DARPA Teaches Drones to Collaborate (Under Human Supervision)

The US Defense Department's Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA) selected Lockheed Martin and Raytheon as the prime contractors for the agency's Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) demonstration. The program seeks to help conduct dynamic Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) operations over long distances, against short lived, moving targets in denied or contested electromagnetic airspace.

Remotely Controlled Weapon Stations at the 2006 Eurosatory Exhibition

Remotely controlled sensors and weapon stations form another facet of unmanned systems, enabling soldiers to operate their weapons from a safe distance or behind the cover of armor. A wide range of remotely operated weapon stations was on display at Eurosatory 2006, ranging from...

Russian Ordnance Group Adapts Grenade Launchers to Arm Drones

The Russian Techmash ordnance group evaluates the use of grenade launchers onboard drones

Army Sponsored Team Demonstrates Airspace Deconfliction of Multiple UAVs

In a recent test sponsored by the U.S. Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, a team lead by Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) demonstrated how the flight paths of multiple, small UAVs could be planned, safely separated and dynamically deconflict, with minimal communications and...

European MidCAS Study Integrates UAVs to Crowded Airspace

A new consortium seeking to establish technological solutions for integration of unmanned aerial systems in controlled airspace, by utilizing 'Mid Air Collision Avoidance System' (MidCAS) will assess and develop 'sense and avoid' technologies for future unmanned aerial systems, under the mandate of the European...

Modular Airborne Sensor (MAS)

The miniature, modular airborne sensor system uses a mini UAV developed by Patria, equipped with an EO payload mounted on remotely controlled a pan-tilt platform. A system includes 1-3 vehicles which can be fitted with EO or IR payloads. Unique features used in this...

Thai Navy to Operate Hermes-900 on Maritime Surveillance and SaR Missions

Elbit Systems has received a contract valued at $120 million to supply Hermes 900 Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and training capabilities to the Royal Thai Navy. The contract will be performed over three years.

Indian Police Seeking More Mini-UAVs

The growing interest in unmanned systems for use by Indian police and law enforcement agencies is bringing the Home Ministry to evaluate some of the technologies available for paramilitary use.

Northrop Grumman and Aerovironment are developing a new naval drone for DARPA

DARPA is expecting to complete risk reduction studies in September, and select one of two competing designs for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (MALE UAS), to demonstrate drone operations from small and medium naval vessels by 2017.

Russian Arms in the War on Terror

At the Army-2017 exhibition near Moscow, the Russian arms industries are promotiong the latest weapons and systems tested in combat in Syria. Unlike similar events in the west, the Russian weapons are demonstrated in daily live firing demonstrations throughout the week long event.

Autonomous Vehicle Navigation Systems (ANS) Matured

Following over 2,000 lab and field tests the Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) under development at General Dynamics Robotic Systems for the U.S. Army has passed the Critical Design Review milestone in March 2010 and is moving to prototype fabrication phase, toward integration and initial...

Supporting the warfighter

Sustaining combat operations in high intensity ‘linear’ warfare has always represented a huge challenge to military planners, pushing supplies to forward supply bases and forward units by sea, air and land. Engaged in asymmetric warfare, without a clear ‘forward line of troops’, where every...

Germany to use Heron 1 UAVs to Support UN Peacekeepers in Mali

The German forces will soon deploy Heron 1 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to Mali. Airbus Defense and Space announced yesterday it had signed a contract with the German Defence Procurement Agency (BAAInBw) to provide such surveillance drones in support of the Bundeswehr missions in Africa.

GA-ASI Touts Exportable Version of MQ-9

Following its successful penetration of the French market, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) is planning to introduce an exportable, certifiable variant of its Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPA), paving its way into more markets where the current Predator B 'Reaper' was...

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