Tag Archives: Unmanned Aerial System

Logos Tests Wide-Area Motion Imagery Tech Aboard Insitu-Built Small UAS

Boeing‘s Insitu subsidiary and Logos Technologies have conducted an initial flight test of a small tactical unmanned aircraft system equipped with a wide-area motion imagery technology Logos said Wednesday its Redkite sensor was tested aboard an Integrator UAS in Boardman, Oregon, and the demonstration marked the first WAMI integration into a drone’s internal payload bay. Redkite is designed to help …

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Syracuse Research to Build, Sustain Counter-UAS Tech for Army Under $65M Contract

Syracuse Research has secured a one-year, $65 million contract to develop, produce, integrate and sustain a counter-unmanned aerial system platform for the U.S. Army under the acceleration phase of a joint-urgent operation need. The company will deliver up to 15 sets of low-slow small UAS integrated defeat system to the military branch under the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, …

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General Atomics Starts Extended-Range Gray Eagle UAS Flight Test

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has begun flight testing an extended-range variant of the MQ-1C unmanned aircraft system at the company’s El Mirage flight operations facility in California. The company said Thursday the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range series is designed to increase endurance and payload capacity of the Gray Eagle UAS platform, which has …

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Lockheed to Equip Army Radar System with Counter-UAS Tech

Lockheed Martin has won a two-year, $27.8 million contract to add a counter-unmanned aerial system feature to the U.S. Army‘s AN/TPQ-53 radar system. The Army Contracting Command received four bids for the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract and obligated $4 million in fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds at the time of award, the Defense Department said Wednesday. Lockheed will …

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Sentient, Coast Guard Demo ViDAR Airborne Maritime Search and Surveillance System

Sentient and the U.S. Coast Guard have tested a company-built airborne maritime search and surveillance system during a live demonstration conducted off Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The Visual Detection and Ranging system trial aimed to highlight the system’s capacity to detect objects at a distance and was part of the Coast Guard’s assessment of small UAS technologies and sensors, Sentient said …

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Woolpert to Develop Master Plan for Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport

Woolpert has received a a contract from the city of Springfield, Ohio to develop a Federal Aviation Administration master plan and layout for the Springfield-Beckley municipal airport to detail the site’s existing configuration. The FAA will primarily fund the project while the city of Springfield and the Ohio Department of Transportation will provide additional financial …

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General Atomics Unveils Mechanical Arm for DARPA Gremlins UAS Program; Chris Pehrson Comments

General Atomics has rolled out a mechanical arm for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s Gremlins program in search of a launch-and-recovery system for unmanned aerial systems in-flight, Breaking Defense reported Monday. Sydney Freedberg writes General Atomics built the system catch drones in the air and haul collected units into the back of a …

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Bell Helicopter Unveils UAS Platform for Maritime Environments

Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron, has introduced a shipborne unmanned aerial system designed to combine helicopters’ vertical lift function with the speed and range of fixed-wing aircraft. Textron said Thursday it expects production of the Bell V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor UAS to  begin in 2023 to support operations in maritime environments and locations without runways. Bell developed the UAS …

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UTC to Update MS-177 Imaging Sensor Tech; Kevin Raftery Comments

A business unit of  United Technologies Corp. has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to update the company’s MS-177 imaging sensor system in efforts to increase the technology’s resolution and coverage. UTC Aerospace Systems will design, build, manufacture and deliver updated MS-177A sensors for potential deployment by the Air Force in 2019, UTC said Monday. The service …

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DHS, Property Drone Consortium to Study UAS Applications for Public Safety Missions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Property Drone Consortium in an effort to advance understanding on unmanned aerial system applications for public safety missions. PDC said Tuesday the agreement will utilize the knowledge and resources of PDC, the DHS S&T First Responders Group and the …

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BAE Awarded Logistics Support Contract for Army SIGINT Payload System

BAE Systems has secured a potential seven-year, $38.2 million contract to provide logistics support for the U.S. Army‘s tactical signal intelligence payload system. The Defense Department said Thursday work will occur through Aug. 10, 2023 and performance location will be determined with each individual task order. The Army Contracting Command received one offer for the …

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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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