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MQ-25 test aircraft takes off – UV – Unmanned Vehicles

The US Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler has completed its first test flight. Known as T1, the MQ-25 test aircraft completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois, where the test programme is based. The aircraft completed…
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Camcopter in Finnish maritime trials – UV – Unmanned Vehicles

Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 VTOL UAS has carried out a five-day maritime surveillance demonstration aboard offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Turva for the Border and Coast Guard Division of the Finnish Border Guard. The flight trials took place at the end of August in the Gulf of Finland. The S-100 completed a number of scenarios including searching,…
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DSEI 2019: L3Harris unveils T4 robot – UV – Unmanned Vehicles

L3Harris Technologies unveiled the first prototype of its T4 robotic system at DSEI 2019, a medium-sized UGV designed for use in urban environments where space constraints may preclude the use of a heavier system. During a demonstration of the new robot attended by Shephard, Paul Bosscher, chief engineer, Robotic Systems at L3Harris demonstrated how the…
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DSEI 2019: Long game planned for Airlander 10 – UV – Unmanned Vehicles

Manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles is chasing a target of 2024 to put a newly modified Airlander 10 in service – following a decision to retire a seven-flight prototype of the manned warship earlier this year. A number of key business and programme related matters are planned to be resolved before then, the most pressing of…
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US Army explores unmanned swarm applications – UV – Unmanned Vehicles

US Army Futures Command (AFC) is exploring the potential to deploy UAS and UGVs to act as complementary swarm components, with multiple autonomous systems acting as a cohesive unit, actively coordinating their actions. Once mobilised, the swarms would enable small units to quickly implement manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) for a variety of mission types. Data would…
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GA-ASI contracted for Gray Eagle support work – UV – Unmanned Vehicles

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded $29.3 million to deliver performance-based logistics support for the US Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle programme.  Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of 4 September 2020.  FY19 army operations and maintenance funds of $6.5 million were allocated at the time…
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US DoD seeks to boost small drone industry – UV – Unmanned Vehicles

A new Pentagon initiative is aiming to stimulate the development of a domestic SUAS industry to rival China’s DJI, the world’s leading provider of such drones. The effort will be the initial focus of the US DoD’s new Trusted Capital Marketplace (TCM) programme, which will bring together … Source link

DSEI 2019: Steadicopter presents next generation Black Eagle 50 unmanned helicopter – UV – Unmanned Vehicles

Steadicopter will present its next generation of the Black Eagle 50 unmanned helicopter at DSEI 2019. New capabilities include an inertial navigation system with no dependence on GPS, as well as support for naval missions. The Black Eagle 50 is tailored for naval missions with its mechanical and electronic capabilities that support flight in maritime…
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MSPO 2019: Mobile air defence system showcased – UV – Unmanned Vehicles

The Lukasiewicz – PIAP Institute presented at MSPO 2019 in Kielce a technology demonstrator of an mobile air defence combat system (ASBOP–PERKUN) developed in partnership with the Telesystem-Mesko company.  According to the manufacturer, the ASBOP–PERKUN system ‘is a combination of a high level of tactical mobility and rapid reaction to detection of various kinds of…
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MSPO 2019: Russia’s Altius-U kicks off flight testing – UV – Unmanned Vehicles

The latest member of the Russian made Altius UAV family – Altius-U – has commenced flight testing, despite the country’s MoD yet to publicise or confirm when the aircraft is set to be ordered.  The HALE UAV, powered by two heavy-fuel internal combustion engines is being touted for strike, armed patrol and maritime reconnaissance missions, with…
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