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 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.
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.