• Aero India 2019: HAL unveils rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle

    Indian aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) unveiled a full-scale prototype of a locally designed rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Aero India 2019 defence exhibition being held in Bangalore on 20–24 February. Specifically designed to perform

  • IDEX 2019: Milrem Robotics unveils missile-armed THeMIS UGV

    Estonia’s Milrem Robotics unveiled a variant of its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) equipped with MBDA’s Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret (IMPACT) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The IMPACT

  • USN releases RFI for Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) issued a request for information (RFI) on 15 February for the service’s proposed Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture (UMAA). NAVSEA’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Unmanned and Small Combatants (USC), Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) Program

  • IDEX 2019: Nexter advances FINDEAGLE concept

    Nexter is highlighting updates to its Project ‘FINDEAGLE’ vehicle-integrated unmanned aircraft system (UAS) concept at the IDEX 2019 exhibition being held in Abu Dhabi from 17-–21 February. FINDEAGLE was first displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris in June 2018. The system

  • IDEX 2019: Serbian Mini Aleks UAV to make first public flight in July

    The Mini Aleks vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Serbia’s Engine Development & Production (EDePro) is set to make its first public flight during an exhibition that will be held in Belgrade in July, Jane’s was told during the IDEX show held in

  • EU legislators move one big step closer to setting up European Defence Fund

    Key Points The Council and European Parliament provisionally agreed the EDF will receive EUR13 billion from the EU’s 2021–27 general budget. The EDF will promote technological innovation and defence sector co-operation on advanced interoperable European equipment The EU’s two

  • UK removes one Reaper from service

    The UK has reduced its number of operational General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with one of the 10 aircraft currently in the US for decommissioning. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) made the disclosure in a

  • Boeing wins out in XLUUV race

    Boeing has been selected to develop and manufacture a new class of Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) for the US Navy (USN), edging out competition from Lockheed Martin. Designed to be deployed from a shore base or a host amphibious ship platform, the Orca XLUUV is an accelerated

  • German-made UAV crashes in Yemen

    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) released a video on 12 February showing a Luna unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it said was shot down near the Saudi border. According to German company EMT, which manufactures the UAV, the Luna has a range of 100 km and an endurance of more than six

  • C-Enduro USV delivered for military data gathering trials

    L3 ASV has announced the delivery of a new long-endurance autonomous unmanned surface vessel (USV) to the Royal Navy (RN) for military data gathering trials in support of the Mine Countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) programme. Acquired under the Military Data Gathering (MDG) Unmanned

  • UK to double armed-ISR aircraft with ‘Venom kinetic strike capability’

    The UK is to arm additional airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms under a programme known as the ‘Venom kinetic strike capability’, the Secretary of State for Defence said on 11 February. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London,

  • UK to use ‘swarming drones’ to defeat enemy air defences

    The UK is to field ‘swarming drones’ to confuse and overwhelm enemy air defences by the end of this year, the Secretary of State for Defence said on 11 February. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Gavin Williamson said that the Royal Air Force (RAF) will

  • New report suggests different US Navy carrier air wing mix could deliver payload twice as far

    Key Points A new report suggests the USN field a different aircraft mix in a future carrier air wing This could improve range, endurance, survivability, and payload capacity The US Navy (USN) could deliver payload twice as far or remain on station much longer if it fields a future carrier air

  • US Coast Guard lifts SUAS for NSC stop work order

    Key Points The US Coast Guard has lifted its stop work order to Insitu for the SUAS for NSC programme This allows the company to move forward on the effort to provide ISR services The US Coast Guard (USCG) has lifted its stop work order to Insitu for the Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) for

  • HELRAS dipping sonar completes acceptance tests on Seagull USV

    Israeli systems house Elbit Systems has successfully integrated an L3 Technologies Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) active low frequency dipping sonar into its Seagull multimission unmanned surface vehicle (USV). The company announced on 7 February that the Israeli Navy had performed a

  • Watchkeeper achieves full operational capability

    The British Army has declared full operational capability (FOC) for the Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAS), Jane’s has learned. The milestone, known as FOC 2, was “achieved on 30 November 2018”, said a senior military source, although the UK Ministry of Defence

  • Russian MoD to receive 12 Uran-6 UGVs in 2019

    Russia is set to receive 12 Uran-6 demining unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) this year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 1 February. “Twelve updated Uran-6 multipurpose mine clearance vehicles will be delivered to the military districts and central units in 2019,” the MoD said

  • German Heron TP crews begin training in Israel

    Training of German Heron Turboprop (TP) medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) crews began in Israel at the end of January, the Luftwaffe said on its website. It is the first time German military personnel have been stationed in Israel, according to the

  • US Army to downselect potential Shadow UAV replacements

    The US Army plans to downselect three potential replacements for its Textron RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) later this month before handing them over to operational units for a ‘try-decide-buy’ procurement. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule at the IQPC International

  • Qatari Bayraktar UAVs complete testing

    The six Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have been ordered by Qatar have completed their factory acceptance tests, the manufacturer Baykar Makina announced on 1 February. The Turkish company also said 55 Qatari military personnel have competed their training on the system in

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