22 July 2014 – Insitu announced today the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft.
22 July 2014 - Rotron has announced that its rotary engines will be installed on CybAero's Apid 60 Helicopter.
7 July 2014 - An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos (formerly SAIC), has begun construction on DARPA's ACTUV (Autonomous Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel).
28 June 2014 - Boston Engineering today announced the award of a $200,000 START Stage II grant to advance the development of its BIOSwimmer™ autonomous UUV.
27 June 2014 - The U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet has released its command investigation into the malfunctioning BQM-74 target drone that impacted the guided missile cruiser CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62) during a missile tracking exercise last November.
13 June 2014 - DARPA and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on a joint DARPA/Navy research and development program called “Tern.
12 June 2014 - From 6 to 26 June 2014 the Sardinian Sea will be the site of the REP14-MED experiment, where scientists and engineers from 21 partners and six nations will test and develop new systems, technologies and solutions for ocean monitoring and seabed characterization using autonomous underwater gliders.
10 June 2014 - Defense and security company Saab announces that the Polish Navy has chosen the Double Eagle system for the Kormoran II MCMV.
5 June 2014 – Schiebel´s dedication to the maritime domain and its ability to respond to the evolving unmanned systems requirements lead to a series of trials for the Brazilian Navy from 2nd to 5th June near San Pedro, Brazil, from the Brazilian Amazonas Class Ship APA.
19 May, 2014 — Textron Systems Unmanned Systems announced today a new task order under the U.S. Navy Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Services program with the Aerosonde that is expected to reach full operational capability by the end of May.
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14 May 2014 - UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to proceed with the next phases of the Long Endurance Undersea Vehicle Propulsion (LEUVP) energy program.
12 May 2014 - Sagetech Corporation announced a new contract with the U.S. Navy Identification Systems Branch to estimate the development of a Mode 5 military aviation transponder
7 May 2014 - Aurora Flight Sciences has been down-selected over Lockheed Martin for a $13.7 million contract to complete development of the autonomous aerial cargo/delivery system (AACUS).
5 May 2014 - In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman Corporation-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships.
Photo courtesy of Schiebel
30 April 2014 – Schiebel's CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) successfully demonstrated its capability to perform in several different maritime scenarios to Dutch Authorities in Den Helder, The Netherlands, on 29 April 2014.
24 April 2014 - Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced the signing of a multi-year, Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) designed to advance ocean observations to improve U.S. weather forecasting, fisheries management and environmental monitoring.
18 April 2014 -Yesterday the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a request for quotation set aside for a small business to provide a ship-board small unmanned air system.
17 April 2014 - The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a request for information to assess the viability of persistent Unmanned Marine Vehicles (UMV) to support its missions.
U.S. Navy Photo
16 April 2014 - The U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 autonomous underwater vehicle "Artemis" continues to search for wreckage from Malaysian Air Flight 370 Boeing 777 in the Southern Indian Ocean West of Australia.
3 April 2014 - In a letter to the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Representative "Buck" McKeon, the Chief of Naval Operations requested $6 million for Hydroid's Littoral Battlespace Sensing Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LBS-UUV) on the Pentagon's Fiscal Year 2015 Unfunded Priorities list.
21 March 2014 - The Navy's MQ-4C Triton completed its initial flight test phase at Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif., facility March 13, bringing the unmanned air system one step closer to introduction to the fleet in 2017.
20 March 2014 - If the wreckage is found, what happens next?
19 March 2014 - According to Naval Air Systems Command, on 10 March the MQ-8C unmanned helicopter surpassed 100 flight hours.
3 March 2014 - Raytheon Company has been awarded $35.5 million to provide the U.S. Navy with AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar systems and equipment.
28 February 2014 - Swedish-based CybAero has announced that an undisclosed Chinese customer has placed an order in the amount of $7.5 million for the APID 60 vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicle. The vehicle is expected to be operated from ships.
18 February 2014 - Congressman Randy Forbes, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, penned a second letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus concerning the forthcoming UCLASS Draft Request for Proposal.
13 February 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy successfully flew the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter for the first time. Conducted at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California, the flight will allow the team to ramp up testing efforts to prepare the system for operations.
11 February 2014 - SeeByte has today announced the launch of a new Multibeam Imaging Sonar Mosaic Tool for use with the company’s SeeTrack CoPilot software.
11 February 2014 - Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced today that its Micro Systems, Inc. subsidiary of its Advanced Drone and Targets Systems Division recently received a four-year Basic Ordering Agreement from the U.S. Navy valued at up to $29.6 million for unmanned aerial drone command and control systems and services.
6 February 2014 - Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled its new Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) combat marine system - "KATANA" for Homeland Security applications at the Defexpo 2014 Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition in New Delhi. (Follow title link to video)
29 January 2014 - NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The Navy and Marine Corps' newest small unmanned aircraft system RQ-21A Blackjack began its initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) in early January at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California.
13 January 2014 - Edinburgh-based SeeByte has successfully integrated SeeTrack Neptune with the OceanServer Iver2 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for the use of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).
31 December 2013 - Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have completed nine initial flight tests of the Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS), marking the half-way point in a process called envelope expansion. (NEW VIDEO)
26 December 2013 - A summary of the year's most significant developments in unmanned naval systems as judged by our readers.
17 December 2013 - The U.S. Navy has announced two small business research solicitations to develop submarine-hunting magnetic anomaly detectors (MAD) for unmanned aerial vehicles.
13 December 2013 - An Heron UAV from Indian Naval Air Station (INS) Parundu crashed in to a grove of coconut trees, causing no casualties.
5 December 2013 - ACSA is pleased to announce that the SeaExplorer glider, developed by ACSA in partnership with ACRI, CNRS and IFREMER, successfully completed a two-month record mission in collaboration with the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV) of National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC).
20 November 2013 - U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Acoustics Division, with Bluefin Robotics, executed a record setting 507 kilometer (315 mile), long-endurance autonomy research mission using its heavyweight-class mine countermeasures autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), Reliant.
11 November 2013 - On Friday, the Navy announced a contract valued at $26.2 million to Kongsberg Maritime's Hydroid subsidiary to support its growing fleet of unmanned underwater vehicles.
7 November 2013 - At the direction of the Chief of Naval Operations, Assessment Division (OPNAV N81), the RAND Corp has released a new study on Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) for naval use.
31 October 2013 – Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first flight of the next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California.
23 October 2013 - Aurora Flight Sciences today announced that the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) has awarded it a $2,811,232 contract for the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program.
21 October 2013 - AeroVironment, Inc. announced a series of enhancements to the RQ-20A Puma AE small unmanned aircraft system at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting.
QUINCY, Mass. and EDINBURGH, Scotland (Oct. 7, 2013)—Bluefin Robotics, a provider of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), announced today that it has acquired SeeByte, Ltd., developer of autonomous platform software that enhances the user experience and the capabilities of underwater sensors, vehicles and systems.
28 September 2013 - The U.S. Navy recently introduced the new 65 foot Coastal Command Boat (65PB1101) into the fleet. Among other maritime security missions, CCB will test new concepts in employing unmanned underwater vehicles.
26 September 2013 - The General Accounting Office issued a report today calling for greater congressional oversight of the UCLASS program. The report cautions that the Navy's pursuit of the programs is outside the normal framework for Congressional accountability for cost, schedule, and performance metrics.
18 September 2013 - The X-47B (AV-2) conducted the 100th flight for the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program today at Patuxent River Air Station.
8 September 2013 - The carrier take-off and arrested landings of the U.S. Navy's X-47B demonstrator have garnered significant press attention this year. Less noticed however, is the rapid development of rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles across the world's fleets.
6 September 2013 -The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced additional awardees for Phase I of the ship-based Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) unmanned aerial vehicle program.
5 September 2013 – Schiebel and FLIR Systems Polytec AB announces the successful integration of the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) with the CORONA 350 Airborne Sensor. This successful integration marked the first time that this airborne sensor was flown on board a UAV.
Photo: FLIR Systems
Russia & UAE Plan Joint Unmanned Combat Helicopter
2 September 2013 - Russia’s Berkut Aero design bureau and the United Arab Emirate’s Adcom Systems have announced plans to develop an unmanned combat aerial vehicle based on Russia’s two-seat Berkut VL helicopter.
25 August 2013 - The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $2.2 million contract to Baltimore-based Maritime Applied Physics Corp. (MAPC) for the initial phase of the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) ship-board unmanned air vehicle program.
13 August 2013 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) announced its successful demonstration of Predator® B's Electronic Attack capability at the U.S. Marine Corp's (USMC's) Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course held at Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Yuma on April 12.
12 August 2013 – AeroVironment, Inc. today announced that a recent outdoor test flight of a solar-powered prototype version of the company’s proven Puma AE™ small unmanned aircraft system (UAS), operating with the company’s newest long-endurance battery, lasted 9 hours, 11 minutes.
7 August 2013 - The US Navy's Knifefish surface mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) program has achieved a new milestone with the completion of a comprehensive risk reduction program.
19 July 2013 - Northrop Grumman delivered its first upgraded MQ-8C aircraft to the Navy in early July in preparation for ground and flight testing.
Photo: Northrop Grumman Corp.
19 July 2013 - A discussion on the merits of dedicated mine hunting vessels and unmanned underwater systems.
Saab Signs Contract for Skeldar UAS for Maritime Operations
11 July 11 2013 - Defense and security company Saab has signed a contract to deploy the Skeldar Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for maritime operations.
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