Tag Archives: unmanned aerial vehicles

Airbus Tests Unmanned Jet-Propelled Aircraft Demonstrator

Airbus‘ defense and space segment has developed and tested an unmanned aerial vehicle demonstrator as part of efforts to aid the development of future UAV technology. The jet-propelled SAGITTA drone flew autonomously on a pre-programmed course for approximately seven minutes over a test site in South Africa, Airbus said Tuesday. SAGITTA is powered by electromechanical …

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Northrop Completes 1st Flight Test of Panel-Based Sensor

Northrop Grumman evaluated the performance of its modular panel-based sensor technology during an exercise conducted in April at the company’s flight test facility in Baltimore, Maryland. The multifunction surveillance system functioned both on ground moving target indicator radar mode and on synthetic aperture radar mapping mode as part of the maiden flight, Northrop said Tuesday. The sensor is designed to integrate with new …

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Report: Army Eyes Midsize Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle to Address Soldier Load Weight Issue

The U.S. Army seeks a midsize unmanned cargo air vehicle that can help reduce soldiers’ loads by eliminating the need for them to carry mission equipment and emergency supplies, FlightGlobal reported Thursday. Lt. Col. Jeremy Gottshall, autonomous aerial resupply capability manager at the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, said at an industry event hosted by the Association for …

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Burns & McDonell-Designed C2 Facility to Support Navy’s Maritime Surveillance Operations

The U.S. Navy has opened a command-and-control complex, designed by Burns & McDonnell, to support broad area maritime surveillance operations at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida Burns & McDonnell said Tuesday the complex houses a tactical operations center for manned P-8A surveillance aircraft and a MQ-4C Triton squadron that supports the Navy’s unmanned aerial vehicle …

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Reports: NATO to Award $3B in Satcom, IT Contracts

NATO plans to award up to $3.2 billion in contracts for satellite communications, air and missile defense, cybersecurity and software support services, Bloomberg reported Monday. Jonathan Stearns writes NATO officials will discuss the planned contracts at an industry conference to be held in Ottawa, Canada on April 24 to 26. The international alliance aims …

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DoD OKs Sale of Raytheon SM-6 Missile Tech to International Customers

The Defense Department has authorized the sale of Raytheon‘s Standard Missile-6  offering to international customers that seek to adopt the platform to support their shipbuilding programs. Raytheon said Tuesday SM-6 is designed to protect naval ships against ballistic and cruise missiles, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. Mike Campisi, SM-6 senior program director at …

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France Orders Thales Mini Reconnaissance UAVs

Thales has been selected to supply up to 210 mini unmanned aerial vehicles to France beginning next year in an effort to help the country’s armed forces access imagery in real time. France’s defense procurement agency asked the company to provide Spy’Ranger  reconnaissance UAVs, ground equipment and related technical support to the French …

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DJI, Seagate Partner to Help Address UAV Data Demand

DJI and Seagate have partnered to develop technologies for unmanned aerial vehicle operators to store, download, manage and share large amounts of data from UAV missions. Both companies aim to help address the data requirements of UAV users as drone camera systems gain resolution and flight times increase, Seagate said Wednesday. Michael Perry, director of strategic …

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General Atomics Receives $57M Air Force Order to Expand Spain’s UAV Fleet

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business unit has secured a two-year, $56.7 million order from the U.S. Air Force as part of an existing foreign military sales deal to expand Spain’s current fleet of MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles. The Defense Department said Wednesday that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will also provide associated UAV equipment under Spain’s …

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Saab to Demo Anti-Submarine Warfare Training, Counter-IED Tech at Unmanned Warrior Event

Saab will feature its anti-submarine warfare training system and waterborne anti-improvised explosive device vehicle at the Unmanned Warrior event in Scotland and Wales from Oct. 10 to 21. The company said Wednesday it will demonstrate its Sea Wasp anti-IED underwater robot and AUV62-AT acoustic target system that works to replicate active and passive submarine …

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NovAtel’s GPS Anti-Jamming & Interference Tech to Support DoD Information Network

NovAtel has received an order from the U.S. Naval Observatory for its anti-jamming antenna system in efforts to address the core controlled reception pattern antenna requirements of the Defense Department‘s main global enterprise network. The company said Monday its GPS Anti-Jam Technology will serve to support the DoD Information Network, which facilitates voice, data, video and bandwidth services. “GAJT has …

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L-3 Releases Electro-Optical IR Imaging Tech for Small Aircraft

L-3 Communications has introduced an electro-optical/infrared airborne imaging system designed to integrate with small tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, light manned ISR aircraft and tactical aerostats. The MX-8 system works to process images in real time and simultaneously support up to four sensors, the company said Monday. L-3’s WESCAM division developed the airborne imaging technology. The 15-pound system …

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Raytheon SM-6 Conducts Navy’s Longest Range Surface-to-Air Intercept

Raytheon‘s Standard Missile-6 has set a record for the U.S. Navy‘s longest range surface-to-air intercept after the missile engaged an over-the-horizon target. The company said Friday the SM-6 was deployed from the Navy’s USS Princeton cruiser that features an Aegis baseline 9 combat system. The missile also broke its own record in January after SM-6 surpassed …

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