US Naval Research Lab Tests Stackable CICADA Microdrones Swarm

The U.S. Naval Research Lab has been working on its CICADA (Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft) drones since at least 2011. The tiny drones are designed to be carried aloft by other aircraft and dropped, whereupon they’ll use GPS and little fins to glide to within 15 feet of their destination. They can carry a small sensor payload, […]

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Peruvian Air Force Develops Two New Drones

The Peruvian Air Force’s (FAP, per its Spanish acronym) Project Research and Investigation Center (CIDEP, per its Spanish acronym) was created in 1993 to develop flight simulators for Cessna A-37 aircraft. The project was led by officers from the electronic services branch. Following their success, they moved forward with the development of a series of […]

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ThunderDrone Drone Battle Experiment

In November, the Air Force and SOFWERX will pit unmanned aerial vehicles against each other in a rumble-style experiment to gather data on drone operations, the Air Force’s secretary said on August 9. The competition, called the ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event, will take place in a rented warehouse and will “investigate forms and platforms and effects […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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Australia Retires Heron 1

Australia has retired from service the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it has fielded since 2010. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) announced on 9 August that the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV flew its final mission on 23 June, and that 5 Flight is to be officially disbanded at […]

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New Kratos UAV to Enter Production this Year

A secret unmanned air vehicle from Kratos Defense and Security Solutions is expected to move into production by the end of this business quarter, Kratos’ chief executive said on 8 August. Kratos first tipped off the existence of the confidential programme earlier this spring, after confirming to FlightGlobal that the company had successfully completed several […]

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Northrop Grumman Expands UAS Facility at Grand Sky

Less than a year after Northrop Grumman opened the doors to its new unmanned aerial systems facility in North Dakota, the company will soon break ground on a new hangar to conduct testing and maintenance on its family of autonomous systems. The company in April announced the opening of its new facility at the Grand […]

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App-Based Control System for Cai Hong UAVs

Engineers at the Beijing-based China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform, systems, and technology business unit of defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), are developing a new app-based UAV management system specifically designed to reduce the complexities of operating larger, multirole air vehicles in the medium-altitude long-endurance […]

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US Army Bans DJI Products

The U.S. Army has ordered troops to stop using consumer drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, according to an Aug. 2 memo. “Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction,” reads the memo from Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief […]

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Sukhoi’s Okhotnik-B Project

A photo of an advanced Russian strike drone, which will be equipped with stealth technologies of Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA fighter, has emerged on the internet. The Russian website paralay.iboards.ru published a photo of a heavy Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is being developed by the country’s Sukhoi company in accordance with the Okhotnik-B project. Sukhoi is a major […]

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Partners Agree Configuration of European MALE RPAS

The multinational European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air system (RPAS) has completed an initial 10-month definition process, with a basic configuration now agreed among the partner companies and nations. Seen in 2012, early indications were that the European MALE RPAS would be based on the Talarion UAV. However, the disclosure that the new system […]

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Insitu Celebrates One Million Flight Hours

Insitu reached a milestone worth celebrating when the company’s unmanned platforms — ScanEagle, Integrator and RQ-21A Blackjack — hit a collective one million operational flight hours last week. This event represents the latest achievement in the company’s 23 years of professional aviation history. “Insitu’s path to one million operational flight hours has been navigated by our why statement, which […]

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Russia Develops UAV Based on SR-10 Trainer

Russia’s Modern Aviation Technologies (SAT – Sovremennye Aviatsionnye Teknologii) Design Bureau has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept based on its SR-10 jet trainer aircraft. Dubbed the AR-10 Argument, a SAT representative told Jane’s that the concept aircraft is intended to operate in combat air patrol and strike roles, and within an enemy’s air defences if […]

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Russia Develops UAV Based on SR-10 Trainer

Russia’s Modern Aviation Technologies (SAT – Sovremennye Aviatsionnye Teknologii) Design Bureau has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept based on its SR-10 jet trainer aircraft. Dubbed the AR-10 Argument, a SAT representative told Jane’s that the concept aircraft is intended to operate in combat air patrol and strike roles, and within an enemy’s air defences if […]

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Insitu Gets $19M ScanEagle Contract for Afghanistan

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded $19,611,424 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N6833517F0079 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-16-G-0046) in support of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. This order provides for the procurement of five ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs), spares, support equipment, field service representatives, operators to provide technical […]

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New Russian Unmanned Helicopter on Show

Russia-based Radar MMS released further details of its BPV-500 vertical-takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at the MAKS 2017 airshow in Zhukovsky near Moscow. Radar MMS representative Sergey Prokofiev told Jane’s that the BPV-500 is designed to operate from land and naval vessels, and is intended to fill a range of mission sets. […]

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Australian Defence Force Signs A$42M Wasp Contract

XTEK has on July 25th. formally signed the previously detailed contract to supply small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Under the agreement, XTEK is the prime contractor and will deliver a range of products worth circa A$42 million to the ADF over three years, commencing 1 July 2018. AeroVironment, Inc.  participated in […]

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More About Russia’s MALE UAV Orion-E

Kronstadt Technologies unveiled the first Russian medium altitude long endurance (MALE) class unmanned aerial system (UAS) prototype, during the MAKS 2017 airshow. Dubbed the Orion-E, 1 ton class surveillance UAV have been undergoing flight testing in the country since last year and had been revealed earlier through grainy images. The UAV has an external design […]

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Russia to Develop Artillery Reconnaissance Drone

Russia will start work soon to develop a radar system mounted on a helicopter-type drone for artillery reconnaissance, a source in the Russian defense sector told TASS. “The basic goal is to develop a reconnaissance radar complex based on a helicopter-type drone to track mobile and immobile targets. The complex’s development will soon begin,” the […]

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US Navy Issues New MQ-25A Stingray Draft RFP

The US Navy has issued its latest draft request for proposals for what will be the service’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle. The draft RFP for the MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial refuelling tanker will be the last refinement of the program requirements before the final RFP goes out to four industry competitors in the fall, […]

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South Korean Tiltrotor Completes Flight Trials from Ship

South Korea’s locally developed TR-60 tiltrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has for the first time successfully carried out flight trials from a moving ship, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) said in a statement on 11 July. The 200 kg UAV took off from and landed on the flight deck of a Korea Coast Guard […]

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Unmanned Systems Presents Supercam S450 at MAKS

Izhevsk-based Unmanned Systems is using this year’s MAKS show to present a mock-up of its new development, the Supercam S450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This upgraded version of the Supercam S350 baseline has its accumulator-powered endurance extended to eight hours and can carry four kilograms of payload. The developer says the UAV has a maximum […]

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Russia Offers Advanced Reconnaissance UAV for Export

Russia’s Kronshtadt hi-tech firm has started to offer its Orion-E unmanned aerial vehicle for export, Kronshtadt CEO Armen Isaakyan said on Wednesday. “We are today announcing this complex and are already working with our partners in Rosoboronexport [state arms seller] and are beginning to offer it for exports. We expect it to enjoy demand,” the […]

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Palestine Returns Crashed Skylark to Israel

Palestinian security forces recovered a small Israeli drone that crashed in the northern West Bank on Tuesday morning, handing it over to the IDF through the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration, the army said. There did not appear to be a risk that classified information could be retrieved from the device, military officials said. The Skylark-model […]

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Unmanned Systems the New Weapon for Terrorist Attacks

Long a tool of US allies trying to foil improvised explosive devices, unmanned systems now may be entering the fray against friendly forces. Lt. Gen. Michael H. Shields, USA, director, Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO), says his organization anticipated this threat, and as such have organized in a way to both understand, react and respond to […]

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Anka Undertakes First Armed Strike Against PKK

On July 12, the Turkish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Anka medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) undertook its first armed strike against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). In the video clip released by the Turkish MoD, the Anka was armed with at least two Roketsan MAM-L air-to-surface missiles. Using the Roketsan […]

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Thales Proposes Watchkeeper for Indonesia

Thales UK is positioning the company’s WK 450 Watchkeeper unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the Indonesian Air Force’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU’s) intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) requirements. According to sources from within the service who spoke to Jane’s on 11 July, a presentation on the UAS’ capabilities was made by officials […]

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Fully Robotic Weaponry System on Airborne Platform

The Israeli military is buying small multi–rotor drones modified to carry a machine gun, a grenade launcher and variety of other weapons to fight tomorrow’s urban warfare battles. Their maker, Florida startup Duke Robotics, is pitching the TIKAD drone to the U.S military as well. Lt. Col. Raziel “Razi” Atuar, a 20-year veteran of the Israeli […]

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Pakistan Announces Domestic MALE Programme

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has formally announced it will commence development of a 5th-generation fighter, medium altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and munitions under the banner of “Project Azm” (i.e. resolve or determination). In his speech for inaugurating the Kamra Aviation City initiative, the PAF Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief […]

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Israel and India to Cooperate on UAV Production

Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (DTL), Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), and Elcom Systems have announced a strategic cooperation, to jointly address the needs of the Indian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market, under the Make in India initiative of the Indian Government. The announcement was followed by signing of a cooperation agreement by the companies, regarding production, […]

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Unmanned Boat to Carry UAS at China Tech Fair

Chinese unmanned boats will carry UAVs and underwater drones in rescue missions and anti-terrorism operations. The 3rd China Military and Civilian Integration Expo will feature unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and driverless cars. Shenzhen Portability & Precision Technology Co. Ltd features surveillance and strike drone Qingzhun, and the CH series and YL series of military drones, […]

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Philippines’ ScanEagle Delivery Set for Autumn

The Philippines National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana disclosed on Tuesday, July 4 that the United States government is expected to deliver ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) before the year ends. The US government has programmed to hand over a Scan Eagle-type UAV but delivery would take time, as the transfer has to pass through various agencies. […]

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Turkey’s Increasing Reliance on Drones

Turkey’s military and procurement officials are increasingly relying on various drone systems, most notably to boost the country’s asymmetrical fight against Kurdish insurgents and hostile Islamic groups fighting in the Syrian civil war. One military official said that the local unmanned aerial vehicle capabilities have since 2015 yielded “wonderful results” in fighting the Kurdistan Workers’ […]

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Skylark Crashes in Southern Gaza

A small Israeli drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, the army said, in the third such incident this year. The drone, a Skylark model, fell out of the sky in southern Gaza for as-yet unknown reasons. “The incident is being investigated,” a spokesperson said early Tuesday. The terror group Hamas, which rules […]

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Army Independence Day Parade in Minsk

A parade of the Minsk garrison forces and civilian machines and vehicles took place in Minsk on 3 July in honour of Belarus’ Independence Day, BelTA has learned. About 3,500 military personnel took part in the parade. As many as 20 parade units marched on foot representing the Minsk Suvorov Military School, the Military Academy, […]

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This is What an ISIS Drone Workshop Looks Like

The Islamic State has increasingly used drones and other robotic IEDs against American, Iraqi, and civilian targets in Iraq. And as the Coalition fights its way through Mosul, troops are discovering workshops filled with crude but deadly robotics used to bomb people sometimes dozens of times per day. Getty Images just published photos of an ISIS factory […]

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Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper Makes Combat Debut

The latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper, the Block 5 variant, flew its first successful combat mission June 23, 2017, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The aircrew flew a sortie of more than 16 hours with a full payload of weapons including GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. During the mission, […]

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Germany Delays Plans to Lease Heron TP

Germany’s plans to lease Israeli-made “Eitan” drones were suspended on Wednesday, after German lawmakers raised concerns over weapons systems installed on the unmanned aircraft. Following a visit to Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) facilities by a German parliamentary delegation, members of the Social Democratic Party raised objections over the armament of the “Eitan” UAVs, and demanded […]

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Heron Reaches 70,000 Operational Flight Hours In Afghanistan

Israel Aerospace Industries‘ (IAI) Heron-1 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) recently marked its 70,000th flight hour in Afghanistan, after less than 7 years of operation in the country. This follows Heron’s completion of 25,000 flight hours last month under German Air Force operations in Afghanistan. After successful use in Afghanistan by several Western NATO members, including Germany, […]

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Tern Moves Closer to Full-Scale Demonstration of Unmanned VTOL Aircraft

Small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates could greatly increase their effectiveness if they had their own unmanned air systems (UAS) to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other capabilities at long range around the clock. Current state-of-the-art UASs, however, lack the ability to take off and land from confined spaces in rough seas […]

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Vietnamese HS-6L HALE UAV Aided by Belarus

Vietnamese television and other media reports have revealed Vietnam’s largest indigenous high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to date, indicating that it will eventually perform civil and military missions over the South China Sea. Reports from 10 and 11 December 2015 state that the new HS-6L HALE UAV is a product of Vietnam’s Academy […]

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Northrop Grumman Gets $93M TERN Contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Aerospace Systems, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $93,076,636 Other Transaction Agreement for prototype project – Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (Tern) program, Phase III. The Tern program will design, develop, and demonstrate enabling technologies and system attributes for a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned air vehicle and shipboard-capable launch and recovery system […]

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NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) First Flight

From the aircraft build to flight, the first RQ-4 Global Hawk developed for the NATO Allied Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme has taken to the air. Leaving from Palmdale, NATO’s first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft successfully executed a comprehensive range of test points before landing at Edwards Air Force Base on December 19, 2015 in Palmdale, […]

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USA won’t Fly Troops into Battle Unmanned Helicopters

The US Army has no plans to ferry troops into war zones aboard unmanned helicopters, but will push autonomous and remote-controlled flight technology for cargo delivery, although it’s not a near-term priority, service officials say. Just as the US Air Force and Navy are grappling with the idea of sending unmanned fighter jets into battle, […]

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Spain Wants to Arm its MQ-9 Fleet

Spain has confirmed that it will eventually try to weaponise its future fleet of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles, although the immediate priority is to bring the surveillance-only variant into operation. Madrid’s programme to acquire a class III UAV for its air force began in September last year, with the Reaper […]

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