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Boeing Joins General Atomics MQ-25 Stingray Team
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has formed an industry team to pursue the US Navy MQ-25 Stingray, the future carrier-based aerial refueling drone program. The most surprising member is the Autonomous Systems division of the Boeing Company. Boeing is also pursuing the MQ-25 opportunity with its own MQ-25 platform, developed by its rapid prototyping center - the 'Phantom Works'.
X-47B demonstrates autonomous aerial refueling over the Atlantic Ocean
A new milestone in the history of unmanned aircraft was made yesterday, as 'Salty Dog 502' X-47B, the first drone designed to operate from US Navy carriers linked to adrogue of an Omega tanker off the coast of Maryland.
US Navy Requests Industry Proposals for Carrier-Operable Drones
Future drone attacks could be more pervasive and less constrained by access permissions and host country support, once the US Navy goal to integrate...
U.S. Navy Looks at a Common Control System for future Naval...
. The US Navy has recently evaluated the operation of multiple types of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from a single command and control (C2) system....
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.
US Navy to Review Four Designs for UCLASS; Plans Fielding Within...
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) intends to issue four firm-fixed-price contracts for Preliminary Design Reviews (PDR) for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Air Vehicle.
DARPA’s Future MALE Drones to Operate From Littoral Combat Ships
DARPA wants to introduce a new class of MALE UAS that will be able to deploy from destroyer and frigate size vessels, such as the Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-2),extending the Naval ISR and strike capabilities to deploy faster and farther, anywhere in the world
President Obama Signs FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act
In a quiet affair without fanfare, President Barack Obama signed into law the $633 billion Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on 31 December while vacationing in his home state of Hawaii. While not an appropriations act providing the funding to pay for the provisions contained in the law, the NDAA does outline the specific projects and programs the Department of Defense (DoD) is authorized to pursue. Actual funding authorization will be included in an appropriations bill yet to be finalized.
General Atomics Proposes Carrier-Based Avenger to the U.S. Navy
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. is proposing a new carrier-based derivative of the Predator C (Avenger) known as 'Sea Avenger', designed to address the...
U.S. Navy Considers Deploying Combat UAV by 2018
The U.S. Navy is considering fielding a stealthy unmanned combat aircraft as part of a carrier strike group, as early as 2018. The Navy...