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.

Kelvin Hughes launching counter-drone system

London (UPI) Mar 07, 2017 –

Britain’s Kelvin Hughes is launching a drone detection and tracking system based on its SharpEye X-Band radar receiver technology.

The new system, called SMS-D, provides continuously updated bearing, distance, altitude an…

Schiebel taps Leonardo for radar system for unmanned helicopter

Geelong, Australia (UPI) Mar 1, 2017 –

Leonardo reports it is to supply its active electronically-scanned array radar to Austria’s Schiebel for use on a Camcopter S-100 aircraft.

The aircraft, an unmanned helicopter, is being delivered by Austria-ba…

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…

New SkyGuardian variant of Predator B drone announced

San Diego (UPI) Jan 30, 2017 –

SkyGuardian, a new variant of the Predator B unmanned aerial system that meets international standards for flying in civilian airspace, has been launched.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. said the “Type-Certif…

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…