Category: Military

Aeryon SkyRanger with the Wave Relay® Network


Aeryon, the leader in small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), and Persistent Systems, LLC(“Persistent Systems”), the leader in Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET) technology and developers of the Wave Relay® system, today announced the integration of Wave Relay® technology into the airframe of the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS. This integration will enable Command and Control (C2) and…

Navy uses tiny drones to find safe route through Antarctic ice for the first time

The Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship HMS Protector has launched tiny pilotless aircraft from her decks for the first time to assist with navigating through the Antarctic.

A quadcopter and a 3D-printed aircraft have scouted the way for the survey ship so she can find her way through the thick ice of frozen seas.

It’s the first time the Royal Navy has used unmanned aerial vehicles in this part of the world. The Service has been operating ScanEagle ‘eyes in sky’ from frigates in the Gulf for the past couple of years which feed vital live imagery back to ships on maritime security patrols.

The craft launched from Protector are smaller and less hi-tech, but still provided the icebreaker with real-time high-quality information courtesy of a detailed picture of the surrounding environment from a perspective that is only available from the air.

The quadcopter has been used for short-range reconnaissance missions, while the 3D-printed mini aircraft has been sent off on longer patrols.

The brainchild of experts at Southampton University, the Laser-Sintered Aircraft – shortened to SULSA – is made of nylon, printed in four major parts and assembled without the use of any tools – it is the world’s first ‘printed’ airplane.

It is controlled from a laptop on board, cruises at nearly 60mph and is all but noiseless thanks to its tiny engine. Each one costs no more than £7,000 – cheaper than an hour’s flying time by a Fleet Air Arm helicopter.

HMS Protector has been trialing small drones to help her negotiate the Antarctic ice for the first time. The survey ship, which has just completed her third stint around the frozen continent this austral summer, has launched both a tiny quadcopter and a 3D-printed aircraft equipped with cameras. It’s the first time the Royal Navy…

NASA, AeroVironment and SmartC2 Team for Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Flight Demonstration


AeroVironment, Inc. announced that the company – in partnership with SmartC2, a leading provider of flight business management systems – will team with NASA on its Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Technology Capability Levels (TCL) 2 flight demonstration slated for October 2016. The demonstration will build on results from UTM TCL1 field testing concluded last August and…

Arcturus T-20 JUMP VTOL UAS Deployed with the Mexican Navy


Arcturus UAV reports the Mexican Navy has deployed their T-20 JUMP Fixed Wing VTOL UAV for unspecified operations in Mexico. The customer took delivery of the VTOL system in March. The T-20 JUMP is a VTOL variant of Arcturus UAV’s catapult launched T-20 platform. The T-20 JUMP operates without any special launch or recovery equipment.…

AeroVironment Unveils Mantis i45 EO/IR Gimbal Payload for Puma AE


Designed for AeroVironment Puma™ AE small unmanned aircraft systems, Mantis i45 is available for both commercial and military applications Mantis i45 features an advanced suite of sensors, including ultra-high-resolution EO and IR imagers, that takes the guesswork out of tactical ISR Mantis i45 operators see better and farther than ever before, enabling them to make…

AeroVironment Completes Development and Begins Production of Switchblade Tactical Missile System Upgrade


AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced it has developed a block upgrade, designated Block 10C, to its already fielded Switchblade™ Tactical Missile system.  The Digital Data Link (DDL) incorporated into Block 10C provides a stable and secure encrypted communication link that enables more efficient use of existing frequency bands and significantly reduces the likelihood of…

Textron Systems Completes Hybrid Quadrotor Proof of Concept Integration on Aerosonde™ sUAS


Textron Systems Unmanned Systems , a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) business, announced today the successful demonstration of the Aerosonde™ Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) enabled with Hybrid Quadrotor™ technology – allowing the system to take-off and land vertically to significantly increase mission flexibility. With assistance from Latitude Engineering and Cloud Cap Technology , the Textron…

Patroller: the French army’s new tactical drone


During a visit to the Sagem (Safran) plant in Montluçon today (Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region), French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian witnessed the official announcement of the French army’s new “tactical drone system” (SDT) program contract. Vincent Imbert, Deputy director of the French Defence procurement agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement), handed the SDT contract to…

Gremlins Takes Flight to Provide Air-Recoverable Unmanned Air Systems

DARPA Gremlins

DARPA has awarded Phase 1 contracts for its Gremlins program, which seeks to develop innovative technologies and systems enabling aircraft to launch volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned air systems (UASs) and safely and reliably retrieve them in mid-air. Such systems, or “gremlins,” would be deployed with a mixture of mission payloads capable of generating a…

Piecing the puzzle together, RPAs provide crucial CAP capabilities: Planning the mission


By Senior Airman Christian Clausen, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – It’s a common myth that remotely piloted aircraft (RPA’s) such as the MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper fly themselves as autonomous super machines. Another misconception surrounding RPA’s is the aircraft require only a single pilot and sensor…