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General Dynamics Links Bluefin Robotics UUVs and AeroVironment‘s Blackwing UAV to Submarine Combat Control Center

General Dynamics Links Bluefin Robotics UUVs and AeroVironment‘s Blackwing UAV to Submarine Combat Control Center  General Dynamics Mission Systems and General Dynamics Electric Boat demonstrated multiple mission command, control and communication capabilities connecting Bluefin Robotics’ unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) and a third-party provided unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a simulated AN/BYG-1 submarine […]

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GA-ASI Chasing Avenger Sale to International Customer

GA-ASI Chasing Avenger Sale to International Customer As General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) discloses the pursuit of a potential sale of 90 jet-powered Predator C Avengers to an undisclosed international customer, company executives are pushing the US government to clarify and relax export controls on unmanned air vehicles to non-NATO allies. […]

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US Army Looks to Partner with Industry on Unmanned Aviation Technology

US Army Looks to Partner with Industry on Unmanned Aviation Technology At a small airfield near the nation’s capital, an innovative group of engineers is designing and building futuristic aircraft that are catching the attention of Army researchers. The engineering firm, Aurora Flight Sciences, hosted a visit from U.S. Army Research Laboratory […]

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Swarm Intelligence Key to Successful Drone Operations

Swarm Intelligence Key to Successful Drone Operations Using swarm intelligence may be a way to combat many of the challenges faced by drone operators, both in business and by governments, according to a group of academics. Researchers from British and French universities have written a paper noting how drones can now add […]

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General Atomics MQ-25A Stingray Design is Optimised for US Navy’s Needs

General Atomics MQ-25A Stingray Design is Optimised for US Navy’s Needs The US Navy, in its latest draft request for proposals issued last month, pitched four major defense firms to submit concepts for a future unmanned aerial refuelling tanker that top officials say could be flying with the first aircraft carrier wing as […]

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Gray Eagle – Extended Range Performs 42-Hour Flight

Gray Eagle – Extended Range Performs 42-Hour Flight General Atomics on 6 August performed a 42-hour endurance flight with its Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) variant, a 68% increase over the stamina of its Gray Eagle predecessor. A General Atomics official on 15 August attributed the extra-long flight […]

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Predator Crashes on Takeoff from Incirlik

Predator Crashes on Takeoff from Incirlik While departing Incirlik Air Base, a U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft crashed at approximately 10:15 p.m. local time, Aug. 17, 2017, near Adana, Turkey. “At this time the safety of our host nation civilians and the recovery and security of our asset is […]

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MQ-9B SkyGuardian Completes FAA Approved Flight

MQ-9B SkyGuardian Completes FAA Approved Flight On August 16th General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew a MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) from Laguna Airfield at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., through National Airspace, to its Gray Butte Flight Operations facility near Palmdale, California. The MQ-9B is a STANAG 4671 (NATO airworthiness […]

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US Naval Research Lab Tests Stackable CICADA Microdrones Swarm

US Naval Research Lab Tests Stackable CICADA Microdrones Swarm The U.S. Naval Research Lab has been working on its CICADA (Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft) drones since at least 2011. The tiny drones are designed to be carried aloft by other aircraft and dropped, whereupon they’ll use GPS and little fins to glide to within […]

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Peruvian Air Force Develops Two New Drones

Peruvian Air Force Develops Two New Drones The Peruvian Air Force’s (FAP, per its Spanish acronym) Project Research and Investigation Center (CIDEP, per its Spanish acronym) was created in 1993 to develop flight simulators for Cessna A-37 aircraft. The project was led by officers from the electronic services branch. Following their success, […]

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