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.

Lockheed Martin introduces quiet, lightweight variant of Indago drone

Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017 –

Lockheed Martin is touting its newest variant of the Indago quadrotor drone for sensitive intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Indago 3’s Enhanced ISR capability comes with the addition of TrellisWare Technologies MANET software, Lockheed Martin said.

“Indago 3 gives our customers a quiet, durable, long-range system to complete sensitive operations with a small UAS,” Rich Bonnett, Indago program manager for Lockheed Martin unmanned systems, said in a press release. “Our military customers tell us that Indago 3 gives them superior security, reliability and ruggedness compared to other UAS. We continue to enhance the Indago system based on customer feedback.”

According to Lockheed Martin, Indago 3 has a minimal radio frequency footprint through the use of TrellisWare’s TW-600 Ocelot module.

The Indago 3 system features improved propulsion technology for reduced noise signature, extended flight time, a military-grade encrypted and secure data link, mesh-capable video dissemination and long-range radio for long distance operation at low altitudes.

Depending on payloads, the five-pound Indago 3, which can be folded into a backpack, has a flight time of as such as 50 minutes, a range of about six miles and a cruise speed of 25 miles per hour, Lockheed Martin said.

U.K. defense minister calls for autonomous supply vehicles

Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017 –
Britain’s defense ministry is asking security contractors to design new autonomous systems that can be used to deliver supplies to ground forces.

In a statement released Friday, Defense Minister Harriet Baldwin said …

U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin demo unmanned F-16

Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017 –

An F-16 Fighting Falcon performed an unmanned combat mission during a recent demonstration held by Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force.

The effort involved personnel from the Air Force Research Laboratory, the U.S….

U.S. Army tests dune buggy-like Hunter, Killer vehicles

Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017 –

A developing U.S. Army platform comprising two dune buggy-like vehicles completed a round of testing at Fort Sill, Okla., on Thursday.

The eight-wheeled vehicles, known as Hunter and Killer, were tested between April …

USS America tests Rolling Airframe Missile on drone

Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017 –
The U.S Navy’s USS America shot down a remotely piloted aircraft with a Rolling Airframe Missile during a live-fire exercise on Thursday.

According to Navy officials, the exercise was conducted to verify the new ship’…

MS-177 sensor completes test on Global Hawk

Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017 –

MS-177, a sensor developed by UTC Aerospace Systems, has completed a round of testing with the Northrop Grumman-made RA-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft.

The sensor is a high-resolution imaging device designed to impro…

Swiss prisons getting drone-detection capability

Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017 –

Rheinmetall AG is to install its Radshield drone detection system at Switzerland’s central prison and at an inter-cantonal penitentiary.

The system is an array of video cameras, infrared sensors and radars that will m…