• French Reaper crashes in Niger

    A French Air Force (FAF) MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed in a desert area of Niger, the French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 17 November. The ministry said Niamey airbase lost contact with the UAV a few kilometres from the runway at

  • Naval Group increases industrial participation in UAV, MCM projects

    Naval Group and Atmos UAV have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to integrate the latter’s vertical take-off and landing unmanned systems for naval use. A preliminary phase will involve the two companies working together to detail and finalise a plan for the integration of Atmos UAVs with Naval

  • UK plans trial of rescue UAS system from RN ship

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is funding the at-sea demonstration of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed to find and aid personnel who have fallen overboard. The demonstration will be staged from a Royal Navy (RN) vessel. Developed by Roke Manor Research under the Defence Science and

  • India fast-tracks purchase of MH-60R helicopters

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a letter of request (LOR) to the US government on 15 November regarding the intended purchase of 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multirole naval helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN). IN officials told Jane’s that the long-delayed request to

  • Australia selects Reaper for Project Air 7003 requirement

    Australia has selected the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc’s (GA-ASI’s) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fulfil its Project Air 7003 requirement, the company announced on 16 November. The plan to field an armed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV was set out

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  • US Marines seek new UVS capability

    The US Marine Corps Rapid Capabilities Office (MCRCO) is interested in lightening the load that infantry marines currently carry by equipping squads with new unmanned vehicle technologies. In a recent request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the MCRCO said it is
  • Australia names Sea 1180 patrol vessel as Arafura class

    Key Points Australia has marked further progress in its Sea 1180 programme with the naming of its new OPV class and the start of steel welding on the first of class The programme’s first of class is expected to be delivered by 2021 The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has named the offshore
  • US Marines seek new UVS capability

    The US Marine Corps Rapid Capabilities Office (MCRCO) is interested in lightening the load that infantry marines currently carry by equipping squads with new unmanned vehicle technologies. In a recent request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the MCRCO said it is
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