• Farnborough 2018: UMS Skeldar announces maritime-focused V-200B UAV

    UMS Skeldar has developed a new maritime variant of its V-200 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it announced at the Farnborough Airshow, being held 16-22 July. The V-200B is an improvement of the baseline heavy-fuelled unmanned helicopter developed by UMS Skeldar. “The new version [boasts]

  • Indonesian Navy to establish new unmanned aviation squadron

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is establishing a new unmanned naval aviation squadron Formation will initially operate the ScanEagle system that is being provided under a US assistance package The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is establishing a new

  • SkyGuardian arrives in UK

    A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI)-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian became the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in its class to cross the Atlantic Ocean, when it touched down in the United Kingdom on 11 July. The medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV, which is the baseline for the

  • RAF looks at UAV swarms

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) demonstrator project will examine how swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could help traditional manned combat aircraft fight in complex and heavily defended airspace. Senior RAF sources told Jane’s that the project was briefed at an industry day in March by

  • US Air Force schedules first flight of attritable XQ-58A UAV for this fall

    Key Points The US Air Force plans a first flight for this fall of its XQ-58A attritable UAV The idea of attritable is affordable but not to the point of so cheap where it is expendable The US Air Force (USAF) will fly this fall for the first time the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie, an

  • China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV conducts maiden flight

    China’s Yaoying II (‘Sparrowhawk II’) medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has conducted its maiden flight, the Xinhua news agency quoted its developer, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), as saying on 5 July. Described as a

  • MQ-8C Fire Scout completes initial operational test and evaluation

    Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX 1) has concluded initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the US Navy’s (USN’s) MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air system (UAS) from the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS 4). Based on a modified commercial

  • USN seeks close-range armed UAVs

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to field small- and medium-sized armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can carry an assortment of weapons, including small arms, rockets, grenades, and less-than-lethal weapons and devices. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Naval Sea Systems Command on

  • Belarus unveils new UAVs and UCAVs

    The Belarusian armed forces paraded new types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the country’s 3 July Independence Day parade. Shown for the first time were Burevestnik-MB fixed-wing unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), which were carried by MAZ-6317-family trucks. The

  • Belgian Navy tests Camcopter for UAS requirement

    The Belgian Naval Component’s new Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (MTUAS) project team has tested Austrian company Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 unmanned aerial system (UAS). The trials were conducted between 21 June and 1 July to demonstrate the S-100’s search and rescue

  • USN to test untethered subsea power concept at ANTEX 2018

    The US Navy (USN) will test Teledyne Energy Systems’ untethered subsea power concept at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2018, company officials have disclosed to Jane’s. Scheduled to take place in August at Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, the exercise is poised to explore

  • USMC seeks new ‘delivery drone’

    The US Navy (USN) has issued a request for information (RFI) for a Delivery Drone Concept to support US Marine Corps (USMC) operations from as early as 2019/20. The RFI, issued by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 29 June, is for a rugged and lightweight small unmanned aircraft system

  • Insitu contracted to deliver six ScanEagle UASs to Lebanon

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Insuti Inc to deliver an additional six ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to Lebanon. The USD8.2 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract includes related support equipment, training, site activation, technical services, and data for

  • UAV Factory unveils Penguin C long endurance UAS

    Latvia’s UAV Factory has introduced the Penguin C tactical long-endurance unmanned aerial system (UAS), which is designed for persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions where low aural detectability and long-range human detection are primary requirements. The

  • Australia to boost maritime surveillance with acquisition of six MQ-4C Triton UASs

    Australia is to acquire six Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime unmanned aerial systems (UASs), with the first platform scheduled to enter service in mid-2023, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 26 June. All six Tritons are planned to be fully operational by late 2025, Turnbull

  • Protector to make transatlantic debut

    The United Kingdom’s General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector is set to become the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in its class to cross the Atlantic Ocean, when it makes its public debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in early July. The test prototype of

  • Travis seeks VTOL UAV for base support and security mission

    The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking a small- to medium-sized vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to undertake support and security details at Travis Air Force Base (AFB) in California. A request for information (RFI) posted by Air Mobility Command (AMC) on 19 June

  • Bulgaria proposes joint UAV production with Israel

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has proposed joint production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before a meeting which discussed the proposal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on 12 June. Under the upcoming tender for a new jet fighter for the Bulgarian Air

  • UK loses Watchkeeper to accident

    The UK military lost another Thales WK 450 Watchkeeper to an accident on 13 June, when one of the British Army’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) crashed near West Wales Airport at Aberporth. The UAV came down close to the airfield from which it was operating, bringing to five the number of

  • Eurosatory 2018: Elistair expands tethered UAV portfolio

    French company Elistair has unveiled the 60 m Ligh-T V.3 compact tethering station for vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (VTOL UAVs) designed to support dismounted and mobile operations. The Ligh-T V.3 comprises a carrying case which features a 60 m lightweight

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