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  1. Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-MAX, an unmanned cargo helicopter, has come home from Afghanistan. Chad Slattery

    Unmanned helicopter comes home from Afghanistan

    K-MAX, made by Lockheed Martin and Kaman, completes mission in combat theater.

    • 3:35 PM
  2. India's military uses the Nishant tactical UAV, but the next devices to join the fleet might be much different. DRDO

    India expects UAV swarm

    The next generation of unmanned vehicles for India's defense forces is likely to be made up small craft in large numbers.

    • Jul 24, 2014
  3. The SW-4 Solo rotorcraft has had a successful demonstration for Italy's Defense Ministry. AgustaWestland

    Italy's defense ministry sees UAV demo

    AgustaWestland puts optionally-piloted helicopter through its paces.

    • Jul 24, 2014
  4. French Republic E3-F AWACS K64868. Boeing photo

    Boeing upgrades French AWACS

    Three more upgrades set to finish in 2016

    • Jul 23, 2014
  5. A British Soldier holds Prox Dynamics' PD-100 Black Hornet, a palm-sized miniature helicopter weighing only 16 grams. Researchers with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are testing the Black Hornet to provide squad-sized small units with organic intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability. Sgt Rupert Frere RLC

    Army has big plans for pocket-sized device

    The goal is a tiny aerial surveillance tool to give soldiers more intel about their immediate surroundings.

    • Jul 23, 2014
  6. This artist's rendering depicts a Sikorsky-Boeing JMR-FVL concept aircraft with counter-rotating co-axial main rotors and a pusher propeller based on Sikorsky's X2¨ Technology rotorcraft design. The future rotorcraft will deliver significant improvements in speed, combat radius and hover performance for the Army's next-generation utility and attack helicopter fleets. Yu Ka Wing / Sikorsky and Boeing image

    Boeing, Sikorsky to develop JCA for Army

    The Joint Common Architecture standard will pave the way to next-generation helicopters.

    • Jul 22, 2014
  7. The top 20 UAS makers: A story in pictures

    Unmanned aerial systems are big business around the world, and even groups such as Hamas are able to obtain and use them. ASDReports has compiled a list of the 20 manufacturers with what the market research firm considers the greatest potential for success and growth in coming years.

    • Jul 23, 2014
  8. The DubaiSat-2 satellite was designed and developed by South Korea's Satrec satellite manufacturing company and was launched in 2012 Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Tech

    UAE plans Mars launch

    The United Arab Emirates has established a space agency and is planning planetary missions

    • Jul 21, 2014
  9. The Watchkeeper UAV could become part of Thales' plan to lease sensor capabilities. Thales

    Want to lease a Watchkeeper UAV? Call Thales

    As part of a plan to lease and rent sensor capabilities to military and civilian customers, Thales has said it would consider leasing out the Watchkeeper UAV.

    • Jul 18, 2014
  10. The US State Department is eyeing changes to trade export laws that would ease rules on sales of unmanned systems like the Predator. US Air Force

    Changes to UAS export rules slow to materialize

    A system for controlling missile technology has 'unintended consequences' for UAVs

    • Jul 18, 2014
  11. Air Force ISR agency to become numbered Air Force

    Maj. Gen. John Shanahan will remain in charge of the Texas-based unit as three new wings join.

    • Jul 21, 2014
  12. The Micro INS is an advanced INS/GPS with an integrated air data system and magnetometer that offers complete and accurate platform state data. Weighing around 100 grams, the Micro INS incorporates an internal disk-on-chip for extended data logging, and meets demanding environmental requirements for shock, vibration, temperature and humidity. Rockwell Collins

    Rockwell Collins sensor platform will guide Brazilian UAV

    Rockwell Collins has been selected by FT Sistemas S/A to provide its Micro Inertial Navigation Sensor (INS) for an unmanned aerial system.

    • Jul 18, 2014
  13. Lycoming Engines supplies engines for the Aerosonde Mk. 4.7 UAV. Aerosonde

    Lycoming: Use aircraft engines to improve UAV reliability

    There is no reason UAVs must use different engines than other aircraft, manufacturing exec argues.

    • Jul 18, 2014
  14. A Patriot surface-to-air missile battery is positioned in the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa north of Israel. It has been recently revealed that Hamas has used unammed aerial vehicles in its recent skirmishes with Israel. JACK GUEZ / AFP

    Hamas flies UAV against Israel

    The development is an example of the spread of the technology to irregular armies and terrorist groups.

    • Jul 18, 2014
  15. The open architecture design of MAGR 2000-S24 allows modernization and upgrade of GPS functional capabilities through the simple replacement of a single electronics module.

    Raytheon GPS passes Air Force jamming test

    The MAGR2K thwarts attempts to block its satellite reception.

    • Jul 17, 2014
  16. Philip Hammond, the new British foreign secretary, says other nations eventually could join an Anglo-French future combat air system program. Oli Scarff/ / Getty Images

    Anglo-French UCAV program could add partners

    A bilateral effort for now, but perhaps not forever.

    • Jul 17, 2014
  17. Air Force hires United Technologies to upgrade sensors

    UTC's Aerospace Systems unit will replace airborne imaging with latest SYERS-2C model.

    • Jul 17, 2014
  18. The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) located at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific, Wahiawa, Hawaii. is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system intended to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces. Navy

    Third MUOS passes environmental test

    The satellite is slated for a January launch.

    • Jul 17, 2014
  19. The Atlas V launch vehicle currently handles most national security missions. Lockheed Martin

    Air Force seeks space launch proposals

    For the first time in a decade, companies may compete for a national security space launch.

    • Jul 18, 2014
  20. Deborah Lee James

    Air Force to cut jobs, create new surveillance command

    More than 3,000 positions will be affected by restructuring

    • Jul 18, 2014
  21. The Predator XP features several upgrades from the Predator. General Atomics

    Predator XP makes first flight

    Predator upgrade features improved avionics and other new features

    • Jul 15, 2014
  22. Global Debut: The Scorpion is billed primarily as an ISR platform, but company officials expect to find a wide market for the plane. Textron AirLand

    UK to feel Scorpion's sting

    Textron brings UAV to international markets.

    • Jul 17, 2014
  23. Building Technology Base: Taranis, an unmanned combat aerial vehicle technology demonstrator made by BAE Systems, taxis in Warton, Lancashire, in February. Ray Troll/ / BAE Systems

    UK, France to work jointly toward combat UAV

    Two-year feasibility study could bring countries closer to an advanced fighter program.

    • Jul 17, 2014
  24. A Royal Australian Air Force Heron lands at Kandahar Airfield. CPL Raymond Vance

    Australian UAVs not leaving Afghanistan quite yet

    Royal Australian Air Force Herons will continue flying missions in Afghanistan through the end of the year.

    • Jul 16, 2014
  25. Rockwell Collins has won a DARPA award to develop new radar antenna technology. Shown: A radar dish aboard Mobile At-Sea Sensor barge. Troy Clarke / U.S. Navy

    Rockwell Collins wins DARPA antenna pact

    Company will develop electronically scanned array technology.

    • Jul 11, 2014
  26. A Nimrod MRA4 reconnaissance aircraft sits on the tarmac at the BAE Systems factory at Woodford, UK. The fleet was axed in 2010. Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

    Britain dramatically rethinking maritime surveillance to include UAS

    Think about a multirole capability, not just a straight replacement for a canceled program, defense secretary says.

    • Jul 14, 2014
  27. The Autonomous Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel tracks diesel-electric submarines. Leidos

    DARPA approves construction of ACTUV anti-submarine warfare vessel

    Leidos has begun construction on a self-directed vessel equipped for at-sea intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

    • Jul 10, 2014
  28. An Italy-based Global Hawk UAV, similar to this one, has flown in a NATO exercise in Norway. Northrop Grumman

    Global Hawk flies in NATO exercise

    Normally based in Italy, the UAV flew three full-day sorties from a Norway base.

    • Jul 9, 2014
  29. 'The Transformer,' an aircraft that can divide into smaller craft when needed, is one of four futuristic technologies BAE is dramatizing in a new video. BAE

    VIDEO: An aircraft whose parts are greater than its sum

    'The Transformer' is one of four futuristic technologies showcased in BAE video.

    • Jul 11, 2014
  30. The Army's Aerostat is ready for service. File

    Army's Aerostat ready to fly

    'Strategic reserve' status makes the vehicle available when needed.

    • Jul 8, 2014
  31. Riot police arrest a protester in the vicinity of the FIFA Fan Fest in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil is one of several nations expected to provide agrowing market for non-lethal weapons such as tasers and police batons in coming years. YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP/Getty Images

    Non-lethal weapons market to reach $1.6B

    India, Brazil and South Africa expected to bring new market opportunities.

    • Jul 16, 2014
  32. The Royal Navy has for the first time launched a UAV from the deck of a ship on active operations. The UAV, a ScanEagle like the one pictured, launched from the deck of a ship on patrol in the Arabian Gulf. MC2 Joseph M. Buliavac / U.S. Navy

    Royal Navy launches UAV from active-duty ship

    Insitu ScanEagle takes to the skies from the HMS Somerset, the first launch from a ship on active operations.

    • Jul 8, 2014
  33. At the Blue Shark lab at the University of Southern California, the Navy is experimenting with new ways to view, control and interact with virtual environments. John F. Williams/ / US Navy

    Navy's future: Unmanned vehicles, robots and 3D data

    The Navy of 2025 includes some technology that has not even been invented yet, according to USC's Blue Shark lab.

    • Jul 3, 2014
  34. Northrop Grumman will provide the Navy with 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye planes under a new contract. Navy

    Northrop Grumman gets Navy Hawkeye contract

    $3.6 billion order will supply 25 planes.

    • Jul 2, 2014
  35. Lockheed Martin has won a new ISR contract at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific. Pictured: A testing facility at the base. Wikimedia Commons

    Lockheed Martin takes Navy contract

    Firm will continue ongoing work in SIGINT, intelligence processing.

    • Jul 2, 2014
  36. Aero Surveillance, Robot Aviation team on new UAV

    Companies have jointly developed a long-endurance surveillance drone.

    • Jul 1, 2014
  37. Harfang UAV is now in service with French forces in Afghanistan. French Air Force photo

    Harfang UAV launches from African base

    Successful test is a first for this model.

    • Jul 1, 2014
  38. Boeing illustration of a GPS IIF satellite in orbit Boeing - Erik Simonsen illustration / Boeing

    GPS IIF completes on-orbit checkout

    The sixth such satellite so far was launched in May.

    • Jun 30, 2014
  39. A NASA-owned Lockheed S-3 Viking, above, was used to test a data-link system developed by NASA and Rockwell Collins for unmanned aerial vehicles. Matthew Patane/The Register

    NASA teams with Rockwell Collins on UAS

    Rockwell Collins and NASA, which have teamed up to create technology for commercially-used drones, showed off some of their efforts on June 25. The two have partnered to test the effectiveness of a data-link between a drone in the air and its pilot on the ground.

    • Jun 27, 2014
  40. Among the weapons funded in the overseas contingency operations request is $192 million for 12 MQ-9 Reapers. Paul Ridgeway / US Air Force

    Defense spending request includes $6B for UAS, weapons

    The MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-8 Fire Scout would be funded by the proposed new budget.

    • Jun 30, 2014
  41. Artel gets DISA task order

    Company will provide Ku-band services for unspecified customer.

    • Jun 27, 2014
  42. An MQ-1B Predator sits on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Investigators could not trace the cause of an October drone crash over New Mexico, a new report says. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    No answers in New Mexico Predator crash

    Investigators fail to solve the mystery of the 2013 accident.

    • Jun 27, 2014
  43. A Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, aerostat is readied for launch near Orogrande gate at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. JLENS has now entered the 'strategic reserve.' John Andrew Hamilton/ATEC

    Army radar blimp enters strategic reserve

    JLENS airship available for missions.

    • Jun 25, 2014
  44. The Textron AirLand Scorpion, a light ISR attack jet, shows its weaponry in this picture. DARIN LaCRONE / Darin LaCrone

    Textron's new ISR platform comes armed

    New picture of Scorpion light attack aircraft shows weapons load.

    • Jun 24, 2014
  45. As US counterterrorism efforts turn toward Africa, ISR assets like the MQ-9 Reaper will become more vital. Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson/US Air Force

    ISR takes the spotlight in Africa counterterror mission

    The size of the African continent provides a new set of challenges for intel.

    • Jun 24, 2014
  46. Oshkosh has demonstrated an autonomous vehicle system to steer an M-ATV vehicle. William Kapinski/Oshkosh

    Driverless technology matures

    Unmanned convoy trucks are almost ready for the battlefield.

    • Jun 24, 2014
  47. Vista wins Army ground systems O&M contract

    The work will bring in up to $8.3M for the company.

    • Jun 20, 2014
  48. Army to test low-altitude UAV software

    Fort Benning to be the site of upcoming flights.

    • Jun 20, 2014
  49. Diamond Aircraft factory in London, Ontario. Diamond and Northrop Grumman are teaming to deliver an intelligence-gathering aircraft. File

    Northrop Grumman, Diamond team up for spy plane

    Northrop to establish an office in Ontario to deliver aircraft for Canadian market.

    • Jun 20, 2014
  50. The Army is seeking sensors for geospatial data, via an SBIR solicitation. Bryan Conner

    Army seeks geospatial sensors

    SBIR notice calls for small sensors that can measure structures from remote locations, among other capabilities.

    • Jun 19, 2014

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