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Gambit – an Air-Launched Drone for Manned-Unmanned Teaming
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), introduced today an 'Autonomous Collaborative Platform' (ACP) called Gambit. “Gambit will usher in a new era, where UAS work collaboratively with manned aircraft to detect, identify and target adversaries at range and scale across the battlespace.” GA-ASI President David R. Alexander said.
Multi-Drones Provide Situational Air Picture for Joint Multi-Domain Ops
General Atomics has recently conducted a flight demonstration of two Avenger unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), each equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod IRST21, an Infra-Red Search & Track pod designed to detect aerial targets at long range, without using radar.
AFRL to Test a Drone-Swarm Killer HPM
The US Air Force is invests $16 million in further field assessment of Raytheon's Phaser High Power Microwave System outside the continental U.S. The testing phase will span over 12 months in which the Phaser will engage simulated and real unmanned aerial systems threats. The Phaser system developed by Raytheon is designed to combat drone swarms, particularly on attacks such as the recent loitering missiles that struck the Abqaiq oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia.
First Flight of the Valkyrie – a Step Closer to Manned-Unmanned...
The stealthy Valkyrie is a long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle designed to operate autonomously or in cooperation with manned aircraft as part of the Air Forces' 'Loyal Wingman' concept.
New Engine to Power the Next Generation Fighters
The US Air Force is funding the development of a new class of 45,000 lb thrust-adaptive jet engine, designed to power the future sixth generation fighter in the 2030s. Two contracts were awarded, each to complete three prototype engines in four years.
Transformer Vehicle Sets for Flight Testing in California Next Month
A hybrid vehicle combining an off-road automobile and multirotor helicopter is set to become the world’s first roadable, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. A...
New X-Drone to Test Advanced Wing Design for Future HALE UAS
A new X-Plane designed and developed by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works is expected to fly this year, exploring new wing designs leading to the future development of slender, lightweight, high-aspect-ratio wings for use with high flying UAVs.
Boeing Conducts First Tests of High Power Microwave (HPM) Missile
successfully completed the first flight test of a counter-electronics missile carrying a high power microwave payload designed to zap enemy electronic system. CHAMP is a nonlethal weapon designed to neutralize electronic targets. It is considered a cost effective alternative to current kinetic (explosive) weapons, that cannot penetrate hidden, underground targets.
Skylark 1LE Adapts for the U.S. Military
The U.S.-Israeli UAS Dynamics joint venture has taken the Skylark 1LE mini UAV to new levels, enhancing its performance, mission capabilities and operability to...
New Composite to Improve B-2 Durability
The U.S. Air Forces' Research Laboratory (AFRL) has implemented Hot Trailing Edge (HTE) skin composed of AFR-PE-4 composite material on the B-2 stealth bomber....
Air Force Research Lab Completes Ground Collision Avoidance Flight Tests on...
The U.S. Air Force completed the final 103rd test flight in the testing for the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS), part of...
New Propellers, Energy Sources Could Make Small UAVs Stealthier
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is looking for means to reduce the acoustic signature of such UAVs. As part of this effort AFRL...
USAF Develops Aerial Refuelling Support for Unmanned Systems
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is developing Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) capability for autonomous aerial vehicles under a $49 million AFRL program....