Unmanned Naval Systems Headlines

Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Delivered to Submarine Squadron

28 August 2014 - The Large Training Vehicle 38 (LTV 38) was recently delivered for testing and training to Commander, Submarine Development Squadron FIVE's UUV Detachment.

X-47B Conducts Joint Flight Ops with Manned Aircraft

17 August 2014 - The Navy's unmanned X-47B conducted joint flight operations with an F/A-18 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) (video) 

Boeing Names New Insitu President

6 August 2014 –Boeing and subsidiary Insitu Inc. today named Ryan Hartman Insitu president and CEO, effective immediately.

Hartman most recently served as senior vice president, Insitu Programs. He succeeds CEO Steve Morrow, who is retiring.

Insitu Integrator Demonstrates 24 Hour Long Flight

22 July 2014 – Insitu announced today the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft.

CybAero UAV to be Upgraded with Rotron Engines

22 July 2014 - Rotron has announced that its rotary engines will be installed on CybAero's Apid 60 Helicopter. 

Navy Anti-submarine Warfare Drone Begins Construction

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).

Boston Engineering Receives State Grant to Enhance BIOSwimmer UUV

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.

Navy Releases Investigation on USS CHANCELLORSVILLE Drone Crash

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.

DARPA and ONR to Team on Long Range Ship-based UAV

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.

NATO Glider Experiment Underway in Sardinian Sea

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.

Polish Navy Chooses Saab ROV For Mine Countermeasures

10 June 2014 - Defense and security company Saab announces that the Polish Navy has chosen the Double Eagle system for the Kormoran II MCMV.

Schiebel Demonstrates the S-100 to the Brazilian Navy

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. 

U.S. Navy Extends Textron Unmanned ISR Services

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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UTC Aerospace Selected for Unmanned Vehicle Propulsion Contract

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.

Sagetech to Research Development of Miniature IFF Transponder for Navy UAVs

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

Aurora Flight Sciences Awarded Phase II AACUS Contract

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).

MQ-8C Fire Scout Prepares for Shipboard Flights

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

S-100 UAS Demonstrated to Dutch Maritime Authorities

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. 

Liquid Robotics Signs R&D Agreement with NOAA

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. 

NOAA Issues Solicitation for Multi-rotor UAS

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.

Coast Guard Requests Info on Persistent Unmanned Vehicles

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.

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.

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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