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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