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.
The latest version of the system provides a four-fold increase in area coverage with a two-fold improvement in resolution compared to its predecessor.
Harfang UAS will fly with the French Air Force at least through 2017.
Granted authorization last week by the FAA, Texas A&M flies its first UAV mission along the Gulf Coast.
The multi-mode radar will increase situational awareness and threat warning in a high-traffic littoral environment, according to the company.
The Hermes 900 will replace the modified IAI Ranger UAVs, which are reaching the end of their life cycle.
The initial operational test and evaluation period is expected to be complete this year.
UAS industry industry growing increasingly impatient with the FAA’s regulatory and policy containment of unmanned aircraft systems.
Due-regard rader will make the Triton capable of detecting aircraft not equipped with a transponder or not using it to avoid detection.
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.