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Swiss Army Hermes 900 Crash Due to Design Flaw

An Israeli investigation into last year’s crash of a drone ordered by the Swiss army has found that the cause was a structural design flaw which has since been fixed. The Hermes 900 HFE unmanned aircraft crashed during a test flight last August in the Israeli desert, where it was

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Northrop Grumman to Develop Sense-and-Avoid Solution for Triton

The US Navy (USN) has issued Northrop Grumman with a prototype and risk reduction contract for the development of a sense-and-avoid (SAA) capability for the MQ-4C Triton high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). With the USN having previously sought SAA solutions that ultimately failed to meet its requirements, Northrop

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US Navy unmanned aircraft program to utilize MPU5 radios

Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), a leader in mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) solutions, announced today that it will be supplying Martin UAV, an industry partner whose V-BAT VTOL unmanned aircraft system was just selected for the Navy’s Mi2 program, with MPU5 and Embedded Module networking devices over the coming years.

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Azerbaijani Army Trains with Turkish Drones

Crews of the Azerbaijani Army’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are carrying out training flights, the Defence Ministry’s press service reported on April 4. The flights are in line with the 2021 combat training plan approved by Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov. As part of the training, the crews increase their operational

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Air Force testing new capabilities for MQ-9 drone during exercise

Washington DC (UPI) May 4, 2021 –

The 174th Attack Wing is working with multiple Pentagon contractors and academic researchers to establish new capabilities for the MQ-9 Reaper drone aircraft, the Air National Guard announced Tuesday.

According to a press release from the wing, the new capabilities include battlefield and airspace communications

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FLIR Gets New $15.4M US Army Contract for Black Hornet

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced it has won an additional $15.4 million contract to deliver its FLIR Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to the U.S. Army. The advanced nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used to augment squad and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the

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Jetoptera Gets US Air Force Development Awards

Jetoptera was recently awarded two 2021 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts from the USAF to further characterize the noise of its patented Fluidic Propulsive System (FPS) in an anechoic chamber wind tunnel and to prove that the FPS used with an Upper Surface Blown Wing (USB) configuration will produce

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AeroVironment Gets $13M US Army Switchblade 300 Support Contract

AeroVironment, Inc. announced that it received a $13,010,560 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract order on March 24, 2021 from the U.S. Army for Switchblade 300 tactical missile systems contractor logistics support. The contract has a total potential value of $40,852,467, for which funding was authorized via a DoD-approved Joint Urgent Operational Need Statement.

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Turkey Converts Simsek Target System into Kamikaze Drone

Turkish Aerospace Industries has converted its Simsek training system into a kamikaze drone. The program for the high-speed target-drone system began in 2009 to meet the Turkish military’s need for training against aerial targets, simulating enemy aircraft or missiles. It was created as a turbojet-powered, high-speed platform with a maximum

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Drones Help US Navy Destroyer Hit Target at 250 Miles

Using a blend of information from unmanned and manned ships and aircraft, a guided-missile destroyer launched an anti-surface missile from over-the-horizon to hit a target more than 250 miles away without using active sensors as part of the Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21, Navy officials said on Monday. The target

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Martin UAV Selected to Prototype Navy UAS

The Navy selected Martin UAV‘s V-BAT for a VTOL UAS prototyping and development effort in order to fulfill new technological requirements driven by the changing nature of threats in austere operating environments. Martin UAV was one of thirteen respondents to the Navy’s Mi2 Challenge and was later down selected with

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US State Department Approves $1.6BN MQ-9B Deal for Australia

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.651 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on

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Easy Aerial Ground Station Achieves MIL-STD-810G Certification

Easy Aerial, a leading provider of autonomous drone-in-a-box based inspection, monitoring, and surveillance solutions, announced today that its Easy Guard ground station has received its certification of Military Standard Specification MIL-STD 810G. Easy Guard is a smart, independent aircraft hangar for takeoff, landing and charging. It features an automated

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US Army Deploys M-SHORAD Units to Germany

In continuing efforts to revitalize and update the U.S. Army’s Air and Missile Defense forces and systems, the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (5-4 ADA), a subordinate unit under the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, is the first battalion in the Army to test, receive, and

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Chinese Female Operators Hoist UAV

Members assigned to a female UAV detachment under the PLA 72nd Group Army hoist the drone during an actual combat training exercise in early April, 2021. The training involved such items as emergency flight preparation, reconnaissance and confrontation of the drones under high altitude and adverse weather conditions in strange

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AeroVironment Gets US Special Ops $26M Switchblade 600 Contract

AeroVironment, Inc. announced it was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract on March 31, 2021 by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for $26,120,810 with $7,159,036 funded upon receipt. The contract includes delivery and integration of Switchblade 600 tactical missile systems into specialized maritime platforms, scheduled to be completed by

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AeroVironment Awarded $26 Million Switchblade 600 Tactical Missile Systems Contract by U.S. Special Operations Command

• Switchblade 600 features high-precision optics, more than 40 minutes of loitering endurance and an anti-armor warhead for engaging and prosecuting hardened static and moving light armored vehicles • Integration of Switchblade 600 into maritime platforms enables precision engagements against naval and littoral threats and greater deployment flexibility AeroVironment,

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US Navy Tests Vanilla UAV from a Moving Truck

A Vanilla ultra endurance land-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) participated in U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem (UxS IBP) 21 at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu. The VA001 Vanilla is long-endurance aircraft (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed and built by Vanilla Aircraft for military forces intelligence, surveillance

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Iranian Army Unveils Turbojet Engine, New Radar

The Iranian Army Ground Force has unveiled seven domestically-developed high-tech military achievements, including air defense systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and electronic warfare devices. The achievements developed by Iranian experts at the Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization of the Army Ground Force were put on display on Sunday during a

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Embraer and Brazilian Air Force Sign MOU to Study UAS

Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that establishes a cooperation for the study and evaluation of the necessary capabilities for the conceptual design and development of advanced unmanned aircraft system to meet FAB’s needs. “This is a unique opportunity for the Brazilian

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Iran Releases Drone Footage of US Carrier in Persian Gulf

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has released drone footage of an American aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. The video, purportedly shot by onboard cameras of an armed UAV undergoing flight tests, shows a US Navy aircraft carrier operating in the Persian Gulf. “The IRGC released strikingly precise and

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Logos Technologies Successfully Tests WAMI Sensor on RQ-21A Blackjack

Cardcounter system offers unprecedented wide-area motion imagery capability to U.S. Navy and Marine small, tactical unmanned aircraft Logos Technologies LLC announced today that it successfully flew its wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard an RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft at a test range in Boardman, Oregon. The two-week-long test—which included preparatory

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GA-ASI Further Expands MQ-9 Mission Capability

The U.S. Air Force, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and L3Harris Technologies have collaborated to further expand the mission capabilities of the U.S. Air Force’s versatile MQ-9 Reaper® Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). For the first time, crews from the Air Force’s 26th Weapons Squadron (WPS) flew an MQ-9 equipped

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Pentagon Completes First C-sUAS Tech Demonstration

Technology developers came together to show their latest in counter drone technology during a demonstration at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. Focused on Low Collateral Effects Interceptors (LCEI), this demonstration is the first in an on-going series of semi-annual demonstrations aimed at evaluating technologies to deliver an enterprise approach to counter

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F4U Corsair: ‘Black Sheep’ of the RN

Said to be too difficult to deck land by the United States Navy, the F4U Corsair’s raw power came as a saving grace to a Fleet Air Arm desperate for a new generation fleet strike fighter. Here its pilots remember their first impressions of the 18-cylinder beast, and how it

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