MQ-8C Fire Scout Ground Turns and Telemetry Testing onboard USS Montgomery (LCS 8)

27 March 2017 - Northrop Grumman employees support MQ-8C ground turns and telemetry tests on board littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) while moored at Naval Base San Diego. This was the first test of the MQ-8C version of the Fire Scout on board an LCS. At see testing is planned later this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Eshleman)

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9 March 2017 - Rafael Advanced Defense Systems completed a test firing demonstration using its Protector unmanned surface vehicle, or USV.

During the demonstration, the vehicle conducted a series of launches with a variety of munitions, including the Spike missile. The event marked the first missile test firing with a fully operational, remotely-controlled Protector platform.

Wide Area Sensor Flies on Integrator UAV

15 February 2017 - Logos Technologies and Insitu, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, are proud to announce the successful initial flight test of the Redkite wide-area sensor aboard the Integrator small tactical unmanned aircraft.

DARPA Demonstrates Drone Recovery System (Video)

6 February 2017 - In December 2016, Aurora Flight Sciences successfully tested a full-scale technology demonstration system that repeatedly captured a 400-pound Lockheed Martin Fury UAS accelerated to representative flight speeds via an external catapult. The system is capable of recovering aircraft up to 1,100 pounds, exceeding DARPA’s design objectives.

Textron Systems Begins On-Water Testing for Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV™)

11 January 2017 - Textron Systems Unmanned Systems announced today that it began on-water testing for the fourth-generation Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV™), supporting the U.S. Navy's Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) program.

DOD Releases Video of 103 Drone Swarm

9 January 2017 - The Department of Defense's Strategic Capabilities Office, partnering with Naval Air Systems Command, successfully demonstrated one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California. The test, conducted in October 2016 consisted of 103 Perdix drones launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornets. The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing.  

China Seizes US Navy Underwater Drone

16 December 2016 - On December 15th 2016, the Chinese Navy seized an American unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operating in international waters off the Western coast of the Philippines. 

ONR Conducts Force Protection Swarm Demonstration

14 December 2016 — Autonomous unmanned swarming boats were put through their paces in a recent demonstration in the lower Chesapeake Bay—with results that show dramatic new possibilities for autonomy in future naval missions.

Johns Hopkins APL, Navy Demonstrate High-Speed, Autonomous Surface Patrol Capability

13 December 2016 - After a year of internal research and development, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, recently conducted a large, at-sea demonstration of swarming unmanned surface vessels (USV).

Boeing to Acquire Liquid Robotics

6 December 2016 – Boeing has entered into an agreement to acquire Liquid Robotics, a market leader in autonomous maritime systems and developer of the Wave Glider ocean surface robot, to grow its seabed-to-space autonomous capabilities.

Aurora Flight Sciences to Develop Unmanned Huey

13 November 2016 - Aurora Flight Sciences continues to break ground on the development of advanced autonomous capabilities for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems. Aurora's work on the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program will be leveraged to integrate the company's Tactical Autonomous Aerial Logistics System (TALOS) on a UH-1H helicopter.

DARPA's Anti-submarine Drone Tests Towed Airborne Sensor

24 October 2016 - DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program demonstration vessel is currently undergoing open-water testing off the coast of California and recently set sail with a prototype low-cost, elevated sensor mast developed through the Agency’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort.

DCNS and Airbus Join Forces to Introduce Unmanned Naval Helicopter

21 October 2016 - DCNS and Airbus Helicopters are joining forces to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine – SDAM) program, the VSR700. 

Final MQ-25 Design Contract Awarded to Northrop Grumman

20 October 2016 - The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, of El Segundo, California, a $35,752,362 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to conduct risk reduction activities in support of the MQ-25 Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System.

Navy Awards MQ-8C Fire Scout Radar Contract

17 October 2016 - Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey AESA radar has been picked to serve as look-out on-board the US Navy’s newly-upgraded unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout. The contract will see Leonardo delivering an initial batch of 5 radars to the US Navy’s procurement organisation, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), for testing and evaluation work.

General Atomics Awarded MQ-25 Design Contract

5 October 2016 - The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, California, a $43,736,111 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to conduct risk reduction activities in support of the MQ-25 Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System.

Lockheed Launches Unmanned Air Vehicle from Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

28 September 2016 - Lockheed Martin successfully launched Vector Hawk, a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), on command from the Marlin MK2 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) during a cross-domain command and control event hosted by the U.S. Navy. 

Navy Approves Triton UAVs for Initial Production

23 September 2016 - The Department of the Navy announced yesterday that the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) received milestone C approval.

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Bell Unveils Missile Firing Unmanned Tiltrotor

22 September 22, 2016 – Speaking before an audience of aviation and military experts assembled at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. today unveiled the Bell V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor.  

General Dynamics Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Detects Threats to Ship Hulls and Structures

22 September 2016 - General Dynamics Mission Systems featured the Bluefin Robotics hovering-autonomous underwater vehicle (H-AUV) at OCEANS 2016 in Monterey, California. 

DARPA Awards Hydra Unmanned System Contracts

16 September 2016 - The Boeing Company, in Huntington Beach, California, has been awarded a $21,885,490 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a research project under the Hydra Phase 2 modular unmanned system program.

France Concludes ESPADON Unmanned Program

15 September 2016 - France's ESPADON unmanned mine-hunting demonstration program has successfully concluded. The ESPADON program was a component of the French MoD overarching Système de Lutte Anti-Mines Futur (SLAMF, future mine countermeasures program). 

Bluefin-21 Launches Smaller AUVs in Navy Exercise

9 September 2016 - The General Dynamics Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) successfully launched multiple Bluefin SandShark™ micro-autonomous underwater vehicles (M-AUV) as part of several capability demonstrations at the U.S. Navy sponsored 2016 Annual Naval Technology Exercises (ANTX) in Newport, Rhode Island. 

AeroVironment UAV Communicates with Underwater Drone Swarm

8 September 2016 - AeroVironment, Inc has announced the United States Navy has successfully demonstrated the use of its submarine-launched Blackwing UAV to link with a swarm of unmanned undersea vehicles and communicate with the submarine combat control system during the Annual Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) on August 16.

Liquid Robotics to Partner with Norway's Maritime Robotics

7 September 2016 - Liquid Robotics®, the leader in long-duration, unmanned ocean robots, today announced a new business and technology partnership with Maritime Robotics, Norway’s leading system integrator of autonomous maritime systems.

Northrop Grumman to Demonstrate Unmanned Mine Hunting for Royal Navy

2 September 2016 - Northrop Grumman Corporation will demonstrate its unmanned mine hunting capability during the Royal Navy`s upcoming Unmanned Warrior exercise.

SCALABLE Network Technologies to Support U.S. Navy Drone Communications

1 September 2016 - SCALABLE Network Technologies, Inc., a producer of wireless network design and optimization tools, announced today that the United States Navy will leverage its EXata simulation software as part of the Forward-Deployed-Energy and Communications Outpost (FDECO) Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) project.

Riptide Ships Six Unmanned Underwater Vehicles to the U.S. Navy

18 August 2016 - Riptide Autonomous Solutions has shipped six Micro-UUVs to the US Navy. The unmanned undersea vehicles are configured with a dry payload volume that will enable rapid payload development and demonstration and allow the Navy to test various new sensor systems with these small flexible vehicles.

QinetiQ to Integrate Unmanned Air, Sea, and Subsea Vehicles 

18 August 2016 - QinetiQ will provide the UK component of a multinational demonstration of unmanned and autonomous systems under a new contract with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

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Elbit Systems Introduces Skylark™ C

16 August 2016 - Elbit Systems has introduced the Skylark C, a waterproof and floating unmanned air vehicle that provides even small vessels a unique organic offoard surveillance capability that can be deployed and retrieved in less than 15 minutes.

Mexican Navy Debuts New Surveillance Drone

3 August 2016 - The Mexican navy launched its new Arcturus T-20 surveillance drone at a ceremony in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, last week

Swiftships Partners with ICS on Autonomous Special Ops Craft

1 August 2016 - Swiftships has partnered with ICS Nett Inc. (ICS), a Virginia-based technology solutions company, to continue research and development efforts on the Anaconda, a Special Operation Craft Riverine (SOCR).

Sea Hunter Completes Initial Performance Trials

25 July 2016 - Leidos today announced that the Sea Hunter unmanned surface vehicle completed initial performance trials off San Diego, California on June 22nd for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program.

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.

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.

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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