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.

Chinese drone Wing-Loong II conducts maiden flight

Yinchuan, China (UPI) Feb 28, 2017 –
China’s reconnaissance and strike unmanned aerial system, the Wing-Loong II, has conducted its maiden flight, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The aircraft, with a wingspan of 65.6 feet, flew Monday in western C…

DARPA demonstrates SideArm UAS capture system

Washington (UPI) Feb 6, 2017 –
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently demonstrated the capabilities of its SideArm, a device built to catch unmanned aircraft in flight.

In a test conducted by Aurora Flight Sciences in December 2016, the SideArm was used to catch a Lockheed Martin Fury unmanned aircraft system weighing 400 pounds. While DARPA aimed to create a device capable of catching 900-pound craft, the system was able to recover 1,100-pound targets.

“We’ve demonstrated a reliable capture mechanism that can go anywhere a 20-foot container can go—the DARPA-worthy challenge we had to overcome to make SideArm’s envisioned capabilities possible,” program manager Graham Drozeski said in a press release. “We are pleased with the progress we’ve made enabling a wide variety of sea- and land-based platforms with persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and strike capabilities.”

SideArm is being designed to fit into a 20-foot shipping container for easy transport with various platforms, including trucks and military aircraft. According to DARPA, a team of two people can set up or stow away the system in minutes.

While in operation, the system recovers unmanned aerial vehicles using a single rail to hook on the back of the aircraft, and directing it down the structure. DARPA says the system provides a slower, safer and more controlled recovery.

“SideArm aims to replicate carriers’ capability to quickly and safely accelerate and decelerate planes through a portable, low-cost kit that is mission-flexible, independent from local infrastructure, and compatible with existing and future tactical unmanned aircraft,” Drozeski added.

The system is being developed as part of the Tern program, a joint effort between DARPA and the U.S. Navy. In the future, U.S. defense researchers will identify potential transition partners, and experiment with other UAS platforms.

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…

Schiebel to supply S-100 UAV for Australian navy

Canberra, Australia (UPI) Feb 6, 2017 –
Scheibel Group has been contracted to supply its S-100 unmanned air system and three years of logistics support for Australia’s navy.

The S-100 Camcopter is an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, with military a…

U.S. Army orders counter-drone systems

Syracuse, N.Y. (UPI) Feb 3, 2017 –

Syracuse Research Corporation, a non-profit research and development firm, has received a $65 million U.S. Army contract for an integrated counter-UAS system.

The contract was issued on an urgent basis.

Work on th…

IAI reveals Heron drone export variant ahead of Aero India 2017

Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Feb 10, 2017 –

Israel Aerospace Industries revealed an export version of its Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicle, which is set to be displayed at the Aero India 2017 conference.

IAI’s export variant is nearly identical to the com…

Germany extends Heron drone lease contract

Bonn, Germany (UPI) Jan 26, 2017 –
The German military has signed a one-year lease extension with Airbus DS Airborne Solutions for the Heron 1 reconnaissance drone system used in Afghanistan.

The lease extension contract is worth about $37.5 millio…

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle turns into Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 07, 2017 –

InnoCorp announces SubMurres – its revolutionary, unrivaled, unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone-transitioning from water to air to land without any individual or multiple deploy…

NAVAIR completes spike missile test with UAV target

China Lake, Calif. (UPI) Feb 2, 2017 –

The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recently completed a demonstration of its developing Spike missile.

During the demonstration, conducted by the Spike team in China Lake, Calif., testers were a…