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US Navy’s wish-list for new UAV spy-bomber

It may need in-flight refueling to avoid disrupting flight deck operations. It will be controlled by the aircraft carrier within the ship’s line of sight, but steered from land-based control centers on long-range flights. It will be a persistent surveillance asset first and a long-range bomber second. Humans, not computers, will always control when it […]

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UAS that Navy boss thinks is ‘moving too slow’ gets slower

The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has postponed a key event in the evolution of the unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) program. A second industry day planned by year-end will occur sometime next year while the navy continues to “refine” requirements and acquisition strategy. The delay comes after Adm Gary Roughead, chief […]

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#AUVSI: UAV baton is passed

The briefing slide on Thursday morning showed an image of a relay race, with the trailing runner who wore an “Air Force” jersey passing a yellow baton to a “Navy” teammate. It appeared during a press conference on the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program. Capt Bob Dishman’s idea was to illustrate the evolution of the […]

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#AUVSI: Navy wants UCLASS faster than 2018

A strategy unveiled by the US Navy three months ago toinstall a stealthy unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aboard aircraft carriers by 2018 may seem ambitious, but the service’s top officer wants the capability to arrive even faster.

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#AUVSI: Skunk Works elaborates on UAVs

Lockheed Martin’s advanced development programs division — aka Skunk Works — has chosen AUVSI to lift the curtain on two previously internal concepts for new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).The multi-purpose long-endurance (MPLE=pronounced “maple”) was identified on this blog on Monday, but only by acronym. The artist’s concept of the twin-boomed UAV with a high-aspect ratio […]

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Pre-AUVSI, Skunk Works pushes VARIOUS

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has posted a new marketing video featuring the VARIOUS (acronym alert: VTOL advanced reconnaissance insertion organic unmanned system). The video appears on YouTube on the eve of the AUVSI convention in Denver next week, where we expect to see the major UAV manufacturers address the US Navy’s emerging requirement for a […]

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Inside Phantom Works

I wish the photo above came from inside Boeing’s Phantom Works facility in St. Louis, which I toured yesterday morning. The image actually comes from inside the next building we toured, where the C-130 avionics modernization program (AMP) was briefed.But you can’t take cameras, cell phones, tape recorders, laptops and possibly even in hearing aids […]

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