Tag Archives | UAS

Military UAV flights in the UK – the numbers

The DEW Line and Flightglobal bring you a lot of coverage about what are variously referred to as UAVs, UASs, RPAs, RPASs, or even – and I’m including this word just for the opponents – “drones”. A goldmine of information, the UK parliament’s Hansard information service has provided details on the number of military UAV […]

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VIDEO: Army aviation gets mostly unmanned by 2035

The US Army is not known for having a soft-spot for aviation. So it’s perhaps not surprising that army aviators have been the fastest to embrace unmanned aircraft. On 14 April, the service celebrated passing the 1 million flight hour mark by unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), a milestone that will be feted next month with […]

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RQ-170 not intended to replace Predators and Reapers

Okay, no more MQ-X talk about the RQ-170 Sentinel.I interviewed USAF Col Eric Mathewson this morning after he spoke on a panel for an Army unmanned aircraft system (UAS) conference. Mathewson is the USAF’s director of the UAS task force. His job is to bet the ball rolling on the MQ-X program, which could start […]

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That other stealthy, jet-powered UAV from Palmdale

When General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) unveiled the Avenger last spring, it seemed the entrepreneurial outfit that has made a fortune selling Predators and Reapers to the US Air Force had once again beaten the competition to a lucrative new market: stealthy, jet-powered, tactical-level unmanned aircraft systems.Well, now we know the US Air Force […]

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Questions raised by full text of USAF RQ-170 statement

As reported first on Ares and later here, the US Air Force has confirmed the existence of a stealthy unmanned aircraft system called the RQ-170.Below is the full text of the statement emailed to journalists on Friday evening. The United States Air Force is developing a stealthyunmanned aircraft system (UAS) to provide reconnaissance and surveillancesupport […]

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AAI jumps into cargo UAS market with slowed rotor/compound helo

RQ-7 Shadow and Aerosonde-maker AAI Corp. wants to develop a new slowed rotor/compound aircraft as a cargo-carrying unmanned aircraft system, my colleague John Croft reports today. Read the full article here: AAI Grabs technology stake in fledgling Carter The aircraft shown above could be pursued under a 40-year agreement signed between AAI and Carter to […]

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PICTURE: Insitu unveils NightEagle UAS [Corrected]

Insitu has adapted the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system to carry a mid-wave infrared camera simultaneously. The NightEagle requires modifying the ScanEagle with a bulbous nose and a third fin. The above is a screen shot from an Insitu Webex briefing for press, which is currently ongoing.  

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Predator/Reaper chaos and Creech power outages

So I’m reading Esquire’s new thumb-sucker of a feature article with the typical — and increasingly mandatory — “UAVs are changing war as we know it” angle, and my eyes stumble on this gem of a paragraph. Can somebody put some MILCON in the next budget for a few spare power generators at Creech AFB, […]

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Skunk Works unveils MQ-X UAS concept at #AFA09

Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works today division unveiled this aircraft concept at the Air Force Association’s annual convention in Washington DC. The USAF plans to buy the MQ-X to augment and replace the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems (UAS). I snapped this picture of the Skunks’ MQ-X concept on display in their exhibit […]

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AUVSI: Boeing displays vision for MQ-9 Reaper replacement

WEBSTER FIELD — Boeing kindly rendered a reconnaissance by this reporter to a sweltering southern-Maryland swamp — er, UAV demonstration area — worthwhile by offering this peak at their strategy for the US Air Force’s MQ-X contract. I expect to hear more tomorrow about Boeing’s plans for this MQ-9 replacement concept at the AUVSI convention. […]

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