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The Airbus Group‘s defense and space division and Textron have teamed to bid for a future tender offer by the French government for unmanned aerial vehicle technology, C4ISR & Networks reported Thursday. Pierre Tran writes the tender is expected in the second half of 2014 for awarding in 2015, with the Airbus Textron team facing competition from Safran‘s Sagem […] More
MBDA and program partners have conducted two trials of the company’s Dual Mode Brimstone missile technology aboard a remotely piloted aircraft that recorded nine hits against moving and maneuvering targets. The trials were held in December and January at U.S. Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and used General Atomics‘ MQ-9 Reaper aircraft, MBDA said Friday. Dual Mode Brimstone weapons are […] More
A Northrop Grumman division has received a $65.3 million contract modification to resume support for a U.S. Army radar system designed to track foot and vehicle traffic, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Monday. John Keller writes Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems division will help operate three units of the Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar system deployed […] More
A General Atomics Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft vehicle flew for 45 hours nonstop during the first of two endurance tests for the U.S. Army. That test was intended to simulate a reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition mission for the Improved Gray Eagle derivative UAV, General Atomics said Tuesday. The IGE will undergo another test later this […] More
Northrop Grumman has announced its first customer has signed up for the unmanned aerial vehicle Sandstorm/Longshot training system, National Defense Magazine reports.  Karl Purdy, Northrop Grumman’s UAS programs manager told the magazine the undisclosed customer “was so enthused by the sale, they’ve asked for more already.“ The new training system is a fee-for-service program that allows customers to access […] More
The U.S. Navy is preparing to release a draft request for proposals for a carrier-launched surveillance and strike drone by the end of this year, Flight Global reports. Contenders for the new aircraft include Boeing, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman (click here to read more on what these contractors could offer for the […] More
A Raytheon-led team will develop unmanned aerial vehicle sensors for detecting ground objects not visible to the human eye, Military Aerospace reports. Under a sole-source contract from the Air Force, the team will equip the General Atomics-made MQ-1 Predator with hyperspectral sensors between 2012 and 2016 under the Airborne Cueing and Exploitation System-Hyperspectral program. Team […] More
Earlier this month, the Air Force set a non-combat record by flying six MQ-9 Reapers and four MQ-1 Predators, both made by General Atomics, simultaneously over Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico. According to an Air Force release, the 29th Attack Squadron, 9th Attack Squadron and the 6th Reconnaissance Squadron all participated in the […] More
Raytheon will develop a new power converter and power management controller for future U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines, the company announced Wednesday. The company received two Phase 2 contracts through the Compact Power Conversion Technologies program, run by the Office of Naval Research. “As the U.S. Navy develops the platforms and mission systems that ready our […] More
Northrop Grumman will provide the U.S. Army 44 wide area surveillance radars for General Atomics-made Gray Eagle drones, increasing the total number of radars under contract to 174. Northrop said the Army exercised an additional contract option, where STARLite radar deliveries will begin in April 2013 and complete in March 2014 Warfighters on the ground […] More
The role of the UAV in the U.S. Air Force is changing according to a DefenseNews article detailing the latest Red Flag combat exercise in Nevada. In the premier training event at Nellis AFB, UAV's were used to search for Scud missile launchers and persons of interest on the ground. This was the first time […] More
Michael Huerta, acting Federal Aviation Administration administrator, recently addressed attendees of a conference in Las Vegas on unmanned vehicle systems, reports W.J. Hennigan for the Los Angeles Times. This was the first time in its 39 year history that an FAA administrator addressed the audience. According to Hennigan, the trade show attracted 8,000 participants and 500 […] More
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