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Taiwan Unveils Fire Cardinal Suicide Drone

Taiwan is developing at least two exploding “suicide drones” as it scrambles to counter an increasingly modern and aggressive Chinese military. A new suicide drone appeared at the August 2019 edition of the biennial Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition in the island country’s capital. The unmanned aerial vehicle bears

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US Navy selects Fusion UUV

The US Navy has selected Strategic Robotic Systems’ (SRS’) Fusion unmanned underwater vehicle as its future explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the …

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SOFWERX: UAS Capability Assessment Event

SOFWERX, in connection with the Military Information Support Operations (MISO), has created an event to determine those types of payload systems that are available to provide increased flexibility of the full range of MISO capabilities to target audiences in denied or hostile environments with minimal risk. The submission deadline is

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QinetiQ Supports NextGen Search and Rescue Missions

QinetiQ collaborates with the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to investigate how drone technology can strengthen their Search and Rescue missions. Small unmanned air systems are delivering disruptive change across the industry. Ten years ago what was predominantly a niche hobby, or military technology, has now found wide commercial

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Atlas Multi-Drone System Secured Copa America Soccer Tournament

Atlas, an aerospace company specializing in the design and manufacture of autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for security organizations and first responders, partnered with the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State (PMERJ) to leverage the company’s flagship autonomous UAS product, the AtlasPRO, as part of the PMERJ’s overall security

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Light UAV Family Launched in Hungary

A family of UAVs for military and civilian use has been developed by the Hungarian startup company Ku-Me Invest Kft. The basic blended-wing design of the fuselage is the same for all sizes of UAV, which range in wingspan from two to seven meters. A prototype, the four-meter MP-H with

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Kratos Places Engine Orders Ahead of First XQ-58A Valkyrie Production Contracts

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has begun placing engine orders in anticipation of receiving first series production contracts for its XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned combat air system (UCAS) before the end of 2019. Developed in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) under the Low Cost Attritable Strike Demonstrator (LCASD)

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U.S. Army Invests in Additional Q-53 Radars and Capabilities

The United States Army recently awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) three contracts to produce additional Q-53 systems and outfit the radar with enhanced capabilities, including extended range and counter unmanned aerial system (CUAS) surveillance. The flexible architecture of the Army’s most modern radar allows for these upgrades, which support adaptable

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Atlas Multi-Drone System Used by Rio Military Police to Secure Copa America Soccer Tournament

Atlas partners with Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State (PMERJ) Choque Special Forces to deploy AtlasPRO UAS network over Maracanã Stadium during Copa America Gaithersburg, MD. (August 5, 2019) – Atlas, the leading aerospace company specializing in the design and manufacture of autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

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Raytheon Developing Advanced Laser Systems for US Air Force

Raytheon Company will deploy two prototype high energy laser weapon systems to troops overseas under a U.S. Air Force contract. The Air Force experimentation includes 12 months of in-field operation against unmanned aerial systems and operator training. Raytheon’s HELWS uses pure energy to detect, identify and instantly take down drones.

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US Army Awards Laser Weapon System Contract

The U.S. Army issued a contract award to accelerate the rapid prototyping and fielding of its first combat-capable laser weapon system. This prototype will deliver 50 kilowatt (kW)-class lasers on a platoon of four Stryker vehicles in Fiscal Year 2022, supporting the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) mission. The directed

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US Defense Innovation Unit Wants Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit is working with the medical-supply-dropping drone manufacturer Zipline to prototype unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as a way to broaden the distribution network of battlefield emergency supply delivery. Zipline, a drone delivery company that markets itself as a “lifesaving” Silicon Valley startup, builds drones that can

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Ascent Vision Technologies Gets $23M USAF CUAS Contract

Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) was recently awarded a contract to deliver a full suite of counter drone vehicles to the U.S. Air Force. This unique capability, known as the eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System or X-MADIS, was selected by the Air Force after 18 months of testing, trials and

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Government spending watchdog highlights “significant issues” for UK drone projects

The Ministry of Defence’s two flagship drone projects – the ‘Protector’ programme to introduce the Certifiable Predator B drone into service with the Royal Air Force, and the Army’s Watchkeeper surveillance drone – continue to face ‘significant issues’ according to a government spending watchdog. The latest annual report (published in

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GA-ASI Gets $22M US Army Gray Eagle Support Contract

General Atomics Aeronautical System Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $21,742,996 modification (00005P) to contract W58RGZ-18-C-0037 for MQ-1C Gray Eagle extended range aircraft unique initial spares and ground support equipment. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement,

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French Navy Aiming For 1,200 Unmanned Systems By 2030

There will be 1,200 drones in the French Navy in 2030, Marine Nationale’s Chief-of-Staff admiral Christophe Prazuck recently declared to the Commission of National Defence and Armed Forces of the French Assemblée Nationale. “I have fifty unmanned systems today, none of which are yet operational. They are all being experimented,

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US Army to Procure Hugin Gen 2 Quadrotor from Solute

The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) – Vicksburg, MS intends to issue a sole source award utilizing Simplified Acquisition Procedures to Solute San Diego, CA for the Purchase of twenty four (24) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The applicable North American Industrial Classification System Code (NAICS) code

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USAF Invests $1M in Drone Tech During Pitch Day

Program Executive Office Digital granted 13 drone technology contracts to innovative companies during a Pitch Day held July 24 at the Northeastern University Innovation Campus in Burlington. The day-long event began with thirteen pitches from businesses, followed by deliberations by Air Force junior officers and civilians, who chose to award

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Navy’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter achieves initial operational capability

Washington (UPI) Jul 9, 2019 –

The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter has reached initial operational capability, paving the way for fleet operations and training.

On June 28, the sea-based, vertical lift drone manufactured by Northrop Grumman was declared to achieve operational capability, the Navy said Monday.

The aircraft is designed

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