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NATO Naval Exercise Features Autonomous Vehicles

18 July 2016 - Several different Autonomous Surface Vessels (ASVs), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), equipped with different sensors and acoustic payloads, are operating together in the seventh annual edition of REP16-Atlantic exercise, a joint exercise of the Portuguese Navy, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), and the University of Porto.

Seagull Unmanned Surface Vehicle Launches Torpedo

28 June 16 - Elbit Systems Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) has successfully test-launched an anti-submarine torpedo in trials off of Haifa, Israel.

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Sonardyne Supplies Optical Modems to Korean Research Institute Autonomous Vehicle

24 June 2016 - Sonardyne Asia Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, and its Korean reseller, Insung, have supplied underwater communications equipment to the Korean Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO).

Boeing's Echo Voyager Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Powered by Corvus Lithium Ion Energy Storage System

7 June 2016 - Boeing recently announced the addition of Echo Voyager to its fleet of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) developed by their research and development division, Phantom Works. Echo Voyager is the largest of the innovative UUV family, joining the Echo Seeker and Echo Ranger. Echo Voyager is capable of operating autonomously at sea for months at a time due to its hybrid rechargeable power system supported by a lithium-ion energy storage solution from Corvus Energy.

Navy Awards Insitu $71.5 Million Tactical UAS Contract

1 June 2016 - The Navy has awarded Insitu a $71.5 million firm fixed price contract to deliver six Lot V RQ-21 Blackjack unmanned air systems.

France to Conduct NEURON UCAV Carrier-Interoperability Testing

19 May 2016 - France's Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has announced a new campaign of flight tests for the NEURON Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator to include sea trials with the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle (R91).

U.S. Navy to Deploy AeroVironment Blackwing Reconnaissance Systems on Attack and Guided Missile Submarines

16 May 2016 - At the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition AeroVironment, Inc. today announced the United States Navy plans to deploy its “Blackwing™,” a small, tube-launched unmanned aircraft system that deploys from under the surface of the sea, on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles.

Cambridge Pixel Launches Unmanned Surface Vehicle Display App

11 May 2016 – Cambridge Pixel has launched USVx, a new radar display application to control radar sensors and tracking functions on unmanned or autonomous surface vehicles (USV/ASVs).

Fire Scout UAS off USS Freedom (LCS-1) - US Navy Photo

Littoral Combat Ship Deploys with Upgraded UAS Controls

27 April 2016 - Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command have deployed advanced mission control for the MQ-8 Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter, aboard the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4).

S-100 Demonstrated to Canadian Coast Guard

18 April 2016 – Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) successfully demonstrated its capabilities to a host of dignitaries from the Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Navy, Transport Canada, the Canadian National Research Council and the University of Alaska in partnership with the Memorial University of Newfoundland at Fogo Island, Canada.

Thales To Deliver Unmanned Air System to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

18 April 2016 - Thales fixed-wing navalized UAS will be installed on six New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) being constructed by Destini Shipbuilding and Engineering for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). 

Lockheed Martin Awarded Expendable Anti-submarine Warfare Target Contract

15 April 2016 - Lockheed Martin Sippican, of Marion, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $49,503,485 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to procure MK 39 Mod 2 expendable mobile antisubmarine warfare (ASW) training targets (EMATT).  The MK 39 Mod 2 EMATT is the Navy’s open ocean ASW training target. 

Government Accounting Office Releases CBARS Report

25 March 2016 - The GAO released a report entitled, "Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System: Debate over System’s Role Led to Focus on Aerial Refueling" which assesses the current status of the restructured CBARS program (now referred to as the MQ-25 Stingray).

John Hopkins APL Introduces a Submersible Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

17 March 2016 - Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, have developed an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can stay on station beneath the water, then launch into the air to perform a variety of missions.

SeeByte and OceanServer Offer the Iver3 EOD-XO Neptune Edition AUV

 15 March 2016 - SeeByte and OceanServer are pleased to announce a new commercial partnership. The companies recently successfully delivered three Iver3 systems with SeeByte’s software to the United Kingdom’s (UK) Ministry Of Defence (MOD) Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).

Boeing Introduces Massive Echo Voyager UUV

10 March 2016 – Boeing today introduced Echo Voyager, its latest unmanned, undersea vehicle (UUV), which can operate autonomously for months at a time thanks to a hybrid rechargeable power system and modular payload bay.

SeeByte and ASV Form Partnership to Develop the Next Generation of Adaptive Autonomous Systems 

7 March 2016 - SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems and ASV, leading supplier of Unmanned and Autonomous Marine Systems, are pleased to announce a commercial partnership where the two companies will collaborate to bring new advanced capabilities and solutions to the field of maritime autonomy.

NATO CMRE Makes Strides in Synthetic Aperture Sonar Data Storage

1 March 2016 - The Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), an executive body of NATO’s Science and Technology Organization (STO), has produced a major breakthrough in swappable Autonomous Underwater Vehicle data storage.

Joint Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Swarming Integration Testing

23 February 2016 - The Joint Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Swarming Integration (JUSI) Quick Reaction Test (QRT) will develop a concept for swarming unmanned aircraft to electronically attack integrated air defense networks.

Submaran S-10 Conducts New Trials Off San Diego

MQ-4C Triton UAS Completes Operational Assessment

17 February 2016 - The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) built for the U.S. Navy by Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully completed Operational Assessment (OA). Pending final data analysis, the completion of this milestone signals the maturity of the system and paves the way for a positive Milestone C decision. Milestone C will transition Triton into low rate initial production.

CAMCOPTER® S-100 – Flies With Detect and Avoid System 

09 February 2016 – Schiebel, the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), the Netherlands Coastguard, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force conducted a series of successful flights with a newly developed airborne Detect and Avoid System at the airport of Den Helder in December 2015.

Elbit Systems Introduces Seagull: A New Multi-Mission Unmanned Surface Vehicle System for Maritime Warfare Missions

8 February 2016 - Drawing on world class know-how derived from generations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) design, development and operation and its naval capabilities, Elbit Systems’ newest offering in the unmanned platform field is Seagull - an organic, modular, highly autonomous, multi-mission Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) system.

X-47B Aerial Refueling Demo Nominated for the Collier Trophy

2 February 2016 – The National Aeronautic Association announced today that the X-47B's autonomous aerial refueling demonstration last year is one of nine aerospace projects and accomplishments to compete for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

AeroVironment’s Puma AE UAS Supporting Coast Guard Antarctic Resupply

2 February 2016 - AeroVironment, Inc. announced it and a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been contracted to provide the U.S. Coast Guard ice breaker Polar Star with a RQ-20A Puma™ AE unmanned aircraft system for the annual Operation Deep Freeze resupply mission.

Distributed Lethality Concept Relies Heavily on UAVs

22 January 2016 - The U.S. Navy's surface warfare community has released a video depicting its distributed lethality concept. Throughout the video, unmanned air vehicles, presumably variants of DARPA's TERN program, are depicted on surface combatants and amphibious ships.  The UAVs would support organic over-the-horizon targeting for a host of new surface to surface missiles the navy intends to acquire over the next several years.

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NOAA Demonstrates Improved Coyote UAS

7 January 2016 - A team from NOAA and Raytheon successfully demonstrated recent advancements of the Coyote Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) while completing a mid-flight launch from the NOAA P-3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft on January 7th. The successful flight verified new technology designed to improve Coyote’s ability to collect vital weather data to improve hurricane forecasts.

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