Tag Archives: UAS

Brig. Gen. Robert Barrie: Army Brings New Prototype Drones to the Field; Maj. Gen. David Francis Quoted

Robert Barrie

Brig. Gen. Robert Barrie, commander of the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office Aviation, said the service branch has commenced field-testing of Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (FTUAS). Barrie said at the Association of the U.S. Army's virtual conference last week that soldiers are now being equipped with FTUAS prototypes for fielding.

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Army to Expand Counter-UAS Priorities; Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey Quoted

Sean Gainey

Two officers from the Joint Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS) Office (JCO) said the military has extended the scope of efforts to boost defenses against drone threats, Army Times reported Saturday. Col. Marc Pelini, division chief for capabilities and requirements at JCO, said that the office will expand its focus to cover tier III threats. 

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Army Research Lab Funds University Study on Rechargeable UAVs

Army Research Lab

Army Research Laboratory has invested $8M in the University of Illinois Chicago for research that would explore recharging technologies for unmanned air vehicles. The cooperative agreement, issued in August, would support the design of ground vehicles where UAVs would mount on to autonomously recharge, the U.S. Army said Monday.

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Navy to Field MQ-8C Unmanned Helicopter for Surface Warfare Missions; Cmdr. Matthew Wright Quoted

MQ-8C Fire Scout

The U.S. Navy is fielding an MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to support squadron operations ahead of its deployment with a littoral combat ship (LCS) next year. The Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 recently received the MQ-8C variant of the Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aircraft intended to operate with LCS for surface warfare missions. 

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Army Reorganizing TRADOC to Focus on Enterprise Multidomain Ops

U.S. Army

Two units under the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) that managed counter-unmanned aerial system (UAS) programs will discontinue operations in a push to transition funds from counterinsurgency activities to large-scale, multidomain combat operations. The Army plans to terminate the operations of its Rapid Equipping Force (REF) and Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) by Sept. 31st, 2021. 

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Navy Looks to Leverage MQ-25 Aerial Refueling Drone for Long-Range Missions

MQ-25 Stingray

The U.S. Navy has completed a force structure assessment and found that the service branch needs to invest in long-range aircraft to support its future carrier air wing operations. Rear Adm. Greg Harris, director of air warfare at the Navy, said that the service’s procurement of Boeing-built MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refueling aircraft could help the carrier air wing prevent emerging extended-range threats from adversaries. 

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Army Research Lab Makes Power Line Detection Tech

Power line detection

Army Research Laboratory has created a software-sensor combination designed to help unmanned aircraft systems prevent clashes with nearby power lines. ARL said that it uniquely configured 3D sensors in a way designed to inform autopilot systems about detected power lines.

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FAA Picks 26 Institutions for UAS Training Program

UAS Technology

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with 26 schools across the nation to take part in a program focused on training potential career professionals in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology. The UAS-CTI program is aimed at recognizing students seeking to pursue careers in aviation as well as UAS development and operation, FAA noted.

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