• AUSA 2019: Kongsberg on track to deliver wireless fire control to US forces

    Kongsberg is expecting to deliver wireless fire-control capability to US forces – starting with the US Marine Corps (USMC) – by the end of 2020 under an existing 18-month contract. Kongsberg is working to deliver a secure, network-based Multi-User Multi-Station (MUMS) capability under

  • US Army advances robotics development

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is pursuing a range of upgrades to its Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation (LLAMA) robot, including an effort to boost speed and mobility through system weight reduction, researchers told Jane’s . The autonomous quadruped system was revealed in

  • AUSA 2019: InstantEye Robotics improves sUAS, competes for DoD contract

    InstantEye Robotics has extended the battery life of several models of its small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), and is also competing for a contract for the US Department of Defense (DoD), Jane’s has learned. The company displayed its updated systems at the 2019 Association of the United

  • AUSA 2019: AeroVironment markets Vapor electric rotary-wing UAV to US Army

    Key Points AeroVironment is presenting its Vapor electric rotary-wing UAV to potential US Army customers The company has already provided the aircraft to US Special Operations Command under a contract AeroVironment is marketing its Vapor electric rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to

  • AUSA 2019: US Army to release two RCV solicitations by November, wants to see medium contenders

    In the US Army’s quest to field a fleet of Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCVs), industry may need to focus on developing larger options, according to Jeff Langhout, the service’s director of the Ground Vehicle Systems Center. During this year’s Association of the US Army’s annual

  • ADEX 2019: KUS-VH in ‘holding pattern’ while RoKA decides way ahead

    The Korean Air Unmanned System – Vertical Helicopter (KUS-VH) armed unmanned Little Bird, developed by Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), is currently ‘in a holding pattern’ while the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) weighs its options ahead of potentially issuing a formal

  • AUSA 2019: AeroVironment unveils Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle

    AeroVironment unveiled its new Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 14 October at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference, touting the aircraft as Group 2 capabilities in a Group 1 package. Wahid Nawabi, company president and CEO, said on 14 October that the Puma LE

  • AUSA 2019: Industry unveils Robotic Combat Vehicle prototypes

    Several companies have confirmed they are using this year’s annual AUSA meeting to showcase their robotic company vehicle (RCV) prototypes. This comes at a time when the US Army is ramping up efforts to field a mixed fleet of RCVs. The service is currently eyeing three RCV chassis weight

  • Update: Deleted image shows Singapore air force Heron 1 UAV with new belly payload pod

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has inadvertently revealed the existence of an enhanced version of its Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) during the biennial ‘Forging Sabre’ exercise that was staged from

  • Russia links maritime patrol aircraft to UAV

    Russian maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) are being equipped with datalinks to enable them to receive targeting feeds from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The aim of the upgrade is to enable Russian Naval Aviation Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Forpost UAVs to directly communicate with airborne

  • US Air Force XQ-58A Valkyrie suffers damage following third flight

    Key Points The XQ-58A Valkyrie suffered damage after landing in high surface winds The prototype cushion system, which is not intended for operational use, had an anomaly in final descent The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie long-range, high subsonic, unmanned aerial

  • Arms and Security 2019: Infocom displays new Scorpion combat UGV

    Ukrainian company Infocom unveiled its new Scorpion combat unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Arms and Security exhibition held in Kiev on 8–11 October. The tracked UGV has been designed for combat operations and is described by the company as a mobile, multifunctional, unmanned fire, and

  • Arms and Security 2019: Roboneers displays new Camel UGV and upgraded Ironclad

    Ukrainian company Roboneers unveiled its new Camel unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Arms and Security defence exhibition held in Kiev on 8–11 October. Camel is similar in appearance to the Ironclad UGV but is designed entirely for logistics operations. It is similar to the Ironclad,

  • Pacific 2019: Leonardo postures AWHero for Australia’s SEA 129 Phase 5

    Key Points Leonardo Helicopters is proposing its AWHero rotor-wing UAS for Australia’s SEA 129 Phase 5 project The system is being touted as the only contender that is backed by a helicopter manufacturer Leonardo Helicopters is positioning its AWHero rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system

  • Pacific 2019: Austal introduces line of autonomous ships to Asia-Pacific

    Austal is making an inaugural showcase of its autonomous ships in the Asia-Pacific region at the Pacific 2019 international maritime exposition in Sydney. Speaking to Jane’s at the exposition, Paul Sparke, Austal’s marketing manager, described the line as concepts that have been

  • Pacific 2019: UMS Skeldar positions ViDAR-equipped V-200 for Asia-Pacific customers

    Key Points UMS Skeldar has introduced a ViDAR-equipped variant of the V-200 unmanned aerial vehicle The variant is being positioned as a persistent maritime surveillance system that requires minimal intervention UMS Skeldar is showcasing a variant of its V-200 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that

  • Elbit sells UASs to undisclosed Southeast Asian nation, most likely Philippines

    Elbit Systems has sold a “multi-layered array of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)” to an undisclosed Southeast Asian army, the company announced on 6 October. The deal, valued at approximately USD153 million, covers “more than 1,000 Thor quad-rotor vertical take-off and landing

  • Pacific 2019: Australia trials ScanEagle UAV for MCM operations

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) 822X Squadron has begun conducting trials of the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to assess its suitability for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations. The trials are being conducted with a ScanEagle vehicle that has been equipped with a

  • Pacific 2019: Australia equips hydrographic survey vessel with ScanEagle UAS

    Key Points Australia has equipped its lead Leeuwin-class naval hydrographic ship with the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system The vessel will be used as a platform to establish operational parameters for unmanned systems on future vessels The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has equipped its lead

  • France receives last NX70 micro UAVs

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 30 September that it received the last of 27 NX70 micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems from Novadem during the summer. The agency said over 50 systems had been

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