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Autonomous Strike – a New Milestone in Manned-Unmanned Teaming
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and the US Air Force successfully demonstrated the teaming of manned and unmanned aircraft in combat missions as part of the Air Force's "Loyal wingman" concept
Improved Avenger Adapted to Carry Strategic Recce Sensors
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) will begin flight testing of an Improved Avenger in October 2016. This enhanced version of the semi-stealthy drone will enhance the Avenger's capabilities on long endurance, intelligence gathering missions carrying the new MS-177 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor.
France, UK To Fly Unmanned Combat Aircraft Demonstrator in 2025
Defense ministers of France and the United Kingdom endorsed today the plan to develop a full scale 'Future Combat Air System' operational demonstrator. Launched next year, the Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) could begin flight testing as early as 2025.
US Navy demonstrates carrier-based manned-unmanned cooperation
The first series of manned/unmanned operations on board USS Theodore Roosevelt began when the ship launched an F/A-18 and an X-47B. After an eight-minute flight, the X-47B executed an arrested landing, folded its wings and taxied out of the landing area. The deck-based operator used newly developed deck handling control to manually move the aircraft out of the way of other aircraft, allowing the F/A-18 to touch down close behind the X-47B's recovery
Taranis UCAV Makes Maiden Flight
The BAE Systems Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator has made its maiden flight and is currently conducting initial flight trials, the UK...
France, UK Exploring Collaborative UCAS Venture
Dassault Aviation and BAE Systems are working on a collaborative study of a future Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) project, to agree on...
First Unmanned Aircraft Launch from Carrier – A Moment in History
The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the...
Lockheed Martin Unveils Concept Design for a Carrier-Based Drone (UCLASS)
Lockheed Martin unveiled today the concept design of the company's Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) air vehicle, that integrates technologies from F-35C, RQ-170 and other systems to provide persistent ISR and light strike capabilities.
A Second Avenger is Airborne
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) marked the first flight of a larger, heavier Avenger jet powered 'Predator C' unmanned aerial vehicle. The aircraft features a longer fuselage than the first Avenger aircraft – increased by four feet to accommodate larger payloads and fuel.
Unmanned X-47B Begins Envelope Expansion Tests over Edwards
The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration aircraft reached a major milestone Sept. 30 when it retracted its landing gear and flew in its cruise configuration for the first time. The flight, conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, also helped validate precision navigation hardware and software that will allow the X-47B to land with precision on the moving deck of an aircraft carrier.
‘Phantom Ray’ to Revive Boeing’s X-45C Unmanned Combat Aircraft
The Boeing Company is reviving the X-45 unmanned aerial system to be used for testing and demonstration of advanced unmanned air system technologies,...
US Navy Launch Unmanned Combat Aerial System – Carrier Demonstration Program
"Our goal is to find interest within the Navy supporting the Unmanned Combat Aerial System Demonstrator (UCAS) program showing the potential and convincing them...
World Aerospace & Defense as Reflected at Farnborough 2008
Farnborough Airshow 2008 provided a rare opportunity into the generation change in air combat. Four parallel currents were clearly evident here – the introduction...
Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) – GBU – 39
The new 250 pound class bombs are designed to provide high precision and effective stand-off range when launched from fighter bombers or unmanned platforms....