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  1. Navy spending $1.5 billion to buy another 13 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

    PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 Aug. 2015. The U.S. Navy is ordering 13 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jets from the Boeing Co., as well as long-lead items for another 20 Poseidon aircraft -- under terms of a $1.5 billion contract modification announced late Thursday. Of these new aircraft, 25 will be for the U.S. Navy and eight will be for the government of Australia. The P-8 is a militarized version of the Boeing 737 single-aisle jetliner hardened for long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in Seattle to build nine Navy full-rate production (FRP) lot II P-8A aircraft, and four Royal Australian Air Force FRP lot II P-8A aircraft. In addition, the Navy is asking Boeing to buy long-lead parts to build 20 P-8A FRP lot III aircraft -- 16 for the Navy and four for the government of Australia. Long-lead items involve system components that require the longest time to build, which could delay overall system production if money isn't allocated for production early in the process. The contract modification also calls for Boeing to take care of unknown obsolescence issues, design changes, obsolescence monitoring, program management, two advance airborne sensor A-kits, and lifetime buys of electronic components in the P-8A's electronic support measures systems. Related: Navy makes plans to order 29 new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jets for U.S. and Australia Ultimately, the Navy plans to buy 108 P-8A aircraft from Boeing to replace the service’s fleet of 196 P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, which are approaching the end of operational life. The P-3 is a version of the Lockheed Martin Electra four-engine turboprop aircraft. The P-8A is designed to operate at extremely low altitudes over the ocean during close-in searches for potentially hostile submarines. The P-8A is designed to withstand the rigors of low-altitude turbulence and exposure to salt spray. The P-8 is scheduled to replace the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol turboprop aircraft. Navy officials plan to use the P-8A in tandem with the Northrop Grumman RQ-4N Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) -- a maritime-patrol version of the Global Hawk long-range surveillance UAV. Plans call for using BAMS to detect potentially hostile submarines and surface ships, and upon detection, to call in the P-8A to take a closer look or to attack hostile vessels with torpedoes and missiles. Boeing is building the Poseidon aircraft at its factory in Renton, Wash. The 737 fuselage and tail sections will be built by Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kan., then transferred to Renton where all structural features are incorporated in sequence during fabrication and assembly. The P-8A’s flight management system and the stores management system have been developed by GE Aviation Systems in Grand Rapids, Mich. The cabin has as many as seven operator consoles. Related: Boeing to equip Navy's new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for high-altitude ASW missions The Poseidon’s MX-20HD digital electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) multi-spectral sensor turrets come from L-3 Communications Wescam in Burlington, Ontario. The MX-20HD is gyro-stabilized and can have as many as seven sensors, including infrared, CCDTV, image intensifier, laser rangefinder, and laser illuminator. The aircraft has the upgraded APS-137D(V)5 maritime surveillance radar and signals intelligence (SIGINT) system from the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) segment in McKinney, Texas. The APS-137D(V)5 radar, which is installed on the P-8’s enlarged nose fairing, provides synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for imaging stationary ships and small vessels, coastal and overland surveillance, and high-resolution imaging synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) for imaging surfaced submarines and fast surface vessels operating in coastal waters. story continues below   The P-8A will have the CAE Inc. advanced integrated magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) system, and eventually may use air-deployable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to handle magnetic anomaly detection. The Navy plans to arm the P-8A with the MK 54 torpedo. On this contract Boeing will do the work in Seattle; Baltimore; Greenlawn, N.Y.; Cambridge, England; North Amityville, N.Y.; Rockford, Ill.; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; Salt Lake City; and other U.S. locations, and should be finished by December 2018. For more information contact Boeing online at www.boeing.com/defense/maritime-surveillance , or Naval Air Systems Command at www.navair.navy.mil .

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    Fri, 28 Aug 2015

  2. Wrong again: UAV market heading nowhere but up over the next decade

    THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 Aug. 2015. I have to admit I was wrong about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), specifically about the UAV market. I was under the impression that UAVs -- popularly called drones -- were starting to represent a market that was leveling off after years of steep growth. Gazing ...

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    Tue, 25 Aug 2015

  3. Air Force ready to approach industry for enabling technologies in affordable attack drones

    U.S. Air Force researchers are notifying industry of an upcoming project to develop many inexpensive, disposable unmanned drones for long-range, high-speed attack missions in remote regions.

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    Wed, 19 Aug 2015

  4. Worldwide UAV and drone spending to more than triple over next decade, say Teal analysts

    FAIRFAX, Va., 17 Aug. 2015. Worldwide spending on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will more than triple over the next decade, growing from $4 billion this year to $14 billion by 2024, predict analysts at market researcher Teal Group in Fairfax, Va. This forecast is up from Teal's predictions last ...

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    Mon, 17 Aug 2015

  1. Unmanned aerial vehicle market to exceed $13 Billion by 2014

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    Tue, 15 Apr 2008

  2. DARPA moves ahead with project to develop unmanned aerial vehicle that stays aloft for five years

    ARLINGTON, Va., 23 Oct. 2009. Aeronautical scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are taking another step in developing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) able to stay aloft and on station for as long as five years to act as a sensor and ...

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    Fri, 23 Oct 2009

  3. Ascent solar modules to be designed into hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle

    THORNTON, Colo., 30 May 2009. Ascent Solar Technologies Inc.'s flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules will be designed into the development of a hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (H-UAV), the Silent Sentinel developed by Bye Aerospace Inc. The H-UAV will be designed primarily for military use; ...

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    Sat, 30 May 2009

  4. Mercury introduces unmanned aerial vehicle solution for remote-sensing applications

    CHELMSFORD, Mass., 21 Jan. 2007. Mercury Computer Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., announced the integrated VistaNav-SSR (Smart Surveillance & Reconnaissance) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with ground station, integrated VistaNav synthetic vision system, small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and ...

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    Sun, 21 Jan 2007

  5. Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle avionics run by COTS computers

    RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif., 23 Dec. 2009. The Fire Scout unmanned helicopter from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., uses commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) avionics for its flight control system.

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    Wed, 23 Dec 2009

  6. DOD to cut unmanned aerial vehicle procurement by one third over next decade

    ARLINGTON, Va .–The early years of the 21st century have seen explosive growth in U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) purchases of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but DOD is expected to cut UAV procurement by one-third over the next decade, predict defense industry analysts who are members of the ...

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    Mon, 1 Dec 2008

  7. Ascent solar modules to be designed into hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle

    THORNTON, Colo.–Ascent Solar Technologies Inc.’s flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules will be designed into a hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (H-UAV), the Silent Sentinel developed by Bye Aerospace Inc.

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    Tue, 1 Sep 2009

  8. Lockheed Martin gets go-ahead to develop new Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM)

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 3 Aug. 2015. Missile experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are gearing-up potentially to build thousands of new missiles as part of the Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program.

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    Mon, 3 Aug 2015

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