27 March 2015 - The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and UK MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organisation, OCCAr1 have awarded the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) contract to Thales, in collaboration with BAE Systems and their partners in France (ECA) and in the UK (ASV, Wood & Douglas, SAAB).
26 March 2015 - DARPA is seeking automated technologies to help its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program abide by the rules of the road while underway.
Senator McCain Weighs in on UCLASS Requirements
25 March 2015 - The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee argues for a more capable UCLASS in a letter to the Secretary of Defense.
24 March 15 - DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of TERN, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) to AeroVironment, Inc., and Northrop Grumman Corporation.
22 March 2015 - The Anil Ambani-led Reliance and Defense Aerospace Group has partnered with SAAB to respond to a tender to produce up to 50 ship-launched unmanned helicopters.
17 March 2015 - Researchers are testing mini-underwater unmanned vehicles in an ocean environment. But can they do real work?
16 March 2015 - In a recent "MARADMIN" message, the Deputy Commandant for Aviation directed the establishment of a Marine Occupational Specialty (MOS) for Unmanned Air Systems.
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16 March 2015 - A Naval Postgraduate student discusses the finer points of autonomy in unmanned military systems.
9 March 2015- Sentient has delivered the first Kestrel automated detection software to NAVAIR for use within the Mission Control System package for the MQ-8 Fire Scout.
4 March 2015 - The Spanish Navy has completed a series of successful sea trials of the Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) aboard the amphibious assault ship SPS Galicia (L-51). (VIDEO)
3 March 2015 - SeeByte has announced an order from the United Kingdom's (UK) Ministry Of Defence (MOD) Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) to deliver a maritime autonomy demonstration system.
24 February 2015 - The U.S. Navy will test a number of new offensive upgrades to the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter system over the next several years to include BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System pictured above.
13 February 2015 - A scientist explores how emulating a horseshoe crab's shell could make a viable surf zone robot.
4 February 2015 - The Naval Research Laboratory has unveiled its Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) after recent realistic testing. SAFFiR is a bipedal, humanoid robot designed to help researchers evaluate how unmanned systems can support Sailors with damage control aboard naval vessels.
30 January 2015 - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that it has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a leading designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers.
Photo courtesy of ASV. ASV's C-Enduro unmanned surface vehicle
30 January 2015 - SeeByte has been awarded a contract by the UK's Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). This contract is to undertake work in collaboration with Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV), a manufacturer of unmanned marine systems, and the Marine Biological Association of the UK.
30 January 2015 - Kutta Technologies announced today that they are a key member on the Office of the Naval Research’s (ONR) Autonomous Aerial Cargo Unmanned Resupply System (AACUS) team.
26 January 2015 - Leidos announced today that its prototype maritime autonomy system for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program recently completed its first self-guided voyage between Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi.
26 January 2015 - Raytheon Company has acquired privately-held Sensintel, Inc., a leading provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) solutions to the intelligence and special operations markets.
Image Courtesy of CoCoRo Project
12 January 2015 - Researchers at Austria's University of Graz have demonstrated the largest collection of swarming autonomous underwater vehicles with their Collective Cognitive Robots (CoCoRo) project. A total of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) were assembled for recent swarm testing at the university's Artificial Life Lab.
7 January 2015 – Air Force, Navy, and NASA variants of Northrop Grumman Corporation's High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) series recently flew more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission hours in one week than ever before.
5 January 2015 - The U.S. Navy recently approved the establishment of the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Fleet Introduction Team (FIT) to be based at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California.
5 January 2015 - A U.S. Navy BQM-74E target drone washed up on the tiny island of Patnanungan, Quezon, Philippines on Sunday.