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Bluefin 21 "Artemis" Continues Search for MH370

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.

Navy Includes LBS-UUV on Unfunded List

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.

Periplus Media Announces Native Advertising Program For Unmanned Systems Manufacturers

2 April 2013 - Periplus Media, the publisher of Naval Drones, is pleased to announce the introduction of Native Advertising on this website and associated feeds. Publisher-produced brand content is sweeping the marketing world and will transform the way audiences understand and perceive your product offerings. 

Initial Triton Testing Complete

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.

How Naval Drones Could Help Solve the Mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight #370

20 March 2014 - If the wreckage is found, what happens next? 

MQ-8C Surpasses 100 Flight Hours

19 March 2014 - According to Naval Air Systems Command, on 10 March the MQ-8C unmanned helicopter surpassed 100 flight hours. 

Raytheon Awarded Contract to Supply Remote Minehunting System Sonar

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.

Chinese Customer Places APID 60 Order

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.

HASC Leader Continues to Press SECNAV on UCLASS Requirements

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.

Second MQ-8C Takes Flight

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. 

Seebyte Releases New Sonar Mosaic Tool

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.

Kratos Receives U.S. Navy Unmanned Aerial Drone System Single Contract Award

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.

IAI Unveils New Unmanned Surface Vehicle

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)

U.S. Navy Begins Blackjack UAS Operational Testing

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.

Royal Canadian Navy Integrates New EOD Software into Unmanned Vehicles

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).

Triton Completes Flight Tests Milestone

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)

2013: The Year in Sea Drones

26 December 2013 - A summary of the year's most significant developments in unmanned naval systems as judged by our readers.

Drones Get MAD

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.

Indian Navy Heron Crashes

13 December 2013 - An Heron UAV from Indian Naval Air Station (INS) Parundu crashed in to a grove of coconut trees, causing no casualties.

SeaExplorer Breaks UUV Endurance Record

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).

Navy Reliant AUV Sets Mission Endurance Record

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.

Navy Awards Hydroid REMUS Sustainment Contract

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.

Rand on Unmanned Surface 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. 

MQ-8C Makes First Flight

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.

Aurora Flight Sciences Awarded DARPA UAV Contract

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.

AeroVironment Unveils Puma Upgrades

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.

Bluefin Acquires SeeByte Adding New Software Capabilities to Maritime Robotics Portfolio  

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.

New UUV Mothership Hits the Fleet: the Coastal Command Boat

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.

GAO Report Raises Caution on UCLASS

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.

X-47B Program Completes Centennial Flight

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.

Unmanned Naval Helicopters Take-off in 2013

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.

DARPA Awards Additional TERN Contracts

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. 

Schiebel S-100 – Integrates New FLIR Systems Sensor

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.

DARPA Awards First Phase I TERN UAV Contract

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.

Predator B Demonstrates Electronic Attack for Marines

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.

Puma AE Integrates Solar Power for Record Flights

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.

General Dynamics Completes Knifefish Risk Reduction Testing

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.

Northrop Delivers Upgraded Fire Scout to USN

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.

Ships vs UUVs for Mine Clearance - Not Mutually Exclusive

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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