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  • US Navy to form VTUAV squadron

    The US navy has confirmed that its first operational vertical takeoff unmanned air vehicle (VTUAV) unit will be formed in 2013. Equipped with the Northrop...

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  • US Navy to form VTUAV squadron

    The US navy has confirmed that its first operational vertical takeoff unmanned air vehicle (VTUAV) unit will be formed...

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  • Fire Scout reborn: MQ-8C cutaway and technical description

    News | 06 May 2014 09:54 | Stephen Trimble

    ​If parked side by side, no-one would confuse a Bell 407 and a Schweizer 333, yet these vastly different light helicopters now share a numerical designation in the US military’s inventory.
  • US Navy to form VTUAV squadron

    News | 29 Nov 2011 15:06 | Zach Rosenberg

    The US navy has confirmed that its first operational vertical takeoff unmanned air vehicle (VTUAV) unit will be formed in 2013. Equipped with the Northrop...
  • UAVs - Industry lines up for STUAS/Tier II competition

    News | 30 May 2008 09:29 | Stephen Trimble

    <P>The experimental stage for small unmanned aircraft systems capable of 20h endurance at low altitude in military service is soon drawing to a close. </P> <P>The Boeing/Insitu <A href="">Scan Eagle</A> proved its worth in four years of operational service in Afghanistan and Iraq as an asset leased by the US Marine Corps. It cemented the utility and the concept of operations for the class of vehicle that occupies the last major gap in the unmanned aircraft systems inventory for the US Department of Defense.</P> <P>Now, the DoD is gearing up to formally acquire and institutionalise what the US Navy calls the small tactical UAS (STUAS) and what the USMC calls the Tier II system, which fits in the inventory between the hand-launched AeroVironment DragonEye and the Tier III RQ-2 Pioneer.</P> <P><STRONG>COMPETITION PHASE</STRONG></P> <P>Both the USMC and the USN expect to issue a draft request for proposals in the third quarter, launching the competitive
  • US Army revises UAV pilot currency requirements

    News | 25 Aug 2006 08:00 | Peter La Franchi

    <P>The US Army is to allow its unmanned air vehicle pilots –&nbsp; defined as aircraft operators (AO) – to use certificated UAV simulators to retain their operator currency as part of revised flight regulations for UAVs coming into force on 7 September.</P> <P>The new regulations also allow a 2h increase in the number of aircrew duty hours permissible in a single 24h period, with this rising to 16h from a previous limit of 14h. However, the actual number of permissible flying hours is being reduced, down to 8h from 10h specified by regulations laid down in May 2004</P> <P>The new regulations require AOs to carry out a minimum of 1h of UAV flying, plus take-off and landing, every 60 days as the baseline currency standard, but with simulators able to be used to meet this requirement in place of actual aircraft operations.</P> <P>The regulations also allow for the granting of exemptions for AOs to use simulators to retain currency for periods of up to 180 days where environmental condi
  • US military seeks UAV training surrogates to get round restrictions

    News | 14 Aug 2006 11:15

    <P>Restrictions on access to non-segregated airspace coupled with operational demands are generating stepped-up demand by the US military for surrogate UAV platforms to help with training and exercise requirements.</P> <P>The US Air Force is currently seeking a contracted surrogate UAV service to support Central Command Air Force’s (CENTAF) Atlantic Strike IV urban combat air training exercise in late October. The US Marine Corps (USMC) is currently exploring similar potential service options to support training during September and October.</P> <P>In both cases the surrogate system is intended to replicate operations of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator UAV.</P> <P>The CENTAF requirement, tenders for which close 14 August, calls for a light aircraft modified to carry a combined electro-optic and forward-looking infrared video suite, and a combined civil and military standard communications system that includes L, C and Ku-band capabilities, linking to a remotely operated video enhance
  • US Navy set to open bidding for its maritime surveillance programme

    News | 23 Mar 2004 00:00

    <p>The US Navy plans to launch the bidding phase for its $2 billion Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned air vehicle programme around mid-year, almost a year behind its original schedule.</p> <p>Despite a forthcoming BAMS demonstration using two Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Global Hawk land-based high-altitude, long-endurance UAVs, the navy intends to conduct a full competition for the contract. This should be awarded in the second quarter of fiscal year 2005, but potentially as early as next January.</p> <p>The Global Hawk faces competition from a Lockheed Martin/ General Atomics team offering a variant of the latter company's MQ-9 Predator B-ER design called the Mariner. The navy has also listed the ship-based Northrop Grumman RQ-8 Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing UAV and AAI's RQ-2 Pioneer as potential solutions.</p> <p>"All current candidates represent systems in the current DoD [Department of Defense] inventory and future DoD procurement plans," says John Young, a