UNMANNED VEHICLES

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unmanned aerial system (UAS), unmanned surface vehicle (USV), unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), and unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) technologies

Deploying unmanned vehicles from jet fighters

Raytheon and DARPA consider deploying unmanned air and marine vehicles from fighter aircraft

ARLINGTON, Va., 23 April 2014. U.S. military unmanned vehicle experts have developed many innovative ways to send drones on their missions. Unmanned vehicles can launch from runways and deploy from ships and submarines. But how about launching from the undercarriage of a jet fighter?

The next super weapon: believe me, nobody's ready for it

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 22 April 2014. Military powers throughout history have based their strengths on revolutionary super weapons that adversaries couldn't match.

UAV market headed upward, led by Chinese company

Global UAV market to reach $2.3 billion by 2023; Chinese company to be largest UAV builder

NEWTOWN, Conn., 21 April 2014. The global market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will more than double over the next decade, rising from $942 million this year to $2.3 billion 2023, predict analysts at market researcher Forecast International in Newtown, Conn.

iRobot gets Navy order for bomb-disposal robots

iRobot lands another Navy contract for ground robots that assist bomb-disposal technicians

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 17 April 2014. U.S. Navy bomb-disposal experts are making another order to iRobot Corp. in Bedford, Mass., for manpackable robots designed to help Navy and Marine Corps. explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians detect, identify, and disable explosives from safe distances.

Combat UAV, AWACS, radio upgrades on Rapid Fire

Combat UAVs, upgrades to AWACS, and software-defined radio for SINCGARS this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 16 April 2014. Competition to build a carrier-based combat UAV, software-defined radio upgrades to a venerable military communications system, and attention turning to potential major upgrades to the AWACS surveillance aircraft highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Big opportunities for automation in a reduced-manpower Navy

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 15 April 2014. U.S. military campaigns in South Asia are winding down, which is translating into noticeable reductions in numbers of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. The fiscal 2015 Pentagon budget calls for a reduction 36,700 active-duty military personnel next year to bring the total force down to about 1.31 million.

On your marks: UCLASS competion set to begin

Navy gets wheels in motion to start official competition to build carrier-based combat UAV

PATUXENT RIVER NAS Md., 15 April 2014. Four U.S. designers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are set to square-off in a do-or-die competition to build the first deployable carrier-based combat UAV. U.S. Navy officials have signaled the imminent release of a soliciation to design the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft.

Army chooses aerial drone control stations from Micro Systems in $4 million contract

Army chooses aerial drone control stations from Micro Systems in $4 million contract

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla., 14 April 2014. U.S. Army target drones experts needed unmanned aerial drone command and control systems. They found their solution from Micro Systems Inc. in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Bluefin wins $7.1 million Navy advanced UUV deal

Bluefin Robotics wins $7.1 million contract to develop Navy's next-generation underwater drones

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., 14 April 2014. U.S. Navy researchers needed next-generation unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) for research programs in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasure (MCM) missions. They found their solution from Bluefin Robotics Corp. in Quincy, Mass.

Rugged DC-DC converters for electric vehicle applications introduced by Green Watt Power

Rugged DC-DC converters for electric vehicle applications introduced by Green Watt Power

CONCORD, Calif., 13 April 2014. Green Watt Power in Concord, Calif., is introducing the rugged 300 Watt EVD series of DC-DC converters for electric vehicle applications. Green Watt is a division of Calex Mfg. Co.

Army asks industry for 50-kilowatt laser

U.S. Army missile-defense experts are asking industry to supply an adjustable-power 50-kilowatt laser that with its cooling subsystem can fit on an 8-by-53-foot full-sized flatbed trailer.

Pentagon plans to spend $2.45 billion next year on UAVs for surveillance and attack

U.S. military leaders plan to spend $2.45 billion next year on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement and research, with the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper, and experimental U.S. Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system expected to be the biggest winners.

SRCTec to build ground-based radars to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft

U.S. Army surveillance experts are asking SRCTec Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y., to provide ground-based radar systems that enable military officials to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in controlled civil airspace without a chase plane or ground observer.

Powering and cooling embedded electronics

Engineers tap the power of commercial processors while combating power and thermal challenges with modern electronics.

L3 researchers to extend Internet connectivity to the front lines

Military communications experts at L-3 Communication Systems-West in Salt Lake City will develop technology to extend high-speed Internet services to U.S. Army and Marine Corps infantrymen operating on the front lines beyond the reach even of forward-operating bases (FOBs) and tactical operations centers (TOCs).

Ocean pickets, standard design on Rapid Fire

Unmanned ocean sentinels, standard radar and satellite design this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 8 April 2014. A surveillance picket line of unmanned marine vehicles, seven companies and a $100 million investment in RF and microwave design, and a future of standard building blocks for satellites highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Think laser weapons are the stuff of fantasy? Next summer will see first Navy deployment

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 8 April 2014. I remember when laser weapons were the stuff of cartoons and comic books ... except that as kids we used to call them "death rays," "disintegrator rays," or just "ray guns."

DDC gets $1.9 million power controller card order

Army to receive solid-state power controller boards from DDC in $1.9 million contract award

WARREN, Mich., 8 April 2014. U.S. Army vetronics experts needed rugged power-controller circuit boards for upgrades to the power-distribution system in the turret of the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. They found their solution from Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y.

FAA to establish center of excellence to conduct research into unmanned aircraft issues

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., 7 April 2014. U.S. aviation authorities say they will create a center of excellence for unmanned aircraft within the next year, consisting of representatives from government, academia, and industry to conduct unmanned aircraft research, education, and training.

Unmanned vehicles wanted for offshore surveillance

Coast Guard looks for unmanned ocean vehicles to hunt smugglers, poachers, and icebergs

NEW LONDON, Conn., 6 April 2014. U.S. Coast Guard ocean surveillance experts are shopping for mature unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs) to handle persistent-surveillance missions at sea such as watching for drug smugglers, icebergs, or illegal fishing.

Hosted payloads: Opportunity exists for commercial and military collaboration, questions and concerns remain

Hosted payloads: Opportunity exists for commercial and military collaboration, questions and concerns remain

LONG BEACH, Calif., 5 April 2014. “We are at an inflection point, and have opportunity now,” says Skot Butler, vice president, satellite networks & space services at Intelsat General Corp. “Technology advances, mounting government pressures, emerging new launch access, and more present the opportunity to have a meaningful new dialog about a national space architecture that benefits us all.”

Navy asks for five long-range Fire Scout UAVs

Navy asks Northrop Grumman to build five long-range Fire Scout UAVs in $43.8 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 3 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build five long-range unmanned helicopters for operation from destroyers and other surface warships under terms of a $43.8 million U.S. Navy contract announced late Wednesday.

Tomahawk SATCOM to receive new I/O circuit cards

Raytheon to replace obsolescent I/O circuit cards in Tomahawk missile communications system

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 1 April 2014. Cruise missile designers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will upgrade the satellite data link transceiver of the Tomahawk Block IV tactical land-attack missile under terms of an $8.9 million U.S. Navy contract modification announced Monday.

Navy orders three early model helicopter-based unmanned minehunting systems from Raytheon

WASHINGTON, 30 March 2014. Undersea warfare experts at the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I., will provide the U.S. Navy with three Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) under terms of a $17.7 million contract modification announced this past week.

Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft

Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft

DOHA, Qatar, 29 March 2014. Thales officials have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle – Aircraft (OPV-A), a high-performance intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) system, and the delivery of an end-to-end training solution.

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April 2014
Volume 25, Issue 4
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