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RQ-170More about the Beast – RQ-170 Sentinel Show Again at Kandahar

neuronnEUROn Subsystems Begin to Assemble at Istres

Singapore searcer uavSingaporean Searchers on a Mission in Afghanistan

OSCAR UGVCobham Acquires German EOD-Robot Specialist Telerob

S100 wescamWescam Provides a New EO/IR Payload for the Camcopter

Heremes 450
More Hermes-450 UAVs to Brazil

Anka UAVFirst flight for the Turkish ANKA Unmanned Aircraft

Cabure-IIIArgentine’s Cabure III Small-UAV in Flight Tests

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Photo above: Brazil's new Hermes 450 will be delivered and supported by Elbit Systems' local subsidiary Aeroeletrônica Ltda. (AEL). Photo: Antonio Riciere Biasus via Elbit Systems (Read More...)

RQ170More about the Beast – RQ-170 Sentinel Show Again at Kandahar

New pictures published today on the Secret Projects forum provide a better view of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel operating from the Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan. Bill Sweetman of Aviation Week, who gave the RQ-170 the nickname ‘The Beast’, estimate the RQ-170 size to match the MQ-9A Reaper, and assumes the two aircraft carry a similar payload, although the ‘Beast’ would have shorter mission endurance given its thirsty jet propulsion. (Read More...)

neuronnEUROn Subsystems Begin to Assemble at Istres

Saab AB has delivered to Dassault the front and central fuselage sections of the European UCAV technology demonstrator nEUROn. Dassault Aviation the Prime contractor for the nEROn. As subassemblies and parts of the unmanned aircraft are arriving at Istres, nEUROn program is entering the critical phase of assembly and integration of the final air vehicle. (Read More...)

Searcher UAVSingaporean Searchers on a Mission in Afghanistan

The Singaporean troops will stay in Afghanistan until the end of 2011 supporting ISAF operations in the country. The deployments were supposed to have ended by April 2011 But Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean announced their mission will be extended. Since 2007 Singapore has deployed several military teams to Afghanistan, providing medical assistance, training and reconnaissance and surveillance in support of the International Security Afghanistan Force (ISAF). (Read More...)

OSCAR UGVCobham Acquires German EOD-Robot Specialist Telerob

.K. based Cobham plc announced today the acquisition of Telerob GmbH, a German-based manufacturer of bomb disposal robots. Cobham is paying EUR 78 million for full ownership of the German company. Privately owned Telerob is manufacturing Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots and threat response vehicles. Following the acquisition Telerob will become part of Cobham’s Mission Equipment business unit, broadening the Group’s portfolio addressing the fast-growing homeland security markets. (Read More...)

Wescam Provides a New EO/IR Payload for the Camcopter

Schiebel and L3 have tested the S-100 Camcopter Vertical take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) equipped with L3′s Wescam MX-10 EO/IR payload. The first flight was performed in Austria. According to Paul Jennison, Vice President Business Development, L-3 Wescam, the MX-10 offers an integrated vibration mounts allowing for even more compact integration into an ‘all-in-one’ design. (Read More...)

Hermes 450 BrazilMore Hermes-450 UAVs to Brazil

Elbit Systems’ Brazilian subsidiary Aeroeletrônica Ltda. (AEL) has won a contract to supply additional Hermes 450 unmanned aerial systems to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The contract follows one year Brazilian operation of two Hermes 450 unmanned aircraft and one ground station under lease for one year. (Read More...)

Anka UAVFirst flight for the Turkish ANKA Unmanned Aircraft

Turkey’s first indigenous Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle designated ‘Anka’ made its first test flight December 31, 2010. Anka is Turkey’s first entry into the MALE system category. Sofar the the Turkish industry has produces only the smaller Unmanned Aerial Systems.(Read More...)

 

Cabure-IIIArgentine’s Cabure III Small-UAV in Flight Tests

The Argentinian company Nostromo Unmanned solutions has completed the first flight test series of a pre-production version of the Cabure III Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, a short range electrically-powered tactical UAV. The current test phase qualified the UAV’s avionics integration, performance and tactical capabilities. (Read More...)

 

Special Review: Deadly Weapons for small UAVs

The capability of armed forces to employ ‘Kinetic effects’ by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have evolved in the past decade from science fiction into reality. Soon after the first Hellfire was launched from a Predator UAV on a test in February 2001, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operated drones were sent to Afghanistan to hunt Osama Bin-Laden and his accomplices. (Read More...)

Miniaturizing The Aerial Weapon

The capability of armed forces to employ 'Kinetic effects' by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)have evolved in the past decade from science fiction into reality. Soon after the first Hellfire was launched from a Predator UAV on a test in February 2001, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operated drones were sent to Afghanistan to hunt Osama Bin-Laden and his accomplices.  (Read More...)

shadowArming the Shadows

The UAV weaponization trend does not stop at the Predator and Reaper. After the CIA, the U.S. Air Force and Army, as the U.S. Marine Corps, all wish to arm its unmanned aircraft to carry weapons. However, the Marines own only small UAVs that currently are not equipped to carry weapons. (Read More...)

 

 

Suicide Micro-Drons

The use of UAVs as combat weapons is growing rapidly in recent conflicts, highlighted by operations in the Middle East and Central Asia. The commonly used platforms are Predator and Reapors - MQ-9, MQ-1A and MQ-1C, equipped for long endurance, and capable of persistent endurance of several hours over the battlefield. Yet, for many applications, users require smaller, covert weapon systems to create localized, yet highly accurate and effective kinetic effect. (Read More...)

 

 

UAVs as Multi-Mission Warfighters

Two new versions of the Predator - the U.S. Army MQ-1C 'Gray Eagle' and the Air Forces' MQ-9' Reaper, both from General Atomics, are changing the way the U.S. military addresses drone warfare. Both aircraft are designed from baseline for armed missions and capable in carrying more than the Predator's two weapons. They can also carry multiple sensors, enabling the weapon's operation to take place in parallel to other tasks. (Read More...)

New Language for Air-Ground Collaboration

Early strike missions employed laser-guided weapons exclusively, and required the launching platform, or advanced target designation parties on the ground, to maintain constant line-of-sight, to designate the target by laser from relatively short range. What made such attack mission even more effective, was the ability to share imagery from the UAV with ground forces, coordinating an attack through a 'short cycle', rather than through a central command, control and coordination facility. (Read More...)

Aerovironment, Textron Systems, IAT to Deliver Lethal Mini-Drone Prototypes in Four Months

The U.S. Air Force Rapid Acquisition Cell launched a urgent procurement program for lethal mini-drones, aiming to field such weapons with Special Operations command units in 2012. The weapons to be delivered under the Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System (LMAMS), will offer the warfighter a portable, non-line-of-sight precision strike capability against individual stationary or moving individuals... (Read More...)