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  • GA-ASI Conducts Sparrowhawk sUAS Flight Tests
    GA-ASI Conducts Sparrowhawk sUAS Flight Tests 27 September 2020
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced with a press release that the company conducted captive carry Sparrowhawk Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) flight demonstrations on September 16-17, 2020. The Sparrowhawk aircraft is designed as an airborne launch and recovery demonstrator aircraft tailored to fit GA-ASI platforms and is focused on Advanced Battle Management System’s attritableONE technologies. Sparrowhawk iterates on the DARPA Gremlins Program to further airborne rec...
  • US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships
    US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships 18 September 2020
    A recent Congressional Research Service Report reveals that the US Navy may swap out traditional ships for crewless vessels. According to the report, the Navy is requesting about $580 million in research and development funding for the fiscal year 2021 for on developing and producing several types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs) their enabling technologies. “The Navy wants to acquire these large UVs as part of an effort to shift the Navy to a more distributed fleet ...
  • IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs
    IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs 17 September 2020
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has introduced MultiFlyer, a UAV squadron of small unmanned helicopters that can fulfil a large range of non-military tasks. MultiFlyer provides advanced monitoring capabilities for large areas and is based on commercial, off-the-shelf helicopter UAVs from Alpha Unmanned Systems integrated with components from IAI and several Israeli start-up companies. The command and control system was designed by Simplex and the area scanning technologies are powered by Si...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...
  • AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours
    AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours 2 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry's High Payload Capacity UAV AKSUNGUR increased non-stop flight time in its class by staying in the air for 49 hours. AKSUNGUR completed its 59th test flight with this flight. During this flight, the IHA drew the starry crescent flag to the sky at an altitude of 20 thousand feet. AKSUNGUR was designed for Multi-Role Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assault Missions. Performing day / night Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assa...
  • China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites
    China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites 24 August 2020
    China launched its latest Gaofen-9 Earth observation satellite and two smaller payloads from the Jiuquan launch centre late Saturday. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed (Chinese) the launch, mission success and the payloads. The Gaofen-9 (05) optical remote sensing satellite follows the launch of the third Gaofen-9 satellite in June and the fourth earlier this month. Previous satellites were capable of providing sub-meter resolution imagery. The ...
  • Trump Admin Officially Weakened Military Drones Export Regime
    Trump Admin Officially Weakened Military Drones Export Regime 27 July 2020
      The US applies new rules to make it easier to export drones.  Under a new policy announced Friday, unmanned aerial systems that fly at speeds below 800 k/h will no longer be subject to the “presumption of denial”. This decision will affect most blocked international sales of drones such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the RQ-4 Global Hawk. This change will have effects how the United States interprets the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) The U.S. gov...
  • Hellenic Navy Improve Logistics Capability
    Hellenic Navy Improve Logistics Capability 12 July 2020
    Greece, which wants to increase its effectiveness in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, is expanding the steps taken in the navy area. The Hellenic Navy continues to add ships in its inventory from different ways. In this context, another platform donated by Aikateri Laskaris Foundation to the Hellenic Naval Forces. HS Iraklis (A 472) commissioned with a ceremony held at the Salamis Naval Base as the logistic support vessel. Founded under the leadership of form...
  • Buran’s Mriya Back On The Sky
    Buran’s Mriya Back On The Sky 29 March 2020
    World’s biggest aeroplane An-225 “Mriya” (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрія, lit. ‘dream’ NATO reporting name: Cossack) returned to sky according to the press service of the Antonov company. The Antonov company started to repair and modernization of aircraft An-225 “Mriya” in 2018. March 25 after an 18-month outage, the plane took off from the airfield near Kyiv and held in the air for about 2 hours. The aircraft was fitted with a new contr...
  • Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program
    Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program 9 February 2020
    Spain may join Italian and French new 3 000 ton corvette programme along with Greece. Italy and France want to win European Union funding for the construction of a new corvette. The program dubbed the European Patrol Corvette which is part of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. PESCO is one pan-European defence programs recommendations to bridge capability gaps collaboratively. The new naval, joint venture between Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s N...
  • UAVs to Gather Information 11 September 2019
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) signed contracts, as part of the PAF UAV Systems Project with Israel for four Elbit Systems Hermes 450 mid-altitude long-endurance UAVs and nine Hermes 900 UAVs. The deal was worth about $ 163 million. The first batch of Hermes 450, was delivered to the PAF. The Elbit Systems Hermes 450 has a range of 300 kilometres and an endurance of up to 20 hours. It can carry sensor and surveillance payloads of up to 150 kilograms total.  According ...
  • Unmanned Era on MineSweeper
    Unmanned Era on MineSweeper 10 August 2019
    The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year. SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agr...
  • Final Supply Completed
    Final Supply Completed 27 June 2019
      The final unit of RQ-21A Blackjack, replaces the RQ-7B Shadow, was delivered by the US Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-263) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina. RQ-21A Blackjack increased capability will include work on command and control, communication systems, avionics, optics, laser designation, and payloads. Blackjack remains a critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability that’s relevant...
  • Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV
    Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV 6 March 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy deployed a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing drone on a guided missile destroyer in an exercise in the South China Sea in late February. An image released by Chinese media shows that a Sea Cavalry SD-40 VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being deployed with the People’s Liberation’s Army Navy (PLAN). It is not clear whether VTOL is in test or inventory. Published on 26 February on China Milit...
  • Israel Grounded Unmanned
    Israel Grounded Unmanned 22 October 2018
    Israel introduced two new autonomous robotic systems. Systems are designed by developed by IAI, can be used in different tasks. The first of these, the Sahar unmanned ground vehicle, is used in the destruction of improved explosive devices (IED). With its 6x6 capability, the platform is able to perform its task even in difficult terrain. Equipped with a hydraulic arm, the Sahar has special equipment to remove the IED from the ground. The system is fully autonomous. Thanks to its adv...
  • China’s AG600 Amphibious Aircraft Marks First Take-Off and Landing On Water
    China’s AG600 Amphibious Aircraft Marks First Take-Off and Landing On Water 21 October 2018
    China's large amphibious aircraft AG600 took off, flew and landed back water successfully to mark its first water-based test flight. Chinese state owned media, Global Times reported that AG600 Amphibious aircraft lifted off from the water of Jingmen's Zhanghe Reservoir at 8:51 am, and landed 17 minutes later back on to water at 9:05 am. Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s (AVIC) aircraft is capable of taking off and landing on water with waves as tall as...
  • ASELSAN’s CATS System Enters Turkish İnventory On Anka-S UAV
    ASELSAN’s CATS System Enters Turkish İnventory On Anka-S UAV 27 September 2018
    ASELSAN’s Common Aperture Targeting System (CATS) E/O system has entered the inventory of the Turkish Air Force (TAF), Ismail Demir, President of the Turkish Defence Industries Presidency (SSB), announced on his personal Twitter account on 25 September. The CATS electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting system will be carried by the TAF's satellite-controlled Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and is expected to gradually replace the US-made FLIR...
  • France Accuses Russia Of Spying on Military From Space
    France Accuses Russia Of Spying on Military From Space 9 September 2018
    A Russian satellite tried last year to spy on a Franco-Italian satellite Athena Fidus to follow secured military communications, denounced Friday, September 7 the French minister of armies Florence Parly in a speech dedicated to space.  "this big-eared satellite is called Louch-Olymp, it's a well-known Russian satellite but a bit ... Indiscreet," she continued. She said it approached the French-Italian satellite launched in 2014 and used for secure military commun...
  • Lockheed Martin To Build Three Infrared Geosynchronous Spacecraft For $2.9 Billion 15 August 2018
    Lockheed Martin won almost $3 billion to build three space vehicles to operate in geosynchronous high earth orbits (HEO) 22,000 miles above the planet, the US Defence Department said in a press release. "Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $2,935,545,188 not-to-exceed un-definitized contract for three Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Vehicles," the release said on Tuesday. The contr...
  • Navy Continues with Northrop Grumman
    Navy Continues with Northrop Grumman 6 July 2018
    The US Navy has signed a new agreement with Northrop Grumman for the maintenance and technical support of the AN / AQS-24 mine detection system. Under the deal, which will amount to US $ 9.9 million, Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems will continue to provide maintenance, technical support, logistical support and documentation support for the systems in question. Helicopter towed AN / AQS-24 is a SONAR interfaced mine hunting system that provides detection and classification of ocean...
  • Horiba presents Centaur for Turkish market
    Horiba presents Centaur for Turkish market 18 June 2018
    Centaur' mid-sized multirole unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), developed by the UK's Horiba Mira engineering group for a Turkish defence requirement, was unveiled at the Eurosatory 2018. The lightweight 6×6 Centaur is a variant of the Viking platform and its production is planned in Turkey by Horiba Mira’s Turkish consortium partner, Katmerciler. 3-metre long platform can carry payloads of up to 600 kg and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 40 km/h. Centaur will...
  • First Unmanned Flight of VSR 700 in June
    First Unmanned Flight of VSR 700 in June 11 June 2018
    Airbus Helicopters announced that the VSR 700 unmanned aerial vehicle will perform its first flight in June 2018, which is developed under the Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) project. Platform developed on the Cabri G light helicopter which is production of Hélicoptères Guimbal.  VSR 700 is developed for the France's Dron System for the Navy (Système de Drone Aérien pour la Marine / SDAM), the future possible shipborne UAV pr...
  • MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range
    MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range 18 May 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $206 million contract to retrofit 122 MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft, the US Department of Defence announced on 16 May. Work is expected to be complete by 20 June 2024.  General Atomics will retrofit the MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper drones with extended-range, beyond-line-of-sight, and Barrett asymmetrical digital datalink computer (BADDC) router modification kits. These upgrades will enable the ...
  • Russia's New UAV Will Be Ready in 2019
    Russia's New UAV Will Be Ready in 2019 9 May 2018
    The work on the Altius heavy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a combat load of up to two tons is planned to be completed within a year, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said. Borisov added that the UAV will be used in reconnaissance, strike and electronic warfare missions with a variety of payloads. A test model of the Altius long-endurance reconnaissance UAV was unveiled at the Army 2015 international military and technical forum.  
  • German Navy Receives Puma UAV
    German Navy Receives Puma UAV 9 May 2018
    German Navy has acquired the AeroVironment RQ-20B Puma maritime unmanned aircraft system, the company announced on 7 May. The Puma systems will include the Mantis i45 sensor and pocket Remote Video Terminal. Designed as an intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting platform, the RQ-20B has a wingspan of 2,8 metres and weighs 6,3 kg. An optional underwing transit bay easily integrates third-party payloads such as communication relay, geo-location, or...
  • Noctis IR Sensor to Indago 3
    Noctis IR Sensor to Indago 3 4 May 2018
    Lockheed Martin equipped its Indago 3 quadrotor UAV with high-resolution infrared sensors capable of day or night operations.  Indago’s infrared system, called Noctis, consists of dual FLIR infrared cameras that provide real-time streaming video and still imagery. Noctis is offered in two variants, laser-equipped, or non-laser equipped. Depending on payloads, Indago 3 can fly up to 50 minutes at a cruise speed of 25 mph and can operate at temperatures betwe...
  • Naval Orbiter 4 UAV for Indian Navy
    Naval Orbiter 4 UAV for Indian Navy 19 April 2018
    Indian Mahindra Defence and Israeli Aeronautics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the supply of maritime version of the Orbiter 4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Indian Navy. The naval variant will be capable of being launched and recovered from small warships and will be able to carry a variety of different payloads such as maritime patrol radars (MPRs), cellular interception sensors, satellite communication systems, synthetic aperture radars (SARs), automatic identification...
  • Stratolaunch To Carry Out Maiden Flight This Summer
    Stratolaunch To Carry Out Maiden Flight This Summer 19 April 2018
    Stratolaunch Systems is planning to conduct the first flight of the largest airplane in the world by wingspan (128 metres) sometime this summer, the company announced at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs on 16 April. The company said after three more taxi tests, a maiden flight of the aircraft will be carried out. During the most recent test, the plane reached speeds of up to 74 kilometers per hour. The next test will reach speeds of nearly 130 kilometers p...
  • ANKA-S, Entered Inventory
    ANKA-S, Entered Inventory 3 February 2018
    Acceptance tests of the first unmanned aerial vehicle system developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI), which can autonomously fly and navigate in night and day conditions with its ability to be controlled from a satellite, have been successfully completed. Two UAVs and related systems were delivered to the Turkish Air Force. The ANKA-S System, which was designed indigenously according to international safety standards with the integration of new generation payloads,...
  • DF-17 Tests by China 29 December 2017
    China's first hypersonic glide vehicle-equipped missile DF-17 has been tested in November, the Diplomat reports.  According to a U.S. government source who described recent intelligence assessments on the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) on the condition of anonymity, China recently conducted two tests of a new missile known as the DF-17. The first test took place on November 1 and the second test took place on November 15. During the Novem...
  • New Member to Hermes Family
    New Member to Hermes Family 20 November 2017
    Elbit Systems has developed a small tactical-level unmanned aircraft system (UAS) dubbed Hermes 45 intended for ISR missions. According to IHS Jane's report, the UAS has a max endurance of 24 hours, a maximum takeoff weight of 65 kg, including a payload capacity of up to 15 kg, and can simultaneously operate with up to three payloads. Its payloads will include, among others, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, maritime radar, and electronic and signals intelligence sy...
  • KARAYEL-SU on Display in Dubai
    KARAYEL-SU on Display in Dubai 13 November 2017
    VESTEL Defence is exhibiting the newest member of its UAV family, KARAYEL-SU (SU standing for Armed-Extended Wing in Turkish), at DUBAI Airshow. KARAYEL, a fully operational tactical class UAV developed and manufactured for reconnaissance and surveillance missions, has increased payload capacity and the endurance compared to its former version.  The indigenously designed platform is the first system in the region to meet NATO’S Airworthiness standards, acco...
  • Karayel-su on Display in Dubai
    Karayel-su on Display in Dubai 9 November 2017
    Vestel Defence's tactical unmanned aerial vehicle Karayel-Su will be showcased at the Dubai Airshow aviation fair to be held in Dubai on 12 November. The firm that has established close relations with the countries of the region will exhibit its most advanced UAV here. The improved version of the Karayel increased the wingspan by 13 meters from 10,5 meters to ensure that the Karayel-Su can carry more payload. The duration of the 16-hour flight has risen up to 20 hours. In a...
  • VTOL UAV at AUSA
    VTOL UAV at AUSA 11 October 2017
    Martin UAV displays the 'V-Bat', a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at AUSA 2017. V-Bat has a modular design, enabling the UAV to carry various payloads according to its designated mission. Electro-optical and infrared systems, laser designator, short-wave infrared and 4G LTE links are among the payloads V-Bat is compatible with.  38-kg UAV has a range of over 550 kilometers, an endurance of 8 hours at 45 knots and ...
  • Succesful Launch from Simorgh 29 July 2017
    Iranian authorities announced first succesful launch of Simourgh Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV) without payload. The Simorgh Program is seen as a milestone for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) trials from Western authorities. Simorgh can carry 250 kilograms payloads into 500 kilometers Low Earth Orbit.  
  • Watch TAI's 'ANKA' UAV
    Watch TAI's 'ANKA' UAV 30 June 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) shared the latest presentation video for its ANKA unmanned aerial vehicle, which was exhibited at this year's IDEF and Le Bourget fairs in its armed version.  ANKA is an advanced Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection / identification and intelligence missions with its EO/IR and SAR payloads, featuring autonomous flight capability including Au...
  • Export Contract for ARCIMS
    Export Contract for ARCIMS 22 February 2017
    Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) has secured an export contract for its ARCIMS unmanned surface vehicles with an undisclosed customer. The two vehicles to be delivered will be configured to utilize anti-submarine warfare (ASW) surveillance module in order to increase the capability of persistent monitoring of underwater activity, such as submarines, mini-submarines and diver delivery vehicles.  Atlas Remote Combined Influence Minesweeping System (ARCIMS) was designed to allow ra...
  • Unarmed 'Predator' in Middle Eastern Skies
    Unarmed 'Predator' in Middle Eastern Skies 17 February 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) confirmed the delivery of all the Predator XP unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered under a $197 million contract announced in February, 2015. The details, such as number of UAVs delivered and the payloads of the unmanned platforms, were not disclosed. The UAV was designated RQ-1E by UAE, an unarmed variant of Predators. 
  • Apache's Will Seize Control
    Apache's Will Seize Control 14 February 2017
    Apache attack helicopters will be integrated with a new technology with the ability to control the nearby drones. The Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) technology will enable Apaches to control the sensory payloads of UAVs such as Gray Eagle and obtain real-time video feeds. Boeing was awarded the $24 million contract for expanding the USAF helicopter’s MUM-T capabilities. This new tech will be a part of all Apache configurations.
  • VTOL UAV Will Fly In 2017
    VTOL UAV Will Fly In 2017 28 January 2017
    Airbus Helicopters plans to conduct maiden flight of its new VSR700 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by December, 2017, the company's CEO said in a press briefing on 27 January. Developed in partnership with French shipbuilder DCNS, VSR700 VTOL UAV was first revealed in October 2016. DCNS will be responsible for its integration into ship-based operations such as development and validation of the mission system the payloads an...