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IAI Evolves Tac4G for UAS

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has evolved its Tac4G tactical communication system to enable it to be integrated with tactical UAS Developed by Elta, the Tac4G broadband tactical communications system provides robust and secure communications for military, law enforcement, border control and para-military applications. It connects end-users, sensors and weapon systems

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Latvia Gets RQ-20A Puma Systems Worth $3M

The Latvian National Armed Forces next year will receive drones that are purchased with financial support from the US for EUR 2.4 million, the Latvian Defense Ministry reported. In line with the Foreign Military Sales program of the US government, the Latvian army will receive three unmanned aircraft systems RQ-20A

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Altavian Gets $250M US Army TUAS Contract

Altavian, Inc. has been awarded a $250MM Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract with the US Army. Under the Program Executive Office Aviation, Products Office for Tactical Unmanned Aircraft (TUAS), Altavian will be supporting the largest small UAS program in the world. The US Army Family of Systems, Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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Altavian Awarded US Army TUAS Contract

Altavian, Inc., a U.S. based Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) engineering and manufacturing firm, today announces the award of a $250M Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract with the US Army. Under the Program Executive Office Aviation, Products Office for Tactical Unmanned Aircraft (TUAS), Altavian will be supporting the largest small UAS

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Taiwan Test Flies Domestic Teng Yun

Taiwan has been testing its domestically made “Teng Yun” (騰雲) or Cloud Rider drones near an Air Force base in sparsely populated Taitung County. The Teng Yun is a medium-altitude long-endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle produced by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (中科院). One of the drones was

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Israeli drone crashes in southern Lebanon

Jerusalem (AFP) March 31, 2018 –

An Israeli drone has crashed in southern Lebanon due to a technical malfunction, the military said on Saturday, after Hezbollah media labelled it a “spy” device.

The Israeli military said that the drone crash in an open area on Friday night posed “no risk of

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Air Force contracts with SRC for drone supplies, services

Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2018 –

SRC Inc. has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force for services in support of counter unmanned aerial systems.

The deal, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, is valued at $57.5 million under the terms of a undefinitized contract action.

The agreement enables SRC

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Insitu tapped to manage ScanEagle UAS in Afghanistan

Washington (UPI) Mar 29, 2018 –

Insitu Inc. has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for eight ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems.

The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $47 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price delivery order contract, which is a modification

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Google employees petition against Project Maven

Dear Sundar, We believe that Google should not be in the business of war. Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology. Google is implementing Project Maven, a

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Martin VBAT demonstrations for Indian Army

Martin UAV has successfully completed flight demonstrations in India for the Indian Army. Over the last 2 weeks, Martin UAV’s innovative V-BAT aircraft flew in operational test scenarios in both mountainous terrain and Jungle environments. Flying both day and night sorties the V-BAT performed exceptionally well in the challenging conditions.

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Portugal to Establish UAV-Based ISTAR capability

Tekever, Elbit Systems, Airbus’ SURVEY Copter, AeroVironment, and Altus are competing to deliver the Portuguese Army’s first intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability based on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The procurement, to run through 2021, is worth up to EUR6 million and is being executed by the

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MQ-8C Fire Scout to Begin Initial Operational Testing

The US Navy’s (USN’s) MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter programme is scheduled to begin its initial operational test and evaluation on 16 April, according to Captain Jeff Dodge, head of US Naval Air Systems Command’s office for Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (PMA-266). An initial operational capability for the MC-8C

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Australian Army Partners with Defence Innovation Hub

The Australian Army has partnered with the Defence Innovation Hub to award three innovation contracts to Australian industry and research organisations to develop a next generation Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) for use by Australian soldiers. Victoria’s SYPAQ Systems and NSW’ JAR Aerospace and the University of Sydney each received

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Russia Jamming US Drones in Syria

The Russian military has been jamming some U.S. military drones operating in the skies over Syria, seriously affecting American military operations, according to four U.S. officials. The Russians began jamming some smaller U.S. drones several weeks ago, the officials said, after a series of suspected chemical weapons attacks on civilians

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AeroVironment Demos Puma-Switchblade Automated Sensor-to-Shooter Capability to Counter Swarm Attacks

AeroVironment, Inc. has announced the successful maritime demonstration of a Puma–Switchblade automated sensor-to-shooter (S2S) capability from a US Navy Coastal Riverine Craft for increased mission autonomy to counter threats. The tightly integrated walk-on/walk-off system uses existing RQ-20B Puma Block 2 – All Environment small UAS with the new

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Germany to Buy MQ-4C Triton Systems for $2.5B

US State Department officials approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Germany of MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for an estimated cost of $2.5 billion. The prime contractor will be Northrop Grumman Corp. in Rancho Bernardo, California. They will be responsible for integration, installation and functional platform compatibility

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AeroVironment Successfully Conducts Maritime Demonstration of Puma-Switchblade Automated Sensor-to-Shooter Capability to Counter Swarm Attacks

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defence and commercial applications, today announced the successful maritime demonstration of a Puma™-Switchblade® automated sensor-to-shooter (S2S) capability from a US Navy Coastal Riverine Craft for increased mission autonomy to counter threats. The tightly integrated walk-on/walk-off system

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GA-ASI Awarded FMS Development Contract for MQ-9B Protector

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is pleased to announce the recent award of a $81M Foreign Military Sales contract by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the United Kingdom (UK) MQ-9B PROTECTOR unmanned aircraft system programme. This contract provides for integration and component level testing

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UK $500M MQ-9 Support Extension Approved

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of defense articles and services for continued follow-on support to the MQ-9 Reaper program for an estimated cost of $500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying

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Insitu Gets $11M Blackjack Contract for Poland

Poland has acquired the Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS). A USD 11.4 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract for one system was awarded to the Boeing subsidiary by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 30 March. The system comprises an undisclosed number of air vehicles,

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Computer Games Help US Navy Recruit UAS Operators

Can a video game help the U.S. Navy find future operators for its remotely operated, unmanned aircraft ? To find out, the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute and Adaptive Immersion Technologies, a software company, are developing a computer game to identify individuals with the right skills to be UxV operators. The

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Watchkeeper Misses Full Operating Capability Milestone

UK army chiefs have had to put off bringing Watchkeeper fully into service after the troubled tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) failed to obtain a key flight safety certificate in November 2017. In an unprecedented move, the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) top civilian administrator, Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove, wrote

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Hermes 450 Crashes in Lebanon

A Hermes 450 crashed Saturday morning in southern Lebanon, according to reports in Lebanon during operational activity. After the crash, a second UAV of the Israel Air Force destroyed the crashed aircraft on the ground. The IDF Spokesperson’s Office confirmed the crash and noted that it was the result of

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