• General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-ASI’s Flight Operations Facility in El Mirage,

  • Russia to deploy Konteyner OTHR to Kaliningrad

    Russia will deploy the second Konteyner (Container) over-the-horizon radar (OTHR), which is capable of detecting mass take-offs of aircraft and launches of cruise missiles and hypersonic vehicles 3,000 km away, in the Kaliningrad region. The station will be able to monitor airspace over all European

  • UK stands-up ‘swarming drones’ development unit

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stood-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s . 216 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on 1 April, the MoD said. Previously, the

  • UAVOS, KACST demonstrate progressive flight control capability for their Saker UAVs

    UAVOS and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have used two ground control stations (GCSs) to fly their Saker-1B medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time. UAVs, with this progressive flight control capability, can automatically

  • DroneGuns delivered to Middle East

    The Australian company DroneShield has revealed that it has delivered its DroneGun unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) countermeasures system to a Middle Eastern military. “Following a request by its governmental customer, it has shipped the remainder of the DroneGun Middle Eastern Ministry of

  • South Korean MND eyes KUS-FS UAV for RoKA Ground Operations Command

    The South Korean Minstry of National Defense (MND) is planning to procure a new reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) Ground Operations Command (GOC), MND officials said in early March. According to the MND, between two and three complete systems

  • IrvinGQ develops airdrop cage for THeMIS UGV

    UK-based aerial delivery equipment and parachute developer IrvinGQ has developed ATAX, an airdrop system that can deliver Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), Estonia’s Milrem Robotics announced on 26 March. The ATAX is a modular, rapid-rig/de-rig,

  • Malaysia receives first batch of donated ScanEagle UAVs from US

    Malaysia has taken delivery of the first 6 of 12 Insitu ScanEagle 2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – along with associated equipment – that were gifted by the United States under Washington’s Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) programme. The first batch of platforms and equipment

  • USN adopts modular approach for SUUV programme

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has moved ahead with efforts to introduce a new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capability for the US Navy (USN) following the selection of two prototypes for further testing. The DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) awarded two separate contracts for

  • China showcases SAR-equipped BZK-005 UAV in military led firefighting operation

    China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Central Theatre Command has released images of an in-service BZK-005 medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has been specifically configured for wide-area intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions,

  • Four companies shortlisted to replace Australia’s Shadow 200 TUAS capability

    Four companies will compete to replace the Australian Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) through project Land 129 Phase 3, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 20 March. The shortlisted companies – Insitu Pacific, Leidos Australia, Raytheon

  • China’s latest Haiyi underwater gliders complete Indian Ocean deployment

    Upgraded Haiyi (Sea Wing) underwater gliders deployed from a Chinese government scientific research vessel on 11 December 2019 have successfully conducted an underwater survey expedition in the East Indian Ocean, the company responsible for manufacturing the gliders announced in late March. The

  • Argentine companies present rotary-wing UAV

    Argentine companies Cicaré, INVAP, and Marinelli have presented for the first time a prototype of the Asteri RUAS 160, a rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for the defence, security, and agriculture markets. The presentation took place at the Expoagro agriculture fair, held in

  • Germany to end anti-IS Tornado reconnaissance mission

    Germany will end its Tornado reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State (IS) on 31 March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 March after the federal government extended the mandate of other German forces in Iraq. Four Luftwaffe Tornado reconnaissance aircraft have been

  • Dstl orders its first fleet of autonomous UGVs

    The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 16 March that it had ordered five autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). A GBP2.3 million (USD2.8 million) contract was awarded to HORIBA MIRA for three Viking 6×6 all-terrain UGVs and a GBP2.7 million contract to QinetiQ

  • DARPA expands industry participation for Manta Ray UUV development

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded four contracts in support of its Manta Ray unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) programme. Manta Ray is a multiphase project intended to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of long-duration, long-range, payload-capable

  • US Army to evaluate new manned, unmanned tethering technologies

    US Army officials are preparing to evaluate a slew of industry proposals geared toward advanced tethering technologies of air- and ground-based unmanned systems, according to a special notice issued by Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) on 26 February. Army officials from the

  • Schiebel’s new S2 engine for Camcopter S-100 UAV completes acceptance tests for RAN

    Austrian company Schiebel announced on 9 March that its newly designed S2 heavy fuel engine for the Camcopter S-100 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had successfully completed acceptance tests for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). “A comprehensive series of

  • UK reveals XLUUV award for MSubs

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed the award of a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) contract to MSubs for the test of an extra-large unmanned underwater vehicle (XLUUV). Valued at GBP1 million (USD1.3 million), the 12-month Stage 1 contract was placed in September 2019 but not

  • UAVOS, KACST unveil Saker-1B autonomous-capable MALE UAV

    UAVOS and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Saudi Arabia have created a new medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that features fully-autonomous operational capability. The Saker-1B is derived from a 10-year research and development

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