• US Air Force performs first flight of ROBOpilot unmanned air platform

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies on 9 August performed a two-hour initial flight of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot), according to a 15 August AFRL statement. Dr Alok Das, AFRL Center for Rapid Innovation senior scientist, said in the AFRL

  • Update: Taiwan’s NCSIST unveils new MALE-class UAV development

    Taiwan?s primary defence research and development agency has unveiled a prototype of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which was held from 15 to 17 August. A full-scale mock-up of the

  • Rafale seen with UAV kill marking

    A marking has been spotted on a French Rafale fighter indicating it has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Rafale, which had the UAV stencilled next to bomb markings symbolising ground attack missions it has performed, was seen in a photograph released by the French Ministry of Armed

  • Turkey, US making progress on Syrian ‘safe zone’

    Turkey and the United States are in the process of implementing their agreement to establish a Joint Operations Centre (JOC) in Sanliurfa to co-ordinate a ‘safe zone’ along the border in northeast Syria, the Turkish Ministry of Defence (MSB) said on 16 August. The announcement

  • TADTE 2019: NCSIST unveils Fire Cardinal mini-UAV

    Taiwan’s National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has unveiled a new entry to its Hong Que (Cardinal) family of tactical mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15

  • Israeli corvette upgraded with ALPHA radar

    At least one of the Israeli Navy’s three Saar-5 corvettes now has the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, images emerging from the multinational Exercise ‘Mighty Waves’ have shown. The ALPHA is a multi-function active electronically scanned array

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan advances Mobile Mortar System development

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) took the opportunity at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15 to 17 August, to unveil an updated version of the 81/120 mm Mobile

  • Rafael/Stolero set to complete Aeronautics purchase

    The acquisition of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Aeronautics by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and businessman Avihai Stolero moved closer to completion on 13 August after approval from the government’s socio-economic cabinet. Aeronautics shareholders and the Government

  • USAF F-35As deploy to austere Middle East airbase

    A detachment of US Air Force F-35A Lightnings has carried out the first deployment of the stealth aircraft to a temporary operating site in the Middle East, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced on 12 August. It said the F-35As from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) and

  • UK pursues low-cost unmanned combat aircraft

    Industry teams led by Blue Bear Systems Research, Boeing Defence UK, and Callen-Lenz have been awarded contracts by the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) to complete the preliminary design of a low-cost unmanned combat aircraft that can operate alongside manned fast jets as

  • Russia’s Okhotnik heavy UAV makes first flight

    Russia’s Okhotnik (Hunter) heavy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has made its first flight, a video of which the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) posted online on 7 August 2019. The video shows the Okhotnik taxiing on a runway before taking off, flying, and landing. Throughout the video, the

  • US Army looking to equip Assault Breacher Vehicles with UAS capability

    The US Army is looking to shore up the situational awareness for troops inside Assault Breacher Vehicles (ABVs) by embedding unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) into the platforms. In a 6 August market survey posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website, the service announced it is

  • US-led coalition says only one Iraqi CH-4 UAV fully operable

    Iraq is struggling to maintain its airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, especially its Chinese-made CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to a US inspector general report released on 6 August to review Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent

  • USMC hunting for unmanned systems to support F35 in expeditionary airfields

    US marines and sailors are testing out a host of unmanned technologies that could potentially help solve some of their logistical challenges when operating in remote areas, including the arming and refuelling of F-35B Lightning II aircraft. With the Pentagon shifting its focus from

  • Kratos primes engine pipeline in anticipation of Valkyrie UCAS orders

    Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has begun placing engine orders in anticipation of receiving first series production contracts for its XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned combat air system (UCAS) before the end of 2019. Developed in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) under the Low

  • Orbital Corporation takes aim at tactical UAV propulsion opportunities

    Australia’s Orbital Corporation is taking aim at what it believes is a growing customer requirement within the tactical-class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market for increased flexibility and versatility in air vehicle platform design, as well as to facilitate their deployment in contemporary

  • Saab completes production version of Sea Wasp ROV

    Sweden’s Saab has finalised the production version of its Sea Wasp remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Sea Wasp offers a waterborne ROV-based capability for tackling improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The vehicle has been in development since about 2014, following Saab’s receipt of a

  • Korean Air flies KUS-VH unmanned Little Bird

    Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has flown the unmanned version of the MD 500 Little Bird light-attack and observation helicopter for the first time, it was announced on 1 August. The Korean Air Unmanned System – Vertical Helicopter (KUS-VH), as the platform is designated, performed

  • GNPP Region unveils ISPUM-E unmanned MCM system

    Russia’s GNPP Region, a subsidiary of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), has unveiled its ISPUM/ISPUM-E (Integrated System for Search and Destruction of Mines) shipborne mine countermeasures system for the Russian Navy’s Project 12700 Alexandrite-class mine countermeasures vessel

  • USN pushes unmanned experimentation aboard expeditionary fast transport

    The US Navy (USN) has completed a two-day series of at-sea trials with unmanned systems using the Military Sealift Command (MSC’s) Spearhead-class catamaran expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) in late July, the service announced. Spearhead was deployed in the Atlantic

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