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Unmanned Systems

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy's new experimental squadron for surface vessels anticipates requesting $31.8 million in the fiscal year 2021 future years defense program for its manpower requirements, according to briefing slides obtained by Inside Defense.

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Army's unmanned combat vehicle rodeo in Texas included six companies, some of which offered more than one candidate, putting 10 robotic systems through their paces in a technological maturity assessment for the Robotic Combat Vehicle program.

May 15, 2019 | Daily News

Sikorsky at its West Palm Beach, FL, test site next week will host the first flight of a Black Hawk helicopter retrofitted with a new artificial intelligence "co-piloting" software, as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program.

May 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is looking to enhance information sharing on counter-unmanned aerial system solutions by holding monthly meetings between combatant commanders and service representatives in Pentagon headquarters, with a current emphasis on Afghanistan and Iraq.

May 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Marine Corps is "actively experimenting" with unmanned systems, planning to utilize them in an exercise this summer on the East Coast.

May 09, 2019 | Daily News

The MQ-25 unmanned aerial tanker will incorporate an early version of the Navy's Common Control System, a first step in the service’s long-term effort to create software capable of operating surface, sub-surface and aerial unmanned platforms.

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory's new microwave weapon for counter-unmanned aerial system operations was delivered Monday for testing, which is expected to begin next week.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

Despite an abrupt reversal on plans to retire the aircraft carrier Harry Truman (CVN-75), the program manager responsible for a large portfolio targeted for investment in lieu of the ship's midlife refueling said he's "optimistic" the Navy will not cut his funding.

April 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Office of Naval Research's Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle experienced three "mechanical or electrical" issues during a transit to Hawaii last fall, requiring a human to board the ship before it reached its destination.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy is readying the Barracuda mine neutralizer for a preliminary design review in June, advancing development of a next-generation capability that is slated to be part of a new unmanned and autonomous technology package to clear contested waters for aircraft carrier strike groups and other surface combatants, executing in hours tasks that now can take weeks.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

COLUMBUS, GA -- The Army is holding a demonstration this week to test multiple add-on systems for the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport unmanned vehicle.

April 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is seeking congressional approval for a $12 million reprogramming to purchase counter-small unmanned aerial systems.

April 23, 2019 | Daily News

An Air Force effort to expedite aviator training using next-generation technology has expanded in its second iteration to include remotely piloted aircraft and a partnership with NASA, according to the program's lead.

April 23, 2019 | Daily News

The five-year acceleration of a large unmanned undersea vehicle was made possible in part by the work the Navy has been doing with a similar vessel that is further along in the acquisition process, according to a service official.

April 19, 2019 | Daily News

The upcoming request for proposals from the Navy's unmanned maritime systems office for the Medium Unmanned Surface Vessel will send a "clear signal" to industry about autonomy: intellectual property cannot come at the expense of the military's ability to "plug and play," according to a service official.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy is evaluating how unmanned vessels will factor into the fleet and expects to issue a new requirement for autonomous ships, according to a senior service official.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy is accelerating its research and development to counter commercially available unmanned aircraft systems, and is partnering with the Defense Digital Service to do it, according to a March 28 memo obtained by Inside Defense.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking a $65 million funding boost in fiscal year 2020 for its main portfolio of artificial intelligence development efforts, as well as an array of other increases and new-start projects related to AI and machine learning.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force intends to purchase 12 General Atomics MQ-9 Reapers for $361 million in fiscal year 2020.

March 21, 2019 | Daily News

FLIR Systems is refocusing its attention on its government and defense business, making significant acquisitions to bolster its unmanned work and opening a new headquarters in Arlington, VA, to be closer to the Pentagon.

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