Tag Archives: Drone

Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Airbus, Dassault Land Contract for European Drone Definition Study

Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Airbus and Dassault Aviation have received a contract to conduct a two-year definition study of a program that seeks to develop a medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft system for European countries. Germany, France, Spain and Italy participated in the launch of the contract for the European MALE RPAS program …

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Airbus DS Receives EASA Approval for UAS Design & Development

Airbus‘ defense and space subsidiary has received the approval of the European Aviation Safety Agency for the design and development of potential civil-certified unmanned aircraft systems. The Design Organization Approval for UAS expands the company’s existing DOA for conventional manned aircraft in support of efforts to achieve civil type certification for Airbus DS aerial …

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Stratcom’s Kenneth Callicutt, General Atomics’ Chris Pehrson Eye Drone Deployment in Contested Environments

Kenneth Callicutt, director of capability and resource integration at the U.S. Strategic Command, has said unmanned aircraft vehicles could be deployed in non-permissive environments, operate as part of a network and expand manned aircraft’s “sensor net,” Aviation International News reported Tuesday. Bill Carey writes Callicutt made the remarks Tuesday at the …

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DARPA Seeks Research Proposals for Small UAS Urban Surveillance Program; Jeff Krolik Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has asked industry to submit research proposals for a program that aims to develop a network of airborne sensors that will work to perform wide-area surveillance of small unmanned aircraft systems in urban areas. DARPA posted on FedBizOpps the broad agency announcement for the Aerial Dragnet program that seeks …

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Boeing’s Insitu Subsidiary to Produce 5th Batch of Blackjack UAVs for US Navy, Canada

Boeing subsidiary Insitu has received a $21.6 million contract modification to build and  two RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems for the U.S. Navy and Canada under a foreign military sales program. The modification covers low-rate initial production lot 5 Blackjack drones, ground control stations and launch and recovery equipment, the Defense Department said …

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Navy Tests AeroVironment Blackwing UAV’s Cross-Domain Data Relay Function

The U.S. Navy has demonstrated the communication, control and command functions of a small AeroVironment-built unmanned aircraft vehicle at the service branch’s Annual Naval Technology Exercise. AeroVironment said Wednesday its Blackwing UAV worked to connect with a swarm of unmanned undersea vehicles and communicated with a manned submarine’s combat control system during the ANTX event. The drone used a …

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Shield AI Chosen for Pentagon’s Autonomous Tactical Airborne Prototyping Project

Shield AI has received a nine-month, $1 million “other transaction” agreement from the U.S. Army to develop an autonomous tactical airborne drone prototype. The Army’s Contracting Command-New Jersey awarded the OTA on behalf of  the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental and the Naval Special Warfare Command, according to a notice posted Thursday on FedBizOpps. San Diego, …

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Army Seeks Info on Counter-UAS Detection Platform Sources for AN/TPQ-53 Radar System

The U.S. Army has sought information on potential industry sources that can equip the service branch’s AN/TPQ-53 radar system with a platform that works to detect, monitor and counter unmanned aircraft systems. The Army Contracting Command said in a FedBizOpps notice posted Thursday it wants interested vendors to modify the radar platform’s existing …

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Elbit Systems Launches Mini Drone for Maritime ISR Applications; Elad Aharonson Comments

Elbit Systems has introduced a mini unmanned aerial system designed to help small vessels perform maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition operations. The company’s Skylark C UAS has an electro-optical payload, thermal imager, inertial navigation system and a color daylight camera designed for use in daytime and night-time surveillance …

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DARPA Seeks Tech Ideas to Protect US Forces Against Small Airborne Threats

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has asked industry to suggest ideas on how to protect U.S. warfighters from airborne threats with technology. DARPA said Thursday it published a request for information on deployable systems that can help fixed and mobile ground and naval forces to identify, track and neutralize small unmanned air systems. Jean-Charles Lede, DARPA program …

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Navy Taps Boeing’s Insitu for ScanEagle UAS Support Services to Iraq

Boeing’s Insitu subsidiary has received a potential one-year, $8.3 million delivery order from the U.S. Navy to provide spares, related equipment and other support services for the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system. The Navy awarded the firm-fixed-price delivery contract in support of Iraq’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts, the Defense Department said Tuesday. Insitu will …

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Google Parent to Demo Drone Delivery Service at FAA Test Site

Google‘s parent company Alphabet will test an autonomous delivery service at one of six Federal Aviation Administration-approved unmanned aircraft system test sites in the U.S., Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Alan Levin writes the White House said Tuesday that Alphabet’s Project Wing drone delivery demonstration aims to lay the groundwork for the approval of the use of UAS …

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Lockheed, Air Force Complete First F-35 Air-to-Air Kill on Drone; Maj. Raven LeClair Comments

Lockheed Martin‘s F-35 fighter jet has completed its first live air-to-air kill test on a drone over a military test range off of California’s coastline Thursday. Lockheed said Monday Maj. Raven LeClair, U.S. Air Force test pilot, fired an AIM-9X missile towards an aerial drone target through the use of the plane’s mission systems sensors identification and …

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