Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
News and issues relating to civil and military unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) of all kinds and sizes, including those used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), combat (unmanned combat air vehicles, or UCAVs), law enforcement, research and other applications. Of particular focus is the FAA's planned integration of UAS into the U.S. national airspace system.
Unit cost increases triggered “critical” breaches of the Nunn-McCurdy amendment, requiring that Congress be notified.
Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and General Atomics received the draft proposal document.
The U.S. Navy is taking a “layered approach” to meeting the see-and-avoid requirement until it finds a technology solution.
The service will operate the aircraft in tandem with smaller Hermes 450s it already uses.
The U.S. Air Force should consider buying the British-made Brimstone for its Reapers, said a British official.