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.

June 19, 2011 - 9:30am

Raytheon’s growing portfolio of precision munitions is to expand with the development of a new smart missile to arm small UAVs that are current unable to carry weapons. Initial flight tests have produced good results, and the small tactical missile (STM) is gearing up for more advanced testing in the coming weeks.

May 16, 2011 - 6:36am
Boeing’s Phantom Ray stealthy and autonomous UAV made its first flight at the...

The Boeing Phantom Ray stealthy and autonomous UAV demonstrator made its first flight at Edwards AFB on April 27, and flew again in early May. The flights followed high-speed taxi tests that validated ground guidance, navigation and control and verified mission planning, pilot interface and operational procedures.

May 2, 2011 - 5:05am
Honeywell's unmanned T-Hawk has flown several disaster-remediation missions a...

Honeywell Aerospace said its unmanned T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle has flown several missions in support of disaster-remediation efforts at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan.

March 18, 2011 - 10:45am
BAE's Mantis will be the platform for a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE...

Speaking at Dassault’s annual press conference yesterday, CEO Charles Edelstenne clarified that BAE Systems would be the prime contractor for a joint medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft program under the recently announced memorandum of understanding between the two companies. The MoU follows last November’s Anglo-French inter-governmental agreement.

March 4, 2011 - 9:45am
The Middle East is included in the U.S. government’s broadened export targets...

In a significant move, the U.S. government has cleared an unarmed version of the Predator UAV for wider export, including to the Middle East. Until now, the Predator and Reaper series has been exported only to the UK and Italy, and offered to a few other U.S. allies. Long-endurance UAVs are included in the Missile Technology Control Regime (MCTR), a voluntary 34-nation agreement.

February 24, 2011 - 7:02am

Manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) may no longer have an excuse not to equip their aircraft with transponders, which should make at least one pilot happy. This pilot told AIN that he experienced a near-miss with a UAV while flying in the southwestern U.S.

January 26, 2011 - 9:00am

Do UAVs threaten civil pilot careers? That’s the question that AIN posed to several attendees at a recent conference in Montreal, sponsored by industry trade group Unmanned Systems Canada. The answer: it seems unlikely, other than for young pilots just setting out on their careers, or a small number of pilots flying specialized applications.

January 21, 2011 - 6:31am
The Brazilian Air Force purchased an unspecified number of Hermes 450 UAVs fr...

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) made two defense procurement decisions, but deferred the long-pending choice of a new combat aircraft. It bought an unspecified number of Hermes 450 UAV systems from the Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems. The Israeli company noted that it has now sold UAVs to more than 20 countries and that the Hermes 450 has logged more than 200,000 operational flight hours.

January 10, 2011 - 3:59pm

Like it or not, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a growing feature in skies around the world, and ­avionics scientists and engineers are busy designing systems and planning for how they will interact with manned aircraft and eventually diminish the need for pilots in cockpits.

December 28, 2010 - 7:09am

Like it or not, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a growing feature in skies around the world, and ­avionics scientists and engineers are busy designing systems and planning for how they will interact with manned aircraft and eventually diminish the need for pilots in cockpits.

 
X