UAVs and drones

May 6, 2008 - 8:58am

Powered by quiet motors and armed with conventional and infrared cameras and other specialized sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are becoming more and more attractive to law-enforcement agencies. Not surprisingly, both the FBI and the Office of Homeland Security are investigating how they might use UAVs for covert surveillance of suspected criminal or terrorist activity in the U.S., by night and day and in all-weather conditions.

May 6, 2008 - 4:22am

The defense facet of Farnborough 2002 was focused on new technology to be deployed in the war on terror. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)–once an obscure sideshow–moved to center stage. Though confined to the static display line, Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk surveillance platform–as proven in the recent Afghanistan conflict drew a lot of attention.

February 18, 2008 - 10:43pm

Beginning life as a research project at the Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Department of Aerospace Engineering, the UPMX unmanned air vehicle has demonstrated its acumen in a number of innovative roles, and the team is eager to try more.

February 18, 2008 - 10:40pm

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are no longer strangers at aerospace and defense exhibitions, but BAE Systems’ Herti claims a world’s first as a fully autonomous UAV system. The little airplane making its Singapore debut in the static park here doesn’t look very exciting but appearances can deceive and Herti has proven to be a remarkably capable system–not just a reliable platform carrying a variety of sensors.

February 18, 2008 - 10:37pm

With no fewer than three on show, the Elbit Hermes 450 outnumbers any other machine type in the static park at Singapore ’08. The UAV has proved a major success for Elbit, with a number of important overseas sales, including to Singapore. The type has now logged more than 70,000 hours–mostly in operations supporting the Israel Defence Force. It can carry a 150-kilogram payload and flies at 16,000 to 18,000 feet.

February 17, 2008 - 10:36pm

ST Aerospace’s latest UAV design–the Skyblade IV–highlights a prominent display by ST Engineering and its constituent companies that greets visitors to the show as they enter the exhibit hall here at the Changi Exhibition Centre. 

February 11, 2008 - 8:32am

Britain’s Warrior Aero Marine has formed a team to produce innovative maritime unmanned systems. The project has resulted in the construction of the seven-foot-long Gull 24 model, which has already undergone successful trials in a wide range of sea and wind conditions.

December 17, 2007 - 12:14pm
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EADS Defense and Security Division confirmed that three European governments have provided funds for a risk-reduction study of the company’s concept for a modular, jet-powered reconnaissance UAV. EADS Germany previously designed, built and flew a UCAV demonstrator called the Barracuda mainly using its own funds, but this unmanned airplane crashed last year during an early test flight.

November 12, 2007 - 5:57am

As if fully autonomous UAV operations didn’t present enough of a challenge, Saab Aerosystems is developing one of its unmanned systems to operate at sea. The Skeldar M is a version of the company’s V-150 Skeldar (shield) rotary-wing UAV intended for operation from a variety of vessels. Work is progressing toward automatic deck landing trials in June 2008, followed by Swedish Navy tests later in the year.

November 11, 2007 - 6:57pm

As if fully autonomous UAV operations didn’t present enough of a challenge, Saab Aerosystems is developing one of its unmanned systems to operate at sea. The Skeldar M is a version of the company’s V-150 Skeldar (shield) rotary-wing UAV intended for operation from a variety of vessels. Work is progressing toward automatic deck landing trials in June 2008, followed by Swedish Navy tests later in the year.

 
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