Category: Military

Insitu Ushers in Next Generation of U.S. Coast Guard Aviation with Contract Award

ScanEagle US Coastguard

Insitu will provide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) services via ScanEagle aboard one Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) with three, one-year options following a contract award announcement this week. The Coast Guard procured the necessary services through a pre-existing multiple award contract executed by Naval Air Systems Command. The initial $4.5-million task order includes operation,…

Flying Launch and Recovery System: A true game-changer


By Jim McGrew, Program Manager for FLARES Insitu’s new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability, which was conceptualized and created by the collaboration of Insitu and Hood Technologies, caught the attention of a global audience during its public debut at Xponential last month. Since then, the industry has been buzzing with questions about the technology:…

ECA Group and Delair-Tech announce their technological and commercial partnership


The novel partnership of a French agency and an SME make it possible to combine agility and innovative capacity with a commercial network and expertise in the world-renowned defense sector. A joint offer of a tactical mini-drone for the defense sector Within the framework of their partnership, Delair-Tech and ECA are launching a joint offer…

MQ-1B Preator accident report released

An MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft comes in for a 'touch-and-go' during a training mission, May 13, 2013. The MQ-1B Predator is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily for munitions capability to support ground troops and base defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing/Released)

Three substantially contributing factors caused the crash of an MQ-1B Predator operating in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, April 28, 2015, according to an Abbreviated Accident Investigation Board report released today. The board president found, by a preponderance of evidence, that improper frequency selection, degradation of the ground data terminal transmitter output, and…

Predator C Avenger Flies With MS-177 Long-Range Sensor

An aerial view of General Atomics P46 Predator 'C', "Avenger" over the high deserts of Southern California. The latest generation Predator is a jet-powered remotely-piloted vehicle (RPV) that is nearly twice the size of its predecessor. Featuring an internal weapons bay, retractable gear, a blended wing design, top-mounted intake and shielded exhaust, the stealthy airframe can cruise at 50,000 feet and can perform multiple tasks from reconnaisance to attack roles.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the successful flight tests of Predator® C Avenger®, equipped with a MS-177 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor manufactured by UTC Aerospace Systems. MS-177, an advanced sensor in UTC’s SYERS family of sensors,…

Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) Surpasses One Million Flight Hours


Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a Textron Inc. business, announced today that its Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) has surpassed one million total flight hours, becoming the only unmanned aircraft system of its size to accomplish this significant milestone. More than 85 percent of these one million flight hours occurred during combat operations. Since its…

nEUROn UCAV flies at Istres air show

French manufacturer Dassault achieved an air show world first today when its nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator was presented in flight today at an air meet at Istres organized by the French Air Force making it the first time in world aeronautical history that a stealth aircraft controlled from the ground has flown in…

Sentient’s ViDAR payload to transform Maritime ISR through global distribution agreement with Insitu


Sentient Vision Systems, is excited to announce the signing of an exclusive global distribution agreement with Insitu for the ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) software for unmanned systems within the tactical UAS weight class. Insitu will incorporate the ViDAR payload into its fleet of unmanned systems, beginning with its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft. The ViDAR software…

Predator B Big Wing Flies for Over 37 Hours

pred b big wing

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the longest endurance flight of the Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Big Wing aircraft, a next-generation derivative of the combat-proven Predator B RPA. “This long-endurance flight demonstrates Predator B Big Wing’s game-changing…

Thirty X-8’s swarm for the Office of Naval Research

gtri locust

I don’t think I have ever seen as many Skywalker X8s in the same place. A great video,like the lost one in the woods. The LOw-Cost Unmanned aerial vehicle Swarming Technology (LOCUST) is a prototype tube-launched UAV. The LOCUST program will make possible the launch of multiple swarming UAVs to autonomously overwhelm and adversary.