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.
30-kg RUAV can carry a 3-kg payload
Progress towards military-spec UAVs flying in civilian airspace has taken another step as Elbit is introducing a certifiable Hermes 900 version.
Scheduled to achieve its IOC in 2020, the MQ-8C Fire Scout is soon to begin testing with Osprey radar and Link 16 capability
While Sky Guardian will be much more capable than the Reaper, the U.S. has so far shown no interest in acquiring any.
There are moves afoot in the UK to ensure it at least retains the capability to build whole military aircraft in the future.
The Italian company is leading two unmanned aerial systems projects that could appeal to varous nations for maritime applications.
The agency seeks to understand how they are used, and how their operators would like to receive information on drone-related issues.
Paves way for new registration and ID rules
The YaoYing II is an armed version of a drone that first flew in 2016.
The high-altitude maritime surveillance UAV will join Australia’s P-8s, while Germany mulls buying a SIGINT-dedicated version.