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Unmanned Systems News March 2011

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U.S. Air Force receives the Last Predator

Frontier to Upgrade Two Hummingbird UAVs for the U.S. Army

France to Announce MALE Acquisition Decsion Next Week

X-37B Space Plane Scheduled for 2nd Flight on March 4th

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Defense Update Unmanned Systems Channel - March 2011

Photo above: MQ-1 Predator #268 was the last delivered to the U.S. Air Force. Since its first flight in 1994 Predators recorded more than 900,000 flight hours, most of them on combat missions. Photo: General Atomics (Read More...)

Mantis UAVDassault, BAE Systems to Cooperate Developing MALE UAVs

BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate exclusively on the preparation and submission of a joint proposal to the UK and French Ministries of Defence for the design, development, production and support of a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The signature follows the United Kingdom and French Governments agreement at the Anglo-French Summit in November 2010 to collaborate on the next generation MALE UAS to meet the requirements of both countries. (Read More...)

Predator UAVU.S. Air Force receives the Last Predator

On March 3, 2011 the U.S. Air Force accepted MQ-1 Predator tail number 268, the last manufactured for the service. Col. James Beissner, Air Combat Command’s Chief Irregular Warfare Division, accepted the aircraft on behalf of the Air Force. Since its first flight in July of 1994, 284 aircraft of the RQ/MQ-1 series have been produced, of which 269 were transferred to the U.S. Air Force (including three that also operated by the U.S. Navy). (Read More...)

A160TFrontier to Upgrade Two Hummingbird UAVs for the U.S. Army

Frontier Systems was awarded $14 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the upgrade of two YMQ-18A Hummingbird (A-160T) unmanned helicopters. The two Hummingbirds will be completed by year’s end, modified into YMQ-18A Block II configuration. (Read More...)

MQ-9 ReaperFrance to Announce MALE Acquisition Decsion Next Week

According to French defense blog Secret Défense, the French MOD has decided to use General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drones to fulfill the French Air Force requirement for Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE). France is planning to buy four aircraft and two ground stations; according to the blog editor Jean-Dominique Merchet, the French MOD is expected to announce the selection as early as next week. (Read More...)

X37B Space PlaneX-37B Space Plane Scheduled for 2nd Flight on March 4th

On Friday, March 4, the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to launch the second X-37B prototype space plane from Cape Canaveral. The first space plane of the two prototypes built by Boeing Phantom Works, which the Air Force launched in April 2010, stayed on orbit for seven months. (Read More...)


PredatorPredator XP Expands into New Markets

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) is offering a new export version of the Predator unmanned aerial system. The export of the standard RQ-1 Predator system has been limited by U.S. Government export restrictions, to select NATO members and allied nations. To meet the export potential of the system GA-ASI has recently expanded its aircraft portfolio to offer an export version of the Predator UAS – designated Predator XP. (Read More...)