UAVs

'The worth of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been known for decades, with Israel leading the way in both reconnaissance UAVs and combat UAVs (UCAVS). The increased tempo of US combat operations using UAVs, particularly their continued use in...

May 05, 2006

Aerial drones being used for civilian applications

'Aerial drones are most commonly associated in Arizona with the military and Border Patrol operations, but some of the unmanned vehicles produced in the state are also being put to civilian uses. Tucson drone-maker Advanced Ceramics Research produces a...

May 04, 2006

US Navy Midshipmen to Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Designs

'Eighteen Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy will travel to Nevada May 7-11 to compare and test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) designs with their West Point and Air Force Academy counterparts. The Midshipmen are students in the Aerospace Engineering...

Global Hawk Demonstrates Applicability as Surveillance Asset to Counter Drug Smuggling Operations

'Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Global Hawk unmanned aerial system has shown its utility as a persistent counter-drug surveillance asset in Congressionally Directed Demonstration flights over the southern U.S., along the Gulf of Mexico and into the Caribbean Sea. Global...

Global Microwave Systems makes first UAV High-Def video wireless link demonstration

'The Allied Defense Group, Inc. (Amex: ADG) announces its Global Microwave Systems (GMS) subsidiary has successfully completed the industry's first successful unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight demonstration of a High-Definition (HD) video wireless link. The demonstration was held on...

AOPA Responds To Arizona UAV Accident

'Calls On Gov't To Remove TFR While UAVs Are Grounded Stating that an accident Tuesday involving a US Customs and Border Patrol Predator B UAV reinforces their position that UAVs must meet manned aircraft safety standards, the Aircraft Owners...

May 03, 2006

Alenia and CIRA to develop UAV technologies

'Finmeccanicas Alenia Aeronautica and Italian aerospace research centre CIRA have signed a three-year co-operation agreement to develop unmanned air vehicle control systems, mission management software and advanced materials and draw up joint technology development plans.' Read more at Alenia...

Terrorists and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

'he bad guys can use drones too. While billions have been spent on ballistic missile defense, little attention has been given to the more imminent threat posed by unmanned air vehicles in the hands of terrorists or rogue states....

Aladin UAVs to support Netherlands troops in Afghanistan

'The Dutch defence ministry has purchased five Aladin mini unmanned air vehicle systems from German manufacturer EMT to support its deployed personnel in Afghanistans Uruzgan province. The hand-launched UAV weighs roughly 3kg (6.6lb), has a 1.5m (4.9ft) wingspan, a...

Malaysian UAV

'A newly established joint venture company plans to demonstrate a new mini unmanned air vehicle to the Malaysian army in July. Three Malaysian companies Composite Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM), Ikramatic and Systems Consultancy Services (SCS) are jointly...

April 30, 2006

European Micro-UAVs in Combat

'Many European nations have contributed troops to help out in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, like the United States, they are using the opportunity to try out new weapons and equipment. The Netherlands, for example, is sending German made Aladin...

April 29, 2006

Mystery cloaks Predator B 'drone' crash

'Unmanned aerial vehicle went down 10 miles north of Nogales The crash and destruction of a $6.5 million unmanned aerial vehicle on Tuesday morning 10 miles north of Nogales remains a mystery but is under investigation. Michael Friel, director...

UGV/UAVs: Combined Attack Demo Planned By US Arrmy

'US Army will combine UAVs and UGVs (umanned ground vehicles) together at Ft Benning in 2007 to run first ever tests of a combined robotic assault. The tests will use Yamaha R-Max UAVs as the UAV elements, together with...

April 26, 2006

Border Patrol's unmanned aerial vehicle crashes

'News 4 has learned that an un-manned air vehicle belonging to the Border Patrol has gone down. An agent says it happened between midnight and 6 Tuesday morning while it was patrolling the Arizona/Mexico border. It crashed on Morning...

Asia Pacific UAV Day One

'Sydney, Australia: About 130 military, government and industry representatives began a two-day conference sessions here, part of the Asia pacific UAV conference and exhibition designed to probe the state of UAS developments across he region. Sessions are ranging widely,...

April 24, 2006

Arotech wins UAV battery development contract

'Arotech (Nasdaq: ARTX) announced last week that its Electric Fuel subsidiary was awarded a development contract to develop a high energy density rechargeable lithium battery and smart charger from a supplier of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). The supplier was...

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)...

April 23, 2006

UAVs do battle with the troops

'The US military has tested a system that helps soldiers to move faster and further into enemy territory while maintaining contact with their commanders via a UAV-enabled communications network. The system, developed by Northrop Grumman and the US Office...

UAV Surveillance From the Stratosphere

'High-altitude airships could provide a host of surveillance and intelligence advantages. But policy makers have yet to put serious resources behind the concept. Still, some companies have jumped into the market on their own with early research and development....

Boeing Apache and Unmanned Little Bird Demonstrator Test Expands UAV Control

'Boeing [NYSE: BA] has demonstrated for the first time the ability of an AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter to control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) weapon payload. Boeing demonstrated the capability in February at its Mesa, Ariz., facility, home of...

Drone slated to replace U-2 over budget

'The unmanned aerial vehicle that is supposed to replace the U-2 spy plane when it is retired next year is over budget and behind schedule, and the acquisition program is being restructured for the fourth time, according to government...

Cost overruns put Global Hawk at risk

'Twenty-five of the USAs major weapons programmes have experienced critical cost growth, although few, if any, face the risk of cancellation. But the US Department of Defense will have to justify continuing the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned...

Northrop Grumman Opens $13M Fire Scout UAV Production Center in Mississippi

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today opened its Unmanned Systems Center production facility in Moss Point, Miss., where the MQ-8B Fire Scout, and portions of the RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be produced. The facility signifies Northrop...

Opening of UAV center seen as comeback signal

'They called it the launch of Mississippi's recovery. State and federal officials at Tuesday's ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center called its official opening an indication that the Mississippi Coast is making a comeback from Hurricane Katrina....

Northrop Grumman Opens $13M Fire Scout UAV Production Center in Mississippi

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today opened its Unmanned Systems Center production facility in Moss Point, Miss., where the MQ-8B Fire Scout, and portions of the RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be produced. The facility signifies Northrop...

April 22, 2006

Opening of UAV center seen as comeback signal

'State and federal officials at Tuesday's ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center called its official opening an indication that the Mississippi Coast is making a comeback from Hurricane Katrina. They also predicted the center would draw more...

Unmanned subs would revolutionize warfare, analyst says

'To counter China's rapidly strengthening submarine fleet, the United States should spur a revolution in undersea warfare by focusing greater attention and resources on developing advanced unmanned underwater vehicles, a top naval analyst said Tuesday. Such a move could...

April 21, 2006

UAVs to track pollution

'These days, drones are often associated with military surveillance missions. But autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (AUAVs) can also be used for more peaceful tasks, such as tracking pollution in South Asia. With funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF),...

April 20, 2006

US should build robot submarines, expert says

'The United States needs to invest in unmanned subs that could neutralize Chinese ones, a top naval analyst says. To counter China's rapidly strengthening submarine fleet, the United States should spur a revolution in undersea warfare by focusing greater...

April 14, 2006

Raytheon tests multiple UAV control system

'A single control system developed by Raytheon has successfully controlled simultaneously unmanned aerial vehicles and an unmanned surface vehicle. The Multiple Vehicle Control System (MVCS) is aimed at eventually placing multiple unmanned assets under the control of a single...

Nigeria develops unmanned coastal capability

'Nigeria is developing a national coastal defence alignment based mainly on unmanned platforms, Jane's has learned. Under a USD260 million contract signed in March, Israeli Aeronautics Defense Systems will design and build the naval array, providing manned and unmanned...

An Unmanned System for Every Occasion

'At least 20 different types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are currently being developed by the U.S. military. Each program may be fine individually, but in sum might some of them represent a duplication of effort? At a hearing...

Predator UAVs Deliver The Goods In Iraq

'The capabilities and importance of Predator UAVs are becoming clearer with each day the unmanned vehicles are deployed on the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan. From intelligence gathering, to eradication of insurgent forces, the Air Force wants its...

Malaysian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to be Tested

'The first Malaysian made prototype of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is expected to be ready in three months time, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. "In three months time we will have a full scale...

Red tape hampers UAV operations

'Calling for a better method of approving unmanned aircraft operations in civil airspace, manufacturers have warned US Congress that delays in Federal Aviation Administration certification are affecting testing and training. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) cannot fly the first...

Chile examines UAV options

'Chile may buy what could become a family of unmanned air vehicles encompassing hand-launched close-range, short-range tactical and endurance tactical systems. The Chilean armed forces are assessing the potential of a joint programme, although immediate requirements have been identified...

Global Hawk 'sets sail' from Edwards

The N-1, an RQ-4A Global Hawk -- one of two acquired by the U.S. Navy through the Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration Program -- is the first of its kind delivered to the Navy, and is being prepared for participation...

Global Hawk's soaring costs blasted

'When San Diego aerospace engineer Alfredo Ramirez sketched his first design for the Global Hawk more than a decade ago, he wanted to create a robotic spy plane that could fly above harm's way at altitudes above 60,000 feet....

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,...

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......

March 30, 2006

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

February 22, 2006

Unmanned aircraft take on new uses

'Over about 10 years, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, have been employed by the military to perform dangerous duties. But other uses -- including homeland security and scientific experiments -- are being explored, along with ways to integrate the...

Unmanned planes to monitor traffic

'Drivers tempted to ignore a no-entry sign or cross a continuous white line in order to overtake another vehicle when the police don't seem to be around may need to be more cautious in the future. This is because...

MSU lab developing new UAV concept

'The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory at Mississippi State is developing an ultra-light, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle designed to improve U.S. surveillance and communication capabilities for battlefield and border-patrol operations, the university says. Ground tests and initial manned flight-testing of...

New stealth fighters relevant despite rise of UAVs

'New warplanes like the stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will continue to play a crucial role in combat despite the emergence of unmanned drones, US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin said Tuesday. The F-35 will undergo its first flight test...

Global Hawk UAV returns home after 3-year deployment

During its overseas deployment, UAV-3 logged more than 4,800 flight hours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Combined Task ForceHorn of Africa. On hand at the homecoming event, were Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, commander, Air Force...

February 21, 2006

FanTail UAV 5000 prototype flight set for March

'Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aero) is expecting to fly a prototype of its FanTail 5000 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time in March. A mock-up of the UAV made its first show...

UAV Crashes at Balata Refugee Camp Seige

'This is a second real time report from the siege at the Balata refugee camp near Nablus on the West Bank (aka Occupied Palestine) where the IDF has located two major leaders of Al Aqsa in the last hours......

February 20, 2006

Unmanned aircraft generating considerable buzz

'The Pentagons push to build up its inventory of unmanned aircraft is fanning a robust emerging market for the defense industry, and Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter say they plan to be in thick of the action. In a...

Will unmanned aerial vehicles run out of air?

'Unmanned aerial vehicles are vital to the Defense Departments net-centric operations, according to the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review, but the bandwidth essential to supporting them is disappearing. John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, said DODs plans for greater use are...

February 18, 2006

Global Hawk drones fly home from Iraq

'A prototype unmanned surveillance aircraft on duty for four years in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is returning to a California air base next week. The Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle tail number 3 has flown 4,245 hours...

US Army exec rewards finder of spy plane

'US military officials gave P50,000 to a Sulu farmer in exchange for the return of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that crashed in Indanan town on Feb. 10. Jolo councilor Temojen Tulawie said the money was handed to the...

UAVs to take to German skies as military intelligence unit trains for Iraq

'A military intelligence unit will try Sunday to make the first U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle flight over this training area. Company C, 101st Military Intelligence Battalion is at the Vilseck Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) attempting to fly...

Sagem Wins UAV Study Contract from EDA

'The European Defense Agency (EDA) on Feb. 16 awarded a 750,000 euro ($891,000) contract to a consortium led by Sagem to conduct a study on sense-and-avoid technologies that would allow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fly in civil airspace,...

Crashed US spy drone held by Sulu villagers for ransom?

'MUSLIM villagers are holding for ransom a crashed unmanned US drone used in military exercises against the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippine island of Jolo. The remote-controlled spy plane crashed February 10, in the mountain enclave...

Home Made UAV Video

Check out this great video of a home made UAV with four rotars and an onboard camera. Very cool....

February 17, 2006

Northrop Grumman Increases Endurance of MQ-5B Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) concluded a series of flights Jan. 5 that demonstrated the weapons-capable MQ-5B Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle's (UAV) ability to fly more than 21 hours, which is almost a ten-hour increase over the original RQ-5A Hunter...

IAI to Exhibit Ground-breaking Military Systems at Aerospace Expo

'Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) plans to bring its showcase aircraft to the Asian Aerospace Expo in Singapore next Tuesday, according to company officials. The company made its final preparations this week for the show, one of the most important...

MSU research lab developing new style UAV for broad uses

'The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory at Mississippi State is developing an ultra-light, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle designed to improve U.S. surveillance and communication capabilities for battlefield and border-patrol operations, the university says. Ground tests and initial manned flight-testing of...

February 16, 2006

Predator UAV Attack Did Get Al Qaeda Brass

'DNA analysis of the bodies recovered from the attack on an al Qaeda meeting in Pakistan last month, have confirmed that the main target, al Qaeda number two leader Ayman al Zawahiri, was not there. In the immediate aftermath...

February 15, 2006

Prototype Global Hawk flies home after 4,000 combat hours

'A high-flying prototype Airman is heading home after being deployed more than four years and flying 4,245 hours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa. Global Hawk Air Vehicle No. 3 began...

DARPA Wants Space, UAV, Urban War Ideas

'Concepts for innovative new military technologies spanning space, unmanned vehicles, force protection, and urban warfare are due at the Pentagon next week. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is planning to make a series of small awards -- ranging...

February 14, 2006

Rivals eye navy deal

'Royal Australian Navy interest in a patrol boat-launched and recovered short-range unmanned air vehicle to support maritime and fisheries patrol duties has spurred interest from manufacturers including Aerosonde/Lockheed Martin, Aerovironment and Schiebel. The service is actively studying options to...

UAV Returned in Iraq

'Civic officials in the Sadr City district of Baghdad returned an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to Multinational Division Baghdad today, officials said. Maj. Gen. Jawad, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, received the aircraft from city...

U.S. USES SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM IN KUWAIT

'The U.S. Air Force has deployed a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle to ensure security for convoys and bases. The system has been used in missions by the 379th Security Forces Squadron to supply U.S. troops in Iraq. Central Command...

German KZO UAV Goes to War

'Germany is the latest country to send it's UAVs off to war. Ten KZO UAVs are being sent to Afghanistan with the next contingent of German troops. KZO development began, in 1989, as a joint venture between French and...

DARPA wants space, UAV, urban war ideas

'Concepts for innovative new military technologies spanning space, unmanned vehicles, force protection, and urban warfare are due at the Pentagon next week. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is planning to make a series of small awards -- ranging...

February 10, 2006

U.S. wants missing UAV returned

'A U.S. military official on Thursday said an unmanned aerial vehicle flown by American troops to help Filipino soldiers fight militants has gone missing and appealed to the public for its return. The drone disappeared in November and U.S....

India tests advanced UAV

'India on Wednesday tested an advanced version of the home-grown pilot-less plane Lakshya from a defence base in Orissa, officials said here. The unmanned aerial vehicle was test flown at 11.48am from the integrated test range at Chandipur in...

February 09, 2006

North Dakota officials want role in unmanned vehicle future

'North Dakota officials want the state to be a player in the commercial development of unmanned vehicles. Gov. John Hoeven was among the participants at a workshop Tuesday in Grand Forks to discuss an unmanned aerial vehicle mission at...

UAV Returned in Iraq; Afghan IED Suspect Captured

Civic officials in the Sadr City district of Baghdad returned an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to Multinational Division Baghdad today, officials said. Maj. Gen. Jawad, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, received the aircraft from city...

Unmanned Aerial Systems: Promise and potential

'If it's a dull dirty or dangerous task, unmanned aerial systems can replace piloted aircraft, said an industry expert Tuesday in a UAS workshop held in the Alerus Center. Local and state leaders invited Laurence Newcome, director of unmanned...

February 08, 2006

Budget Boosts Special Ops, UAVs

'The Bush administration has sent Congress a $439.3 billion defense budget for fiscal year 2007 that makes large investments in defense language programs, special operations forces and unmanned air vehicles, which the White House believes are key to waging...

February 07, 2006

Israel chooses American UAV over 'Lakshya'

'Israel is backtracking on its commitment made to India over reciprocal procurement of defence-related items, wavering over the purchase of Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA), 'Lakshya', and Advanced Light Helicopter , 'Dhruv'. The Indian UAV (Lakshya) was one of the...

FAA temporarily reduces size of border UAV TFR

'The FAA has temporarily reduced the size of the temporary flight restriction (TFR) along the U.S.-Mexico border. That TFR is in place to protect civilian aircraft from being run over by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) patrolling the border. AOPA...

India tests upgraded UAV

'India has successfully test-flown an upgraded version of its Lakshya unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV. Scientists from the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization, who developed the Lakshya, launched it Feb. 6 at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur...

February 06, 2006

Pentagon eyes new long-range strike weapon in terror war

'The Pentagon is speeding up the development of new weapons designed to knock out targets anywhere in the world in short order. The Defense Department said on Friday it wants to develop a new land-based, penetrating strike capability for...

Army Guard UAV unit opens at Pax

'A Maryland Army National Guard detachment operating the Shadow 200 tactical unmanned aerial vehicle will officially open for business here Feb. 5, with a 2 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new armory located next to Gate 3. The event...

V22 Spawns a Smaller UAV

'A UAV based on the tilt rotor V22 has made its first flight. Called the Eagle Eye, this UAV is designed for use from ships. The first customer is the U.S. Coast Guard, which is buying 69 of them,...

Officers try out eye in the sky

'The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Friday unveiled what could become its latest weapon for fighting crime -- a high-tech model plane equipped with a video camera -- and said a SWAT team will begin testing the new...

February 03, 2006

V22 Spawns a Smaller UAV

'A UAV based on the tilt rotor V22 has made its first flight. Called the Eagle Eye, this UAV is designed for use from ships. The first customer is the U.S. Coast Guard, which is buying 69 of them,...

February 02, 2006

Northrop Grumman gets $23M contract for 60 BQM-74E Aerial Targets

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp is being awarded a $23,375,521 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-05-C-0040) to exercise an option for the procurement of 60 BQM-74E Aerial Targets, 60 Radar Altimeters, 15 Low Radar Cross Section Nose Cones,...

February 01, 2006

Philippines intends to acquire unmanned planes for maritime reconnaissance

'Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo authorized the joint procurement or lease of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by different civilian and armed agencies to ensure national security, officials said on Tuesday. The procurement initiative was included into the government's program to...

January 31, 2006

The Department of Defense Continues Its Development of UAV's

'The DoD continues work on its X-45C UAV and has called for an unmanned heavy bomber by 2020 When it comes to the future of military aircraft, unmanned planes seems to be where the United States is heading. The...

Singapore receives first Skyblade II

'Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aero) has delivered its first production unmanned air vehicle a short-range, hand-launched reconnaissance aircraft to the Singaporean army. ST Aero says it delivered the first of four Skyblade II UAVs in late January,...

January 30, 2006

Protonex Awarded USAF Contract for Fuel Cell UAV

Protonex Technology Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high-performance fuel cell power systems for portable and remote applications, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop power systems for long- endurance micro unmanned aerial...

Lockheed to provide UND with UAV Lockheed to provide UND with UAV

'Lockheed Martin Corp., the largest U.S. defense contractor, is providing the University of North Dakota's aerospace school with specialized training and access to an unmanned aerial vehicle, the school says. "We will have an operational UAV available for test...

January 24, 2006

Chinese Army May Have UAVs

'Yamaha's highly revered RMax UAV may have slipped into the hands of the People's Liberation Army In what could be an unnerving revelation, several Japanese unmanned helicopters produced by Yamaha Motor may be in the possession of the China's...

British CORAX UAV Joins UCAV Trend

'Defense Tech reports on BAE Systems' CORAX Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), an unmanned fighter with stealth features whose early models look somewhat like the USA's Darkstar technology demonstrator. DefenseTech offers a quick background that draws on behind-the-wall material...

AVATAR, Australian designed unmanned aerial vehicle

'Whether mustering cattle on vast outback stations, searching for missing bushwalkers or conducting military operations on the ground, the advantages of seeing over-the-hill without having to move from your current location don't need to be spelled out. These are...

Unmanned Shadow Watches from Above

'Troops on the ground in Iraq face many risks - the insurgents and anti-Iraqi forces are devious when it comes to placing improvised explosive devices and hiding weapons caches. It always helps to have an extra set of eyes...

European UAV makers urged to work together

'European manufacturers of remote sensors need to bridge the technology gap that exists between them and their US counterparts to avoid missing out on a potentially huge market for military and civil unmanned air vehicles. European suppliers need to...

January 21, 2006

U.S. Drone Planes Have a Nearly Perfect Record of Failure

'In the dark, pre-dawn hours of Friday, the thirteenth of January, near the Afghan-Pakistani border, the buzz of an unmanned robot plane broke the silence. Half a world and 12 and a half time zones away, someone on the...

January 19, 2006

Pilots Surrender to UAVs

'The U.S. Department of Defense has decided to make the next generation heavy bomber an unmanned aircraft. The Department of Defense also wants the new aircraft in service by the end of the next decade, some twenty years ahead...

New Aircraft, UAVs to Shape Future Fight

'More than 300 aircraft of all types will roll off assembly lines and improve the Armys war-fighting capability during the next seven years, according to Army aviation leaders at a forum here. Speaking to more than 400 attendees during...

Robotic Fighters Coming in on GPS

'A recent simulated test of military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) demonstrated yet one more envisioned GPS role in future military operations. As part of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) program, Northrop Grumman performed a test of simulated,...

Corax UAV - Picture and Information

'The UK has proved that there's a little fight left in its military aerospace industry by unveiling the Corax unmanned stealth surveillance aircraft: According to the BBC, the BAE systems project looks a bit like a cancelled US military...

EASA calls for UAV airspace rules co-ordinating body

'The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is calling for the creation of a body to co-ordinate introduction of routine unmannned air vehicle operations in the continents controlled airspace. The recommendation is part of an EASA effort to implement regulations...

Fire Scout UAV Gets Its Sea Legs, Completes First Autonomous Ship Landings

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) wrote a new chapter in naval aviation history Jan. 16-17, when two RQ-8A Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) completed nine autonomous shipboard landings on board USS Nashville (LPD 13)...

January 16, 2006

Global Hawk Flies New Electronic Signal Intelligence Sensor

The U.S. Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle has made its first flight carrying a new sensor that can detect and identify radar and other types of electronic devices from an altitude of 60,000 feet. Global Hawk and...

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Army Successfully Test a New Joint Multi-mission Payload on the Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Army have successfully conducted a series of flights of the RQ-5A Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using a new payload that will allow warfighters to more quickly adapt to battlefield changes. The...

Spy plane selection under way in Japan

'Defense Agency chief Fukushiro Nukaga confirmed Wednesday that Japan will deploy U.S.-made unmanned reconnaissance planes as early as fiscal 2007, and that the selection process will move into high gear in March. In response to questions from reporters accompanying...

13 die in attack in Pakistani region bordering Afghanistan - UAV involved?

'At least eight paramilitary personnel and five civilians were killed in an attack early Saturday by unidentified people on a newly established security post in Pakistan's northern Waziristan bordering Afghanistan, reports from the area said. Defense Ministry spokesman Maj....

Northrop Grumman Takes Delivery of the First MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV Airframe

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC - News) received the first MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airframe from its teammate, Schweizer Aircraft Corp., on Jan. 3 at Northrop Grumman's new Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss., signaling the...

UAVs Get Serious

'Without much fanfare, the U.S. Global Hawk UAV is taking over from manned aircraft, and space satellites. In the past year, Global Hawk was successfully tested a signals intelligence payload, as part of the Airborne SIGINT (Signals Intelligence) Payload...

Robonic to Deliver Fourth UAV Launcher to EADS

Robonic Ltd of Tampere, Finland, has signed a contract to deliver the fourth of the new series of launchers to EADS Deutschland GmbH. The launcher will be delivered in April of 2006. Three previous launchers see service in various...

Protonex Awarded US Air Force Contract for UAV Power Systems

Protonex Technology Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high-performance fuel cell power systems for portable and remote applications, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop power systems for long-endurance micro unmanned aerial vehicles...

January 06, 2006

Keeping Predators flying helps keep Balad safe

'Airmen who maintain the MQ-1 Predator here take great pride in ensuring the unmanned aerial vehicles they look after can keep and eagle eye on what goes on in Iraq. The 61 Airmen of the 46th Aircraft Maintenance Unit...

First Fire Scout arrives in Jackson County

'The first of an anticipated 340 Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles to be assembled during the next five years has arrived at Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems' Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point. The vertical take-off and landing UAV that...

UAV Air strike kills three Palestinians

'Israeli aircraft fired rockets in the direction of a car boarding Palestinians in the shanty town of Jabalya late on Monday scoring direct hits and killing three of its occupants. -- According to local radio stations, an Israeli pilotless...

Army To Fund Robotics Toolkit

'The proliferation of unmanned vehicle technologies used by the U.S. military has prompted an Army command to fund development of a toolkit that could be used for its entire fleet of unmanned ground vehicles. The U.S. Army's Transportation Command...

January 05, 2006

Pentagon to retire U-2 spy plane

'A classified budget document approved by the Pentagon Dec. 23 calls for the termination by 2011 of one of the most heavily relied-upon reconnaissance planes in the Iraq war. The storied U-2 spy plane would commence retirement in 2007...

January 04, 2006

Indian Navy's first UAV squadron to be commissioned on Jan 6

'The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash will formally commission the Navy's first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) squadron here on January 6. The Naval chief will review a ceremonial parade as part of the commissioning ceremony. The Navy...

Kestrels VTOL UAV begins tethered trials

'Kestrel Aerospaces Lancer vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned air vehicle was due to undergo tethered hover tests late last month at an undisclosed private hangar in the UK. The VTOL UAV is an 80kg (175lb) vehicle able to...

EETimes.com - Army to fund robotics toolkit development

'The proliferation of unmanned vehicle technologies used by the U.S. military has prompted an Army command to fund development of a toolkit that could be used for its entire fleet of unmanned ground vehicles. The U.S. Army's Transportation Command...

Northrop Grumman-Built Global Hawk Surpasses 5,000 Combat Flight Hours

'The U.S. Air Force's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), recently passed the 5,000 combat flight-hours mark while on a mission supporting the global war on terrorism. Deployed almost immediately following the...

Navy to station spy drones in Kochi

'India's maritime snooping capabilities are all set to get a boost, with the Navy now ready to operationally deploy its first-ever squadron of Israeli UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or spy drones. The Navy's first UAV squadron, with eight Searcher-II...

Northrop Grumman awarded $8.3M contract for Fire Scout testing on HSV-2 vessel

'Northrop Grumman Systems Corp, San Diego, Calif. is being awarded an $8,345,263 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-00-C-0277) for shipboard testing of Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, including shipboard installation and flight...

December 24, 2005

Communication delays beset UAVs

'Unmanned military aircraft have knocked out enemy targets and collected intelligence in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but are plagued with problems that delay information from getting to commanders for hours or days, according to congressional investigators. In...

Israel Navy to deploy first UAVs

'The Israel Navy (IN) will deploy its first reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in January. The IN has been allocated a few Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Mahatz I (also known as Heron) medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAVs out of several...

December 23, 2005

Canada Crafting High-End UAV Requirements

'DID's article about the RQ-11 Raven's performance in Afghanistan noted that Canada was looking to buy its own set of mini-UAVs to complement its Sperwer tactical UAVs. Both systems are in the procurement pipeline as Canada prepares to send...

Border UAVS May Not Be All They're Cracked Up To Be

'AOPA Cites High Operating Costs, May Conflict With Existing GA Traffic The cost of operating unmanned aerial vehicles along the border may not be a good idea for a few reasons, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association...

December 22, 2005

Iraq: Dragon Eye UAVs protect US Marines on the road

'Predicting the future is one power that will never be attainable, but if it was possible it could save the lives of many service members in a combat zone. With the skills of the Marines of Intelligence Shop, 2nd...

Swedish Government Decide to Participate in European UCAV demonstration program

The Swedish Government has today decided to participate in the European UCAV-demonstrator program, Neuron. Saab’s participation in the program is thereby secured. “This is a crucial decision for both Saab and Sweden, which secures our participation in one of...

December 21, 2005

ADD Plans to Monitor Sea with UAV

'It has been confirmed that Agency for Defense Development (ADD) is actively pursuing to participate in the U.S. Navys Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program development, which uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as well as adopting it. On December...

US Naval Research Laboratory fuels UAV power development

'Simulated flight bench tests are being conducted this week on the US Naval Research Laboratorys 2.54kg (5.6lb) Spider-Lion fuel-cell powered unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to gain performance efficiency data. The bench test data will aid further research using a...

December 19, 2005

Canada Crafting High-End UAV Requirements

'DID's article about the RQ-11 Raven's performance in Afghanistan noted that Canada was looking to buy its own set of mini-UAVs to complement its Sperwer tactical UAVs. Both systems are in the procurement pipeline as Canada prepares to send...

US Military, Police Increasing Use of Unmanned Aircraft

'Unmanned aircraft systems, or UASs, consist of an unmanned aircraft; sensor, communications, or weapons, carried on board the aircraft, collectively referred to as payloads; and ground controls. UAS have been used successfully in recent operations, and are in increasingly...

New Pentagon agency oversees unmanned planes

'Unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming integral to U.S. warfare, but their use for border patrol, homeland security and even weather monitoring will also increase, the general recently appointed to oversee these new aircraft told Reuters. Each of the military...

December 18, 2005

Unmanned Border Planes Can Require a Crew of 20

'The Office of Border Patrol is using a number of unmanned planes to patrol and track down immigrants crossing a portion of the Southwest border. While this is a positive step toward using mobile technology, it is also an...

US Military, Police Increasing Use of Unmanned Aircraft

'Unmanned aircraft systems, or UASs, consist of an unmanned aircraft; sensor, communications, or weapons, carried on board the aircraft, collectively referred to as payloads; and ground controls. UAS have been used successfully in recent operations, and are in increasingly...

December 15, 2005

The Future of Surveillance - Hovering Cameras

'Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have already proven their unique capabilities and importance in the U.S. military's prosecution of the war on terror. Large tactical reconnaissance/targeting UAVs like the now-famous weaponized Predator UAVs (a.k.a. Predator drones), including the RQ/MQ-1 Predator,...

Unmanned vessels against pirates

'Robotic patrol boats could safeguard the seas from piracy and fight ocean-going people traffickers, reports Tracey Logan in the BBC World Service's Discovery programme. Passengers aboard the Seabourn Spirit, a luxury liner sailing off the coast of Somalia, came...

U.S. drone aircraft riddled with bugs and glitches: study

'Unmanned U.S. military aircraft used in Iraq and Afghanistan are plagued with problems that delay information from reaching commanders for hours or days, congressional investigators said. In addition, unmanned aircraft flights are sometimes delayed or cancelled because the transmission...

IAI, Boeing Australia win $100m Australian UAV contract

'Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. (IAI) and Boeing Australia Ltd. have won a huge $100 million Australian Defence Force (ADF) tender for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). IAI will sell its tactical I-view UAV, but said its share of the deal...

Study uncovers problems with UAVs

'Unmanned military aircraft have knocked out enemy targets and collected intelligence in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but are plagued with problems that delay information from getting to commanders for hours or days, according to congressional investigators. In...

December 13, 2005

Lockheed Martin To Build High Altitude Airship For MDA

'Lockheed Martin will build a prototype High Altitude Airship (HAA) under a $149.2 million contract awarded by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). This contract marks the beginning of the program's third phase, leading to prototype delivery and flight in...

New Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Capability

'The Australian Defence Force will be equipped with a fleet of long range tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to be used as Army's 'eyes in the sky' which will play a crucial intelligence and surveillance role in Australia combined...

Three to develop mini-UAV

'Composite Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM), Ikramatic and System Consultancy Services (SCS) have agreed to set up a joint venture company to develop a mini unmanned air vehicle for the Malaysian army. The three Malaysian companies signed a memorandum of...

$145m pilotless plane buy for army

'AUSTRALIA'S defence forces have bought themselves a new view of the battlefield, announcing a fleet of pilotless aircraft worth $145 million. Defence Minister Senator Robert Hill said the small, remotely controlled aircraft, known as tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, would...

Canada Shapes Plan for UAV Buy

'Canada’s Air Force is crafting a multimillion-dollar plan to purchase medium- or high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be fielded by the end of the decade. Work is under way on the Joint Unmanned Surveillance Target Acquisition System (JUSTAS),...

December 12, 2005

UAVs - New eyes in the sky

'AUSTRALIA'S defence forces have bought themselves a new view of the battlefield, announcing a fleet of pilotless planes worth $145 million. Defence Minister Senator Robert Hill announced that the small, remotely controlled planes, known as tactical unmanned aerial vehicles...

NASA Announces Planetary UAV Competition

'NASA's Centennial Challenges program office, in collaboration with the California Space Education and Workforce Institute, Santa Maria, Calif., announced the Planetary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Challenge. This new $250,000 competition may significantly affect how science is conducted on planets and...

Cubic wins Navy UAV data link subcontract

'Northrop Grumman Corp. has tapped Cubic Corp. to provide the tactical common data link for a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) currently under development. Cubic of San Diego won an $11 million subcontract from Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman to...

UAV Involved In Environmental Research and Disaster Protection

'NOAA has successfully completed its first series of missions using a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system recently to support NOAAs operational and research needs. Over the course of one flight, the Altair UAS set a number of records, including...

December 09, 2005

Boeing X45 UAV

'Boeing displayed its vision of the future of air warfare Tuesday, a batlike model of a small fighter craft that exudes silent menace. Sitting in a parking lot inside Boeing's research complex across from the Museum of Flight, the...

Unmanned plane crashes into padi field

'One minute after take-off, the Irkut-2F, an unmanned aerial vehicle, crashed into a padi field. It was the first accident recorded during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima) 2005 air show. No one was injured in the...

Fire Scout UAV forges service partnership

'The Program Executive Office for Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aerial Systems (PEO-W) is working with organizations in the Army to facilitate the development of the Fire Scout Vertical Take-off Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) system. The partnership has at it's...

December 08, 2005

Australians to Experiment with UAVs in Agriculture

'Pilotless aircraft could soon be flying over Queensland skies. A $3.5 million Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation was officially launched in Brisbane today. The facility will be based at the Brisbane Airport and will allow Queensland University of...

U.S. Border Patrol's newest tool: a drone

'As President Bush was bumping along the banks of the Rio Grande last week with the United States Border Patrol, an American unmanned aircraft was apparently tracking a top Al Qaeda member to an abandoned house in remote Pakistan....

Cubic Wins $11 Million Contract to Provide Tactical Common Data Link for RQ-8B Fire Scout UAV

Cubic Defense Applications, the defense segment of Cubic Corporation (AMEX:CUB) has received an $11 million contract from Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems to provide its Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) for the Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing...

Fire Scout UAV Moving Closer To Production

'Northrop Grumman has successfully conducted a critical design review of its MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the U.S. Navy. The review moves the program closer to full-scale production and delivery of the vertical takeoff and landing...

Boeing A160 Hummingbird Completes Flight Test

'Boeing has announced the A160 Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft made its first test flight from an airfield near Victorville, Calif., Nov. 30. This flight - the first with a six cylinder Subaru engine - is an important step toward concept...

Thales and Elop to provide payloads for Watchkeeper UAV

'Thales and Israeli firm Elop are to provide the mission payloads for the UKs Watchkeeper WK450 unmanned air vehicle system under a selection announced on 7 December. The companies will respectively supply their I-Master synthetic-aperture radar/ground moving target indication...

December 05, 2005

Global Hawk UAV Prepares for Maritime Role

'Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV has established a dominant position in the High Altitude/ Long Endurance UAV market. While they aren't cheap - GlobalSecurity.org notes that these UAVs cost about $48 million with a full sensor suite, or...

The Information Hub of the Helicopter Industry

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully conducted a critical design review of its MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the U.S. Navy. The review moves the program closer to full-scale production and delivery of the vertical takeoff...

ISRAEL EVALUATES UAV

'Israel has launched an evaluation of a tactical miniature unmanned aerial vehicle. The Israel Army has begun trials of the SkyLite-B UAV for tactical missions for infantry battalions. The trials sought to determine the capabilities of Skylite-B for urban...

No go for drones over New Mexico border

'On Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, President Bush promised, We're going to use drones to help enforce the border in rural Texas and in rural New Mexico and rural Arizona. Between Tuesday and Thursday, New Mexico and Texas disappeared...

Desk Jockeys vs. Border Drones

'The President wants it to happen. The guys on the ground want it to happen. And their bosses in DC want it to happen. But that doesn't mean the bureaucrats are going to let unmanned spy planes start patrolling...

November 30, 2005

International UAV systems sector gets boost from European cooperation

'User groups and industry alike in the Unmanned Aviation, Ground and Marine systems sectors will benefit strongly from the recently announced cooperation between Shephard Group and UVS International, according to Iain Blackhall of Shephard Group and Peter van...

November 29, 2005

AAI's 'shadow systems' lauded by military

'AAI Corp. has been honored by the Department of Defense for its work on an unmanned aerial vehicle system used in Operation Iraqi Freedom. AAI, a subsidiary of Hunt Valley-based United Industrial Corp. (NYSE: UIC), earned a special achievement...

UAVs Replacing Spy Satellites

'UAVs are starting to replace spy satellites in the major espionage agencies. The CIA has long had its own fleet of Predator UAVs, and now the NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which analyses stuff, makes maps, and the like) and...

November 28, 2005

First Naval UAV squadron to be commissioned next month

'The Indian Navy's first 'Unmanned Aerial Vehicle' (UAV) squadron will be commissioned here in January, Flag Officer Commander-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Vice-Admiral S C Bangara said today. Addressing a press conference on board the INS Krishna, anchored off the...

Micro Air Vehicles: Backpackable UAV for Tactical Reconnaissance Surveillance

'Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have already proven their unique capabilities and importance in the U.S. military's prosecution of the war on terror. Large tactical reconnaissance/targeting UAVs like the now-famous weaponized Predator UAVs (a.k.a. Predator drones), including the RQ/MQ-1 Predator,...

November 27, 2005

Ambitious Russian UAV Programs

'The Russian government has not been pushing the development of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), but that does not mean Russian firms are ignoring them. Russian companies, particularly Yakovlev and Tupelov, have been working on a family of UAVs. These...

November 26, 2005

UAV Seeker Makes Emergency Landing

'During a development test flight last week, one of Denel's 'Seeker' unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was damaged in an emergency landing north of Pretoria. A Board of Inquiry has been convened to establish the cause of the incident and...

November 25, 2005

UAVs fight for airtime

'THE aviation industry's dream of flying pilotless cargo planes may be grounded by a lack of radio frequencies to control the aircraft. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry is lobbying regulators to let military UAVs use civilian airspace and...

Israeli UAVs Continue to Lead Despite Libel

'Israels aircraft industry continues to lead the world in the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and claims recent reports of faulty UAVs sold to India are totally false. Indias media have reported in recent days that the Indian...

Robonic To Launch UAV Test Flight Centre In Finland

'Robonic Ltd of Finland is to establish a dedicated UAV test flight centre at Kemijarvi, Finland. This new centre will support development, test and evaluation, and operational training for ground launched targets and tactical UAVs. The facilities will include...

India concerned over high crash rate of Israeli spy drones

'India has expressed concern over the high crash rate of its Israeli-made spy drones, taking up the issue with Israeli officials, media reports said Thursday. Four of the 50 Searcher and Heron unmanned aerial vehicles India purchased from Israel...

November 24, 2005

Four UAVs crash within two years of induction

'Within two years of its induction to boost border surveillance, Armed Forces have lost four Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAV) with Indian officials taking up the matter with Israeli manufacturers. The Defence Ministry took up the matter with the Israeli Aircraft...

U.S. Border Security Going Sky High

'Flying high above the desert on the border between Arizona and Mexico, the very keen-of-eye on the ground might spy it on a clear day. The fleeting specter has a wingspan of 32 feet and is 18 feet long....

A Successful First Flight With FILUR UAV

'Saab and FMV's technology demonstrator program FILUR has successfully made its first flight and the test results are now being evaluated in order to be able to optimize flight performance for future flights. On the 10th of October the...

Russia Irkut Corp Announces Five UAV Platforms

'Russian's Irkut Corporation announced today that it is to begin production of five 'unmanned and optionally piloted' 'civilian' UAV systems in early 2006. They are the Irkut-2F/T, -20, -60, -200 and -850. The latter model can lift a payload...

Rafael unveils new mini-UAV

'Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd. today held a demonstration of its new tactical mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), intended for use by the IDF. The new mini-UAV is a member of the SkyLite family of UAVs for tactical intelligence for...

UAV and helicopter markets poised to take off as IDEX 2007 prepares for the launch of the largest defence exhibition ever held in the Middle East | ADNEC

'Advances in the aerial platforms, surveillance sensors and command and control technologies are continuing to fuel boom conditions in UAV development-and the interest is beginning to be shared by the civilian industrial economy. Since the introduction of a dedicated...

Boeing wins new Navy UAV deal

'The Boeing Co.s work on unmanned aerial vehicles for the Navy will continue under a $24 million contract modification. Boeing of Chicago previously won a contract to develop unmanned aerial vehicle control software, classification aids software and computer-aided design...

November 22, 2005

US Army Invests $300M plus To Maintain Shadow 200 As Worlds Leading Capability In TUAV Systems

The Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) System is set to remain at the forefront of battlefield operations and capability with the US Army committing more than US$300M over the next five years to its ongoing evolution and...

Rafael unveils new mini-UAV

'Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd. today held a demonstration of its new tactical mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), intended for use by the IDF. The new mini-UAV is a member of the SkyLite family of UAVs for tactical intelligence for...

A Successful First Flight With FILUR UAV

'Saab and FMV's technology demonstrator program FILUR has successfully made its first flight and the test results are now being evaluated in order to be able to optimize flight performance for future flights. On the 10th of October the...

November 21, 2005

Nineteen UAV Types Currently Operating in Iraq

'There are currently 19 different UAV types operating in Iraq with coalition forces stated General Ron Fogleman (Retd), former USAF chief of staff, speaking yesterday at the Defense News Media Groups Air Chiefs Conference held at the Knowledge Village,...

UAV and helicopter markets poised to take off

'Advances in the aerial platforms, surveillance sensors and command and control technologies are continuing to fuel boom conditions in UAV development-and the interest is beginning to be shared by the civilian industrial economy. Since the introduction of a dedicated...

November 20, 2005

Thales to trial UAV launch and recovery from RN frigate

'A team led by Thales UK will trial the launch and recovery of an organic Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) from a Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate as part of a final phase of maritime trials to be conducted...

November 18, 2005

Seeker Unmanned Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing

'During a development test flight this week, one of Denel's 'Seeker' unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was damaged in an emergency landing north of Pretoria. A Board of Inquiry has been convened to establish the cause of the incident and...

Cop-pilots fly their own kind of plane

'The glamour of their piloting job may not match that of F-15 Eagle or F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jocks. But a group of enlisted Airmen here are using their wings to do a job both kinds of pilots do...

Mini-UAVs - the next small thing

'The age of the mini-UAV started in 1987, when Dr Paul MacCready's AeroVironment company developed the Pointer, the first hand-launched, backpack-carried UAV. Pointer combined the airframe technology of a high-performance model sailplane with an electric motor and propeller, a...

November 16, 2005

UAV Flock Study

Check out this fascinating piece on how a student is using the behavior of flocks of animals to help with UAV development: 'A student at the Technion observed the behavior of flocks of wild animals such as storks, wasps,...

USAFA Program Explores UAV Aircraft And Systems Design Issues

'Cadets and faculty working in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in the Colorado Springs, CO-based USAF Academy Department of Electrical And Computer Engineering here are designing and building more the next generation of sophisticated autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles -- UAVs...

Unmanned Aircraft to help deliver medical supplies in the event of Bird Flu pandemic?

'Should a Pandemic hit, we may just see the rapid deployment of Guided Resupply Systems, as seen above. Launched by Stara Technologies, this is an ideal (if expensive) method of delivering medical supplies without putting human lives at risk....

UAVs in the US Army's New Modular Combat Brigade

'When the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Air Assault Division deployed to Iraq in late October 2005, it contained more unmanned-aerial-vehicle (UAV) assets than any combat brigade in US Army history. Among the many warfighting tools at his disposal,...

Unitied Arab Emirates looks to develop its own UAVs

'Air force seeks partner for MALE and tactical programmes, and eyes new trainers and utility helicopters The United Arab Emirates is poised to select a foreign partner to help it develop its own medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) and tactical unmanned...

Drones to Fly over Cities

'Honeywell is developing a micro flying spy drone -- that would be used for civilian law enforcement! The device, a hovering robot carrying video cameras and other sensors, is being created and tested at HONEYWELL's Albuquerque, NM plant. The...

South Korea reveals UAV development project

'Small, close-range vehicle intended for military surveillance, but may have civil roles Korean Air (KAL) has begun developing a small, close-range unmanned air vehicle (UAV) for potential military surveillance missions and expects to begin flight tests by August 2007....

November 15, 2005

Why Marines Love Their Dragon Eyes

Strategy has a good post on Why Marines Love Their Dragon Eyes'The U.S. Marine Corps has been using the six pound Dragon Eye UAV for three years now. This system is just an interim one, until a better replacement...

India to buy 50 UAVs from Israel

'India has renewed interest in buying unmanned spy planes from Israel for deployment on its borders with Pakistan and China. A deal with Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) for the purchase of 50 Heron aircraft that can mount a remote...

November 11, 2005

Global Hawk UAV gets bigger and more capable

'The Global Hawk UAV was still in its development stages when the needs of the war in Afghanistan saw it pressed into service. Since then, Global Hawk has successfully completed more than 225 missions through three deployments and more...

Cadets Designing, Building Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

'U.S. Air Force ACADEMY, Colo. - At the Sensor-based Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in the department of electrical and computer engineering here, cadets and faculty are designing and building more sophisticated autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. These UAVs will able to...

November 10, 2005

Senate OKs money for UAVs

'An amendment to the Defense Authorization bill will authorize the Pentagon to ramp up its fleet of unmanned aircraft, possibly increasing the number of UAVs destined for Grand Forks Air Force Base. The Senate approved late Tuesday night a...

Forks UAV fleet grows to 38

'Make that 38 unmanned aerial vehicles stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base instead of nine. The U.S. Senate approved adding to the number of UAVs in its $491 billion defense authorization bill late Tuesday, said Sen. Kent Conrad,...

Drone Program Charges May Be Over EUR100M

'European Aeronautic Defence Space Co. NV (5730.FR) could incur charges of over EUR100 million in the fourth quarter as a result of a review of two drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, programs, Chief Operating Officer for Finance Hans...

November 09, 2005

Robot Plane 'Pilots' Have Bird's-Eye View of Iraq War

'They've watched the city live. They've seen the daily ebb and flow of families going about their business. They've watched the city die. They've seen roads abruptly turn into puffs of smoke, and people fleeing in terror. They've seen...

Israel's Elbit gets Australian army mini-UAV deal

'Elbit Systems Ltd. reported today that its Skylark mini-UAV has been selected for rapid deployment by the Australian Army. Elbit Systems will deliver 6 systems to the Australian Ground Forces. The Skylark system includes 3 Air Vehicles, a Ground...

Dragon Eye Protects Troops, Improves Recon

'U. S. Marines and sailors from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, use the Dragon Eye to minimize friendly casualties and maximize surveillance during missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Dragon Eye...

Australian Acquires Israeli UAV

'Impressed by the American use of micro-UAVs in Iraq, Australia has obtained the Skylark system from Israeli firm Elbit. Australian troops in Iraq will receive one Skylark system (three ten pound UAVs, plus one set of ground control equipment),...

Global Hawk Tests Ability To Detect Airborne Targets Story

'The U.S. Navy's most advanced unmanned aerial system (UAS), the RQ-4A Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD), participated with the Air Force in a congressionally directed demonstration Oct. 26, to detect airborne targets. The 12.3 hour mission, flown in Navy...

November 08, 2005

Iran protests illegal U.S. overflights

'Iran sent letters protesting illegal overflights by two unmanned American aircraft that crashed in Iran in recent months, documents circulated at the United Nations on Monday showed. Iran's deputy U.N. ambassador Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi asked the U.N. Security Council on...

Singapore Looking To Buy Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft

'Singapore is looking to buy at least two mini unmanned surveillance aircraft, The Straits Times reported Nov. 7. The Defense Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), the city-states procurement arm, confirmed with Agence France-Presse that it had made inquiries with...

Successful first flight of high-speed UAV demonstrator CARAPAS

'EADS Military Aircraft has just staged the successful first flight of the high-speed UAV demonstrator CARAPAS (CApacit drone RAPide AntileurreS) at the Biscarrosse missile test centre (CELM) in France. The aim of the flight was to check the system...

November 06, 2005

UV North America: US/Allies Have Big UAV Gap To Bridge

'Dimensions of a UAV gap between what the US does and, well, everyone else were unavoidably highlighted in an international perspectives session. The UK, Canada and Australia sent teams to outline progress being made in their respective countries, but...

November 05, 2005

Number of unmanned aircraft growing

'They've fought fires, peeked into windows in a search for Hurricane Katrina victims and tracked the movements of insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are the eyes in the skies, and soon, they could be watching you. These flying...

Dragon Eye UAV Protects Troops, Improves Recon

'The easily-transportable unmanned aerial vehicle gives troops up-to-date reconnaissance over a wide area of terrain. U.S. Marines and sailors from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, use the Dragon Eye to minimize friendly casualties and maximize...

South Korea to launch MALE UAV

'Seoul plans to launch a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicle development programme next year to equip the South Korean air force. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) says its UAV team began working earlier this year with the Agency for...

Fire Scout UAV Finishes Two-day Demonstration During 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Home of U.S. Army Aviation

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Army's Airworthiness Development and Test Center performed flight demonstrations of the U.S. Army's MQ-8 Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air vehicle (UAV) during the 50th anniversary celebration at Fort Rucker, Ala.,...

Elbit Details Watchkeeper UAV Project

'Israel's leading non-state-owned defense firm has detailed its contract to provide unmanned aerial vehicles to the British Army. Elbit Systems said its contribution to the Watchkeeper program would reach 317 million pounds, or more than $500 million. Elbit Systems...

Army helicopter UAV work goes to Alion

'Alion Science and Technology Corp. won a $5 million contract with the Army Aviation and Missile Command for process technology of replacement parts for Army helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicle weapon systems. Process technology refers to manufacturing techniques and...

Australian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Be Deployed to Iraq

'Defence Minister Robert Hill said four Skylark miniature UAVs will be deployed to assist the second rotation of the Al Muthanna Task Group (AMTG). A further two UAVs will remain in Australia for training and preparation purposes. The miniature...

November 01, 2005

Internet Troops to carry miniature spy planes on their backs

'Canada's military is buying miniature spy planes that soldiers can carry on their backs and launch anywhere to collect pictures from over the hill or around the corner in battle zones. Reconnaissance, artillery or other troops should be packing...

Alion Awarded $5M Army Aviation Contract

'Alion Awarded $5M Army Aviation Contract; Technology Solutions Firm to Enhance Helicopter and UAV Technologies Alion Science and Technology was awarded a $5M contract for process technology of replacement parts production through the Army Aviation and Missile Command. The...

UK seeks USAF deal to extend Predator use

'The UK is increasing its use of General Atomics MQ-1 Predator unmanned air vehicles under a partnership with the US Air Force, and could seek to extend the deal to also include operations of the services larger MQ-9 Predator...

Alion wins Army helicopter UAV work

'Alion Science and Technology Corp. won a $5 million contract with the Army Aviation and Missile Command for process technology of replacement parts for Army helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicle weapon systems. Process technology refers to manufacturing techniques, and...

October 30, 2005

UAV research at NDSU

'Research at NDSU has the potential to revolutionize the efficiency of the teams operating unmanned aerial vehicles in the military. Verlin Hinsz, a professor of psychology, facilitates the research. Hinsz wrote a proposal in 2003 called Enhancing Coordination and...

October 28, 2005

The Snark - VTOL UAV

Gizmag has a great article on The Snark - a VTOL UAV: 'Meet the Snark an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle of immense capability that demonstrates just how far the breed has come in such a short period of...

Predator's Success Ups Procurement And Development

'With the MQ-1 Predator logging significant hours in counterinsurgency operations and earning troop support, the Air Force wants to buy more of the aircraft and develop the next-generation variant. Predators worldwide are logging 4,000 hours a month in support...

October 27, 2005

Very Smart UAVs

'UAVs are being equipped with more powerful sensors in order to deal with the special demands of the fighting in Iraq. The U.S. Air Force is trying out a sniper detection system mounted on low flying UAVs. This consists...

SAS 'model aircraft' will look into caves

'The SAS is to buy the military equivalent of a model aeroplane that can be carried in a rucksack to help fight insurgents in the hills of Afghanistan. Troopers from the regiment have carried out trials on a 10lb...

GoldenEye-50 Performs First High-Speed Coordinated Banked Turns

Aurora Flight Sciences GoldenEye-50 unmanned aerial system (UAS) performed its first high-speed, coordinated banked turns during a recent envelope expansion flight. The turns demonstrate the GoldenEye-50s ability to provide the high-speed manoeuvrability that sets it apart from other unmanned...

Rolls-Royce to Develop Engine For Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

'U.S. Senator Evan Bayh today announced that he helped secure $9 million for Rolls Royce to develop an engine for the upgraded Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle, which will carry out critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities. The...

U.S. Air Force Working On Stealthier Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Powered By Fuel Cells

'Future Air Force leaders here are working to produce a stealthier unmanned aerial vehicle powered by an alternative energy source. The research project into fuel cells and hydrogen storage materials started about 10 years ago as a collaboration between...

DARPA Micro Air Vehicle Passes Key Milestone Towards Future Combat System Class I UAV

The Future Combat Systems (FCS) program has passed a significant milestone in its progress toward selecting a Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system. The announcement was made today by Boeing [NYSE: BA] and partner Science Applications International Corporation...

UK SAS tests mini UAV

'The UK's Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment has carried out trials of the Mission Technologies BUSTER (Backpack Unmanned Surveillance Targeting and Enhanced Reconnaissance) small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ahead of an enhanced deployment of UK special forces personnel to...

Nanobots: Guarding giants with tiny protectors

'Researchers working with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have developed a way to build extremely small sensors using nanorobot fabrication. This new process, created by Harold Szu and James Buss of ONR and implemented by Xi Ning of...

Special Israeli team will probe UAV crash

'A special investigation team from Israel will arrive in Sri Lanka next week to investigate the engine trouble that caused the Air Force's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to crash in a LTTE-held area. Sri Lankan Air Force Chief Donald...

Prospector UAV: Huntsville firm developing UAVs

'Long known for its work on Apollo rockets and space stations, a Huntsville company is adding another aerospace expertise to its resume. Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. is developing a lightweight, quick response unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, for the...

Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) - The Shrinking of UAVs

Gizmag has an excellent piece on the shrinking of UAVs - MAVs (micro air vehicles): 'As the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have unfolded, one of the new stars in the theatre of battle has been the Unmanned Aerial...

Debris of Sri Lankan UAV Crash removed

'The debris of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of the Sri Lanka Air Force which fell into the LTTE held area in the North of Vavuniya on Wednesday were removed by LTTE cadres in Vanni, sources said. According to...

Media speculation on cause of UAV crash rebuffed

'Media reports that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) belonging to Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) that came down in Vanni on 19 October was downed either by radar-guided gun or by an air-borne attack by the Liberation Tigers were...

Sri Lankan UAV comes down in Vanni

'An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) launched from the Joseph camp in Vavuniya for surveillance mission into the Liberation Tigers controlled area has come down in Vanni Wednesday afternoon, sources in Kilinochchi said. A UAV was seen coming down in...

UAV Market to Top $13 Billion by 2014

SpaceWar reports that there is massive growth in the UAV market in the coming years: 'The Market for UAV Reconnaissance Systems including air vehicles, ground control equipment and payloads is expected to be worth $13.6 billion through...

UAV Conference

Rotorhub reports on the UAV Conference in Washington: 'Quad A (US Army Aviation Association of America) kicked off its first ever UAV conference here with about 400 people gathered to hear about the synergy developing between Army aviation and...

October 20, 2005

Robotic Space Missions Will Be Multi-tiered

'Intelligent, science-driven robotic space missions are a decade or two in the future, they will be international, and they will have significant corporate and private sponsorship. Remote-sensing orbiters, probes, landers and rovers are returning astonishing discoveries about our solar...

DARPA Micro Air Vehicle Passes Key Milestone Towards Future Combat System Class

'The Future Combat Systems (FCS) program has passed a significant milestone in its progress toward selecting a Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system. The announcement was made today by Boeing [NYSE: BA] and partner Science Applications International Corporation...

GoldenEye-50 Performs First High-Speed, Coordinated Banked Turns

Aurora Flight Sciences GoldenEye-50 unmanned aerial system (UAS) performed its first high-speed, coordinated banked turns during recent envelope expansion flight. The turns demonstrate the GoldenEye-50s ability to provide the high-speed maneuverability that sets it apart from other unmanned VTOL...

Sri Lankan UAV comes down in Vanni

'An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) launched from the Joseph camp in Vavuniya for surveillance mission into the Liberation Tigers controlled area has come down in Vanni Wednesday afternoon, sources in Kilinochchi said. A UAV was seen coming down in...

October 18, 2005

US Air Force working on stealthier UAV powered by an alternative energy source

'Future Air Force leaders here are working to produce a stealthier unmanned aerial vehicle powered by an alternative energy source. The research project into fuel cells and hydrogen storage materials started about 10 years ago as a collaboration between...

Handheld controls urban UAV flock

'A system enabling a soldier to control multiple dissimilar unmanned air vehicles and receive real-time surveillance data on demand, using a handheld computer, has been demonstrated by a team led by Northrop Grumman. The 22 September demonstration involved four...

STARA Technologies Demos UAV Precision Airdrop Capabilities For US Military

'At the request of the United States Army, STARA Technologies will demonstrate its patented miniature guided parachute technology at the Precision Airdrop Technology Conference and Demonstration at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. On October 17th...

US Army starts using 21 inch wingspan UAV in Iraq

'The Army recently began using an unmanned aerial vehicle that is small enough to carry in a backpack for surveillance and intelligence gathering in Iraq. The 21-inch long Tactical Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle has a wingspan of 21 inches....

October 17, 2005

'Robots' will pilot unmanned warplanes for RAF

'RAF combat pilots will be replaced by unmanned robotic aircraft in the coming years, a senior airforce commander predicted yesterday. But Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge warned that if ministers try to use technical advances to impose more...

Carolina Unmanned Vehicles Contract for a New Aerostat System

'Carolina Unmanned Vehicles, Inc. (CUV), Raleigh North Carolina, announces a contract for a new version of the Helikite Elevated Platform (HEP) with Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin...

Why Scout Helicopter Pilots Love UAVs

'One thing American combat troops cant get enough of is UAVs. So many of them have been distributed to combat units that commanders are uneasy if they dont have one or more of them up there, keeping a real-time...

Silver Fox mini-UAV flown with CDL Systems

A Canadian Forces Silver Fox mini-UAV was flown with the CDL Systems Ltd. VCS-4586 software on 21 September 2005, in a demonstration to the Department of National Defence UAV working group in Suffield Alberta. The VCS is ground control...

NASA's Experimental Sailplane Soars Like a Bird

'With the graceful flight of hawks and eagles in mind, NASA aerospace engineer Michael Allen recently hand-launched a 15-pound motorized model sailplane over the Southern California desert. He was hoping it would catch plumes of rising air called thermals....

EADS reconnoitres UAV combat technology

'Studies will lay groundwork for fully capable UCAV system to be introduced by 2025 EADS Military Aircraft has launched studies of an unmanned reconnaissance air vehicle (URAV) demonstrator to support its modular approach to acquiring technology for an unmanned...

Rolls-Royce to Develop Engine For Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

U.S. Senator Evan Bayh today announced that he helped secure $9 million for Rolls Royce to develop an engine for the upgraded Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle, which will carry out critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities. The...

UAV conference - Albuquerque

'About 300 people from across the U.S. and at least two foreign countries will descend upon Albuquerque next week for the seventh annual Technical Analysis and Applications Center (TAAC) UAV conference. The four-day conference, sponsored by New Mexico State...

Air Force testing regional effectiveness of Weatherscout UAV

'There's a new airplane that may be flying into typhoons in our area of the Pacific...that's if the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) decides that the Weatherscout unmanned aerial vehicle is right for Guam. The Weatherscout...

STARA Technologies Demonstrates UAV Precision Airdrop Capabilities for the US Military

At the request of the United States Army, STARA Technologies, Inc. will demonstrate its patented miniature guided parachute technology at the Precision Airdrop Technology Conference and Demonstration at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. On October...

October 12, 2005

Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Autonomous Real-Time Surveillance System for Urban Battle Zones

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully led the first demonstration of a system that autonomously controls low-flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deliver real-time surveillance data to U.S. military forces in urban battle zones. The flight exercise showed that...

October 08, 2005

NASA Experiment Explores Using Thermals to Extend UAV Endurance

'With the graceful flight of hawks and eagles in mind, NASA aerospace engineer Michael Allen hand-launched a lightweight motorized model sailplane over the Southern California desert recently, hoping it would catch plumes of rising air called thermals. It did...

L-3 Announces $17.4M Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft Contract, to include comms with UAVs

'L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) and Communication Systems-East (L-3 CS-East) divisions have been awarded contracts by The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) for the P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) program. The initial contracts...

DARPA sets nano-UAV challenge

'US defence research agency wants to develop air vehicle small enough to fly inside caves and tunnels The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is to develop and demonstrate unmanned air vehicles small enough to operate inside caves...

Why UAVs are Getting Smarter

'The U.S. Air Force has successfully tested software that allows one pilot to control up to four MQ-1 Predator UAVs. This makes Predator operations more efficient, and cheaper. It also helps deal with a problem the air force created...

Predator-B UAV to Patrol US Borders

'General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft and high resolution surveillance and radar imaging systems, along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today unveiled the CBP's first procurement unmanned aircraft system (UAS), a...

UAVs Replacing Spy Satellites

'UAVs are starting to replace spy satellites in the major espionage agencies. The CIA has long had its own fleet of Predator UAVs, and now the NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which analyses stuff, makes maps, and the like) and...

Dragon Eye UAV Flies High to Maximize Surveillance

'Marines and Sailors from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, use the Marine Corps Dragon Eye, the smallest functioning unmanned aerial vehicle, in an effort to minimize friendly casualties and maximize surveillance during missions...

AirScooter Corporation Reports Progress on Its Electric E70 and Gas Powered G70 Unmanned Air Vehicles

'AirScooter Corporation (OTC:ASCO - News), an innovator of new air vehicle concepts, announced that it has completed an electric powered AirScooter(TM) UAV prototype for flight testing. The electric E70 is based on the company's high-performance gasoline engine G70 platform....

October 07, 2005

Taiwan Coast Guard to use UAVs for border patrol

'The Coast Guard Administration (Taiwan) has proposed deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over the disputed Pratas Islands beginning in 2007 to boost the nation's capability to gather intelligence and conduct surveillance and reconnaissance over its territory. CGA Minister Shi...

October 05, 2005

Northrop Grumman Accepts First Production Unit of New Global Hawk Sensor Suite

Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed acceptance testing of the first production version of a new integrated sensor suite that will enhance imaging capability for the U.S. Air Force. The milestone clears the way for the company to begin installing...

September 30, 2005

U.S. Wont Sell Global Hawk Spy Drones to Korea

'The United States has turned down a bid from South Korea to buy cutting-edge high-altitudeGlobal Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles from the country. The unmanned spy plane is considered a key strategic weapon and is under strict export restrictions, meaning...

September 29, 2005

Our own spy plane prototype

'UNIVERSITI Sains Ma-laysia (USM) aero-space engineering school in Nibong Tebal, Pe-nang, is developing a prototype of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for surveillance purposes. Aerospace engineering school lecturer Dr Endri Rachman said the school had received a RM250,000 grant from...

September 28, 2005

Raytheon Gets $31.4M Black Hawk helicopter and Predator UAV Contract

Raytheon Company was recently awarded a $31.4 million contract to provide the Multispectral Targeting System (MTS)-A for the Navy MH-60 helicopter and the Predator UAV (unmanned airborne vehicle) programs. Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) will deliver 32 MTS-A...

The UAV that wasn't

After a recent attack on an Al-Qaeda base in Pakistan the army proudly displayed what it claimed was a drone used to spy on troop movements. Which sounds like a great coup- until a number of toy plane fanatics pointed...

September 27, 2005

Predators fly first ever four-ship sorties

'The latest upgrade to the MQ-1 Predator, known as the Multi-Aircraft Control system, entered operational testing with the first ever two-ship and four-ship Predator sorties flown from Creech Air Force Base. During these sorties, members from the 53rd Test...

Flying 'robot' to help environment

'Italy is set to launch one of its first robotic airships this week, helping biologists tackle pollution and safeguard the environment . The airship, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), will take to the skies on Thursday, carrying technical instruments...

September 26, 2005

Unmanned Stealth Aircraft Due by 2020

'The Defense Ministry plans to develop sophisticated unmanned fighter jets equipped with a radar-evading stealth function by 2020, a state-run defense agency said Saturday. In a report to the National Assembly, the Agency for Defense Development (ADD), affiliated with...

UAVs Eyes in the skies

There's a useful piece over at Black Anthem on UAV's titled Eyes in the skies that gives a good introductory overview of UAVs: 'In 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright invented the very first powered, heavier-than-air machine capable of controlled,...

September 25, 2005

USAF leaders comment on UAV usage and development

'Air Force senior leaders answered questions on topics ranging from the buildup of military power in China to the status of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., during an open panel discussion here Sept. 13. The following were the comments...

September 23, 2005

South Africa eyes unmanned-aircraft niche

'The South African Air Force (SAAF) hopes that South Africa will be able to recapture its place as a world leader in the development and operation of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). South Africa was a world leader in UAVs,...

September 22, 2005

Predator UAS Family Achieves 150,000 Flight Hours

'General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft and high resolution surveillance and radar imaging systems, today announced that the Predator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) family achieved a milestone of 150,000 flight hours last month,...

Aerosonde UAV flies 10 hour mission into Tropical Storm Ophelia

'Hurricane researchers at the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Fla., marked a new milestone in hurricane observation as the first unmanned aircraft touched down after a 10-hour mission into Tropical Storm Ophelia, which lost its hurricane...

Green light imminent for UAV airspace initiative

'Initial funding for the UKs Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation and Assessment (ASTRAEA) initiative is expected to be announced this week, starting a multi-year effort to normalise unmanned air vehicle operations in UK airspace. The launch funding is...

September 20, 2005

Israelis Sell Record Number of UAVs

'The world's foremost developer and manufacturer or UAVs, Israeli Aerospace Industry (IAI) and Elbit Systems, has scored two large contracts. One, for $50 million, is from the Israeli Defense Forces, while the other, for $150 million, is to supply...

Drone aircraft joining hurricane-research missions

'Hurricane researchers flew a small drone aircraft through Tropical Storm Ophelia as it passed Virginia's Eastern Shore last week, demonstrating a new way to probe the storms at low altitudes that human pilots seldom dare. Hurricane Hunter planes flown...

September 19, 2005

UAV crashes in Udhampur village

'AN Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of Indian Air Force crashed near Jib (Kamal Danga, Sunari), about 20 kilometers from Udhampur on Saturday evening. However, no loss of the life was reported. Sources said that UAV caught fire after it...

Pentagon Examines New Micro-UAV

'The U.S. Defense Department has been examining a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle designed to provide small military units with tactical reconnaissance. The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been examining the Micro Air Vehicle developed by Honeywell. The...

Traffic police begin using UAVs

'The Israel Police Traffic Department yesterday began operating a Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), made by Elbit Systems, as part of its enforcement of traffic laws. The UAV will also be used to track delinquent drivers. Use of...

UAVs Over New Orleans

'Military UAVs are the latest assets that have been drafted into service for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The reserve units sent to New Orleans don't have UAVs, so the navy has come forward with UAV support. Ten Evolution class...

IAI wins $50m Israel Air Force UAV contract

'Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) will supply Heron (Machatz 1) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Israel Air Force for over $50 million. Increased need for surveillance UAVs, particularly following withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, accounts for the order, which...

Paris Air Show: European UAV market worth EUR4.9 billion

'Europe is expected to be the world's third-largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market over the next decade behind the US and the Asia-Pacific region, according a new market survey of the continent's military UAV requirements conducted by consulting firm...

Hermes 450 first large UAV to fly in UK airspace

'An Elbit Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which forms the basis of the UK's Watchkeeper programme, became on 7 September the first large UAV to fly in UK air space. The 4.5-hour flight was the first full flight,...

Robonic to Launch UAV Test Flight Centre In Finland

'Robonic Ltd of Finland is to establish a dedicated UAV test flight centre at Kemijarvi, Finland. This new centre will support development, test and evaluation, and operational training for ground launched targets and tactical UAVs. The facilities will include...

Dutch micro UAV flaps its way to successful first flight

'A flapping-wing micro unmanned air vehicle (MAV) weighing just 17g and with a wingspan of 330mm (13in) flew successfully at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands last month. The remotely controlled Delfly, which has four wings and...

September 18, 2005

PENTAGON EXAMINES NEW MICRO-UAV

The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been examining the Micro Air Vehicle developed by Honeywell. The MAV was one of several micro-UAVs reviewed by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of the Advanced Concept Technology...

September 14, 2005

Demand increasing for drone operators trained in southern Arizona

'The number of students training to pilot unmanned drones, which can be used to spy on enemy troops, has more than quadrupled at Fort Huachuca since military campaigns began in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The Army's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle...

September 13, 2005

Robonic to Launch UAV Test Flight Centre In Finland

'Robonic Ltd of Finland is to establish a dedicated UAV test flight centre at Kemijarvi, Finland. This new centre will support development, test and evaluation, and operational training for ground launched targets and tactical UAVs. The facilities will include...

September 12, 2005

Israel Aircraft Industries to Supply Heron UAVs to Israel Air Force

'Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) was recently awarded a contract to supply the Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system - Machatz 1 to the Israel Air Force (IAF). The order, valued in excess of $50 million includes long-term maintenance contract....

NRL Develops Fully Autonomous Compact Electric Helicopter

'Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratorys (NRLs) Tactical Electronic Warfare Division (TEWD) have developed an affordably expendable fully autonomous compact electric helicopter system called SPIDER (Scientific Payload Insertion Device Electric Rotor). The helicopter can perform automatic takeoffs, fly up...

September 08, 2005

Elbit Hermes makes first flight of large UAV in UK

'Elbit Systems Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flew yesterday above ParcAberporth, Wales. The Hermes 450 is a part of WatchKeeper, a joint project by Elbit Systems and Thales. The flight was part of the UAV 2005 Exhibition taking...

Unmanned flight makes history in Wales

'Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) history was made today at the ParcAberporth Unmanned Systems event in Wales with the first flight in UK airspace of a large UAV. Thales UK and Watchkeeper team partner Elbit systems presented a flight demonstration...

Unmanned Planes Survey New Orleans Damage

'Tiny, unmanned surveillance planes are being pressed into action for reconnaissance over Katrina-ravaged New Orleans in what defense contractors call the biggest civilian deployment ever for the technology. Ten of the unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, have been taking...

September 07, 2005

Unmanned aircraft centre to open

'A centre of excellence for developing unmanned aircraft is officially opening in west Wales with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs. ParcAberporth will become a key site for developing and testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The aircraft have...

Aerosonde starts UAV trials with US Air Force

'UAV manufacturer Aerosonde has been awarded a contract worth almost US$700,00 by the US Air Force to undertake trials to meet weather reconnaissance requirements for tropical storms as well as military targeting and training. According to the USAF, the...

September 06, 2005

US UAV Kills 11 Iraqi Insurgents

'A unmanned US spy plane Monday thwarted an Iraqi rebel mortar attack on a sprawling US base, firing two missiles which killed 11 insurgents and wounded four more, the military said. US forces located two groups of attackers with...

QinetiQ acquires 90% in near-space UAV partner

'QinetiQ and the Verhaert Group of Belgium, have announced the acquisition by QinetiQ of a 90% share of Verhaert Design and Development NV (VDD), the leading Belgian space systems integrator. The company will be renamed Verhaert Space NV. QinetiQ...

Singapore eyes Global Hawk UAV

'Island state interested in airborne early warning RQ-4 development to expand surveillance capabilities Singapore received a formal briefing from the USA on the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle late last month as it looks to improve...

Drones to help rescuers in New Orleans

'Unmanned remote-controlled airplanes used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars may be deployed to find people trapped in New Orleans' buildings by Hurricane Katrina's flood waters, a U.S. congressman said Friday. Five Silver Fox unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs,...

September 05, 2005

Retired colonel brings UAV expertise to Sentel

'Janice Morrow was one of the people involved in bringing the use of small unmanned aircraft systems under the control of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command last year. When she retired, Col. Morrow looked for a way...

Cyber Defense Successfully Tests New Propulsion System For Mid Altitude Airships

'Cyber Defense Systems has announced the introduction and successful testing of a revolutionary new propulsion system. Cyber Defense's propulsion systems for the Mid Altitude Airships SA 90 being built by Techsphere Systems International is designed to maintain geo-stationary position...

Alenia and Aermacchi partner Russian companies Irkut and Yakovlev in UAV projects

'Finmeccanica group companies Alenia Aeronautica and Aermacchi are to establish industrial and commercial partnerships with two of Russias leading aviation companies, Irkut and its subsidiary Yakovlev. The partnerships will be in the fields of aircraft design, training aircraft and...

Cyber Defense Successfully Tests Groundbreaking Propulsion System For Unmanned Airships

Cyber Defense Systems, Inc. ,a designer and developer of next generation unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV''s) and an operating subsidiary of Proxity, Inc. (Pink Sheets: PRXT), today announced the introduction and successful testing of a revolutionary new propulsion system. Cyber...

Israeli UAVs for Turkey

'Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd. (IAI) and Elbit Systems will jointly supply the Turkish Armed Forces Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) systems. The contract is valued at $150 million and each company's share will amount to approximately $75 million. The contract...

The Clash of the UAV Tribes

'With about 775 unmanned aerial vehiclesfrom miniature UAVs to the high-altitude Global Hawknow in operation over Iraq and Afghanistan, the military services are once again confronting long-standing differences over roles and missions. The latest debate about UAVs is not...

Drones to help rescuers

'Unmanned remote-controlled airplanes used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars may be deployed to find people trapped in New Orleans' buildings by Hurricane Katrina's flood waters, a U.S. congressman said Friday. Five Silver Fox unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs,...

GIs praise next generation of aerial drones

'Fighting an insurgency without fronts, U.S. commanders in Iraq need a technical advantage to rob the enemy of free movement. Live video images from unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, give soldiers critical capabilities, said 1st Lt. William Weiland, 501st...

Unmanned Technologies Australia

'Unmanned Technologies Australia (UTA) has finalised details of a consortium to develop and commercialise a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The new UAV program, AIRCOMS, will develop a unique airborne communications and surveillance capability suitable for a wide range...

Pakistan acquiring UAV from Germany

'Pakistan is reported to be in the process of acquiring a German unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system in the current fiscal. Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Tariq Majeed has instructed the military operations and military intelligence directorates to...

September 04, 2005

US Border Patrol Purchases Predator B UAV to Patrol US Mexican Border

The US Border Patrol has announced they have purchased a Predator B UAV to patrol the US-Mexican border. The mission will be to look for both smuggling of drugs and humans. The UAV will begin its work next month between...

August 30, 2005

Mission Critical Unmanned specializes in providing autonomous unmanned aircraft

Mission Critical Unmanned specializes in providing autonomous unmanned aircraft and aviation infrastructure to agencies and organizations with exacting data needs, but lacking aviation expertise. When fully operational, UASTD will comprise a camera payload in an unmanned aerial vehicle, flying...

Northrop Grumman Wins U.S. Navy Contract to Study Maritime Surveillance Concepts

'Northrop Grumman has won one of several contracts from the U.S. Navy to study and recommend solutions to the service's requirement for an around-the-clock, worldwide maritime surveillance capability. The study contract, named Persistent Unmanned Maritime Airborne Surveillance (PUMAS), is...

August 29, 2005

BAE Systems Australias JP129 Tactical UAV boosted by recent US Army decisions

'BAE Systems Australias JP129 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solution has been given a boost thanks to recent contract awards made by the US Army. AAI Corporation, a lead partner on BAE Systems JP129 team has been awarded a...

August 28, 2005

Iran says wreckage of UAV crash found

'A plane without pilot crashed in a mountainous area in the west of Iran and its carcass was found by the Iranian armed forces. According to a daily newspaper of the country, it is undoubtedly about a spy plane....

Top gun in UAV training: Fort Huachuca is now the home of the world's largest UAV facility

'FORT HUACHUCA - This Southern Arizona Army post now boasts the world's largest unmanned aerial vehicle training facility. With the ribbon-cutting Friday afternoon officially opening the more than $10 million, 25,000-square-foot UAV System Training Center Annex, there is now...

Evolution in Unmanned Vehicles

Red Nova has a good article on the Evolution in Unmanned Vehicles: 'Specialized unmanned vehicles continue to emerge, for use on land, at sea, and in the air Unmanned ground vehicles like the Talon, shown here equipped with an...

Beale's Global Hawk mission extends worldwide

Airman with the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron here are part of the Air Force's only operational Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle unit. The $35-million Global Hawk is used to provide Air Force and joint battlefield commanders near real-time, high-resolution intelligence,...

August 25, 2005

A-160: Test Flight Incident Under Investigation

'An A-160 Hummingbird, a rotary wing UAV prototype lost power coming into land in Victorville, Calif last Thiursday. Sources said the engine shut down prematurely duirng the approach phase following a successful long-endurance flight. The accident is under investigation.'...

Northrop Grumman Unveils Newest Target For U.S. Navy

'Northrop Grumman has unveiled its BQM-74F which is the U.S. Navy's next-generation subsonic aerial target that can fly longer distances at much higher speeds and with increased maneuverability than before. Aerial targets are the Navy's most realistic means of...

August 24, 2005

Teledyne Awarded FCS Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Contract

'Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) todayannounced that Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., was one of threecompanies awarded a multi-million dollar contract by The BoeingCompany (NYSE:BA), the Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) for the U.S.Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program, for phase one...

Airborne Drones, Mimicking Gulls, Alter Wing Shape For Agility

'The military's next generation of airborne drones won't be just small and silent they'll also dive between buildings, zoom under overpasses and land on apartment balconies. At least, that's what University of Florida engineers are working toward. Funded...

Japan plans high-speed plane launch

'Japan's space agency plans to launch an arrow-shaped aeroplane at twice the speed of sound high over the Australian Outback as early as next month in a test of the country's push to develop a supersonic successor to the...

Taiwan wants to arm tactical UAV

'Government-controlled CSIST unveils Chung Shyang II mock-up and hopes to develop strike version for military. Taiwans Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) has unveiled a new tactical unmanned air vehicle and hopes to develop a strike version...

August 23, 2005

Special Operations Command Get Predator UAV Squadron

'SOCOM (Special Operations Command), is getting its own Predator squadron. Normally, a Predator Squadron has twelve MQ-1 Predators assigned to it. The number of troops assigned varies, depending on how intensively the Predators will be used. SOCOM is gearing...

Predator UAV Fleet Coming to Ellington

Twelve Predator UAVs will be coming to Ellington in Texas to replace the current fleet of F-16 aircraft present there now. The Predators will be used to patrol the Texas cost as well as watching the Mexican border for illegal...

August 22, 2005

Forest officials test civilian spy planes to fight wildfires

'Firefighters across the West are getting a high-tech ally in their battle against wildland flames: A remote-controlled spy plane that doesn't mind smoke, can see in the dark and never sleeps. Scientists have been testing whether flocks of the...

Proxy Aviation Systems Unveils SkyWatcher at UAV Demo

Proxy Aviation Systems has unveiled the SkyWatcher unmanned aircraft system. The SkyWatcher is designed for long endurance, low and medium altitude, multi-payload intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The SkyWatcher system consists of four main components: highly autonomous air vehicles;...

August 21, 2005

The General in a Hurry Now Buying German Spy Planes for Millions

'After failing to push through a dubious $85 million deal for night vision equipment for tanks from a French company in late June, as the deal was exposed in time by the South Asia Tribune, the same ambitious top...

August 19, 2005

Unmanned aircraft capabilities expanding in war on terrorism

'Once used only for remote reconnaissance, unmanned aircraft technology has rapidly evolved in recent years. Such systems now feature strike capabilities and are being used for force-protection and signals-collection missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unmanned aerial systems have helped...

Pentagon renames UAVs Unmanned Aerial 'Systems'

'The military has begun informally referring to unmanned aerial systems rather than vehicles, a change that will soon become official and in part is designed to stress the idea that the aircraft are just one facet in a complex...

Indoor Mini UAV Steers Itself

'Swiss researchers have built a robotic aircraft with an 80-centimeter wingspan that flew indoors for about four minutes, detecting walls and automatically turning away from them, thanks to two one-gram cameras, a gyroscope, and a small microcontroller onboard. Why...

Australia investigates many different UV avenues

'Australia's future military operations will be supported by forces of robots and unmanned vehicles which will be highly integrated and controlled by defence personnel from a distance, Defence Minister Robert Hill said today. Speaking at the opening of the...

August 16, 2005

Cyber Defense Systems commences shipment of CyberbugTM UAVs

Cyber Defense Systems, Inc., a designer and developer of next generation unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) and an operating subsidiary of Proxity, Inc. (Pink Sheets: PRXT), today announced it has begun shipment of the CyberBugTM to both US and international...

Customised Fireant UAV touted in Taipei

'Taiwanese companies Pegasus Aviation and Space Tek signed a partnership agreement at Taipei Aerospace Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE) with Taiwans Aerospace Industrial Defence Corporation (AIDC) to offer a micro unmanned air vehicle to Taiwanese military and civilian customers....

Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout UAV Demonstrates Communication, Imagery-Relay and Logistic Capabilities

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) completed data and image relay, video transmissions and supplied delivery to a remote location during a series of tests and demonstrations Aug. 1-3 at Arizona's Yuma Proving...

August 15, 2005

Unmanned remote sensing aircraft takes flight

'China's first high-end and multi-functional remote sensing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its successful test flight on Monday in Huangguoshu Airport, Anshun City, southwest China's Guizhou Province. The remote sensing system, jointly developed by Peking University and Guizhou Aviation...

Surveillance technique taking flight

'The noisy little plane sitting on the catapult at Camp Atterbury was not much bigger than radio-controlled planes enjoyed by hobbyists. As its gas-powered engine whined before take off Aug. 8, Staff Sgt. Dave Denton joked that its a...

Four FCS UAV Sub-Contracts Awarded

'Lead Systems Integrators (LSI) Boeing and SAIC awarded four contracts to three premier industry partners for the first phase of development for two classes of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as part of the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS)...

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to develop UAVs

'General Atomics Aeronautical Systems recently won a $214 million contract to develop the Army's new unmanned aircraft system. The San Diego-based company, which maintains test sites in the Antelope Valley, already produces the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV,...

August 13, 2005

General Atomics wins $214 US Army UAV contract

'General Atomics Aeronautical Systems said Monday the US Army had awarded it a $214 million contract to deliver an Extended Range Multi Purpose Unmanned Aerial Vehicle system (ERMP). The contract launches a three-year system development and demonstration programme with...

Aerosonde launches Mk 3.2 UAV

'Australian UAV company Aerosonde Pty Limited has launched a new version of its highly successful Aerosonde Mk 3 Unmanned Air Vehicle. The Mk 3.2 involves major structural changes, with the wing, fuselage and tail now constructed primarily from pre-impregnated...

$50M for A-160 Hummingbird UAV Concept Demonstrators

'Boeing Co. subsidiary Frontier Systems Inc. in Irvine, CA received a $50 million ceiling-priced indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) of the A-160 Hummingbird Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to assess...

Army awards 'Warrior' long-range UAV contract

'The Army has awarded a $214-million contract for development of an Extended-Range Multi-Purpose unmanned aerial vehicle named the Warrior. The ERMP Warrior will have the longest range of any UAV system in the Army, and its diesel-powered air vehicle...

August 12, 2005

U.S. loses spy drone as Iraqis make off with wreck

'Iraqis in the northern city Mosul have made off with a top secret American spy plane. The U.S. military in Iraq said in a statement on Thursday that one of its unmanned aerial vehicles -- otherwise known as a...

Vought Delivers First Enhanced Wing for RQ-4B Global Hawk UAV

'Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. delivered its first enhanced wing to prime contractor Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) on July 21 for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle (UAV). This wing was successfully tested to 100 percent limit...

Taiwan's AIDC To Develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

'The government-owned Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) announced Thursday that it will cooperate with two local companies to develop the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). AIDC Board Chairman Sun Tao-yu made the announcement during the signing of a letter of...

August 11, 2005

Global Aerial Surveillance Announces Successful Test Flight for Its Wraith XD-04E Drone

'Global Aerial Surveillance (OTC: GARS), a developer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for both commercial and military applications, announced today that it has successfully flight tested the Wraith XD-04E drone. The Wraith is an all-purpose reconnaissance UAV...

Northrop Grumman to Deploy Two More Global Hawk UAVs in Global War on Terrorism

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to deploy two production RQ-4A Global Hawk aerial reconnaissance systems early this fall. The air vehicles will join an advanced concept technology demonstration version of the...

General Atomics nets UAV contract with Army

'In the end, it was between the Warrior and the Hunter. Two companies - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Northrop Grumman - were betting their aircraft had the capabilities to become the Army's Extended Range Multi-Purpose unmanned aerial vehicle....

August 10, 2005

Russia to buy submarine rescue vehicles from UK

Russia will buy from Britain two Scorpio underwater rescue vehicles of the type used to rescue a stranded Russian mini-submarine from the Pacific last Sunday, Itar-Tass news agency reported on Tuesday. It took less than four hours for the...

Northrop Grumman Conducts First Flight of Modernized, Multi-Mission MQ-5B Hunter UAV

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has taken a significant step toward modernizing the U.S. Army's fleet of Hunter unmanned systems by conducting the first engineering flight of an enhanced, multi-mission variant of the current RQ-5A air vehicle called the...

August 09, 2005

UK seals Thales UAV deal

'The UK Ministry of Defence and Thales UK have signed the long-awaited 700 million ($1.2 billion) contract for the development, manufacture and initial support of the Watchkeeper unmanned air vehicle system. The system is due to come into service...

Surveillance drones poised for takeoff?

'If Billy Robinson has his way, unmanned spy planes like the ones buzzing above Baghdad may soon be darting around the New York skyline. Robinson's Cyber Defense Systems made a splash earlier this year when it announced a demonstration...

August 06, 2005

Failed Pilot Bearing Caused UAV Predator Crash

A failed pilot bearing caused an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle to crash in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility March 30, according to an Air Force report released Aug. 4. The Predator, assigned to the 57th Wing at...

University of North Dakota Receives Grant for UAV Projects

The University of North Dakota has received two grants totalling $270,000 (USD) to research unmanned aerial vehicles. The grants came from the Federal Aviation Administration's Center of Excellence for General Aviation. Graduate students and faculty will research the ability of...

August 04, 2005

WindTracer Breaks New Ground in UAV Market

News Release: CLR Photonics, Inc. -- a world leader in the development of lidar-based remote-sensing solutions designed for airport, meteorological, and homeland security applications -- recently unveiled WindTracer(R) to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market. Making its UAV market debut...

UAV launched from Submarine

'The first-ever launch of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from a surfaced submarine July 20 was a great success, proving the expanded utility of a technology already being used by United States Marines in Iraq. Despite its small size, the...

August 03, 2005

UAVs - Eternal planes' to watch over us

The BBC has a great article on UAVs as 'Eternal planes' to watch over us: 'But observing Earth from afar is not just about battlefields and spy missions, the type usually done by expensive and heavy craft like the...

Homeland Security and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

PHX news has a features on Homeland Security and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 'The current generation of unmanned aerial vehicles has been under development for defense applications since the 1980s, and as the Department of Defense transforms its military operations,...

August 02, 2005

$129M for 48 More RQ-7B Shadow UAVs

'AAI Corporation, the defense subsidiary of United Industrial Corporation, has received a $129 million award from the U.S. Army for 12 additional Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) systems. Each system includes 4 advanced RQ-7B air vehicles, 2 ground...

Lockheed ready for morphing UAV tests, but waiting for FAA approval

'Flight testing of the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works morphing unmanned air vehicle is being held up awaiting approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration to fly the radio-controlled subscale model. Repaired after being damaged in high-speed taxi tests in...

July 30, 2005

More Shadow UAVs over Iraq

'AAI Corporation, the defence subsidiary of United Industrial Corporation, has received $129 million from the US Army for 12 additional Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) systems. The additional 12 systems, which include 48 advanced RQ-7B air vehicles, 24...

'CyberBug,' can drop in and quietly gather intelligence

'A U.S. company has begun marketing a stealth micro-unmanned aerial vehicle that can blend in with its surroundings. The micro-UAV, dubbed CyberBug, weighs less than a kilogram and was designed for both military and security surveillance. The battery-powered UAV...

July 29, 2005

Japan Plans First Spy Plane To Watch North Korea

'Japan plans to introduce unmanned spy aircraft to watch military bases in North Korea or other countries, letting Tokyo gather such intelligence on its own for the first time, a report said Tuesday. The Defense Agency will tighten its...

AeroVironment Flies Worlds First Liquid Hydrogen Powered UAV

At AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America Conference, Baltimore, Md., June 28, 2005 AeroVironment (AV), a world leader in the development of unmanned High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) aircraft, has successfully completed the worlds first liquid hydrogen powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle...

UK 'Spy in the Sky' Watchkeeper programme announced

'The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) will be a new addition to the future battlespace reardless of whether the US is in the fight or not. Military UAV programs are being approved the world over with the latest being a...

July 27, 2005

Boeing Awards Multiple Contracts for First Phase of New UAV Program

'Boeing and Science Applications International today awarded four multimillion-dollar contracts to three premier industry partners to participate in the first phase of development for two classes of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The UAVs - a key battlespace asset and...

EDA Briefs Industry on Technology Demonstration Studies for Long-Endurance UAVS

'The European Defence Agency has briefed more than 50 European industrial companies on two critical technology areas for long-endurance Unmanned Air Vehicles (LE-UAVs) for which it intends to contract initial technology demonstration studies by the end of the year....

July 26, 2005

Competition sizzles in NM to commercialize unmanned aerial vehicles

'Home to the alleged 1947 alien crash in Roswell, New Mexico is becoming a hotbed for the development and testing of one of the newest innovations in aerospace technology, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. Experts say UAVs, which can...

Firescout RQ-8 UAV Fires Missile

'Northrop Grumman Corporation's RQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle (UAV) reached another important milestone July 22 when the UAV successfully fired two test rockets. This is the first successful live weapons fire from an autonomous unmanned helicopter. This event...

Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout UAV Successfully Fires Test Rockets

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) RQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle (UAV) reached another important milestone July 22 when the UAV successfully fired two test rockets. This is the first successful live weapons fire from an autonomous unmanned helicopter. This event...

UK Gives $1.23B Green Light to Watchkeeper UAV

'Britain has given the green light to the Watchkeeper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program. The contract with Thales UK will be worth around GBP 700 million ($1.23 billion), and is expected to create or sustain up to 2000 high-quality manufacturing...

July 25, 2005

Japan Launches UAV Program

'Japan has started its own unmanned aerial vehicle development program and aims to produce two prototypes by fiscal 2012 for $200 million. The UAVs would replace importation of U.S.-made UAVs. The plan will ignite debate in Parliament about whether...

July 24, 2005

Air Force testifies in support of UAVs at Grand Forks

'Air Force officials reiterated their commitment to bringing unmanned aerial vehicles to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in testimony today before the federal Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Michael Moseley told the...

US to Deploy Upgraded Spy Planes The Korea Times : US to Deploy Upgraded Spy Planes

'The United States Forces Korea (USFK) will deploy a state-of-the-art unmanned aerial system in South Korea as part of efforts to upgrade its air surveillance and reconnaissance capability on North Korea, a senior U.S. military officer said. Brig. Gen....

Israeli Origin UAV Completes Test Flights

'An Israeli-origin unmanned aerial vehicle has completed a series of tests for the U.S. Army. The Hunter-2 demonstrator was said to have successfully completed a series of ground and flight tests as part of the U.S. Army's Extended Range/Multi-Purpose...

July 22, 2005

British Government Approves 700-Mln-Pound Drones Deal For Thales

'Britain on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to a 700-million-pound (1.0-million-euro, 1.2-billion-dollar) deal with French defence group Thales for unmanned planes known as drones, potentially creating hundreds of jobs. Defence secretary John Reid said he had given the green light...

No plans to send Hunter UAVs to South Korea, Army officials say

'The United States has no plans to deploy the Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to South Korea, according to 8th Army officials. Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Martz, 2nd Infantry Division assistant division commander (maneuver), was quoted in the Korea Times...

Northrop Grumman Opens Integration Lab to Test and Refine Fire Scout UAV

'On July 19, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) opened its new System Integration Laboratory for the U.S. Army's RQ-8B Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The laboratory provides a place for the Fire Scout team to...

Thales wins �700M contract for UK Watchkeeper UAV program

John Reid, Defence Secretary said: "Watchkeeper is the key to battlefield surveillance of the future. The new UAVs will be able to stay in the air for much longer than conventional aircraft, and will provide all-weather coverage by day and...

July 17, 2005

Indian Air Force inducts Lakshya - Indigenous UAV

'India's indigenously developed first pilotless target aircraft Lakshya was inducted into the IAF squadron on Friday. Nine indigenously upgraded twin-seater deep penetration strike aircraft Jaguar were also handed over to the IAF by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee at a...

Army UAV Center of Excellence to be at Rucker

'The U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., has been designated as the new Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Center of Excellence. A Joint UAV Center of Excellence was also announced July 8 by the Defense Department and it...

newsBoeing ScanEagle UAV to Achieve European Air Show First

The Boeing ScanEagle will become the first fixed wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to fly at a European public air show, when it takes to the skies at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, July 16...

Boeing Awarded $175M Contract for Continuing X-45C UAV Work

'The Boeing Company says that its McDonnell Douglas unit in St Louis, Missouri was awarded a $175 million contract from DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, for continuing work on X-45C, the unmanned aircraft program. The award will...

Fire Scout UAV Information and Pictures

gizmag has a great post on the Fire Scout UAV with some great pictures of the Fire Scout : 'The most advanced vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV) in the World is the Northrop Grumman...

July 15, 2005

UAV competition attracts 13 colleges, universities

'The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Program Executive Office for Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aviation, hosted the 3rd annual student competition for unmanned aerial vehicles July 2, at the Patuxent River, Webster Field Annex. The event...

Global Hawk Unmanned System Reaches 7,000th Flight Hour While Supporting War on Terrorism

The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-built prototype of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system reached its 7,000th total flight hour on June 22 during a combat mission supporting the global war on terrorism. The U.S. Air Force's fleet...

July 14, 2005

South Korea to Purchase US Spy Aircraft

'The Defense Ministry has officially requested the United States sell its high-altitude, long-range surveillance aircraft as part of its mid to long-term arms acquisition plan, ministry officials said Tuesday. The request was made at a subpanel session of an...

July 13, 2005

Commander named for Predator group

'Army Brig. Gen. Walter L. Davis has been named commander of the Joint Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Center of Excellence at the newly dubbed Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs. The Defense Department announced the assignment Monday. Creech Air...

July 12, 2005

Pilotless planes might help fight wildfires

'Federal scientists have tested them over Mount St. Helens. The Department of Homeland Security has used them to inspect the Alaskan oil pipeline. The Coast Guard wants to use them for maritime enforcement and the Border Patrol to guard...

SkyLite - Mini UAV System

'SkyLite is a man portable, canister launched mini UAV system for the deployed ranks. The system is carried by a team of two soldiers. One carries two UAVs and the other carries the ground station and the landing net....

Joint Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team, Center of Excellence Announced

The first organization is a Joint UAV Overarching Integrated Product Team ( OIPT ) will provide a forum to identify and resolve materiel issues and seek solutions common to all the military Services. The OIPT will concentrate on improving...

Lockheed unveils hybrid cruise missile/UAV plans

Lockheed Martin has unveiled plans to demonstrate a �persistent surveillance� hybrid cruise missile/unmanned air vehicle next year. Named Top Cover, the air-launched, forward-swept-wing design will have an endurance of over 24h at altitudes around 5,000ft (1,500m) and is intended to...

July 10, 2005

Cellular Antennas Go Airborne

The latest enhancement in cellular technology may be right over our heads. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with a cellular antenna is being used to send wireless signals to handset units or laptops wherever they may be. Testing is...

July 09, 2005

Joint Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team, Center of Excellence Announced

News Release: The Department of Defense announces today the establishment of two organizations to coordinate the development and use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capabilities. The first organization is a Joint UAV Overarching Integrated Product Team (OIPT) will provide...

July 08, 2005

NASA is considering getting a UAV

'NASA wants a robot plane, also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle, for the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Space.com reports that the UAV would be useful for operations around the huge spaceport. NASA's requirements include that the vehicle...

July 07, 2005

US Air Force eyes ScanEagle for convoy protection

'The US Air Force is evaluating the Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for use in convoy protection in Iraq and could field the system there in that role before the end of 2005, according to air force and...

Boeing ScanEagle UAV Completes Sea Trials Aboard U.S. Navy Ship

'ScanEagle, a long-endurance fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group, successfully completed sea trials aboard the USS Cleveland as part of the U.S. Navy-sponsored 2005 Joint Task Force Exercise The two week...

July 01, 2005

AeroVironment Flies World�s First Liquid Hydrogen Powered UAV

AeroVironment (AV), a world leader in the development of unmanned High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) aircraft, has successfully completed the world�s first liquid hydrogen powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight tests. The fifty-foot wingspan prototype aircraft accomplished a major milestone in AV�s...

June 30, 2005

UK first for Thales-led UAV trials

A groundbreaking development programme led by prime contractor Thales UK has seen the successfully controlled flights of an Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) direct from a Royal Navy warship, marking the first time full UAV control from a warship has been...

June 24, 2005

White Knight Carried X-37 Today

We announced back on June 7 the White Knight was to carry the X-37 UAV. Today that happened. While the White Knight and X-37 pair have previously engaged in high-speed taxi tests, today the pair left the ground and went...

UAV Display Monday at Webster Field

General Aviation News Blog has a post about an upcoming display of UAVs. Demonstrations and static displays include: Arcturus UAV - Arcturus; Aerovironment - Raven, Swift; BAI - Tern, Evolution; DoD UGVs - (I-Robot, Foster-Miller, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman); DRS -...

Smaller, Lighter UAVs to Reach Market Soon

A company in Tucson, Arizona USA is currently developing UAVs smaller and lighter than ever before. The small UAVs can be "toss launched" and weight about 4.5 pounds. They have a 62 inch wingspan and can fly for about an...

June 23, 2005

Boeing Team Demonstrates Advanced Autonomous Flight Control for UAVs

Boeing and a team of flight control scientists from academia have demonstrated leading-edge flight control technologies that potentially could dramatically improve the mission effectiveness of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles. The effort is part of the Software Enabled Control program (...

June 17, 2005

Solar UAV

Worldchanging reports on two solar powered UAVs. The AC Propulsion SoLong recently flew for 48 hours. The solar panels on the wings recharged the craft's batteries so they could power it for its secod night in the air. QinetiQ's Mercator...

June 16, 2005

Robots in the Skies

Slate reports from the Paris Air Show on the growing UAV contingent. Peter van Blyenburgh is the president of UVS International, a nonprofit industry group that he founded 10 years ago. He may have a broader view of the industry...

June 15, 2005

Morphing UAVs

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works is investigating "morphing" airframes for the UAV of the future, allowing them to change flight characteristics for different phases of a mission. The technology explored through morphing enables other next-generation capabilities, including a submarine-launched unmanned aerial...

EDO Introduces 'SABRE' For UAV Weaponisation; Ultra-Lightweight Non-Pyrotechnic Stores-Carriage System

EDO MBM Technology Ltd, a business unit of EDO Corporation (NYSE:EDO), has launched a family of store carriage-and-release systems specifically developed for UAV platforms. Known as SABRE, it is a new generation of ultra lightweight, non-pyrotechnic, modular carriers. SABRE provides...

June 14, 2005

International Tribune Reports on the State of UAVs

The International Tribune posted an article today reporting on the current state of UAVs as well as speculating on the future. The article talks about the safety aspects of UAVs, how they are being used today, the countries actively involved...

June 11, 2005

Pilot Error Cited in UAV Crash Investigation

The results of an investigation into the crash of a Predator UAV in November of 2004 have been released. According to the report, pilot error was the final cause. Although the UAV's navigational system was malfunctioning, the investigators determined the...

Japan to purchase U.S. spy plane

Fearing a flare-up in North Korea at any time, the Defense Agency has abandoned plans for the domestic production of a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft and will purchase U.S.-made planes instead, sources said. They said the decision was made because...

June 08, 2005

Warrior flies UAV Seaplane

By using existing UAV systems to aid Network Connectivity and its own aerial platform, the project will enable valuable UAV assets to enter service within short timescales to meet known user requirements and bring an array of additional functions to...

June 07, 2005

Boeing X-37 UAV to be Carried by White Knight

Space.com reports that Boeing's X-37 UAV will be carried by the White Knight built by Scaled Composites. The new pair have been undergoing high speed taxi tests in Mojave, California. No word yet on when any launches or drops will...

June 05, 2005

Cyber Defense CyberBug Monitors Fairgrounds for County Sheriff,

Cyber Defense Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:CYDF) announces their CyberBug(TM) was successfully deployed on Sunday April 17 for the Charles County Sheriff's Office to monitor the 12th Annual Southern Maryland "Blessing of the Bikes" event held at the Charles County Fairgrounds in...

June 04, 2005

Israel's secret drone revealed

'Israel the past two weeks has been utilizing a secret device to counter the growing threat of mortars and Qassam rockets Hamas regularly launches at the Jewish communities of Gaza a pilotless drone that identifies and takes out...

UAV mission confirmed

'The Air Force plans to send two types of unmanned vehicles to Grand Forks Air Force Base, and pilots from the Fargo Air National Guard base will operate them from the ground, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said Thursday. The...

Northrop Grumman Starts Construction Of Its X-47B J-UCAS UAV

'Northrop Grumman has started construction of its X-47B Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) aircraft, the world's first unmanned surveillance attack aircraft that can operate from both land bases and aircraft carriers. Production is taking place in the St....

Test Pilot School concludes first UAV short course

The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School graduated the first of hopefully be many Unmanned Air Vehicle flight test short courses May 20 during a ceremony in the school's main auditorium. Seven lieutenants, all from Edwards, attended the ceremony. This...

June 01, 2005

Linux Powers Airborne Bots

'British researchers are turning to Linux and embedded processors to build a fleet of tiny, robotic helicopters capable of swarming like angry bees and evaluating their surroundings with a single hive mind. The University of Essex's UltraSwarm project is...

Vought Completes Tests on First Enhanced Wing For Next Global Hawk

'Vought Aircraft Industries announced Monday that it has successfully tested to 100 percent limit load its first enhanced wing for the U.S. Air Force's new RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle (UAV) produced by Northrop Grumman. This testing, which...

May 29, 2005

Boeing ScanEagle UAV Surpasses 3000 Combat Flight Hours in Iraq

ScanEagle, a long-endurance fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group, has surpassed 3,000 combat flight hours during operations in Iraq in just ten months. The low-cost UAV has proven to be one...

May 27, 2005

UAV air demonstration set for June

'The third demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles is shaping up to be the largest yet. The flying demonstrations and static displays will be held June 27 at the Naval Air Station's Webster Field Annex. The theme is Focusing Unmanned...

May 26, 2005

Harpy UAV compromise with US: No upgrades for China

'A compromise has been reached with the US over the Harpy attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), produced by Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. (IAI), which were sold to China. The Harpies China sent to IAI for what was called repairs,...

May 24, 2005

Cyber Defenses' CyberScout Performs Transition From Hover To Forward Flight

'Cyber Defense Systems has announced that on May 13 their CyberScout UAV performed its first transition flight from hover flight to forward flight. The CyberScout, a gas powered VTOL type vehicle, is the first in a series of planned...

U.S. Army Awards Raytheon $16.5 Million to Provide Multi-Sensor Payload for UAV

Raythorn News Release: Raytheon Company has been awarded a $16.5 million U.S. Army contract to provide the electro-optic/infrared/laser designator payload for use on the Army's Extended Range Multi-Purpose (ERMP) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS)...

May 23, 2005

UAVs to be manufactured indigenously in India

'The Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV), which has gain an important position in Defence strategies including surveillance, would be now manufactured indigenously and an budget of Rs 500 crore has been earmarked for its research and development, a top Government...

May 21, 2005

Boeing offers UAV collaboration with UK

'Senior executives from Boeing Unmanned Systems have offered UK aerospace and technology companies the opportunity to collaborate in exploiting the growing global interest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). As a company we are looking forward to a long and...

May 19, 2005

UAV air demonstration set for June

'The third demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles is shaping up to be the largest yet. The flying demonstrations and static displays will be held Monday, June 27 at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md....

May 18, 2005

UAV Tests its Sea Legs

'The Global Hawk has performed well on missions over land, but has not been assigned to long-range surveillance of the worlds oceans. The Navy is beginning development of a concept of operations for the persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance...

May 17, 2005

Soldiers learn to operate UAVs

'Some of the soldiers at Fort Drum are learning how to operate unmanned aerial vehicles. The Raven UAV is a small remote control aircraft with a video camera to provide soldiers with a look at what's ahead on the...

May 15, 2005

UAV unit, agents team up along border

'Unmanned aerial vehicles are important to the Army and the U.S. Border Patrol. That connection is being demonstrated at this Southern Arizona Army post and the Border Patrol's Naco Station as soldiers and agents work together on reconnaissance flights...

Tankers may be replaced by drones

'As part of a national military shakeup, the Grand Forks Air Force Base may see its tanker planes replaced by surveillance drones, which can record sharp images from 65,000 feet or carry missiles above a battlefield. North Dakota's congressional...

May 14, 2005

UAV (Predator) Kills Terrorist

'A senior al Qaeda operative was killed by a missile fired from a CIA Predator aircraft on the Pakistani side of the remote area near the Afghan border earlier this week, U.S. intelligence officials told ABC News. The CIA...

May 13, 2005

PC flies unmanned helicopter

'Israeli firm Steadicopter is claiming a breakthrough for its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This is the first system that can guide a helicopter through its entire flight without any human intervention, said company CEO Amir Rochman. There are miniature...

May 12, 2005

Mini-UAVs - the next small thing

'The age of the mini-UAV started in 1987, when Dr Paul MacCready's AeroVironment company developed the Pointer, the first hand-launched, backpack-carried UAV. Pointer combined the airframe technology of a high-performance model sailplane with an electric motor and propeller, a...

Eye in the sky: The Raven flies high

'The days and nights of risking soldiers' lives on dangerous reconnaissance patrols may soon be over thanks to the Army's latest unmanned spy plane, the Raven Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The RQ-11A Raven UAV has also become a key piece...

May 11, 2005

$20M to Develop UAV Swarm Technologies

'Alion Science and Technology Corp. in Chicago, IL won a $20 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for technical services to develop an intelligent control system for swarming unmanned vehicles to demonstrate autonomous operations and cooperative behavior for persistent surveillance.'...

UAV Designed for Finding Tuna

'ScanEagle is a relatively low-cost robot aircraft at $100,000 a copy - but then, it was originally designed to find tuna schools not terrorists. The U.S. Marine Corps is currently using an upgraded version of the aircraft in Iraq,...

Stewart ANG will not become home of new Predator mission

'The Stewart Airport Air National Guard Base will not become the home to the Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron. While all Air Guard bases in New York were considered, Governor George Pataki, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton and Congressman James...

Bush Wants to Ban Spy Plane Tech

'As part of its fight against terrorism, the Bush administration wants to block the export of technology you can find at your local camping store. In a testimony this week, a senior State Department official, Vann Van Diepen, told...

May 10, 2005

Little Bird UAV, Other Links to UAVs Addressed At Show

'US Army Aviation Association of America opened its annual convention to over 8,000 attendees and the association says record increases in show space. Opening day coincided with an Army operation into Anbar Province, with inevitable heavy...

Unmanned Warfare

The Washington Times has an interesting article today on Unmanned Warfare including UAVs 'Ed Walby made an important trip in the history of unmanned warfare after al Qaeda attacked the United States on September 11. The Air Force colonel...

Syracuse airfield to get unmanned aerial vehicle squadron

'A Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron will be located at Hancock Airfield near Syracuse. Gov. George Pataki and U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodman Clinton made the announcement jointly on Monday from the air field. Hancock was selected after a review...

Northrop Grumman Places Order for First Hunter II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Northrop Grumman News Release: Northrop Grumman Corporation has placed a purchase order with Aurora Flight Sciences of Manassas, Va., to produce the company's first Hunter II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The order for the unmanned aircraft, which will serve...

May 07, 2005

Quad A: K-Max UAV Being Pushed For Army Role

'Kaman - once a fabled name in helicoper circles but lately a supplier of components - launches a bid to supply the Army with a medium-lift unmanned helicopter at the Quad Show in Orlando, Fl.. The company will announce...

May 04, 2005

$9.9M more for Engineering of RQ-7 Shadow UAV

'AAI Corp. in Hunt Valley, MD received a sole-source $9.9 million modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services for the RQ-7 Shadow 200 tactical unmanned aerial vehicle system. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, MD and is...

May 03, 2005

LockMart And Aerosonde Enter Alliance For Unmanned Aircraft System Solutions

'Lockheed Martin, Aerosonde North America and Aerosonde announced last Thursday the establishment of a multinational strategic alliance to provide Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) solutions for domestic and international markets. Our customers' future requirements demand innovative solutions that support their...

Unmanned aerial vehicle flights resume

'Two unmanned aerial vehicle crashes during training at Fort Huachuca last month temporarily suspended flights while the incidents were investigated, army officials said. Flights of Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVs, resumed Friday after investigators determined the cause...

Digital advances produce improved unmanned aerial vehicles

'One day on a gray-painted aircraft carrier tossed by turbulent seas, a grizzled Navy commander awaits the arrival of a new pilot. A teeny knock pings from the outside of the officer's watertight steel door. Come in, the commander...

May 02, 2005

'SoLong' Solar UAV Flies For 24 Hours

AC Propulsion's solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle, the 'SoLong' (pictured left and below) has broken aviation records by flying for just over 24 hours straight fueled soley by battery and solar power. This UAV with a 15.6 foot (4.75m)...

Standards for unmanned aircrafts getting lofty in Korea

'Unmanned Aerial Vehicles operated by the 2nd Infantry Division will be the first in the Army to meet the same standards as conventional aircraft, officials say. The 2nd IDs Company B, Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team,...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Used to Nab Suspects; Attacks Kill Soldiers

'Task Force Liberty soldiers used an unmanned aerial vehicle this morning to help track and detain two individuals who shot at coalition Forces encamped in Hawija, Iraq. Elsewhere, insurgents killed an American soldier in an attack in Khaladiyah today....

May 01, 2005

Unique Unmanned Aircraft Developed

' An Israeli company has developed a unique unmanned aerial vehicle that could be a future homeland security defense tool. The craft does not have a pilot, not even one who controls it remotely from the ground. All aspects...

April 29, 2005

Lockheed Martin and Aerosonde Enter Strategic Alliance for Unmanned Aircraft System Solutions

'Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News), Aerosonde North America, Inc., and Aerosonde Pty Limited today announced the establishment of a multinational strategic alliance to provide Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) solutions for domestic and international markets. Our customers' future requirements...

April 28, 2005

Border Hawk hunts illegals

'With a 10-foot wingspan, the ability to reach speeds of 65 mph, onboard cameras and heat-seeking devices, the Border Hawk could become the newest weapon in the government's effort to shut down illegal aliens and drug smugglers. That's what...

April 27, 2005

NASA And NOAA Join In UAV Flight Demonstration

'NASA's pioneering work with unmanned aerial vehicles could boost the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's quest for life-saving atmospheric and environmental information. An Altair unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is pioneering climate and environmental research for NASA and the National...

GoldenEye-50 UAV Makes First Autonomous Transition Flights

'Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that its GoldenEye-50 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) performed multiple autonomous transitions from vertical to horizontal flight, and back again, during test flights last week. The flights validate Aurora's research, development, test, and evaluation of...

April 26, 2005

Washington Questions Turkey's UAV Deal

'Turkey's procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industry (SSM) has selected a team of Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Elbit for the supply of three UAV systems, a contract worth US$183 million. IAI-Elbit was competing with General Atomics Aeronautical...

April 25, 2005

Civilian-built spy aircraft monitors U.S. southern border

'With a 10-foot wingspan, the ability to reach speeds of 65 mph, onboard cameras and heat-seeking devices, the Border Hawk could become the newest weapon in the government's effort to shut down illegal aliens and drug smugglers. That's what...

Turkey awards Israeli company contract for army drones

'Turkey announced on Tuesday it had chosen an Israeli manufacturer to supply its army with 10 drones and ground stations, ahead of a fence-mending visit to Israel by the Turkish prime minister. A joint venture between two Israeli firms,...

April 22, 2005

New unmanned aircraft tested

'U.S. scientists have tested a remotely operated aircraft that can stay aloft for long periods to monitor weather or climate data. Scientists working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Altair, an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, is...

April 21, 2005

Small UAVs geared to be eyes in skies

'Carving a deeper niche in the highly competitive market for unmanned aerial vehicles, Tucson-based Advanced Ceramics Research Inc. is working on a small UAV that can be launched from naval aircraft. Advanced Ceramics, 3292 E. Hemisphere Loop, is developing...

$14.5M for UAVs to Cover Naval Strike Groups, Oil Platforms

'The Boeing Co. in St. Louis, MO is being awarded a $14.5 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide persistent Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle services for a Naval Expeditionary Strike Group deployment and Gulf Oil Platform security in...

FLIR Systems Awarded $13 Million Contract from U.S. Army for UAV Sensor Program

'FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR) announced today that it has received a contract from the US Army Research Development Engineering Command (RDECOM), Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), valued at approximately...

April 18, 2005

IAI and Elbit Systems win $200m Turkish UAV contract

Elbit Systems have won a contract estimated to be worth $200 million to supply unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Turkish military. It emerges from the report, which quotes sources in Turkey's military industries, that the contract is expected...

Israel sends spy planes to Lebanon after Hizubllah UAV overflight

'Israel has increased its air reconnaissance over Lebanon. Lebanese military sources said the Israel Air Force has increased flights into Lebanon over the last few days. The sources said the latest overflights appeared to be in retaliation for Hizbullah's...

Tiny UAV Joins the Marines

'Efforts to create smaller and smaller UAVs has reached the point where the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are now field testing the seven ounce Wasp Micro Air Vehicle (MAV). This is a flat, rectangular flying wing (13 inch...

April 17, 2005

Drone aircraft industry slowly rising from dream to reality

'The future home of Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems' Unmanned Services Center is still a framed artist's concept on the wall of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation's office. Right now, the future home of the Fire Scout and Global...

Tactical UAVs Provide American Troops An Edge

'The Dragon Eye Tactical UAV was developed by the Marine Corps Warfighting lab in collaboration with Aerovironment which developed the Helios High Altitude Solar Electric UAV Just a few years since being designed at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab,...

April 15, 2005

Rapid growth expected with UAV launch

'The rapid growth in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is expected to create rapid expansion in product and employment at Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems' Unmanned Services Center at Trent Lott International Airport, a company official said Thursday. The...

Prototype Airship Unveiled

'GlobeTel Communications hopes to begin flight testing of its Sanswire One later this year over the California desert and is in discussions with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The prototype is 188 feet long,...

April 14, 2005

Northrop Grumman Conducts First Flight Of Endurance Hunter UAV

'Northrop Grumman has conducted the first flight of a new configuration of the U.S. Army's RQ-5A unmanned aerial vehicle system called the Endurance Hunter (E-Hunter). Conducted March 17 at a company flight test facility near Douglas, Ariz., the flight...

Geneva Aerospace Joins Forces with Vought to Study the Feasibility of a Sea-Going Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

'Defense Contract Will Investigate Plane That Can Land on Waves, without Pilot Assistance 'The aerospace world is buzzing over a newly announced contract that could take unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to the high seas. And Geneva Aerospace, Inc., is...

BAE SYSTEMS Achieves First Untethered Flight of Vertical-Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

BAE Systems has achieved the first untethered flight of its second-generation ducted-fan unmanned aerial vehicle. The vertical-launch aircraft, built for risk reduction on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Organic Air Vehicle Class II (OAV II) program, twice...

April 12, 2005

Tiny robot helicopter unveiled in Japan

Here is a great photo of a great little Micro Flying Robot that weighs just 8.0 grams and is driven by four micro actuators to drive two rotors and stabilising units Source - Tiny robot helicopter unveiled in Japan...

Israel Confirms Hizbollah Drone Entered Its Air Space

'An unmanned drone sent across theIsrael-Lebanon border by Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas wasspotted over northern Israel on Monday, an Israeli militaryspokeswoman said. Israeli security sources said the small aircraft flew forseveral minutes over Israeli territory and then returned toLebanon before...

Hizbollah Flies Drone Over Northern Israel

'Lebanon's Hizbollah guerrillas flew an unmanned surveillance drone over northern Israel on Monday, the guerrilla group and the Israeli army said. In response to repeated and continuous enemy violations of Lebanese airspace, the surveillance plane Mersad 1 carried out...

Northrop Grumman Conducts First Flight of Endurance Hunter UAV

'orthrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has conducted the first flight of a new configuration of the U.S. Army's RQ-5A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system called the Endurance Hunter (E-Hunter). Conducted March 17 at a company flight test facility near Douglas,...

April 11, 2005

Aurora Flight Sciences Delivers Major Global Hawk Assembly

'Aurora Flight Sciences announced last Thursday that it delivered the first aft fuselage for the new RQ-4B model of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle to prime contractor Northrop Grumman. Under the previously announced Engineering and Manufacturing Development Phase...

April 08, 2005

Allies plough billions into drones

'Unmanned robot planes which roam across the battlefield to hunt and kill the enemy are not the stuff of comic books. They are here, now, and proving so useful that the Pentagon is about to spend $13bn on a...

Robot aircraft to take videocam into battle

A video camera with wings is the way this little Micro Air Vehicle has been described (although no wings are in sight). It is set to become a part of some soldiers kit bags to help them do a...

Minehunter UAVs Becoming All-Purpose Hunter-Targeters

'Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. in Melbourne, FL received a $5.5 million modification to a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to add Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition and Laser Designation Functionality into the Airborne Standoff Minefield Detection System (ASTAMID) Block 1. This Army...

April 06, 2005

WASP Micro Air Vehicle (MAV)

'There are now dozens of different types of drones in the Pentagon's arsenal. But you'd be hard-pressed to find one smaller than this Wasp Micro Air Vehicle (MAV), now being tested aboard the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group off Southern...

April 05, 2005

Robot aircraft to take videocam into battle

'A flying video camera could soon be part of a soldier's field gear--just the sort of thing you need if you want to know whether there's someone around the corner with a grenade launcher. Electronics giant Honeywell is testing...

US using drones to fight insurgents

'In the skies over Iraq, the number of remotely piloted aircraft - increasingly crucial tools in tracking insurgents, foiling roadside bombings, protecting convoys and launching missile attacks - has shot up to more than 700 now from just a...

Global Hawk Reaches 4,000th Combat Flight Hour Supporting the Global War on Terrorism

Northrop Grumman Corporation's RQ-4 Global Hawk reached 4,000 combat hours on March 23 during an operational mission in support of the war on terrorism. Performing nearly continuous combat service with the U.S. Air Force since 2001, the high-altitude, long-endurance...

Excalibur UAV Still in Development

'With all the attention being paid to the projected increases in the MQ-1 Predator fleet and tests of the MQ-9 Predator B, other Umanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) may not get much attention. Recently, small business qualifier Aurora Flight Sciences...

April 04, 2005

Flying UAVs in the Marine Corps

' The earliest form of aerial reconnaissance dates back to the civil war, when the Union Army flew hydrogen filled balloons high above the battlefield to gain a greater vantage point. Today's aerial reconnaissance has come a long way...

April 03, 2005

Predator Fleet to Expand

'The US Air Force will expand its Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle fleet to as many as 15 squadrons in response to the escalating demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability in the war on terrorism. The plans are intended...

April 02, 2005

UAV crashes near Bikaner, no casualties

'An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Army, on a routine surveillance mission, crashed 28 km south of Bikaner in Rajasthan on Thursday night. The accident took place due to a technical snag...there was no collateral damage, said an...

April 01, 2005

Submarine Force Tests UAV Technology to Enhance Force Protection

'The submarine force conducted a demonstration here in February using a new type of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to test its utility for force protection. During the demonstration, a prototype UAV was launched and controlled by force protection personnel...

Mofaz hints UAV deal with China may be dropped

Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz discussed Israel's military relations with China with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Defense News: The dispute is harming Israel's role in the development of the Joint Strike Fighter. Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz met...

March 31, 2005

$26M to Upgrade Predator Drone's Targeting

'Raytheon Systems Co. in McKinney, TX received a $26 million firm-fixed-price modification under previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement (N00164-00-G-0007) to upgrade the MQ-1 Predator's sensors and targeting capabilities. This contract comes at a time when the USAF is proposing...

$68.2M to Develop Next-Generation Predator UAV

'General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems of San Diego, CA received a $68.2 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) of the MQ-9 Hunter-Killer Aircraft. The MQ-9 is the next generation of the MQ-1 Predator, whose military...

March 30, 2005

Jet-powered Kingfisher II intended to challenge Fire Scout for LCS support role

'Vought Aircraft Industries is studying the feasibility of launching its first all-new aircraft in decades, proposing a seaplane unmanned air vehicle concept to the US Navy called the Kingfisher II. Vought seeks to enter the UAV market with a...

MQ-1 Predator crashes in Iraq

'An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashed about 10 p.m. EST on March 26 in the vicinity of Balad, Iraq. The aircraft was assigned to the 15th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. It...

March 29, 2005

BIG BOOST FOR UAV PREDATOR FLEET

'The U.S. Air Force is looking to expand its fleet of flying drones, big time. Right now, the service has three active squadrons of Predator unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. But that could expand to 15 squadrons of the...

Cyber Defense Systems Supports US Naval COASTS System

'Proxity has announced that operating subsidiary Cyber Defense Systems has entered an agreement with the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Cyber Defense Systems will transfer two CyberBug UAVs to the NPS in support of the Coalition Operating Area Surveillance...

March 28, 2005

TAG UAV Helicopter Featured in CBS Network Hit Series CSI New York

'In another first for UAVs and for Tactical Aerospace Group (TAG), this weeks episode of the hit CBS network series, CSI:NY featured a supporting cast member in the form of a TAG UAV helicopter. The one hour feature episode...

Unmanned US aircraft crashes north of Baghdad

'A US drone crashed north of Baghdad Sunday, the US military said, without specifying what brought it down. An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashed about 6 am (0300 GMT) March 27, in the vicinity of Balad,...

March 23, 2005

Solar-Powered Blimp Could Fly For A Year

'U.S. researchers are developing a high-altitude, helium-filled aircraft that could hover over the same spot for up to a year. Researchers at Purdue University said the blimp, which uses solar cells for power, could have applications in surveillance, homeland...

Wrist video display for overhead UAV real-time video feeds

'Last Summer, the Israeli company Tadiran Spectalink revealed one of the more successful information tools used in recent Israeli counter-terrorist operations. The system, called V-Rambo (Video Receiver And Monitor for Battlefield Operations), is a 3x3 inch color video screen,...

Vought gains federal deal for seagoing aerial vehicle

'Vought Aircraft Industries Inc. received a federal contract valued at $497,000 to investigate the feasibility of a seagoing, unmanned aerial vehicle that could take off and land on water, the Dallas company said Tuesday. Under the contract from the...

March 22, 2005

Schiebel next-generation UAV Camcopter

'Looking for all the world like a flying shark, Schiebel's next-generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Camcopter S-100 was shown for the first time at the recent International Defence Expo. The Camcopter S-100 is a medium -range, medium endurance VTOL...

Company unveils latest unmanned aerial vehicle - Hunter II

'If Northrop Grumman's latest extended range medium altitutde unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Hunter II, gets the nod from the Army, this city will share in the winner's purse. An Army contract for the UAV's use over battlefields could...

March 21, 2005

A FLYING CRIME FIGHTER

'Chang Industry's portable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is made of foldable graphite composite poles and parachute cloth, will carry video surveillance cameras that wirelessly transmit at 30 frames per second. The California-based Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will...

Proxity Sub Plans Jet Powered CyberScout

'Proxity has announced its operating subsidiary Cyber Defense Systems is preparing the next generation of UAVs. The current CyberScout prototype has evolved into a proven vehicle capable of running on gas while carrying a one-pound payload. The engineering team...

Chinese UAVs Respect Age

'Chinese UAV designs are a decade or more behind the West. The most common one used is the AN-105, a 374 pound aircraft with a payload if 88 pounds. Each UAV units has six of these, and half a...

March 20, 2005

Northrop Grumman to Team With Australian Defense Industries

'Northrop Grumman Corporation today announced that it would team with leading Australian companies to develop an Australian ground system to integrate with the company's Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Carl Johnson, vice president of Northrop Grumman's...

Navigating a UAV under remote control and manual control with three dimensional flight depiction

'Navigating a UAV including receiving in a remote control device a user's selection of a GUI map pixel that represents a waypoint for UAV navigation, mapping the pixel's location on the GUI to Earth coordinates of the waypoint, transmitting...

March 19, 2005

Indian Springs will host drone projects

'The Indian Springs Auxiliary Field will serve as the center for the coordination and tactics development for the military's unmanned aerial vehicles, military officials announced Wednesday. Already the home to the Air Force's MQ-1 Predator, the facility 45 miles...

Predator fleet to expand

'Air Force officials plan to expand the current Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle fleet to as many as 15 squadrons. This increase, announced March 18, is in response to the escalating demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability in the...

Northrop Grumman Names Australian Bid Partners

'Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., named at the Australian International Air Show here this week its Australian partners in a bid to win a 1 billon Australian dollar ($792.9 million) contract for maritime patrol unmanned air...

March 18, 2005

Air Force selects New York to run Predator squadron

'Governor Pataki says the Air Force plans to enlist the New York Air National Guard to operate one of its unmanned aerial vehicle squadrons. It's part of an Air Force initiative that could expand the Predator program to as...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): An Assessment of Historical Operations and Future Possibilities

'UAVs are not new; they have a long history in aviation. Pilotless aircraft, whether as aerial targets or for more belligerent purposes, have a history stretching back to the First World War. The annual Jane's All the World's Aircraft...

NASA - New Software Allows UAVs To Team Up For Virtual Experiments

'The old saying, birds of a feather, flock together, can be applied to two small uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs) flown in a NASA research experiment. The experiment uses principles derived from studies of fish and bird motions to simultaneously...

March 17, 2005

U.S. Army awards AAI Corp. a third UAV contract

'AAI Corp. (Hunt Valley, Md.), a subsidiary of United Industrial Corp., has received its third consecutive full-rate production contract, valued at $71.9 million (USD), from the U.S. Army for Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) systems. The contract exercises...

March 16, 2005

Dick Tracy Tech for UAVs: The V-RAMBO

'Tadiran Spectralink Ltd. of Cholon, Israel, who make the communications systems for the battle-proven Pioneer UAV, have developed a new way for the soldier in the field to receive UAV pictures and data: the wrist-mounted Video Receiver And Monitor...

AvalonRF Debuts its Lightweight mobile Multidirectional Antenna Receiver with TAGs New Aerial UAV Helicopter Close Surveillance Capabilities at the 77th Oscars

AvalonRF Debuts its TA08 Lightweight mobile Multidirectional receiver with TAGs New Aerial UAV Helicopter Close Surveillance Capabilities at the 77th Oscars. Avalon anticipates that most Police and Fire departments will have such easy deployable UAV Helicopters with these simple...

General Atomics To Unveil New Predator UAV This Year

'The maker of the U.S. militarys Predator family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is preparing to roll out a new variant of the airplane, potentially raising the competitive pressure in the business. The next generation of the series ...

March 15, 2005

Unmanned jet used in mock bomb drop

'Northrop Grumman used Scaled Composite's Proteus jet to drop a 500-pound dummy bomb in a test for a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft. The test, done Feb. 24 over Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, is the latest in a...

Tiny drone for coastal watch

'A TINY pilotless plane will join the hunt for illegal activity in the Torres Strait by mid-year, as Customs evaluates the future of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in its surveillance arsenal. The UAV will work in conjunction with Customs's...

Tiny UAVs Making a Big Difference

'The U.S. Army has struck gold with a four pound reconnaissance aircraft. Ordered twenty months ago, and entering service in late 2003, the Raven (RQ-11A) first went to Afghanistan, where infantry and Special Forces troops found the aircraft very...

DARPA's Attack UAV Concept Advancing

'The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gained confidence in its concept for new unmanned combat aircraft during testing that wrapped up last month, according to the agency official who manages the effort. DARPA also recently established a...

Batcam helps Airmen Fight The War On Terror

'The Battlefield Air Targeting Camera Autonomous Micro-Air Vehicle, or BATCAM (pictured), is an unmanned aerial vehicle that is five times smaller and 10 times lighter than the current model in the combat controller's kit.' Read more at Science, Technology...

ScanEagle UAV Demonstrates New Software; Prepares for Joint Military Demonstration

' Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group recently demonstrated new autonomy software aboard ScanEagle, a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The software, imbedded in ScanEagles auxiliary processor board, allowed the UAV to autonomously map its route while in flight...

Northrop Grumman To Team With Australian Defense Industries

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced that it would team with leading Australian companies to develop an Australian ground system to integrate with the company's Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Carl Johnson, vice president of Northrop...

March 14, 2005

KOLBE URGES REINSTATEMENT OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA

'Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, sent a letter today to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asking that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program be reinstated. A copy of the letter is...

March 13, 2005

Dropping bombs from UAVs

'Northrop Grumman has demonstrated that it can release a weapon from a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator during flight-testing conducted in February over Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The drop of the 500-pound inert weapon was...

Israel Pitch its Mini Unmanned Aerial Vechicles (UAV's) to the India Defence Forces

Bangalore Aero Show, 2005. Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) revealed its advanced micro UAV, called Mosquito, and the Bird 400 mini UAV in its continued and active engagement in India Taking a close range position to the Russian pavilion were...

SAIC Demonstrates Live-Fire From Vigilante VTOL UAV

'Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has announced the successful live-fire of four 2.75 unguided rockets from its Vigilante VTOL UAV (Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) system during flight testing conducted at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground....

Israel Showcases Latest Ultra High-Tech Military Inventions

'Israel on Wednesday paraded its latest high-tech military inventions at a Tel Aviv weapons fair, wowing the crowds with James Bond-style gadgets nicknamed Eye Ball, Mosquito (pictured) and FireBall. Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) proudly presented its new 120/121mm smart...

The BAT 3 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

'The MLB Bat is a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has capabilities typically found only in much larger and more expensive UAVs. The Bat is a complete UAV system that can operate autonomously, deliver high quality video imagery,...

Company unveils Hunter II, works to get Army contract for long-range UAV

'If Northrop Grumman's Hunter II is successful in obtaining an Army contract to provide extended range unmanned aerial vehicle coverage over battlefields, Sierra Vista will share the winner's purse, company officials said Friday. With a current work force of...

March 11, 2005

Iraqi Man Finds and Returns UAV from Backyard

'This week, an Iraqi man found and returned an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that crashed in his backyard. UAVs typically give ground troops information and pictures from the sky of the ground below. The Iraqi man was threatened by...

Air Force boss foresees UAV program at Indian Springs

'Enlisted personnel at Nellis Air Force Base call him the boss, and if their four-star leader gets what he wants, the Indian Springs Auxiliary Air Force Field might one day become headquarters for all military unmanned aerial vehicles programs....

March 07, 2005

Honeywell Begins Flight Tests Of New 13-Inch UAV

'Honeywell announced last Thursday that it has begun flight testing a new 13-inch autonomous surveillance aircraft that a foot soldier can carry on his back. “The flight tests are demonstrating that this aircraft performs as designed and will provide...

Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Weapons Drop From New Medium-Altitude UAV

'Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrated the ability to release a weapon from a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator during flight-testing conducted Feb. 24 over Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The drop of the 500-pound inert weapon from...

March 04, 2005

UAVs at Paris Air Show

'SIAE, the organisers of the Paris Air Show, and Blyenburgh Co (on behalf of UVS International), have signed apartnership agreement to jointly promote unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems at the upcoming Paris Air Show (13-19 June 2005).' Read...

New UAV Helicopter Provides Surveillance Support During Academy Awards

'In support of joint security operations provided by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Tactical Aerospace Group (TAG) was on site at the 77th Academy Awards with a UAV helicopter to...

Winds of Change.NET: Robots in the Sky: UAVs Taking Off

'The MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) received its certification of Initial Operating Capability on March 1. The declaration indicates that the Predator has completed its testing and reached certain capability and supportability thresholds, and has become more than...

March 02, 2005

Israel, India agree to develop 3 new UAVs

'Israel and India have signed an agreement to develop three models of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to be produced in India, “Defense News” reports in its latest issue. Senior officials from the Israel and Indian Ministries of Defense signed...

February 27, 2005

Predator UAV 'Battle Lab' Just North of Las Vegas

'The next time you take a swat at a pesky flying insect, you might want to take a closer look. A new generation of bug-sized robots is being developed by the military, and soon enough they will be in...

February 25, 2005

Third UAV flight demonstration planned

'The third demonstration of multiple unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems will be held June 27 at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station, Patuxent River. The event will be sponsored by the Program Executive Office for Strike Weapons...

February 23, 2005

Robo-Copters Get Mean

Defence Tech reports that Robo-copters are getting mean 'For those of you worried that the Defense Department might have decided to bail on the idea of building an armed, robotic helicopter, don't fret. The dream of unmanned killer copters...

Turkey pushes button for national UAV programme

'As tensions mount between the United States and Iran over Tehran's nuclear activities, there are reports in the U.S. media suggesting that U.S. drones, or unmanned small aircraft, have been carrying out reconnaissance missions over the Islamic republic's territory....

February 21, 2005

India Has Plans For New Jet, Long-Range UAV

'India is planning to develop a new jet fighter and a long-range version of an unmanned aircraft, defense officials said Feb 11. The Lead-in Jet Fighter is at the drawing board stage and would be a natural progression from...

PST Announces the UAV-Miniature Surveillance Aircraft and the Aeriel Unmanned Surveillance Paradrone

The UAV and Unmanned Paradrone are to be used as part of an aerial surveillance system of oil refineries and pipelines. Pipelines often traverse difficult terrain and security issues may occur in hard to reach areas. By simply equipping...

Northrop announces expansion of coast UAV plant

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems announced Friday it will expand its unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturing facility that is nearing construction on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Officials broke ground about a year ago for the plant that will produce the Fire...

February 18, 2005

Hirth launches world's first 45kw lightweight UAV

'Goebler-Hirthmotoren of Benningen, Germany is launching the worlds first 45kw fuel efficient heavy fuel aircraft engine for the global military UAV market. The Hirth heavy fuel aircraft engine project was started in June of 2004 in response to NATOs...

February 16, 2005

Robotic Bombers Flying Off Carriers

'The U.S. Navy has invested over a billion dollars, so far, in developing combat UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) that can operate from aircraft carriers, and replace some of the manned aircraft on carriers. Final design and construction of the...

February 14, 2005

US UAVs over Iran

By Dawn's Early Light links to an article in the Washington Post on the US usage of UAVs in their watching of Iran's nuclear program from Iran....

February 13, 2005

Indian Army buying 12 Nishant UAVs for surveillance

'The Indian Army is buying 12 'Nishant' unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for reconnaissance and surveillance operations, while the Indian Air Force has also expressed interest in acquiring the indigenously developed UAV, a top DRDO official said today (Feb 11,...

February 11, 2005

Northrop Grumman Begins Demo Flights For Army UAV Program

'Northrop Grumman has begun ground and flight demonstrations of the new Hunter II medium altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it has proposed as the U.S. Army's next generation UAV system. The flights are being conducted at Libby Army...

February 05, 2005

Swarming UAVs

'Naval engineers are honing in on their goal of developing a swarm of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with the capabilities needed to carry out key reconnaissance and other missions but at a cost low enough to make them...

February 02, 2005

The Ascent of the Robotic Attack Jet

'Compared to many aeronautical curiosities that have taken wing at NASAs Dryden Flight Research Center at Californias Edwards Air Force Base over the years, the latest military test stunts did not appear very remarkable. Last April, a low-slung aircraft,...

Vigilante UAV fires rockets while under control of UH-1 command helicopter

'Under the Armed VTOL UAV Technology Integration program, AATD has been using the Vigilante UAV to explore concepts of operation for armed manned-unmanned helicopter teams. UAVs may be used to scout ahead of manned helicopters, finding and watching threats,...

January 31, 2005

NASA Biomorphic Explorer UAV Update

'A new NASA Tech Brief Technical Support Package (PDF format, free reg required), has been released containing new details and photos of the NASA initiative to develop insect-inspired flight control systems for UAVs. Among the list of techniques discussed...

January 30, 2005

Israel chooses American UAV over Indian Lakshya

'Israel is backtracking on its commitment made to India over 'reciprocal procurement' of defence-related items, wavering over the purchase of Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA), Lakshya, and Advanced Light Helicopter , Dhruv. “The Indian UAV (Lakshya) was one of the...

January 28, 2005

Bear UAV for the home

'Imagine a world with flying robots buzzing around overhead mapping traffic, or even searching for survivors during a natural disaster. This sounds like something straight out of a science fiction movie, but it is also the basis for research...

RQ-1 Predator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

'The RQ-1 Predator is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which the U.S. Air Force describes as a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle system. The aircraft can carry, and use, two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. The aircraft has been in use...

January 23, 2005

Russia completing tests of unmanned spy plane

'The new modification of the Stroy-PD air reconnaissance system, fitted with the Pchela-1K UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle], is about to complete state tests. "The Defence Ministry is expected to return a preliminary conclusion on the feasibility of fielding the...

January 19, 2005

U.S. Navy May Adjust UAV Plans

'The U.S. Navy is trying to harmonize its unmanned aircraft plans and is preparing to tweak its intelligence system in the coming months in response to guidance issued by the service's top officer. In a message to troops, Adm....

January 18, 2005

UAV flocks to be operated against terrorists

'Elad Kivelevitch, who is working towards his M.Sc. at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology under the guidance of Dr. Pini Gurfil of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, has developed an innovate and unique method of fighting terrorism, using...

January 16, 2005

High Altitude Glider Project

'A small, self-guided glider, designed to fly at very high altitudes. The glider is carried up by its tail with a helium weather balloon to altitudes of up to 85,000 feet above sea level, and then released to fly...

First Flight True UAV Autonomy At Last

'Melbourne, Australia, 6th July 2004. In a world first, truly autonomous, Intelligent Agent-controlled flight was achieved by a Codarra Avatar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Avatar was guided by a JACKTM intelligent software agent that directed the aircrafts autopilot...

January 13, 2005

Germany Plans to Offer GCC New UAV

'A leading German defense firm plans to market its new unmanned aerial vehicle to Gulf Cooperation Council members. Rheinmetall Defence Electronics plans to brief Gulf Arab and other potential clients on a new micro UAV for tactical military and...

January 11, 2005

Boeing Tests Broadband In-Flight Communications For Military UAVs

'Boeing has demonstrated high-speed wireless communications technology developed by Harris aboard the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it is producing with The Insitu Group. According to sister publication Defense Daily, the ScanEagle, enabled by Harris Type 1 classified SecNet-11...

DARPA Losing Control of Killer Drones

'For decades, Pentagon mad science division Darpa as been at the forefront of robotics research -- including, and especially, the development of killer drones. But there are signs that agency's work on armed robotic planes and copters could be...

January 10, 2005

Honeywell Begins Flight Tests Of New 13-Inch Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

'Honeywell announced last Thursday that it has begun flight testing a new 13-inch autonomous surveillance aircraft that a foot soldier can carry on his back. The flight tests are demonstrating that this aircraft performs as designed and will provide...

January 07, 2005

Wireless Recon Airplanes

'Netcom announced today that it has been approved by General Atomics to design and develop a Ku-Band Transceiver for the SAR-GMTI communication system, which is designed for the Lynx Fine Resolution Real-time Synthetic Aperture Radar project. A Synthetic Aperture...

January 06, 2005

L-3 Communications Acquires Tactical UAV Maker

'L-3 Communications announced Wednesday that it completed the acquisition of BAI Aerosystems, a maker of tactical UAVs for the US Marines. The transaction was completed December 21, 2004, financial terms of the were not disclosed. Headquartered in Easton, Maryland,...

January 05, 2005

U.S. UAV Crashes in Pakistan

'A U.S. military unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in Pakistan over the weekend leading to speculation about why the plane was there. The speculation points squarely to a U.S.-al Qaida showdown. The plane crashed in the tribal region of northwestern...

January 01, 2005

Firebee Drones - Teledyne Ryan AQM/BQM/MQM

'The Firebee series of targets drones and RPVs (Remotely Piloted Vehicles) is one of the most successful and versatile unmanned aircraft developed so far. The latest versions are still in wide-spread service more than 50 years after the first...

December 26, 2004

Robocopters dodge obstacles and each other

University of California is developing technology that will hopefully allow helicopters to fly themselves and negotiate obsticals. 'The Berkeley Aerial Robot (BEAR) project passed a significant milestone earlier this month, when a 130-pound model of a helicopter successfully guided...

December 22, 2004

India deploys Israeli-made spy drones in IHK

'The Indian army has deployed for the first time Israeli-built spy planes to track freedom fighters in Indian Held Kashmir, officials said. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) were first used over the Kishtwar mountain heights in southern Kashmir on December...

December 20, 2004

UAV sent after militants

'For the first time ever, security forces involved in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir have pressed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to track down militants in Doda heights of Jammu region. Sources said the UAV was...

December 19, 2004

UAV ALTERNATIVE TO MISTY

'The New York Times is reporting that lawmakers opposed to the highly classified $9.5 billion stealth satellite program alluded to by Senator Rockefeller are arguing that the United States should rely much more heavily on high-flying unmanned aircraft to...

December 14, 2004

Two Boeing X-45A Unmanned Jets Continue Coordinated Flights

'Two military jets flying together may seem routine, but when they are pilotless, tail-less aircraft, routine goes out the window and science fiction springs to mind. Boeing continued to turn science fiction into reality when two X-45A technology demonstrator...

UAV technology spurred by its expanding roles

'EXPANDING roles and operational requirements have spurred technology development in almost every aspect of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems, observed Malati Limary, Group Director of the Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). On the second and concluding day of...

December 10, 2004

Robotic planes tested for firefighting

'U.S. engineers working to develop unmanned aerial vehicles that can help detect and fight forest fires. Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory are testing the use of flocks of small UAVs equipped...

December 09, 2004

NASA Takes UAV Flight Tests To Idaho Desert Lands

'Hundreds of miles from the legendary California research centers where pioneering aircraft like the supersonic X-1 were put through their paces, National Aeronautics and Space Administration representatives are pushing the envelope in the Idaho desert with a very different,...

December 08, 2004

Team GoldenEye To Develop Organic Air Vehicle For DARPA

'Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that an industry team it leads has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for an award under the Organic Air Vehicle - II (OAV-II) competition. The OAV-II program will develop...

Cost of unmanned aerial vehicle program triples

'Development costs for the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle program have tripled as the Defense Department has sought additional capabilities for the aircraft resulting in the production of fewer units than originally planned, according to a Government Accountability Office...

Team GoldenEye to Develop Organic Air Vehicle for DARPA

'Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that an industry team it leads has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for an award under the Organic Air Vehicle - II (OAV-II) competition. The OAV-II program will develop...

Global Hawk plan hit

'The Pentagon has embarked on a chancy strategy to quickly roll out a new generation of Global Hawk reconnaissance planes, the Government Accountability Office says in a report released Monday. The GAO wants the Defense Department to delay Global...

December 02, 2004

Texas to get unmanned aerial vehicle squadron

'The Air Force today announced it's placing a squadron of Predator unmanned aerial vehicles with the Texas Air National Guard. Putting the drones in Texas is an effort by the Air Force to modernize active duty forces, while winnowing...

December 01, 2004

DARPA kicks off UAV prototype project

'The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded $8.7 million to three vendors to build prototype unmanned aircraft for the Armys Future Force unit. Honeywell International Inc.s defense and space electronics systems unit of Albuquerque, N.M., received $3.9 million;...

November 30, 2004

Marines Aided by Robotic Airplane in Iraq

'A robotic airplane called ScanEagle has done more than 1,000 hours of intelligence and reconnaissance work for the Marines in Iraq, its developers said. It was developed and built by the St. Louis-based defense unit of Boeing Co. and...

November 25, 2004

US UAV crashes in Afghanistan

'A U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, the military said. The UAV crashed over eastern Paktya province and mechanical problems are believed to be the cause, the Combined Military Command announced. It was not brought down by...

November 24, 2004

Global Hawk moves north

'Unmanned plane to stay at Beale The Air Force's first production RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance plane has arrived at its new home at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California. Designated AF-3, the unmanned aerial vehicle arrived after a...

November 20, 2004

Hizbullah reveals new details of its new Iran-designed UAV Yahoo! Groups : osint Messages : Message 45556 of 45564

'Hizbullah reveals new details of its new Iran-designed UAV Hizbullah has provided additional information about its new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Hizbullah Secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah said the Mirsad-1 UAV has a payload of up to 50 kilograms. Nasrallah told...

November 18, 2004

Security Sources Deny Israeli UAV's in Ivory Coast

'Israeli security sources on Wednesday denied a report by France's TF1 television station that accused Israeli mercenaries of operating spy drones in the war-torn Ivory Coast, but confirmed that a private Israeli company had supplied unmanned aerial vehicles to...

Remote control could save soldiers' lives

'Unmanned aerial vehicles and other so-called "stand-off" weapons, whether currently used or in secret testing, belong to a developing high-tech arsenal that the U.S. military says will help minimize casualties as it battles insurgents. Most of the systems are...

Multiple Mars UAV Proposals Likely in Next Scout Competition

'Several competing unmanned aerial vehicle missions are likely to be proposed for flight on Mars in NASA's next Scout competition, according to Andy Gonzales, program manager for NASA Ames Research Center's MATADOR project. Set to begin in roughly a...

New Vehicles Will Make Own Decisions Based on Commands

'The next war could be fought partly by unmanned aircraft that respond to spoken commands in plain English and then figure out on their own how to get the job done, even dodging enemy aircraft as they carry out...

November 17, 2004

First Production Global Hawk UAV Arrives at Beale Air Force Base

'The first production RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicle has arrived at its new home at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Designated AF-3, the UAV arrived on Oct. 28 following a short ferry flight from the Birk Flight...

Northrop Grumman Opens New Systems Integration Laboratory to Reduce Development Risks for X-47B Combat UAV

'Northrop Grumman Corporation has opened a new system integration laboratory (SIL) to help identify any potential hardware, software or system cost issues related to the development of its X-47B combat unmanned air vehicle long before the first air vehicle...

November 15, 2004

No Pilot Needed - US Army does battle by remote

'BY the light of flashlights and a crescent moon, the three-member crew catapults a 136kg pilotless airplane into the sky. Minutes later, other US soldiers behind a computer screen inside a shed monitor video images from the plane, known...

November 14, 2004

Border Patrol evaluating second type of UAV

'The Border Patrol has started testing a second type of unmanned plane for surveillance work in southeastern Arizona. This one is called a Hunter. It's being used to look for immigrant and drug smuggling activity along the U-S-Mexico border'...

November 12, 2004

Iraq May get Killer Drones

'The U.S. military has been flying drones over Iraq since Desert Storm, back in '91. But, up 'til now, they've basically served in just one role: as airborne spies, taking pictures of what's below. The Army wants to change...

November 11, 2004

Iran Supplied Eight UAVs to Hezbollah

'Iran has not only supplied Hezbollah with these UAVs but has also trained 30 of the groups members to operate them, the official (a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards) told the London-based Arab daily al-Sharq al-Awsat. He...

November 10, 2004

Northrop Grumman Combat UAV is Set for Flight in 2007

'A carrier-based unmanned strike and reconnaissance aircraft is a step closer to reality with the award of a $1.04 billion contract to Northrop Grumman for the demonstration and operational assessment of its X-47B design for the Joint Unmanned Combat...

Northrop Grumman Validates Design of X-47B Combat UAV with Low-Speed Wind Tunnel Tests

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has used a series of low-speed wind tunnel tests to successfully validate the aerodynamic design of the X-47B unmanned combat aerial vehicle it is developing for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) Concept Demonstration...

Unmanned Aircraft Gain Starring Role in Terror War

' 'Unmanned aerial vehicles are earning star status in the global war on terror, becoming the most-requested capability among combatant commanders in Southwest Asia and increasing fourfold in that theater during the last year alone, according to the deputy...

Volcano 'cowboys' who ride a ring of fire | csmonitor.com

Just found an article which mentions how UAVs are being used in the study of Mt St. Helens volcano. 'Following the military's lead, they're also experimenting with unmanned aerial vehicles - tiny ground-controlled airplanes packed with instruments - to...

November 09, 2004

Future Pilots Could Fly With UAV Wing Man Under Their Direct Control

'Aeronautics researchers at MIT have developed a manned-to-unmanned aircraft guidance system that allows a pilot in one plane to guide another unmanned airplane by speaking commands in English. In a flight test, the pilotless vehicle, called a UAV (unmanned...

November 08, 2004

IDF confirms Hizbullah aerial drone over northern Israel

'The IDF on Sunday confirmed a Hizbullah claim that the terrorist group sent an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that flew into Israeli airspace over Nahariya near the Lebanese border. The army said the drone entered Israeli airspace, flew around...

November 04, 2004

Northrop Grumman Combat UAV Set for Flight in 2007

'A carrier-based unmanned strike and reconnaissance aircraft is a step closer to reality with the award of a $1.04 billion contract to Northrop Grumman for the demonstration and operational assessment of its X-47B design for the Joint Unmanned Combat...

Army resumes unarmed military vehicle flights near Korea DMZ

'The U.S. military in South Korea has resumed flying unmanned aerial vehicles near the Demilitarized Zone, a U.S. Forces Korea newspaper reported Friday. Last September, military officials touted the addition of the Shadow 200 Tactical UAV to the 2nd...

Shadow UAV - 'Eye in the Sky'

'Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team watched as four 500 pound bombs dropped on carefully chosen targets, the live video feed courtesy of Alpha Company, 101st Military Intelligence Battalion and the RQ-7A Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicles they operate...

Israel about to close $230m. drone deal with India

'Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) is about to close a $230 million deal with the Indian army to sell it about 50 Heron/Eagle drones. Security sources in India confirmed that the parties have worked out the details of the deal....

MIT team guides airplane remotely using spoken English

'Aeronautics researchers at MIT have developed a manned-to-unmanned aircraft guidance system that allows a pilot in one plane to guide another unmanned airplane by speaking commands in English. In a flight test, the pilotless vehicle, called a UAV (unmanned...

November 02, 2004

Proxity Announces Micro-Mini UAV

'Proxity Digital Networks, through Cyber Aerospace, an operating subsidiary of Proxity's Cyber Defense Systems, announced last Friday (October 29) it is completing development of the low cost CyberBug, a 2 lb. micro-mini UAV. When fully developed, the Armed Forces,...

October 31, 2004

Unmanned Reconnaissance Plane Arrives at Beale Air Force Base

' 'The first production model of the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft arrived at Beale Air Force Base near Yuba City Thursday morning. The aircraft missed its scheduled arrival time of 10:45 a.m. by just two seconds...

Markland Technologies Provides Counter Terrorism Airborne Surveillance Technology

'Markland Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: MRKL) (http://www.marklandtech.com), an integrated homeland security company, announced today that EOIR Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Markland, has developed and delivered an integrated sensor suite for counter terrorism surveillance. The surveillance sensor suite...

Proxity Announces micro-mini UAV

'Proxity Announces micro-mini UAV: Low Cost CyberBug Flies into Problem Area, Acts as the Eyes and Ears for Remote Operator with Headset -- Proxity Digital Networks, Inc. (Pink Sheets:PDNW) through Cyber Aerospace Corp., an operating subsidiary of Proxity's Cyber...

October 28, 2004

Helicopter UAV, Controlled By Another, Will Soon Do Live Fire Tests

'Washington DC: A rotary wing UAV � the Vigilante � will be the first platform to fire weapons while being controlled by a nearby helicopter in flight. The milestone tests will take place during a series of trials scheduled for...

Beale to get its first unmanned spy place

'The first Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle to be stationed at Beale Air Force Base is scheduled to arrive at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. The aircraft will be assigned to the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale, the Air Force's first Global...

Boeing Unveils Low-Cost, Versatile �Little Bird� That Can Fly Manned or as UAV

'Flight testing of a unique aircraft combining the advantages of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a combat-proven manned rotorcraft helicopter is under way at The Boeing Company in Mesa, Ariz. News of the innovative flight test program, which builds...

IDF relies on use of killer drones in Gaza

'Israel has been deploying "killer" pilotless aircraft in its battle against Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip and used one Sunday to kill two militants, Palestinian officials said. Hamas leader Nizar Rayyan claimed that unidentified UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) had...

Jordan Mulls UAV procurement

Jordan's air force could decide on the procurement of its first indigenous unmanned air vehicle in 2005. Industry sources said the kingdom's air force has been examining a range of UAVs produced by Jordanian companies. The sources said a procurement...

October 26, 2004

Northrop Grumman Offers Next Generation Hunter II for U.S. Army UAV System Competition

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has proposed using an upgraded version of the fourth-generation, in-production Heron medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the U.S. Army's new Extended-Range/Multi-Purpose UAV System. Known as Hunter II, the new UAV will provide...

October 25, 2004

High-tech club builds 12-inch airplane

'A group of 20 UA students are working on an award-winning Micro-Air Vehicle design, which carries an onboard Global Positioning System, infrared sensors and cutting-edge artificial intelligence. The students are part of the Micro Air Vehicle club, which hopes...

Micro Aerial Vehicles

'Micro aerial vehicle (MAV) describes a category of aircraft with dimensions roughly comparable to small birds. As the smallest, powered aircraft, MAVs can carry various sensors as payload to support such civil and military missions as traffic monitoring, weather...

Hybrid UAV/Helo Flies Hands Off Demo

'Boeings Mesa division had sufficient confidence in their unmanned/manned MD 530F Little Bird demonstrator to fly this reporter on only its fourth autonomously guided mission. With test pilot Dave Guthrie in the right hand seat, the aircraft guided itself...

October 19, 2004

Battlefield Robots Leap From Science Fiction to Reality

'Once the fantasy of science fiction, battlefield robots are now a reality. "The whole idea is to take the war fighter out of harm's way," Robin Laird said. Laird is supervisor of the Unmanned Systems Branch of the U.S....

October 18, 2004

US troops won't give up IAI Pioneer UAV

'Britain's "Defense Systems Daily" is full of praise for the operational performance of Israel Aircraft Industries' (IAI) Pioneer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in combat in Iraq. IAI and AAI Corporation established a joint venture, Pioneer UAV Inc., to build...

October 17, 2004

Saddam planned to provide UAVs to Al Qaeda

'Saddam Hussein's government discussed supplying unmanned aerial vehicles to terrorists, according to a CIA report made public last week, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service. The Iraq Survey Group report stated that the development of the Al Quds...

October 15, 2004

'X-43A to Go Mach 10 in November

The final flight of the small X-43A research aircraft is targeted to sustain a speed of up to Mach 10, powered by a airframe-integrated supersonic-combustion ramjet or scramjet engine. This is a very high-risk mission, but if successful, the...

Unmanned aerial vehicles may fly into crater of Mount St. Helens

'A Tucsoncompany wants to send its unmanned aerial vehicles into the crater of Mount St. Helens to help government scientists monitor the rumbling volcano in Washington state. Advanced Ceramics Research was invited by the U.S. Geological Survey to experiment with...

October 14, 2004

DARPA expands robot plane work

'Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency officials awarded a $766.7 million contract to Boeing Co. to continue work on the X-45C Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) that will fly in demonstration tests in 2007. J-UCAS will consist of communications, navigation...

Northrop Grumman Selects Saft to Enhance Performance of Global Hawk UAV

'A next generation Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), designated the RQ-4B will soon be under flight test with more powerful and efficient Saft Lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries under a competitive contract awarded to Saft America. The multi-million dollar, multi-year...

October 13, 2004

Turks interested in Israeli UAVs

'The Turkish Ministry of Defense is considering buying IAI and Elbit Systems-made UAVs for $100 million. Representatives of the Turkish Ministry of Defense contacted senior Israeli Ministry of Defense and defense industry officials in recent days. The Turkish representatives wish...

Lakshya - Piliotless Target Aircraft (PTA) - Successful Test Flight

The Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) known as the 'Lakshya' had a successful test flight this week at Chandipur-on-sea. Plane News reports: 'According to ITR sources, the Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) was test flown at 1153 hours. The Lakshya aircraft has...

October 12, 2004

Cyber Scout UAV on Display at Upcoming Conference

Press Release - Proxity Digital Networks: Cyber Scout UAV on Display at Upcoming Conference, Joe Theismann to Discuss the Investment Significance with Attendees NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 2004--Proxity Digital Networks, Inc. (Pink Sheets:PDNW), through Cyber Aerospace Corp., an operating subsidiary...

October 11, 2004

UA's MAV Team Wins Top Honors in Fly-Off

' UA's Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) team took top honors earlier this month during the 4th International Micro Aerial Vehicle Meeting in Toulouse, France. The event included more than a dozen teams from France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, and the...

October 08, 2004

Unmanned drone killed 40 last week in Gaza

'The Israel Air Force successfully tested an unmanned aerial vehicle platform capable of firing missiles or anti-tank munitions at ground targets.Palestinian sources said the unidentified UAV has been used during the current "Days of Pentinence" military operation in the northern...

Global Hawk UAV Makes First Flight for the Navy

'The first RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) slated for the Navy's Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) program made its first flight from Palmdale, Calif., to Edwards Air Force Base Oct. 6. The mission lasted for approximately four hours...

October 05, 2004

Pakistan Claims US UAV Crashed

Pakistan has claimed that a US UAV has crashed into a field 3 miles from a Pakistani air force base in Jacobadad - 180miles from the Afghan border. "We collected the debris of the 3-foot plane and handed it over...

September 30, 2004

Lockheed Martin UCAR Team Successfully Tests Candidate Sensor Technologies

"The Lockheed Martin Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) team recently completed airborne and ground demonstrations of potential UCAR sensors.The goal of the UCAR program is to demonstrate the technical feasibility, military utility, and operational value of an unmanned rotorcraft system...

New Mexico State explores no-pilot plane uses

Flight plan: Develop a structure of rules, regulations and technologies for an airplane industry in its infancy. Number of pilots and passengers in the air: None. Destination: New Mexico. The unmanned aerial vehicle - basically, a plane with no...

September 28, 2004

Bell Designs Helicopter Concept for Lockheed Martin UCAR Program

"Bell Helicopter, a key member of the Lockheed Martin Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) team, has successfully completed its preliminary design of a novel air vehicle to conduct reconnaissance and combat missions that does not compromise aircrew safety.During a two-year,...

First UAV launched in Alaskan skies

"The first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Alaska flown by Army pilots took took to the air on an airfield southeast of Eielson Air Force Base Sept. 5. Soldiers from the UAV platoon of Troop D, 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry...

Spy planes to keep watch over Australia's Oceans

"Ocean surveillance around Australia will increasingly be carried out by unmanned spy planes and long-range radar systems under a border protection plan the Government announced yesterday. The $39 million policy includes a trial of a small, unmanned aerial vehicle...

Sikorsky's Acquisition of Schweizer is Complete

"Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation today announced that the acquisition of Schweizer Aircraft Corporation is complete. Schweizer, based in Elmira, N.Y, is a U.S. company specializing in the light helicopter, reconnaissance aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) markets. Effective immediately, Schweizer...

USSOCOM Buys SnowGoose UAV System

"Now designated as the CQ-10A SnowGoose, this propeller driven UAV is capable of carrying up to 600 pounds in six bays, which can include a combination of cargo, surveillance and sensor equipment, communications links or other devices, offering mission commanders...

September 23, 2004

Russia Purchases UAVs

"Russia has made its first defense purchase from Israel, according to Yediot Ahronot Yavne-based Aeronautics Defense Systems signed a contract to sell unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to Russia's Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergencies, Natural Disasters, according to Globes,...

Drones have role in border surveillance

"Unmanned aerial vehicles have a place as a Border Patrol surveillance tool in helping agents seeking to control illegal immigration and drug-smuggling, two Homeland Security undersecretaries said Tuesday. But deciding exactly what capabilities the drones should have will be...

R3V - Remote Robotic Reconnaissance Vehicle

"The Remote Robotic Reconnaissance Vehicle (R3V) project is a development effort to provide the soldier with an enhanced situational awareness capability using fused sensors on a robotic vehicle. The R3V project is part of the Night Vision Cave and...

Strikestar 2025: A Research Paper Presented To Air Force 2025

'The United States military of the year 2025 will need to deal with a wide variety of threats in diverse parts of the world. It will be faced with budgetary restraints that will dictate system trades favoring those military...

Robots with The Right Stuff

'As the US war machine develops a digital air force of unmanned aerial vehicles, it's only a matter of time before fighter planes without fighter jocks joust in some robot dogfight in the sky. Tumbleweeds cleared reads the sign...

Special Operations Forces and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Sooner or Later?

'This study analyzes whether Special Operations Forces should use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to support intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, communications and re-supply capability deficiencies. The authors objective is to review the missions and requirements of the United States Special Operations Command, examine...

The Pilotless Air Force?

'Today, there are several concepts that are threatening Billy Mitchell's vision of airmen. New technology and operational concepts are threatening the existence of the human aircraft operator. Looming on the horizon are unmanned aerial vehicles, spaced based weapons, and information...

September 22, 2004

Next-generation UAV to be developed in Perth Australia

'A NEXT-GENERATION unmanned aerial vehicle, capable of high speeds and heavy payloads, was one of a number of advanced defence technology projects to be funded to the tune of $10 million, federal Defence Minister Robert Hill announced today. Perth-based...

VMU-1 Pioneer UAV provides 'birds eye' view of combat zone

"The fog of war clouding the modern battlefield is getting a whole lot thinner. Marines fighting an insurgency through the maze-like streets of Iraqi cities like Ar Ramadi and Fallujah are finding the enemy more easily thanks to Marine...

September 21, 2004

A160 Hummingbird Resumes Flight Testing as Boeing UAV

CHICAGO, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The A160 Hummingbird unmanned aerial vehicle made its first test flight as a Boeing (NYSE: BA) aircraft Friday from an airfield near Victorville, Calif. The successful 80-minute test included both hovering and forward flight....

Global Hawk Drones to Protect Australian Gas

"Australia will start trials next year using unmanned aerial vehicles to protect the country's most valuable resource project, the North West Shelf. Defense Minister Robert Hill said Thursday the trials will be of two U.S.-made drones, the Northrop Grumman...

September 18, 2004

Army launches first UAV in Alaska Skies

'The first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Alaska flown by Army pilots took took to the air on an airfield southeast of Eielson Air Force Base Sept. 5. Soldiers from the UAV platoon of Troop D, 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry...

September 17, 2004

Key Risk-Reduction Milestone Achieved For Unmanned Rotorcraft Program

"During recent flight tests, Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrated key elements of the Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR)'s autonomous vehicle management system, evaluating hardware and software that will allow the UCAR system to operate autonomously but in cooperation with manned and...

Robot spy planes to guard our borders

" A SQUADRON of robot spy planes will throw an anti-terror screen around Australia's rich oil and natural gas reserves. The unmanned drones, similar to those used by US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, will also become the new front...

MSU using grant to help design surveillance craft

"Mississippi State University's Raspet Research Flight Laboratory will use an initial $3 million federal defense grant to help design a new-generation unmanned aerial vehicle that could strengthen U.S. battlefield surveillance capabilities. The money will flow through the Advanced Technology Directorate...

September 16, 2004

US Army: MH-6 Could Be Manned-Unmanned 'Convertible' Option

"Boeing is studying a plan to offer a dual-mode version of the MH-6 MELB 'Little Bird' - manned and unmanned - following a test program set to begin later this year. The aircraft - a modified MD-530F - is currently...

Israel surveillance drones are thought to be armed

'Recent Israeli airstrikes against militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have raised Palestinian speculation that it is arming its surveillance drones with missiles for track-and-kill missions. I saw a small plane and then a flash of light, then...

September 15, 2004

Australia Eyes UAV Fleet

In another move, Hill announced that a request for proposal (RfP) for a fleet of tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) worth $73 million to $110 million would be issued by the end of July. The responses are due in November...

September 10, 2004

Creating an army of none

A growing number of unmanned vehicles, such as surveillance drones and bomb-disposal robots, is reporting for duty, and Canadian companies are hoping to pull the strings. Unmanned aerial vehicles such as the Predator drone have been used extensively by...

The Whirl - Spinning spy plane could hover for days

An unmanned spinning spy plane that could hover above a location for days gathering intelligence has been developed by US researchers. The prototype vehicle, known as the Whirl, was constructed by researchers at US defence and aerospace company Raytheon...

September 09, 2004

Unmanned Vehicle Systems National Conference - Canada

Press Release "OTTAWA, Sept. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Unmanned Vehicle Systems Canada will hold it's second annual national conference "Challenges and Opportunities", 7-9 September, featuring: Mr. Ian Glenn, President UVS Canada; Mr. Bob Macdougall, Director General Emergency Management and...

U.N. Inspectors Dispute U.S. Theories on Iraqi Drones

"U.N. inspectors said they had no evidence that Iraq had developed drones capable of delivering chemical or biological weapons, as the Bush administration contended in making its case for war, according a report obtained Tuesday. The existence of the...

MP-RTIP: Rutan To Get First Crack At Flight Test

"Burt Rutan's Protreus design will be the first airborne platform to test Northrop Grumman/Raytheon's new multi platform, radar technology insertion program (MP-RTIP) system when it begins a flight test program set for October 2006. Northrop officials, speaking prior to...

IntelliTech Microsystems Delivers Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to the University of South Australia

"IntelliTech Microsystems, Inc. (IMI) has delivered a Vector P Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to The University of South Australia, it was announced today by Steve Fujikawa, President of IMI. The Vector P will be used by the University's School...

September 07, 2004

Unmanned U.S. spy aircraft crashes in Iraq

"An unmanned U.S. spy aircraft crashed Monday in Fallujah, spreading debris over the southern corner of the city, witnesses said. Jubilant residents picked up pieces of the drone and danced in the streets, displaying pieces of the aircraft to...

US Army Shadow Tactical UAV's Pass 10,000 Flight Hours And 2,500 Sorties In Iraq

"US Army RQ-7A Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) systems have achieved new, major milestones of flight, surpassing 10,000 flight hours and 2,500 sorties while performing surveillance and reconnaissance for coalition warfighters in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The record marks...

CUV Develop New Blimp System - HEP-TR

"HEP-TR for the Air Force consists of a missile communications relay payload suspended from a new type of small tethered blimp, called a Helikite, and a carrier that stores the Helikite and the winch, sensors and helium tanks. It...

Australasian Unmanne Air Vehicle Conference

"The 1st Australasian Unmanned Air Vehicle Conference affiliated with the Bristol UAV Conference series will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 13-17 March 2005, as part of the 11th Australian International Aerospace Congress. The forum will be held during...

September 02, 2004

Bluetooth UAV Bots

Bluetooth is finally taking off. Literally. A small robotic blimp floats gently through the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, wirelessly interacting with a desktop computer to literally evolve its own navigation software without human...

September 01, 2004

Saab To Join Dassault on Neuron UCAV Demonstrator Project

"Saab AB, Stockholm, expects to sign a development contract with Dassault Aviation, St. Cloud, France, in December or early next year on Frances program for a technology demonstrator for an unmanned combat aerial vehicle, a Saab executive said Aug....

Flying From the Ground

"Flying planes from the ground. That's what National Guardsmen from Maryland and Pennsylvania are learning at Redstone Arsenal. And it's a small plane with a big job. "These are unmanned aerial vehicles and they do the dirty dull and...

UAV Market to Double by 2014

"The study suggests that the US will account for about 90% of the worldwide RDTE spending on UAV technology over the next decade, and about 70% of the procurement. These represent higher shares of the aerospace market than for...

Steadicopter Project Complete

"Steadicopter, based in Israel, reports that its vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VUAV) has performed fully autonomously through all fight aspects: take-off, hover, waypoints flight and landing while transmitting video images in real time. This Steadicopter product...

US throws $1bn at unmanned attack aircraft

"The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Northrop Grumman a healthy $1.03bn to develop its X-47B unmanned combat aircraft. The project forms part of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) demonstration program - in which Boeing...

Sikorsky plans to buy maker of unmanned craft

"After decades of almost exclusively manufacturing large, rugged military helicopters, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. wants to be in the small aircraft business as well. The planned acquisition of Schweizer Aircraft Co. announced Thursday by Sikorsky will give it entry into...

Helicopter for sale, no pilot necessary

"After years of development and a setback caused by the theft of its prototype, an un-piloted helicopter was declared ready for the world's market this weekend. Called the Steadicopter, company officials said it has both security and civilian uses....

Boeing's unmanned eye in the sky may be used at home

"Discussions are under way to see if Boeing Co.'s unmanned aerial vehicle program can be applied to homeland security, the chief executive of the St. Louis-based defense unit said Wednesday. Boeing's unmanned program is mostly known for the combat...

Remote Control Readiness

"When it comes to scoping out potentially hostile situations from the air, the U.S. military has plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles in a big way - and is using such machines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Outfitted with video...

Army will add $6.4 billion for Boeing system

"The U.S. Army has agreed to provide up to an additional $6.4 billion to fund the development phase of Boeing Co.'s Future Combat Systems, a St. Louis-based program designed to create a network that links soldiers to unmanned ground...

August 22, 2004

Military to test unmanned surveillance plane

"An unmanned surveillance aircraft that could one day be used to patrol Canada's sprawling coastline will start zooming through the skies over the Atlantic and the Arctic within days. The gangly Altair, which is about the size of a fighter...

FR-II - Bluetooth flying bot creates buzz

"The latest mini flying robot has been unveiled by Seiko Epson in Japan. The micro flyer is the new version of the robot by the Japanese technology firm that wowed crowds last year. Weighing in at 12.3g, the FR-II is...

Italian Parliament Approves Law on UAV Deployment

"The new law, which came into being on the 21st July, states that an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or Aeromobile a Pilotaggio Remoto (APR or Remote Piloted Air vehicle), is an air vehicle piloted by a crew that operates from...

Standards Set For Sense And Avoid Systems

"One of the keys to mixing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with general air traffic is the ability of the drone to recognize and avoid unexpected traffic on its own. These Sense and Avoid (SA) systems must be able to work...

Defence develops smart birds of prey

"SWARMS of networked, smart pilotless planes could become part of Australia's defence arsenal if work by from Defence's peak research body is successful. The Adelaide-based Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has begun research on a "collective intelligence" for unmanned...

Billions Earmarked for UAV Procurement Through 2013

"More unmanned air vehicles will be bought in the next 10 years than in the previous four decades combined, according to a recent analysis by Forecast International. The Market for UAV Reconnaissance Systems Through 2013 predicts that the worlds military...

Unmanned underwater vehicles are helping to rejuvenate Keyport

"As Navy SEALs prepare below decks for a nighttime reconnaissance mission of a terrorist camp, the newly converted submarine USS Ohio launches a 5-ton object out of one its massive missile tubes. Only this object isn't a nuclear missile, but...

Forces to test unmanned patrol craft

"Unmanned aircraft will be launched from Newfoundland this month as the Canadian Forces and other groups hold trials for vehicles meant to eventually increase maritime security. The launches from Goose Bay, Nfld., are part of trials for the Atlantic Littoral,...

Jordan develops First UAVs in Arab World

"Jordan has developed the first military unmanned air vehicle in the Arab world. A partnership between the military-owned King Abdullah I Design and Development Bureau and Jordan Aerospace Industries could result in the Hashemite kingdom becoming the UAV center for...

August 21, 2004

DARPA Awards $1 Billion Robotic Aircraft Contract

"Officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $1 billion contract to an industry team led by Northrop Grumman Corp. to build three robotic reconnaissance aircraft and a computer operating system to help fly them for the...

August 08, 2004

Unmanned Aerial Helicopter - Steadicopter

"After years of development and a setback caused by the theft of its prototype, an un-piloted helicopter was declared ready for the world's market this weekend. Called the Steadicopter, company officials said it has both security and civilian uses. What...

August 07, 2004

Unmanned Flight with Windows XP Embedded

"Kids who graduated from balsa wood bi-planes to radio-controlled airplanes will love what's coming around the corner. Faculty and students at Cornell University have built an unmanned airplane with its own on-board, embedded control system. The large-scale model plane flies...

August 06, 2004

Pioneer UAV outperforms Advanced US Platforms

"An aging Israeli-origin unmanned air vehicle, currently deployed in Faluja, was said to have out-performed advanced American platforms during the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force has deployed the Pioneer UAV for forward aerial reconnaissance, artillery fire...

U.S. Army Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Pass 8,800 Flight Hours in Operation Iraqi Freedom

"U.S. Army RQ-7A Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle systems have flown more than 2,200 sorties and accumulated more than 8,800 flight hours while performing surveillance and reconnaissance for coalition warfighters in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Steve Reid, Shadow TUAV program director...

Marines' littlest eye in the sky takes flight in Iraq

"Cpl. Mel W. Plummer has got a whopper of a story to tell at his high school reunion. His former high school class president won't be able to match it. Here it is. He flew airplanes on combat missions in...

August 05, 2004

A-160 Hummingbird Poised to Fly

"Watch for the A-160 Hummingbird to be back in the air soon. The helicopter UAV - which uses radical areodynamics in its rotor system to impart endurance - has been grounded since early this year, pending changes since a landing...

August 04, 2004

Unmanned Combat Planes Are 'Smarter,' But Finger on the Trigger Is Human

"The Drive to develop pilotless aircraft that can replace manned planes on the most dangerous, or the tedious, combat missions has produced some important technological advances. However, while they may be unmanned, the authority for them to release weapons is...

Pilots could command Swarms of UAVs

"Jet fighter pilots could command a whole swarm of planes from the air, using a system developed by a British aerospace company. QinetiQ - formerly the UK government's Defence Evaluation and Research Agency - has developed technology that would allow...

Northrop Grumman Helps Air Force Develop Collision-Avoidance System for Unmanned Vehicle

Northrop Grumman Press Release "EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 28, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is helping the U.S. Air Force develop collision-avoidance technology that will make it safer for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to share airspace with piloted...

General Dynamics Awarded UAV Contract

Press Release "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract by the SENTEL Corporation to provide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) training support...

UAVs to be test at Port of Moses Lake

"Planes without pilots may be the wave of the future, and the Port of Moses Lake is getting in on the action. At a special board of commissioners meeting Thursday afternoon, commissioners approved several items on their consent agenda connected...

Silent Eyes Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - Testing Successful

"The Raytheon Co., which has its Missile Systems division based in Tucson, Tuesday reported successful tests and demonstrations of its SilentEyes Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by ejecting it from an MQ-9 Predator pylon-mounted canister during tests at Edwards Air...

Silent Eyes Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - Testing Successful

"The Raytheon Co., which has its Missile Systems division based in Tucson, Tuesday reported successful tests and demonstrations of its SilentEyes Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by ejecting it from an MQ-9 Predator pylon-mounted canister during tests at Edwards Air...

Cyber Scout in Test Flight Mode

Proxity Digital Networks has announced that they Unmanned air scout, the Cyber Scout, is currently in test flight mode. "The UAV is designed to operate innovative clandestine reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and could be hand-carried into battle to perform hunter-killer...

Call for UAV Tender - Australian Coastwatch

"Senator Chris Ellison, Minister for Justice and Customs, in releasing a request for tender (RFT) for Australias civil maritime surveillance operation, which is run by Coastwatch, said private firms played a crucial role in protecting Australias borders from illicit drugs,...

X-45As Fly Together for First Time

"Two Boeing X-45A unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) flew under the control of a single pilot-operator, successfully working together in a co-ordinated flight, thereby, completing what is claimed to be the first ever multiple air vehicle control flight demonstration. The...

US Airforce building Top Secret Drone

In what could be the largest top-secret aircraft program since the B-2 bomber, the U.S. Air Force is racing to develop a stealthy, supersonic, long-range unmanned reconnaissance plane that would give commanders better intelligence on the ever-shifting targets in the...

July 30, 2004

US Spy Planes help with Olympic Security

"U.S. spy planes have increased flights over North Africa and the Middle East to provide Greek and NATO authorities information about any potential threats to next month's Olympics, officials at this U.S. base on the island of Crete said Thursday....

July 26, 2004

UAV helps in Border Patrol Arrest

"The U.S. Border Patrol's new unmanned drone helped agents track down a smuggling suspect accused of running a police officer off a dirt road and throwing rocks at a helicopter, authorities said. Federal agents arrested a 32-year-old Mexican man after...

July 24, 2004

Robotic Aircraft Competition 2004

"College engineering students are flying their high-tech creations this week in the 14th Annual International Aerial Robotics Competition, paving the way for a new generation of surveillance gear that could help soldiers during urban warfare. University of Arizona's Keith Brock...

UAVs requested to Help with Alaska's Fires

"Governor Frank Murkowski on Thursday sent a letter to the U.S. Coast Guard, asking them to assign one of the agency's aerial drones on a two-day mission to collect information on the Boundary Fire in Alaska's Interior. "It is essential...

July 23, 2004

US Delay Army Modernization Plan

"The U.S. Army is delaying for two years the launch of its first combat unit to be fully equipped in a $92 billion modernization program co-led by Boeing Co._, top generals told Congress on Wednesday. Underlying technology will take longer...

July 22, 2004

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Create Jobs

'More than 250 new jobs are winging their way to Leicester as part of an �800million project to build spy planes for the military. Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon announced yesterday that defence contractor Thales, which has offices in Scudamore Road,...

X-47B Robotic Fighter

Yesterday Boeing announced their new BX-45C complete with Mock up and today it is Northrop Grumman's turn to unveil a full-scale mock-up of its X-47B fighter UAV. 'The Pentagon is funding the development of both the Northrop drone and Boeing's...

July 21, 2004

Dubai to Host Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Conference in 2005

'Dubai 2005 � the ninth international aerospace exhibition � is to feature the air show's first unmanned systems conference. The conference � Unmanned Systems Middle East 2005 � is being organised by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)...

Upgraded Global Hawk UAV Achieves First Flight

Northrop Grumman Press Release FARNBOROUGH 2004 AIR SHOW, U.K., July 20, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- The first air vehicle in a new production lot of upgraded RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicles made its maiden flight on July 1. Designated...

Hermes 1500 Crashes at Sea

An Elbit Systems UAV went missing and crashed at sea this week. 'The Hermes 450 UAV was on an operational mission crashed into the Mediterranean, due to technical breakdown. Another Elbit Systems UAV, this time a Hermes 1500, made a...

UAV's play important Role in Border Patrol

Numbers of those being apprehended trying to cross US borders illegally have soared recently, partly due to the use of UAVs in surveillance. 'Two unmanned aerial vehicles are soaring over the U.S. Mexico border area, and apprehensions of illegal immigrants...

July 20, 2004

BX-45C Unmanned Aircraft

Press Release: 8 June 2004 Boeing started assembling its Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45C aircraft today, loading the aft �carry-through� frame into a holding fixture inside the company�s St. Louis manufacturing facility. The 86-pound aluminum part, which spans...

IAI and Northrup-Grumman Partner in US UAV tender

'srael Aircraft Industries (IAI) today signed a strategic cooperation agreement with US defense giant Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Aurora Flight Sciences, which deals in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The companies are expected to submit a joint bid in the...

Global Hawk Passes 2000 Combat Hours

'The U.S. Air Force's RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial reconnaissance system recently achieved a significant program milestone by surpassing 2,000 combat flight hours. This accomplishment, achieved while supporting the global war on terrorism, adds to a long string...

Boeing show UAV and manned Aircraft can work together

Boeing have recently shown that UAVs can be used in conjunction with manned aircraft such as the F-15E. This will open up numerous new opportunities for UAV usage in a variety of contexts. 'Boeing, a leader in aerospace technology development,...

Green Hills Software Win UAV Contract

'Green Hills Software Inc., today announced that The Boeing Co. has selected Green Hills Software's real-time operating system (RTOS) and software development tools for development and deployment of the X-45C Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS). The X-45C's Vehicle Management...

July 18, 2004

Scan Eagle - Mini UAV Heads to Iraq

MSNBC: Spy deal: Miniplane zooms to Iraq reports that a mini UAV called the 'Scan Eagle' has been bought by the Marines for use in Iraq that has the capability of lingering above a battlefield for hours.... 'A small, Washington-made...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Crashes near Mirali

An Unidentified UAV has crashed on the Afghan border near Mirali. 'An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed near Mirali in the North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday, sources said. An official source told Dawn on Thursday that the UAV flying...

July 17, 2004

Northrop Grumman Hunter Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance System Surpasses 30,000 Flight Hours

Northrop Grumman Press Release SAN DIEGO, July 12, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- A U.S. Army unmanned aerial reconnaissance system supporting the war on terrorism recently achieved a significant operational milestone by reaching the 30,000 total flight-hours mark. The achievement by the...

Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Development Gathers Speed

'The term "unmanned combat air vehicle" (UCAV) was coined less than a decade ago, but armed, unmanned aircraft are in service and the subject of major programs worldwide. The biggest single effort, the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) managed...

Altair UAV Maps Fires

An 'Altair' UAV from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been used to map fires burning in Alaska. 'Sean Triplett, a geographic information specialist with the Alaska Fire Service, said the unmanned aircraft, on its second flight, helped firefighters get a...

'Harness the UAV Enthusiasm' says Air Vice Marshall David Walker

'Air Vice-Marshall David Walker, Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Royal Air Force, UK, said that although the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) industry should remember that it is not at the dawn of UAV flight, it must �harness the enthusiasm it...

July 11, 2004

US UAV Crash

The US Air Force is investigating a UAV crash that happened while the UAV was returning from a training exercise at the Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field recently. There are no reports of property damage or human injury. Source...

Civil Uses for UAVs

Business 2.0 has an interesting article on some of the civil uses for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. 'The Insitu Group, which makes long-range UAVs, is currently marketing its Seascan for several applications, like search and rescue, harbor patrol, pipeline reconnaissance, and...

Canada Ends UAV Program

'Canada's spy plane experiment in Afghanistan officially concluded Thursday, eight days after the last of six unmanned aircraft ended up bent and broken against the side of a house and nine days ahead of schedule. But despite the problems and...

12 UAVs Showcased in Wales

12 UAVs will be showcased at 'ParcAberporth' an event in Wales next week. 'The event, which takes place on the eve of the UV Europe 2004 event and a week prior to the Farnborough Air Show, will showcase a wide...

Team Eagle Eye to Develop UAV

Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC), AAI Corporation and Textron Systems Corporation have reached an agreement in principle to form the Core Team for TEAM EAGLE EYE to develop, produce and market the Eagle Eye Vertical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VUAV)...

July 09, 2004

Fire Scout Unveiled at RIAT - UK

UAV Online reportst that the Fire Scout UAV will make its debut at RIAT, held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on the 17th and 18th July. Get more info at...

June 29, 2004

UAV Competition

'Naval Air Station Patuxent River's Webster Field Annex in St. Inigoes once again hosted the student unmanned aerial vehicle competition this past weekend with more than quadruple the number of participants in this year's event as compared to last year....

Australia Tests UAV - Border Protection

Australia is currently testing a UAV on the Western Australian Coast. 'A small pilotless aircraft equipped with surveillance sensors which can remain aloft for more than 20 hours is being evaluated by Customs Coastwatch off the West Australian coast. Known...

June 25, 2004

Bird Eye 500 demonstrated by IAI

Israel Aircraft Industries has demonstrated a mini UAV, the Bird Eye 500, in Holland. The Bird Eye 500 is intended to be used for dispersing fires and riots, and has the ability to track either vehicles or individuals. 'The demonstration...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles tested on Aircraft Carrier

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) successfully demonstrated a shipboard mission control system that will allow unmanned combat aerial vehicles to participate safely and autonomously in conventional manned, aircraft-carrier flight operations. The mission control system allows an operator of an unmanned aerial...

France to spend $200m on UAV 'know how'

France will spend $200m on UAV technology 'know how' with Israel Aircraft Industries. They plan to produce Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles based on Israel Aircraft Industries' Heron/Eagle. 'As part of the agreement, the French defense industries, Dassault Aviation and European...

European Air Defence and Space Company and Dassault Aviation Partnership on Drones

'The European Air Defence and Space Companyand France's Dassault Aviation have signed a cooperation agreement on the development of drones, or pilotless aircraft, French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie announced on Monday. "EADS and Dassault have signed a founding agreement on...

Crossbow Integrates GPS with MEMS

' Crossbow Technology Inc. has launched a series of systems that provide navigation, position and leveling information to air and watercraft. The NAV420 series packs MEMS-based accelerometer and gyro clusters with a global positioning satellite receiver and other sensors and...

June 18, 2004

IAI - France UAV Partnership Hits a Snag

An agreement that was expected this week between Israel Aircraft Industries and the Ministry of Defense in France on a UAV partnership is not likely as parties have hit a snag in negotiations. 'IAI and the Ministry of Defense hoped...

June 17, 2004

Bird Eye 500 - mini UAV

'srael Aircraft Industries' Malat Division yesterday demonstrated its Bird Eye 500 civilian mini-UAV in Holland. The civilian UAV is intended for use in dispersing fires, mass gatherings, and emergencies. The presentation was made to local industrialists and representatives of rescue...

June 08, 2004

Hunter UAV watches over D Day Ceremonies

UAV Online reports that a Hunter UAV was a used in the security coverage of ceremonies held on Normandy beaches this week. D Day commemorations were watched from above by an Israel Aircraft Industries Hunter....

June 07, 2004

UAVs Patrol Border

Here is an interesting report outlining the use of UAVs and Drones in Border Protection. 'Two Israeli-made Hermes drones leased by the Border Patrol are due to take to the air this summer to help agents spot, track, seize �...

June 04, 2004

Predator UAV Article

This article on the Predator UAV is an interesting one - worth the read. 'The awkward killer ---like the birds it mimics -- begins as a shell, an oblong, egg-like cylinder of fiberglass and resin with aerodynamic hollows for computer...

June 02, 2004

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Picture

A Predator on Patrol - From another angle. Source...

May 30, 2004

More UAV Applications in Alaska

'Remote-controlled planes (UAVs) are taking on multiple roles in Alaska. Four Army Shadow 200s will join the Stryker Brigade Combat team at Fort Wainwright this summer. And other Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are being put to work around the state,...

May 29, 2004

Singapore and Israel develop UAVs

It seems that the unlikely pairing of Singapore and Israel have been working for a number of years together on developing UAVs. 'The latest UAV by the two companies was the Golden Eagle. This has been termed a mini-UAV for...

Shadow 200 UAV

This is another interesting report on the use of Shadow 200 UAV. 'Each system comes with four 300-pound aircraft and two ground-control stations. Soldiers can control the aircraft up to 40 miles away. It can stay in the air up...

May 28, 2004

Shadow 200 UAV used in Alaska

'The Shadow 200 TUAV is a pilotless plane that has been used on spy missions in Iraq since arriving there a year ago. Now it's finding a home base in Alaska and other posts as unmanned aerial vehicles play an...

May 21, 2004

Nasa Wants UAVs In Our Skies

NASA working on integrating robot craft into nation's airspace 'NASA said Thursday it is launching a program that could have robot planes and conventional piloted aircraft routinely and safely sharing civil airspace by 2008. Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are...

Israel Develops Large UAV

Little Green Footballs picks up this interesting story about Israel Developing Large UAVs the size of jet fighters. 'TEL AVIV � The Israel Air Force plans to procure a large and long-range unmanned air vehicle that resembles a fighter-jet. The...

May 19, 2004

UAVs in Natural Disasters

The Inovations Report has an interesting article on how UAVs are being used to help fight fires and other natural disasters. 'These UAVs can be used in aerial missions including natural disasters remediation, traffic and environmental monitoring, surveillance, security and...

May 18, 2004

Underwater Drone Found

We can all stop worrying and sleep easy at night again. The underwater drone that the Navy lost last week has just been found. Gizmodo reports that they have found it about 200 miles away from where it was lost....

May 17, 2004

Wales at Heart of UAV Sector

Wales has just been thrust into the middle of the UK's growing UAV business with a �21million investment. 'A ground breaking event marked the start of work on ParcAberporth � a 50 acre high technology park where a major focus...

Canadian UAV Grounded

In the latest of in a series of problems facing the Canadian UAV team in Kabal their UAV has been grounded by a mechanical problem with its launcher this week. 'After four accidents and several other technical holdups, the French-made...

May 14, 2004

Cash for Robotics

'PITTSBURGH � Researchers in robotics have traditionally faced two debilitating obstacles: terribly expensive parts and difficulty attracting funding from anyone outside of a small corps of true believers. But robotics experts see a "perfect storm" heading their way, thanks in...

May 13, 2004

Unmanned Vehicles Talks

Robohub reports that there will be increased communication bewteen the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Unmanned Ground Vehicle communities after recent successes in Iraq. ''We want to look at what each can bring to the other,' said Cliff Hudson, programme manager...

May 12, 2004

Holy UAV

Here is a novel application for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that I'd never considered before. 'Researchers have sent up a mini-airship inside one of Britain's most ancient cathedrals to inspect stained-glass windows and inaccessible stonework. The meter-long radio-controlled craft carried...

May 08, 2004

Canada Purchases UAV System

Canada have just made the decision to buy a Silver Fox Unmanned Aerial Vehicle system. 'As part of its continuing exploration into the potential utility of uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Canadian Forces (CF) recently purchased the Silver Fox mini...

May 07, 2004

Have you seen this Autonomous Underwater Vehicle?

One of the downsides of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and their on land and underwater counterparts is that from time to time they tend to go 'walk about'. Last month we saw reports of a runaway US UAV that...

May 05, 2004

Boeing acquires Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Maker

'The Boeing Co. has acquired Irvine, Calif.-based Frontier Systems Inc., which develops the A-160 Hummingbird and Maverick unmanned aerial vehicles.... Frontier's technologies add to Boeing's capabilities in unmanned systems, including the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System X-45, ScanEagle and others...

May 03, 2004

Australian Spending on UAVs Blows Out

Australia's The Age newspaper reports that the Australian federal government is planning on spending $1billion on Global Hawk UAVs which it points out are in the habit of crashing. 'The Sydney Morning Herald said four of the seven prototypes for...

May 01, 2004

Pakistan and Turkey to invest in UAVs

NewKerala reports that Pakistan and Turkey look likely to partner with one another in the production of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles....

April 29, 2004

Raytheon to improve unmanned aircraft control system

'Raytheon Co. won a $36.8 million contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command to significantly upgrade the software that controls unmanned aerial vehicles, the company said.' The upgrade allows control of several UAVs simultaneously. Source...

Unmanned Robotic Traffic Cones

New Scientist reports the development of Unmanned Robotic Traffic Cones! (URTCs? - they are not UAVs...but I couldn't resist reporting the news!) The visual pictures in my head of this are quite amusing... 'Herds of robotic traffic cones could soon...

April 28, 2004

Security Blimps

It looks like Blimps might be the latest rage when it comes to security if the recent spate of articles on the topic are any indication. Newsday reports that 'a plant near Fort Benning plans to start producing unmanned spherical...

April 27, 2004

Silver Fox UAV

USA today reports that US Marines are using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) called Silver Fox in recon missions. The Silver Fox UAV is 5 feet long, propeller driven and can be launched by catapult or throwing it into the...

April 26, 2004

Robots in the Sky

Robots in the sky is an article that reports that the roles of UAVs is changing - especially in areas of conflict. No longer are Unmanned Aerial Vehicles capable of only observational or surveillance roles, but UAVs are increasingly capable...

April 25, 2004

The Eye in the Sky

Belmont Club has a fascinating post called 'The Eye in the Sky' which examines the increasing reliance upon UAVs of the US....

UAVs in use around the World

A quick look at news sources today from around the world show that UAVs are being used in a variety of locations and ways. Here are just three. Arizona Border Initiative to improve national security How Are the Israelis Targeting...

April 21, 2004

UAV named after James Bond

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) company in the US has named their latest UAV 'GoldenEye' after the James Bond movie of the same name. Source...

April 20, 2004

UAVs in Civil Airspace - Concerns

UAV's have been getting a lot of press lately in terms of their use in overseas regions of conflict but the fact that these robotic unmanned aerial vehicles are being used increasingly at home in civil airspace is escaping the...

April 17, 2004

UAV developers test Feature Recognition Software

Recognition software originally developed for the gaming industry, to automatically spot problem gamblers when they enter venues is now being tested for use in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The software has been dubbed DIVOT (Digital Imagery and Video Object Tracking)....

April 16, 2004

More Money for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Research

Yahoo News reports that there is More Cash Flowing to Robotics Research. 'The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University has seen federal funding jump 48 percent since 2000, and by 117 percent since 1994. Much of the $24.8 million in...

April 13, 2004

Runaway US UAV Invades British Air Space

News surfaced today that a US Global Hawk UAV 'got away' recently and flew uninvited into British air space. It was given 'purple airspace' which is usually reserved for the royal family. 'Air-traffic controllers were forced to grant the privilege...

iRobot signs deal for Micro UAV

'Robot Corp. announced today that it has finalized a contract worth an estimated $32 million to develop a small remote-control robot for the U.S. The company describes the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) as a "portable, reconnaissance and tactical robot...

April 10, 2004

Robotics Gains Prestige

It seems that the Robotics Industry has received a real jolt with the resent world conflicts. USA Today reports - 'Researchers in robotics have traditionally faced two debilitating obstacles: terribly expensive parts and difficulty attracting funding from anyone outside of...

April 09, 2004

GoldenEye-100 UAV Flies

The GoldenEye 100 UAV has completed its first test flight in fully autonomous control mode. 'The initial flight test program validated the GoldenEye-100's vertical takeoff and landing capability, thrust vectoring, long-duct acoustic suppression, torsionally disconnected wings, stability and control, hovering...

April 07, 2004

Revenge of the Killer Drones

UAVs are being used in new and more forceful ways by the US in regions of conflict. Check out this excellent article at Wired titled - Revenge of the Killer Drones....

Nothrop Grumman gets Global Hawk Contract

'A unit of Northrop Grumman Corp. has been awarded a $202 million contract for several Global Hawk spy planes, the U.S. military said on Thursday.' Source - Forbes...

The Planes of the Future

It seems that UAVs are the planes of tomorrow....

April 04, 2004

Australia Eyes UAV Industry

UAV Online reports that Australia is looking at their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) future. 'The Australian Department of Industry Tourism and Resources has issued a report by its Aerospace Industry Action Agenda. Titled, �Partnering in the global context: an Australian...

April 01, 2004

UAV Design Competition

'Thirty-five (35) collegiate teams from thirty-one (31) North American Universities are preparing to compete in the SAE 2004 Aero Design East Competition, to be held April 16-18 in Deland, Florida. The competition, one of two aerospace events that are part...

March 31, 2004

Workshop On Civil & Commercial UAV Applications

UAV Online reports an upcoming workshop titled �Downstream Applications for Civilian and Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)'. It will be held on 6-7 May 2004 in London. 'The background of this workshop is that the applications promise of UAVs is...

March 29, 2004

X-43A Hypersonic Research UAV

UAV Online reports that NASA has conducted a flight of its X-43A hypersonic research UAV aircraft. 'This unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is 12 ft long, part aircraft and part spacecraft, will be dropped from the wing of a modified B-52...

New Mini/Micro UAVs

The Israel DF is equipping itself with these new robotic micro UAVs (pictured left). They will fit in a backpack and are highly portable enabling them to be used in all kinds of circumstances. 'The new baby drones have already...

March 23, 2004

Would you fly on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle?

'Computers already play a major role in flying many jetliners. They have the capability of carrying out take-offs. And, they are routinely relied upon during long-range cruising. In good weather they often land planes - but always with a human...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Civil Applications

Here are some excerpts from an interesting piece written about some of the civil applications for UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). 'New Mexico State University's Physical Science Laboratory is lauding unmanned aerial vehicles for everything from checking on forest fires to...

GAO urges separate plan for UAVs

'The Defense Department's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programs are in the unique and enviable position of receiving more money than requested over the past five years, so the services have bought UAVs at a faster rate than they originally planned...

More UAV crashes

UAV Online reports that 'A Canadian Sperwer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made an emergency landing in a farmer's field on Saturday, while a German built Luna UAV reportedly crashed near Afghanistan's presidential palace hours later.' These UAV crashes are the...

March 21, 2004

The Future of Unmanned Aircraft

Air Force Lt.Gen. Walter Buchanan III has been talking about the roles and future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - check out some of the following quotes which talk about the changing times of this emerging robotic industry....

UAV Completes first NASA Operation

The following excerpts from UAV completes first operational flights gives excellent insights into Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developments at NASA. 'A small, unmanned airplane recently conducted flights along the Virginia coast showing its capability to support NASA science missions. NASA...

March 17, 2004

Government Pushing for Research on Robotics

ohio.com reports an increase in US government spending on research into robotic vehicles. 'Robotics and mechanical engineering departments report an influx of cash from the Department of Defense to build land vehicles, boats and aircraft that don't need soldiers, sailors...

Robotics Race Cancelled

A race for Unmanned Ground Vehicles was cancelled this week. 'Fifteen robotic vehicles took on the Pentagon's $1million-purse cross-country race Saturday, but none got farther than seven miles, ending the race shortly after it started on a rutted 142-mile course...

International UAV Conference

Later this month in Bristol the International UAV conference will be held marking the 25th anniversary of the event. UAV Online reports: 'As always, the conference is structured to give ample opportunity for networking with UAV professionals from across the...

March 13, 2004

Amphibious Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Development

The newly formed Cyber Aerospace Corporation is developing a new amphibious unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It will be a vertical take off and landing (VSTOL) version that is designed to operate in difficult terrain and conditions. Here is an excerpt...

March 09, 2004

Desert Hawk UAV in Action

Check out this article on the Desert Hawk UAV in action over Iraq and Afghanistan. 'A tiny spy plane developed by Lockheed Martin engineers in Palmdale is doing sentry duty around U.S. air bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Weighing seven...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles used in Arizona

UAVs: Little plane technology lands in southern Arizona is an article describing the latest developments in Border Patrol in Arizona. Here is a taste: 'Last month, the U.S. Border Patrol in southern Arizona got to play with a new toy....

Aerosonde UAV Flies

'A small, unmanned airplane recently conducted flights along the Virginia coast showing its capability to support NASA science missions. NASA and Aerosonde North America, Inc., conducted several flights of the Aerosonde unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) February 20 through 27. The...

March 02, 2004

Heron/Eagle UAV Unveiled at Singapore

Israel Aircraft Industries has unveiled a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the Heron/Eagle, at the Asian Air Show in Singapore. This is the first time they have marketed out side of the Israel. 'IAI has unveiled the Mahats, or...

International Aerial Robotics Competition

Aerial robotics team takes off is an article about an Aerial Robotics club that is testing truely Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. They are not only working on small scale aircraft with no pilots, but aircraft that will be controlled 'with the...

11 Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Ordered

The US have just Ordered 11 Additional Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems from United Industrial's AAI Corporation in Contracts Valued at $97 Million 'The US announced at the end of December 2003 that it was extending its full-rate production...

February 28, 2004

More Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Needed in Iraq

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, yesterday encouraged the Airforce to take more Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to Iraq to play a part in the protection of American troops. '"There are prospects for using technology to be able to...

February 26, 2004

Dragonfly UAV Weapon Test

Metal Storm to Weaponize Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Demonstration in the U.S. reports 'Metal Storm Limited (Nasdaq Small Cap: MTSX and ASX: MST) announced today that it is planning to live-fire its 40mm electronic-weapon system on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle...

February 25, 2004

Unmanned Vehicles Race

The Great Robot Race - The inaugural unmanned vehicle race from LA to Las Vegas is on! Well its actually a year away, but its going to happen. Entries are invited from anyone in the US with the money to...

UAV's star in Asia air show

Pilotless planes star in Asia air show.Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are taking centre stage at one of the worlds largest aerospace shows in Singapore. 'Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been around for decades. But they have only evolved...

US to increase spending on UAV program

Homeland Security plan for unmanned aerial vehicles - UAV's - reports that the US is planning to spend a lot more than it first thought on UAV's in the upcoming year especially now that plans for the Comanche helicopter program...

February 21, 2004

UAVs to be used to Jam airwaves

Jam Warfare - 'Unmanned aerial vehicles could (UAV's) be used to jam enemy air defence systems in future conflicts, following flight tests held in Germany. European aerospace specialist EADS has revealed it has flown a UAV to test the use...

February 20, 2004

General Dynamics enter UAV Market

Aeronautics Defense Systems (Israeli) has just announced a deal with General Dynamics (US arms company) where GD will market some of ADS's products, including their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned patrol boats. This marks General Dynamics entry into the...

February 19, 2004

Korea to be a UAV power by 2015

The Korea Times reports that Korea is increasing their investment in the Aerospace industry, including pouring billions of dollars into UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). 'About 4.2 billion won will be spent on developing the world's largest, 200-meter-long, blimp-type electric motor-propelled...

Micro Aircraft

UAVs are about to get a lot smaller! Back to Nature for Micro Spy Plane Builders is an interesting article that reports that scientists are working on tiny micro aircraft to be used both in military and civil applications. They...

February 16, 2004

UAV's to feature at International Airshow

UAVs will feature at 'Asian Aerospace 2004'. 'The Eagle is taking the skies in the much-anticipated UAV flying demonstration, the first time a UAV(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is staging a flying display at a major international airshow.' I wonder if we'll...

February 14, 2004

UAV Crashes

Another UAV has crashed in Kabul - Afghanistan. The Luna Tactical UAV was carrying out surveillance over Kabul for a German peacemaking unit of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) when it crashed into a residential district in the outskirts...

Predator B UAV developments

UAV Online reports that the Predator B UAV has moved a step towards being part of NATO's Surveillance system. Here is a few excerpts. 'Raytheon has confirmed it will offer a modified General Atomics Predator B as a �core� part...

February 12, 2004

US Military team with Lockheed Martin

UAV Online reports that the US Military and Lockheed Martin have: 'have begun an initiative to integrate the Air Force Command and Control (C2) Constellation, Navy FORCEnet and Army Enterprise Architecture (AEA). The services will work collaboratively with the...

February 10, 2004

UAVs in Imagery Analysis and Delivery

'The newly named NGA will build a new IT infrastructure to support the Future Imagery Architecture, the Defense Department's fast, next-generation video and data system. The agency will use unmanned aerial vehicles, big model airplanes carrying cameras and sensors, to...

February 06, 2004

UAVs need more Data Analysis

FCW reports that Battlefield commanders are saying that they need more resources in the field of data analysis. '"The Global Hawk was awesome and the amount of data that it collects is incredible," Power said. "The thing that we've learned...

February 04, 2004

US Commits to further UAV spending

UAV Online reports that 'the US$ 401.7 billion defence budget request for fiscal 2005 fully funds current readiness while maintaining course for transforming the military.' The Airforce will continue to focus on Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and will receive enough...

Australia Budgets for UAVs

CNN reports that UAVs are central in the budgeted spending of the Australian government defense forces. 'A Aust. $1 billion ($760 million) project to launch Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for national surveillance is the centrepiece of a 10-year Australian defense spending...

February 01, 2004

Pennsylvanians train with unmanned aircraft

The Sentinel reports that another 22 national guard members are getting involved in a UAV mission in Iraq. 'On Wednesday, 22 members of the 2nd Squadron, 104th Calvary unit based in York left for Fort Bragg, N.C., to become the...

January 30, 2004

Autonomous Military Vehicles

Army's robot for no man's land gives a great overview of 'Autonomous Machines' in the military - including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. It looks at the history and current developments. 'Using autonomous machines in the military became possible in the mid-1980s,...

NAVAIR demonstrates Fire Scout

NAVAIR has continued to make breakthroughs with the Fire Scout by demonstrating 'top level' control late last year. 'NAVAIR recorded another first in naval aviation history when a P-3COrion launched, took control of, and recovered a Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff...

Micro UAVs

I always find miniaturization fascinating. It extends to so many fields including that of miniaturization of UAVs. Check out the future of unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance: 'The aircrafts, under development at Brigham Young University for the Air Force, can literally...

Autonomous Helicopter Project

Australia's CSIRO has been developing a Autonomous Helicopter Project. They introduce the project by writing: 'We are automating a standard size 60, JR Ergo, model helicopter. The goal of the project is to be able to specify a mission, such...

Too many Drones?

Defence Tech asks the question: has US military has been too focused on Drones/UAVs? There seems to be a move . 'The upshot is a renewed emphasis on long-term investments in research and development for manned aviation, which has suffered...

January 29, 2004

More US Airspace needed for UAVs

New York Times reports that: 'The secretary of transportation called Tuesday for tripling the air traffic capacity of the United States in the next 15 to 20 years to make room for more jet taxis, private jets, airliner traffic and...

Fire Scout Officially Joins US Army

UV Online announces this latest Fire Scout Development. 'Northrop Grumman Corporation�s Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (TUAV) system has officially been named as the Class IV unmanned aerial system (UAS) for the US Army's...

January 28, 2004

High-Altitude Airships

Popular Science has a great article about some of the bigger UAVs that we might see in the next few year. 'Being oversize has its advantages. Just ask researchers at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, which recently dished out $40...

January 27, 2004

Fort Huachuca

Fort Huachuca will be the largest UAV facility in the world 'Unmanned aerial vehicle training on Fort Huachuca, as well as the clean electromagnetic environment around the post, are critical to the Southwest Defense Complex, he said. The fort will...

X-43A Prepares For Captive Carry Test

UV Online reports that the X-43A is being prepared for a captive carry flight currently scheduled for 21 February in NASA's Hyper-X program. Following is an excerpt from their article. 'Pending thorough evaluation of all flight data, the captive-carry test...

The Shadow - Iraq

Check out this article about the use of the Shadow in Iraq. 'The Army has recently developed and deployed a new information gatherer � the Shadow, a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle. Soldiers from the 312th and 313th Military Intelligence Battalions...

UAV Contract Awarded

'AAI Corp. of Hunt Valley won a $17.19 million contract from the Army's Aviation and Missile Command for unmanned aerial vehicle system support services.' Source - Washington Post...

UAV wreckage found - Kabul

The wreckage of a Canadian spy plane has been spotted on a hillside in Kabul Afghanistan. It is expected to take a number of days to access the UAV as it has fallen in the middle of a minefield. 'The...

UAV used in Archaeology

This article reports that Archaeologists working on the Chester's Roman Amphitheatre may use a UAV to photograph their work from previously unobtainable angles. The potential uses for UAVs are endless....

Limitations Hamper UAV Use in Iraq

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs reports that the usage of UAVs in Iraq was limited despite advancements in technology. 'Despite fielding over one hundred more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to Iraq, UAVs in Afghanistan struck twice as many...

January 21, 2004

DIY UAVs

Ever wanted to have your own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like the ones the military use to spy on other countries. Now you can with DIY UAVs. Watch out! We're building a system for autonomous aerial vehicles for the hobbiest....

January 20, 2004

Civil UAVs

Civil servant is an interesting article about UAVs being developed for civil uses. Here is an excerpt: 'Australian researchers have designed an unmanned aerial vehicle using low-cost systems, making it affordable for civil as well as military use. The helicopter-like...

January 17, 2004

UAV Market Expanding

Space Daily reports that the global market for UAVs is rapidly expanding in both civil and military capacities. Europe is a market with incredible potential. 'In Europe, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy will invest most heavily in UAVs....