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Trump Signs Defense Bill with $9.6Bn for UAS Spending

President Trump has signed into law H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, authorizing the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to spend $9.6 billion for unmanned vehicle systems. The bill increases military spending for unmanned technologies by 28 percent over last

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US Air Force to Control Attack Drones from F-22s

The US Air Force and DARPA are now testing new hardware and software configured to enable 4th and 5th Generation aircraft to command drones from the cockpit in the air, bringing new levels of autonomy, more attack options and a host of new reconnaissance advantages to air warfare. Working with

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German Navy Selects the SKELDAR V-200

UMS SKELDAR has been awarded a procurement contract through Munich-based partner and prime contractor Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) for a new, unmanned, airborne reconnaissance system for the German Navy specified by the Federal military procurement agency Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The contract

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German Navy selects the SKELDAR V-200 to provide UAV reconnaissance

UMS SKELDAR wins contract to deploy from Corvette Class 130 in 2019; package focused on pioneering NATO-compliant heavy fuel engine rotary VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and at-sea training. UMS SKELDAR, the world-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions and avionics software has been

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Two Drones Downed Near Russian Airbase in Syria

Two drones launched by militants have been downed by the Russian military near the Hmeymim airbase in Syria, according to the chief of the Russia Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties Alexei Tsygankov. “During the past day, radars of the Russian airbase at Hmeymim spotted two unmanned aerial vehicles

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US Army Orders Lockheed Martin CUAS Sytems

The Army is planning to purchase a Counter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) from Lockheed Martin with the goal to “field UAS with payloads capable of negating adversary UAS,” the Army said in its solicitation notice. The United States Government intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source under the

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Insitu Gets $9M US Navy Blackjack Order

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, has been awarded $9,000,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F030 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0014). This order provides for the procurement of spare and sustainment parts to maintain the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft system in support of the Marine Corps. Work will be performed

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Drone Attack on Venezuelan President – Not Fake News

Official claims by the Venezuelan authorities that the two explosions that interrupted a speech by President Maduro of Venezuela in Caracas on August 4th, celebrating the 81st anniversary of the National Guard, was a drone-borne IED (DBIED) attack, have been cast into doubt by the absence of any images or

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CACI Gets $48.5M US Navy Contract to Deploy Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems

 CACI International Inc. has announced that the US Navy has awarded the company a $48.5 million single-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide integration, installation, sustainment, and engineering services to the Naval Air Systems Command Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) AIRWorks Rapid Development Capabilities Integrated Product team.

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Bastille Day Security Enhanced by MQ-9 Reaper

The French Air Force operated two of its MQ-9 Reapers® simultaneously in support of France’s Bastille Day events, one over Paris and the second over Cognac, on July 14th. The “French Reapers,” Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), assisted French authorities by providing airborne

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ManTech Awarded $45M for Technical Support of Next Generation Systems in Unmanned Aircraft

ManTech has announced a four-year $45 million task order awarded by the U.S. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency (AFICA) under the DoD Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DS TAT) Multi-Award Contract (MAC). Under this award, ManTech will provide significant technology upgrades in unmanned aircraft systems

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Drone Attack Targets Venezuelan President

A drone attack caused pandemonium at a military ceremony where President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was speaking on Saturday, sending National Guard troops scurrying in what administration officials called an assassination attempt. The president, who was unharmed, later told the nation, “To all of our friends in the world, I

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F-35A at The Royal International Air Tattoo

 The F-35 family made its debut at RIAT 2016 and, including the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) ‘A’ model, destined for the United States Air Force (USAF). This was at the 2018 Air Tattoo with the aircraft coming from the 56th Fighter Wing, based at Luke Air Force Base

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GA-ASI Completes Successful MQ-25 Wind Tunnel Tests

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has announced the completion of the fourth wind tunnel test of its MQ-25 design. MQ-25 is the U.S. Navy’s program to develop an unmanned refuelling tanker that provides exceptional fuel give and more than doubles the strike range of the Carrier Air Wing. During

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Martin UAVs V-BAT Achieves 15,000 ft and 50 miles at JIFX

Plano, TEXAS — On the afternoon of June 4, the Martin UAV “V-BAT”, a state-of-the art VTOL Fixed Wing UAV, launched from McMillan Field at U.S. Army Base, Camp Roberts in a flight test to demonstrate its calculated service ceiling. Twenty-five minutes later, V-BAT descended after easily reaching the upper

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Army picks Raytheon for counter-UAV drones

Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2018 –
The U.S. Army plans to use Raytheon’s Coyote unmanned aircraft and the KRFS radar against enemy drones on the battlefield, the company said this week.

The Coyote is designed to be guided by the KRFS radar to explode next to enemy drones, effectively acting as a

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Insitu Get $9M RQ-21A Parts Order from US Navy

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, has been awarded $8,904,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N001918F0275 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0014). This delivery order provides for the procurement of various quantities of spare and sustainment parts in support of the RQ-21A system. Work will be performed in

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GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook for MQ-25

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) concluded performance testing of the arresting hook Hold Down Damper (HDD) for its proposed MQ-25 unmanned aerial refuelling aircraft for the U.S. Navy. GA-ASI worked in collaboration with a team from GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit in Helmond, Netherlands. Fokker is slated to supply

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GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) concluded performance testing of the arresting hook Hold Down Damper (HDD) for its proposed MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft for the U.S. Navy. GA-ASI worked in collaboration with a team from GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit in Helmond, Netherlands. Fokker is slated to supply

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Russian Airbase in Syria Intercepts Two Drones

Air defense systems at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase in Syria destroyed two unidentified unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the past two days, a spokesperson of the airbase said Sunday. Hmeimim’s anti-aircraft weapons systems detected two unidentified UAVs approaching the Russian military base respectively on Saturday night and Sunday morning, and then

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