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F-16 Familiarization Flight

Senior Airman Mathieu Cyrus, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team avionics specialist, received a familiarization ride in an F-16 Viper fighter aircraft. This flight took place Feb. 28, 2020, during the annual Air Force Heritage Flight Training Conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Video by Capt. Kippun Sumner F-35A Demo

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UK Stands-Up ‘Swarming Drones’ Development Unit

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stood-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s . 216 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on 1 April, the MoD said. Previously, the ministry explained that the unit will

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Military drones continue to tumble to earth

The Drone Wars drone crash database has been updated with a further nineteen crashes of large (Class II and III) military drones; thirteen since the beginning of 2020 and six from 2018/19 only recently revealed. While there have been many claims and counter-claims of drones shot down in Syria, Yemen

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Northrop Grumman M-ACE C-UAS in Final Testing Phase

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems has completed US government testing of its programmable Light Weight 30 mm Proximity Sensing Ammunition (LW30 PROX) round, and is moving towards qualification and fielding of the round to US Army and US Marine Corps air defence echelons within the year. A company-funded development, which draws

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Yates Launches AVIUS Air Delivery for Humanitarian Relief

Yates Electrospace Corporation has announced the launch of a civilian subsidiary, AVIUS Air Delivery, to provide immediate air response for humanitarian relief efforts, natural disasters and pandemics such as the current COVID-19 crisis, based on the technology of their successful 1-ton, military resupply glider Silent Arrow. Silent Arrow’s tightly

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India Issues Global RFI for 100 Loitering Munition Systems

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 7 April from foreign original equipment manufacturers and assorted vendors to its request for information (RFI) on the intended procurement of 100 man-portable loitering munition systems for the Indian Army (IA). The MoD’s 6 March global RFI states that these “ruggedised”

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Citadel Defense Expands to Support Production of Up to 50 Systems a Month as Drone Attacks Escalate

U.S. Military, Government, & International Customers Continue to Trust Citadel’s Titan for Drone Protection San Diego, CA – Citadel Defense continues to experience rapid growth after being awarded several significant Defense and Homeland Security contracts for its C-UAS (counter unmanned aircraft systems) solutions. The growth is a direct result of

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Canadian Navy Prepares for Unmanned Aircraft Threats

To combat the growing unmanned aircraft threat, the Royal Canadian Navy is investigating the feasibility of employing Class 1 Rotary Wing Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Targets (UAS-T) on board HMC Ships. The Snyper Mk2 UAS-T is one of these systems being tested. It is designed to simulate low and slow

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Air Force Research Lab Tests Low-Cost Turbojet Engine

The US Air Force Research Laboratory working with Northrop Grumman and Technical Directions Inc. (TDI) recently tested a first-of-its-kind, low-cost turbojet engine under the low-cost cruise missile program known as Gray Wolf. The TDI-J85 engine underwent a successful flight test campaign culminating in multiple inflight engine starts and operation at

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Australian Army Finalises Shortlist for Shadow 200 Replacement

The replacement of the Australian Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) through project LAND 129 Phase 3 has progressed to the tendering process. Four companies have been selected through an abbreviated Invitation To Register process and will be provided a detailed Request for Tender, to further explore plans

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Aerial Applications Gets $6M of USAF R&D Funding

Aerial Applications, a software company specializing in GPU-accelerated data processing of drone imagery to make maps, has been awarded the US Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II B Strategic Fund Increase Pilot Program. The program brings together commitment from both the public and private sectors to help

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Downed Turkish Drone Found in Idlib

The Anna News Agency released a new photo that showed the remains of a Turkish drone that was shot down by a Russian-made air defense system in Syria. In the image released, two Russian military journalists are photographed with the remains of the Turkish drone. The type was not

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Ukraine Tests Turkish Bayraktar Combat Drones

The first flight test of Bayraktar tactical unmanned aerial vehicles took place in Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense. “The first flight test of the Bayraktar UAV which has recently been in service with the Ukrainian army, took place,” the report said. It

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Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Highly Adaptable Multi-Mission Radar (HAMMR) System

During the successful live fire demonstration, Northrop Grumman used the HAMMR system, mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) as an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) sensor to detect and track an unmanned aerial vehicle target. “This first-of-its-kind demonstration validated the sense on-the-move capability in concept for

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Planck Aero Gets USAF Contract for sUAS Navigation Solutions

Planck Aerosystems, Inc. (Planck Aero) was awarded a contract from the United States Air Force Research Lab for the development of guidance, navigation, and control solutions for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operating in challenging environments. The contract was the result of the most recent solicitation from the Air Force’s

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Tunisia Orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey

Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in the company’s first export order for the type. Last year Turkish Aerospace Industries and Baykar Makina were bidding to supply the Tunisian military with unmanned aerial vehicles. In December 2019 it was reported that TAI ended

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Hughes awarded contract by GA-ASI to connect US Army’s Gray Eagle UAV with future SatComs

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Hughes Network Systems has told SpaceWar.com that it has been awarded a Data Link Modernization (DLM) contract by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to provide new dvanced satellite communications (SATCOM) systems for the U.S. Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

Under the

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US Africa Command MQ-1 Crash in Niger

The U.S. military says it lost an MQ-1 drone near Agadez, Niger, according to U.S. Africa Command. “Our initial and current assessment is that the RPA [remotely piloted aircraft] was lost due to mechanical failure. We do not believe the RPA was lost as a result of any hostile action,”

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US Marines Change MUX Ship-Based Drone Project

The US Marines have ditched their plan to field a very large drone on amphibious ships, instead breaking the four-year-old MUX program into a family of systems that will include a very large land-based unmanned aerial vehicle and a medium-sized one for shipboard operations. Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Russian Drone Accident in Arctic Circle Wounds Six

An out-of-control Russian military drone armed with “simulated explosives” crashed in Russia wounding six servicemen, reports say. Three of the Northern Fleet marines were said to be in“grave” conditions in hospital in the closed naval town of Severomorsk. The explosion came in a land-based exercise in the Pechenga district of

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USAF Changes Medical Standards for RPA pilots

The US Air Force has approved changes to medical standards for remotely piloted aircraft pilots, which went into effect February 28. “The change in RPA pilot medical standards is part of the Air Force Chief of Staff’s initiative to broaden the pool of qualified candidates to all rated career fields,”

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Numerica & Liteye to Demo C-AUDS at AUSA Global Force Symposium

Numerica Corp. and Liteye Systems will showcase the C-AUDS (Containerized Anti-UAS Defense System) C-UAS system, complete with live demos of the operator’s station, at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Global Force Symposium & Exposition, March 17-19 in Huntsville, Alabama. Designed to disrupt and neutralize Unmanned Aerial Systems

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