• Endeavor Robotics reveals Scorpion UGV details

    Endeavor Robotics has unveiled the design of its Scorpion unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that it is pushing for the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) programme. The Scorpion is a clean-sheet design weighing less than 11 kg. Its light weight ensures that it is backpackable and

  • Raytheon demonstrates X-Net autonomous radio communications system

    Raytheon in August demonstrated its X-Net radio communications system, which autonomously and instantly selects the optimal radio frequency to provide continuous communications. Barbara Borgonovi, Raytheon vice president of integrated communications systems, told Jane’s on 10 December that

  • Russia upgrades Naval Aviation

    The Russian Navy’s (VMF’s) Naval Aviation is upgrading its fleet of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, the service’s commander, Major General Igor Kozhin, told Russian media on 10 December. “The Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare helicopters are being replaced by the Ka-27M, and the

  • Frontex demos unmanned Falco EVO for EU maritime border surveillance

    The Selex Galileo Falco EVO has been selected by the European Union’s Frontex border control agency to explore the use of medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for maritime border surveillance. Selex’s parent company Leonardo announced on 6 December that

  • Aquabotix expands SwarmDiver USV family with stealth systems

    Aquabotix has launched three new unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) for defence and commercial applications including covert operations and protection of ships in port. SwarmDiver Stealth is designed to covertly collect intelligence and transfer data in littoral environments where the waters are

  • China’s Norinco rolls out new combat, reconnaissance, and logistics UGVs

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), the primary supplier of land combat platforms and weapons to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), used the Airshow China 2018 exhibition in Zhuhai to signal its intent to increase its presence in the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) market when it

  • InstantEye Robotics delivers SUASs to US Marines

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has acquired 32 InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5-D1 small unmanned aerial systems (SUASs), including a total of 64 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), from InstantEye Robotics: a division of Physical Sciences Inc based in Andover, Massachusetts. An InstantEye spokesman confirmed to

  • China’s Beihang UAS readies BZK-005E long-range reconnaissance UAV for export

    The Beijing-based Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Technology is now seeking the first international order for its export-specific BZK-005E multirole medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV), following the successful grant of an export licence for the air vehicle

  • IAI reveals enhanced Drone Guard

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a ‘next-generation’ version of its Drone Guard ground-based range of systems for detecting, tracking, and disrupting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The enhanced system, announced by the company on 21 November, has been developed by

  • Cubic begins equipping 500 more F-35s with integrated air combat training system

    Cubic has awarded the first contract related to equipping a second batch of 500 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft with its P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS). Global Defense has contracted Leonardo to integrate the internal subsystems of its integrated air combat

  • Growing list of PESCO projects to depend heavily on co-ordinated defence planning

    EU defence ministries coughed up a mixed bag of results during their meetings in Brussels on 19–20 November, approving 17 more Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) projects for a new total of 34, plus a new co-ordinated approach to defence planning. However, they failed to agree on a

  • Japan signs for three Global Hawk UAVs

    Japan has signed for three Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with a USD489.9 million contract awarded to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) on 19 November. The US Department of Defense (DoD) contract for the Foreign

  • 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

  • ZALA Aero unveils updated ZALA-421-16E5 UAV

    Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer ZALA Aero, a subsidiary of Rostec’s Kalashnikov Group, has developed a new variant of its fixed-wing ZALA-421-16E5 UAV. Unlike the baseline air vehicle that is powered by an electric motor, the ZALA-421-16E5 ICE variant features an

  • 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

  • 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

  • Divine Eagle UAV spotted at China’s Malan airbase

    Key Points The Divine Eagle HALE UAV has been seen in satellite imagery of China’s Malan airbase, suggesting that the type is now operational with the PLAAF. While the UAV’s sensor fit is unknown, enough surface area and internal space exists to enable a variety of missions.

  • Rheinmetall puts Mission Master UGV to the test

    Rheinmetall’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was put through its paces in the European Land Robot (ELROB) trials held from 24–27 September in Lens, Belgium. The annual competition is held in different locations in Europe and is designed to demonstrate and compare the

  • Sweden signs for MQM-178 Firejet aerial target drone

    The Unmanned Systems Division of US-based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has agreed a three-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract with Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) under which the company will supply its MQM-178 Firejet aerial target and

  • US Navy ramps up development of naval unmanned systems

    The US Navy (USN) is accelerating its development of naval unmanned systems through programmatic changes and contractual tools meant to field such systems as soon as possible, according to Captain Pete Small, programme manager for Unmanned Maritime Systems. For example, the (USN) has started the

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