Category: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, as an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a human operator, or fully or intermittently autonomously, by onboard computers.

AUDS counter-UAV system achieves TRL-9 status

London (UPI) Jan 18, 2017 –

Blighter Surveillance Systems’ AUDS counter-UAV defense system recently achieved TRL-9 status following deployment with the U.S. armed forces.

The achievement places the unmanned aircraft detection device at the highest t…

First flight for new jet-powered Avenger UAV

San Diego (UPI) Nov 14, 2016 –

A turbojet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has successfully completed its first flight.

The aircraft is called the Avenger Extended Range, a variant of the company’s jet-pow…

India’s Rustom-II combat UAV completes first flight test

Chitradurga, India (UPI) Nov 16, 2016 –

Defense researchers in India have hailed the first flight of the Rustom-II long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle as a success.

The Rustom-II TAPAS 201 completed its maiden flight on Wednesday in a test conducted by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, or DRDO. The event took place at the Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga, roughly 155 miles from Bangladore.

Officials say the UAV successfully accomplished all main objectives during the test, including takeoff, bank, level flight, and landing. DRDO reports”,nw} the aircraft was the first R&D prototype to undergo certification and qualification from the Center for Military Airworthiness & Certification and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance.

The 2-ton craft is a multimission UAV designed for combat roles in addition to intelligence and surveillance operations. It has an endurance of 24 hours, and can carry a variety of payloads including medium-range electro-optic, long-range electro-optic, synthetic aperture radar, and situational awareness payloads to perform missions during the day and night.

While defense officials have praised the flight test, several steps remain before the Rustom-II enters service with three of India’s military branches. The craft is scheduled to undergo further evaluations before it can be approved for user validation trials.

State Dept. approves sale of 26 Predator B drones to U.K.

Washington (UPI) Nov 17, 2016 –

The U.S. State Department has approved the proposed $1 billion sale of 26 Predator B unmanned aircraft and supporting equipment to the United Kingdom.

The sale includes the drones in addition to 12 Advanced Ground Con…

AeroVironment Launches Integrated Commercial Information Solution

San Jose CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2016 –

AeroVironment has launched its new integrated commercial information solution featuring the innovative Quantix drone and Decision Support System (DSS). Available spring 2017, these technologies allow users to gain ac…

Pie in the sky: New Zealand makes pizza drone delivery

Wellington (AFP) Nov 16, 2016 –
The world’s first pizza drone delivery was claimed Wednesday by the New Zealand division of fast food giant Domino’s, as it looks to grab a slice of a potentially hot future market.

Domino’s said it used an unmanned…

DARPA Doubles Down on Tern by Funding 2nd Test Vehicle

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2016 –

Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), seeks to greatly increase the effectiveness of forward-deployed small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates by enabling t…

Elbit Systems reveals new anti-UAV ReDrone system

Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Nov 14, 2016 –
Elbit Systems has revealed its new ReDrone, a device capable of detecting and neutralizing enemy unmanned aerial vehicles.

The company revealed the product during the Israel HLS and Cyber Conference in Tel Aviv. The system, officials say, is ideal for protecting high-value targets such as closed air spaces and national infrastructures against hostile threats.

The system is designed to detect and disrupt nearby UAVs in addition to supporting information, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance missions. A supporting SupervisIR system can also be integrated to boost detection capabilities, enabling thermal imaging.

On the field, the ReDrone is able to separate an incoming UAV from its operator’s commands by blocking radio signals. It can also provide surveillance information from a 360-degree perimeter while providing situational awareness.

The fourth annual Israel HLS & Cyber Conference begins on Nov. 14 and will continue through Nov. 17. The event aims to attract leaders from the defense and cyber industries, and allows government officials from Israel and other countries to examine new technologies.

Infor Announces Innovative Tethered Drone-Based Asset Management Solution with Drone Aviation Corp

New York NY (SPX) Nov 16, 2016 –

Infor has announced, in partnership with Drone Aviation, the creation of Infor’s new Drone Enterprise Asset Management Solution (DEAMS), designed to solve industry challenges by enabling safe, efficient asset managem…