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  1. An early version of Raytheon's Next Generation Jammer pod flies on a Gulfstream test bed over the range at Air Naval Station China Lake during a flight test. Raytheon

    Raytheon demonstrates self-powered radar jammers

    Test marks the first time the system had been powered by the air stream.

    • 1:29 PM
  2. General Dynamics to refresh radios for Canadian military

    Another pair of contracts pertains to satellite ground stations.

    • 3:54 PM
  3. Global electro-optical and infrared systems market to reach $16 billion

    The global military electro-optical and infrared systems market will reach $16.4 billion by 2020, according to a forecast by market research firm MarketsandMarkets. This reflects a compound annual growth rate of 7.71 percent.

    • Nov 21, 2014
  4. Who is flying UAVs above France's nuclear power plants?

    More than a dozen locations have been buzzed by the craft.

    • Nov 24, 2014
  5. Eurofighter Typhoons will be fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar. Eurofighter

    Eurofighter nations team for AESA radar development

    The Typhoon will be the last of the major Western fighter jets to get the radar upgrade.

    • Nov 21, 2014
  6. An unmanned Fire Scout, seen in this file photo, deployed for the first time with an MH-60R Seahawk aboard a littoral combat ship, the Fort Worth. MC2 Tim D. Godbee/Navy

    Fire Scout and Seahawk deploy together for first time

    An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout are deploying together on the same ship — a first for manned and unmanned integration aboard a surface combatant.

    • Nov 24, 2014
  7. Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING targeting pod (identifiable by the blue circle on the tip) in action. Northrop Grumman

    Northrop Grumman to help Air Force upgrade targeting pods

    The IDIQ also serves the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and Marine Corps.

    • Nov 21, 2014
  8. New Boeing satellites will carry hyperspectral sensors

    The sensors, made by Raytheon, will provide much more detailed detection of phenomena such as the mineral content of soil or the identification of air pollutants.

    • Nov 21, 2014
  9. Missile strikes by British Reapers against Islamic State targets in Iraq are increasing in intensity, the Royal Air Force reported Tuesday. Wikipedia

    UK reapers up the intensity against IS in Iraq

    Unmanned planes launch missile strikes at Islamic State targets.

    • Nov 20, 2014
  10. Navy wants littoral warship IR sensors

    The new system should have a high-definition color imager, laser rangefinders and pointers, and zoom optics

    • Nov 18, 2014
  11. The ELSAT 2100 Satellite-on-the-Move brings connection to the field. Elbit

    Elbit wins Canada satellite contract

    Elbit has been awarded a contract by Rheinmetall Canada to provide ELSAT 2100 Satellite-on-the-Move (SOTM) systems for use by the military.

    • Nov 19, 2014
  12. China's NORINCO shows off its Sharp Eyes III rotary UAV at Airshow China in Zhuhai this week. Wendell Minnick/ / Staff

    China's NORINCO gets into UAV biz

    Company debuts an unmanned helicopter at Airshow China.

    • Nov 19, 2014
  13. Stronger Defense: A missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome intercepts an incoming short-range rocket from Gaza on Aug. 22. Israel wants to strengthen the system in anticipation of harsher threats. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Israel fortifies Iron Dome for future war

    The nation credits US support in its race to outrun surging threats.

    • Nov 17, 2014
  14. Thales unveils new surveillance radar

    Called the Searchmaster, the product can be installed in various air platforms.

    • Nov 14, 2014
  15. Canada awards LAV surveillance contract to General Dynamics

    The deal is worth $252M in US dollars

    • Nov 14, 2014
  16. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sits next to the captured US RQ-170, with Iran's copy nearby. AFP

    Iran heralds UAV copied from US model

    Iranian forces captured a downed Sentinel UAV in 2011 and have created their own version by reverse-engineering it, they claim.

    • Nov 19, 2014
  17. On display is a model of the FT-1 solid launch vehicle for emergency satellite launches. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Who needs China's emergency satellite launch vehicle?

    A trailer and a 20-meter rocket can be deployed for fast launches.

    • Nov 14, 2014
  18. Altavian gets Army nod for UAV sensors

    Lockheed Martin's Procerus Technologies Perceptor gimbaled imaging sensor is part of the contract-winning package.

    • Nov 13, 2014
  19. The holographic ground control system allows a controller to experience the entire UAV mission through a human-machine interface. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    Chinese firm developing holographic UAV control center

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China unveiled the new system at Airshow China.

    • Nov 13, 2014
  20. The image released by the European Space Agency ESA on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, shows an artist rendering by the ATG medialab depicting lander Philae separating from Rosetta mother spaceship and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The Associated Press

    European spacecraft lands on comet 300M miles from Earth

    The spacecraft, named Philae, will give scientists unprecedented insights into the 4-billion year-old comet, which holds secrets to the origins of the solar system.

    • Nov 13, 2014
  21. Navy's RaDER UGV succeeds in demonstration

    The vehicle is designed for explosive hazard defeat and counter-tactical surveillance and targeting missions.

    • Nov 12, 2014
  22. The C-130 transport plane is one possible platform for air-based UAVs. Air Force

    Pentagon plans aircraft-based UAVs

    A DARPA solicitation outlines the plan to launch unmanned craft from a larger 'mothership.'

    • Nov 13, 2014
  23. In 2012 AAI won a $600 million contract to provide its Aerosonde UAV under the Medium Endurance Unmanned Air System II. Aerosonde

    SOCOM wants new UAV

    Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is preparing to search for a medium-range UAV.

    • Nov 13, 2014
  24. An F-35 Lightning II heads for Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Air Force

    Booz Allen wins $53 million C4ISR contract

    The company will support the 96th Test Wing, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

    • Nov 14, 2014
  25. The Army is installing new radar systems to help UAVs avoid collisions. Textron

    Army radar installations to help UAVs avoid collisions

    The ground-based sense and avoid radar is being installed at five bases.

    • Nov 10, 2014
  26. A relic of the Cold War at the Aviation Museum in Finowfurt, near Berlin, Germany. luftzig.tv

    VIDEO: Ghost planes of the Cold War

    A foggy morning, an old Soviet airbase now used as a museum and a camera-equipped UAV produce some haunting images.

    • Nov 11, 2014
  27. The Taranis, made by BAE, is an example of an unmanned combat aerial vehicle. Ray Troll / BAE Systems

    Anglo-French UCAS project gets underway with contract

    Six companies will collaborate on the project to develop two different designs.

    • Nov 7, 2014
  28. Singapore will deploy a huge tethered surveillance balloon, similar to the one pictured here in Texas, to boost its maritime and air security. John Moore / Getty Images

    Air defense systems take flight in Asia

    Easily transportable laser systems and tethered balloons are reinforcing security in China and Singapore.

    • Nov 6, 2014
  29. First deliveries of the Bayraktar unmanned vehicle could begin this year. Baykar

    Turkish tactical UAV ready for delivery

    The first Bayraktar could be delivered before the end of the year.

    • Nov 6, 2014
  30. Lockheed Martin develops turret sensor

    INFIRNO is a 15-inch high-definition modular unit equipped with optical sensors to track multiple long-range targets.

    • Nov 6, 2014
  31. The Defense Department is looking for new ways to detect chemical and biological weapons, including a demonstration program for UAVs. Sgt. Katryn Tuton

    Turning UAVs into chemical, biological weapon detectors

    Thunderstorm Project is calling for technology demonstrations.

    • Nov 6, 2014
  32. Boeing tests dual anti-jamming links

    The tests involved a Boeing ground terminal using a programmable ViaSat modem.

    • Nov 5, 2014
  33. The neuromorphic chip made by HRL Laboratories allows this small UAV to learn new information as it operates. ©2014 HRL LABORATORIES – All rights reserved.

    Prototype AI chip allows UAV to learn

    DARPA-funded research is leading toward processors that act like brains.

    • Nov 7, 2014
  34.  TenCate Advanced Armor USA

    VIDEO: Army evaluating under-vehicle threat protection system

    A set of sensors and automated countermeasures can reduce injuries from explosions.

    • Nov 6, 2014
  35. Intelsat's Clarksburg, Md., teleport. Intelsat

    Air Force project studies use of commercial satellites for the military

    The contractors are supposed to come up with a detailed plan within 90 days for leveraging commercial assets.

    • Nov 11, 2014
  36. Intelsat's Clarksburg, Md., teleport. Intelsat

    Air Force project studies use of commercial satellites for the military

    The U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts to four companies for the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) Commercial Provisioning study.

    • Nov 7, 2014
  37. The global military radar market is expected to reach $133 billion by 2024. MC3 Johndion Magsipoc / U.S. Navy

    Military radar market to reach $133B

    United States expected to retain position as leading buyer.

    • Nov 4, 2014
  38. DARPA is developing a four-legged robot, the Legged Squad Support System, to integrate with a squad of Marines or soldiers. DARPA

    Robots bring new abilities, new risks

    The science of robotics is advancing fast, making robots more capable and thus in greater demand for defense. However, security is an essential factor to address.

    • Nov 3, 2014
  39. DARPA's Warrior Web program is developing a 'smart suit' to boost warfighter performance and to reduce injury and fatigue while carrying heavy loads. DARPA

    VIDEO: Army evaluates efficiency-boosting, biologically inspired smart suits

    DARPA's Web Warrior program is developing fatigue-reducing exosuits

    • Nov 3, 2014
  40. DCNS and Airbus are developing plans to equip an unmanned naval helicopter with weapons, sensors and other gear. DCNS Concept

    Airbus developing ship-based UAV

    French shipbuilder DCNS is collaborating on the project to further develop the unmanned helicopter, called Tanan.

    • Nov 3, 2014
  41. The global market for airborne ISR systems is expected to grow in future years. Boeing

    Airborne ISR market to reach $28 billion

    The U.S., China, Russia and India are the largest buyers.

    • Oct 31, 2014
  42. US soldiers perform pre-launch checks on a Patriot missile launcher as part of a field training exercise. A Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments report suggests that the Army use land-based forces to deny access to the air and sea, defend coastlines and constrain enemy movements. Airman 1st Class Maeson L. Elleman/ / Air Force

    Report: Army should embrace anti-access/area-denial mission

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recommended the Army return to an old mission on the home front.

    • Oct 31, 2014
  43. DARPA is seeking seeking solutions and nontraditional contributors for next-generation, decreased-footprint ground-vehicle technologies as part of its GVX-T program. DARPA

    VIDEO: DARPA seeks next-gen ground-vehicle tech

    The Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program looks to advance armored vehicles' situational awareness, mobility and survival.

    • Nov 3, 2014
  44. Insitu's ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Insitu

    ScanEagle 2 is here

    The sequel to ScanEagle has custom-designed propulsion, more payload options than its predecessor.

    • Oct 31, 2014
  45. VIDEO: Fire Scout passes sloped landing test

    The exercise demonstrates the rotary-wing UAV's ability to land on a ship's deck.

    • Oct 31, 2014
  46. Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has achieved initial operating capability. Northrop Grumman

    Advanced Hawkeye declared operational

    Northrop Grumman has already delivered 15 planes.

    • Oct 31, 2014
  47. The iRobot 510 PackBot. iRobot

    iRobot takes Navy contracts

    The company will supply Man Transportable Robotic System robots and upgrades.

    • Oct 29, 2014
  48. Boeing's AWACS business extends to Europe. Boeing

    U.S. military sales to allies tops $34B in 2014

    Blockbuster deals helped defense firms continue to post strong numbers despite slowing of spending by the Pentagon.

    • Oct 29, 2014
  49. US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno talks with a group of executives at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition on October 15 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Sequestration will hit technology programs hard, Army warns

    The service may suffer serious impacts to modernization programs and readiness if budget cuts persist.

    • Oct 28, 2014
  50. Army seeks intel trainer

    The system will be used for military intelligence-specific training at home-station training areas, combat training centers and Reserve and National Guard locations.

    • Oct 27, 2014

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