Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV/UAS)

This category covers all flying unmanned vehicles, from loyal wingmen and Attritable Aircraft, Remote Carriers, Cargo Carrying Platforms, ISR Platforms, High Altitude, Long Endurance (HALE), to Medium Altitude (MALE) and Tactical and Small Tactical UAS (STUAS), mini and nano UAS. This category also covers loitering weapons, features smarm technology, and Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T). You are invited to join our community on:

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K-MAX to Stay in Afghanistan Until the 2014 Withdrawal

The U.S. Marine Corps will keep the two K-MAX unmanned helicopters in Afghanistan 'indefinitely', at least, until the withdrawal or US troops from the country next year.

GA-ASI MQ-9B SkyGuardian

To achieve airworthiness that meets NATO STANAG 4671 GA-ASI redesigned the MQ-9 platform from scratch, to enable the new ‘SkyGuardian’ to meet fully the UK Military Type Certificate for the time when Protector RG MK1 enters service by the mid-2020s. The RAF just announced its plan to assign the RPAS to 31 Squadron, that will phase out the Tornado GR4 by next year.

Future Drones: Essential Changes Lead to Higher Autonomy

This post continues our discussion on Future Drones Significant changes are required to make such autonomy a reality. Trusted navigation Inherent to their unmanned operation UAVs are...

New Guidelines Shape Use of UAVs for Law Enforcement

The increasing use of UVS by police and law enforcement agencies requires the implementations of adequate guidelines to safeguard privacy while maintaining public and national security

Decision Time for Cargo UAVs

Above: The AirMule prototype has performed 40 test hovers and accumulated 10 hours of flight time. More recently the aircraft has been undergoing a...

International Conference on Unmanned Systems – AUVSI Israel 2012

For four decades Israel’s aerospace industries are maintaining their world leading position in the field of unmanned systems. The upcoming International Conference on Unmanned Systems will offer international delegates a unique insight into one of the country's most competitive fields of expertise.

Fire Scout Completes Test Series at Sea, Operating with Manned Helicopters

USS Coronado (LCS 4) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) completed the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned rotary wing platform on June 29, 2018. Results from this IOT&E will inform decision-makers on how best to integrate the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter with littoral combat ships (LCS) and other platforms.

IAI Heron RPAS – Operations Update

The Heron I RPAS has been operating over the Mediterranean Sea and Southern Europe under this authorization as part an experiment run by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency FRONTEX, evaluating the use of air patrols to spot illegal immigrants from North Africa.

IAI Establishes the UAS Academy, Offering Training Solution for UAS Operators

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has established a training and certification facility preparing UAS operators and technicians to support Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The UAS...

DRDO’s Rustom-1 UAV makes 5th flight

Rustom-1, the indigenously designed and developed unmanned air vehicle, made its fifth successful flight on Friday morning, November 11th, 2011. It flew for 25 minutes...

Airborne Sense & Avoid Validated on Predator B RPA

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI) successfully flight tested a pre-production Due Regard Radar (DRR) in February 2015, marking the first fully functional air-to-air radar on a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) that meets the requirements for “Due Regard” operations in international airspace.

Libya: Italy Agrees to Allow Armed U.S. Drone Missions from Sicily – WSJ

The Italian government last month quietly began allowing armed American drones to fly out of the US Naval Air Station Sigonella on the island...

Update: The Marines Want Cargo-UAS Now

While DARPA's dream of TX Transformers hopping supplies and personnel through the sky, avoiding roadside IEDs and ambushes, the Marines in Afghanistan need a...

Australia Extends UAV ISR Service Contract with MDA

Canadian based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) announced today that it has signed contract amendments Worth CA$100 million with the Commonwealth of Australia, for the extension of Heron I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle surveillance service for the Australian Defence Force in Kandahar Airfield for an additional two years.

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