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Russia Uses ‘Swarm Of Drones’ in Military Exercise

Three models of drones – Forpost, Orlan-10 and Eleron-3 – were pooled into one group for participation in drills during the command and staff exercise Kavkaz-2020, the Russian Defense Ministry told the media on Thursday. “At the Kapustin Yar proving ground a combined group of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) was

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Northrop XP-79 – The Flying Chainsaw

During World War 2, the race for being the most technologically innovative country was more important than ever, particularly in aviation. As entirely new air forces were built from the ground up, almost a million aircraft were produced worldwide for warfare. And even though the United States joined the war

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US Air Force to Test Weapons Swarming Software in October

US Air Force researchers in October will test whether a software version of the service’s developmental weapons swarm can make its way through a combat mission and reroute itself as conditions change. The demonstration is part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Golden Horde initiative, a high-profile project to create

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Kratos Expands Production Capacity Ready for Air Force Contract

Kratos Defense, a manufacturer of military tactical and training drones, expanded its footprint in Oklahoma City. The San Diego-based defense contractor increased the size of its operation here by 50%, and now uses over 150,000 square feet at the Will Rogers Business Park. Steve Fendley, president of Kratos’ unmanned systems

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US Air Force Reveals NGAD Aircraft has Flown

The US Air Force’s Next Generation Air Dominance combat aircraft, intended to complement or succeed the F-22 and F-35 in the air superiority role, has already flown, having been rapidly prototyped through modern digital design, Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper revealed. Roper made the revelation at the end of

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USAF Awards $7.4 Billion Ceiling MQ-9 Reaper Contract

In an effort to field MQ-9 Reapers faster and meet an increasing operational demand for the aircraft, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s MQ-9 Program Office awarded a $7.4 billion ceiling Agile Reaper Enterprise Solution (ARES) contract to General Atomics Sept. 17. The MQ-9 is an unmanned aircraft with

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France sees joint European drone project launched this year

Paris (AFP) Sept 16, 2020 –

France is confident that a deal on developing a joint European military drone project will be signed this year, after the conclusion of tough price negotiations with manufacturers, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

“A few small details” still need to be worked out, but “we’re

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General Atomics nets $7.4B MQ-9 Reaper contract with U.S. Air Force

Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2020 –

A $7.4 billion contract between the U.S. Air Force and General Atomics, announced this week, will field MQ-9 Reaper drones faster, the Air Force said.

The five-year Agile Reaper Enterprise Solution contract for the unmanned surveillance, intelligence, reconnaissance and strike-capability aircraft was awarded on Thursday.


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GA-ASI at USAF’s ABMS On-Ramp Demonstration

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) played a central role in U.S. Air Force’s (USAF’s) Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) On-ramp demonstration held September 1-3, 2020. The goal of the demonstration was to prove emerging ABMS technologies in support of USNORTHCOM and USSPACECOM homeland defense priorities. GA-ASI flew two of

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Supporting the Next Generation of Aviation Pros: Meet This Year’s Boeing Scholars at Embry-Riddle

Two-year grants from The Boeing Company to incoming Embry-Riddle students will help to increase the number of women, underrepresented minorities, military veterans and their dependents in the aviation industry. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Thirteen outstanding high-school graduates will receive scholarships from The Boeing Company ranging from $5,000 to $7,500 annually

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S.Korea to Invest $2.3BN to Develop Military Drones

South Korea plans to invest 2.7 trillion won (US$2.3 billion) in the next 10 years to develop drones for military use, the arms procurement agency said Tuesday. Under the plan, the country will develop various drones to carry out missions ranging from surveillance to firing grenades and rifles, according to

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SRC Demonstrates On-the-Move CUAS Technology at Apollyon Test Event

SRC Inc., recently demonstrated an on-the-move configuration of the Silent Archer counter-unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology at the Apollyon test event at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. SRC integrated systems from our partners Persistent Systems, Copious Imaging, and Defense Research Associates, to demonstrate the only on-the-move counter-UAS solution during

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General Atomics Announces New ISR/Strike UAV

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) unveiled an artist’s illustration of a new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)/strike unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 14 September during the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. The company did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication. But GA-ASI issued a

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Boeing Fires Up Engine on First Loyal Wingman Aircraft

Boeing Australia powered up the commercial turbofan engine on the first Loyal Wingman aircraft in September, as part of ground testing and preparations for first flight. This milestone comes on the heels of Boeing completing the first unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force earlier this year,

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US Army Plans Full and Open Competition for FTUAS

The US Army is planning to hold a full and open competition for its Future Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (FTUAS) programme, with a request for information (RFI) expected to be released in the next few months. Major John Holcomb, Programme Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, FTUAS assistant product manager, said on

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Taiwan Target Drone Found Beached in Japan

Taiwan’s military research institute, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has verified that a drone found on Taketomi Island, Okinawa, is one of its own. The military drone was found on the island September 8. Marked “MQM-107E,” the drone was identified as an American made model used by

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Boeing Showcases Compact Laser in Air Force Future Battlefield Exercise

During a September 3 field test of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, CLWS successfully defended a force protection convoy against unmanned aerial systems while mounted on a small Utility Task Vehicle. Boeing’s Compact Laser Weapon System, (CLWS) – developed to provide cost-effective, precision

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Chinese Army Tests Drone Swarms for ‘Food Delivery’

On Friday, Chinese Global Times reported “PLA logistics soldiers were seen transporting hot food with ground vehicles. In locations where the road was blocked, however, they packed the food, water and medicine, before putting them into several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that automatically delivered the ‘care packages’ to front-line soldiers.”

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Anduril’s New Drone Injects More AI Into Warfare

The Ghost 4, the latest product from Anduril, a defense-tech startup founded by Palmer Luckey, the creator of Oculus Rift, shows the potential for AI in military systems. Luckey says it is the first generation that can perform various reconnaissance missions, including searching an area for enemy hardware or soldiers,

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US Military Tests VR-Controlled Drone-Intercepting Drones

Following a joint R&D program led by the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), in the Israel Ministry of Defense, with drone developer, XTEND, and the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), of the U.S. Department of Defense, an operational pilot program has been launched employing Sparrowhawk drones in

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Anduril Introduces Ghost 4

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of Ghost 4, the most intelligent VTOL sUAS.Designed and manufactured in the United States to meet the unique needs of our military users, Ghost is Anduril’s newest product in our suite of defense technology solutions. Ghost provides real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities,

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Northrop Grumman Gets $11.6M US Navy Fire Scout Upgrade Contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Aeronautics Systems, San Diego, California, is awarded an $11,635,599 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-20-F-0103) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-20-G-0005. This order provides non-recurring engineering for qualification testing and integration of the Redundancy unmanned air vehicle common automatic recovery systems and multi-platform anti-jam Global Positioning System navigation

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