30 December 2014- A summary of the top unmanned naval systems stories circulating social media and the news this year.
23 December 2014 – The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully flew the MQ-8C Fire Scout system for the first time off the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), December 16 off the Virginia coast.
16 December 2014 – The U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy, flew the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter off the national security cutter (NSC), USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), December 5 off the coast of Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California.
12 December 2014 - The U.S. Navy completed tests on the GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC-FS), December 11.
3 December 2014 – Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the first operational MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy. The system will be used by ship-based commanders to improve the Navy's intelligence-gathering capabilities.
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26 November 2014 - CybAero has been selected by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to conduct test and demonstration flights from Sweden's world-leading Visby class corvette in 2015.
20 November 2014 - Tomorrow, the Office of Naval Research will hold a classified industry day tomorrow in Arlington, Virginia to inform industry concerning research areas desired for the development of an Anti-submarine Warfare Mission Package (ASWMP) for ONR's future Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV).
18 November 2014 - Reston, Virginia-based Leidos completed a total of 42 days of at-sea demonstrations of the prototype maritime autonomy system designed to control all of the maneuvering and mission functions of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV).
6 November 2014 - Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced today that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) has successfully completed its first U.S. Navy flight test for its BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) Unmanned Aerial Drone System.
4 November 2014 - Naval Air Systems command has issued a request for information for airborne radar/antenna capabilities that can serve to meet MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Sense and Avoid (SAA) Radar capability requirements.
04 November 2014 - Nineteen unmanned underwater vehicles and more than 40 nations take on the challenge of mine clearance in FIFTH Fleet's International Mine Clearance Exercise.
03 November 2014 - It's not surprising to see another naval mission where unmanned air vehicles have bled into the private sector. At least one private security company has offered UAV services as an anti-piracy solution.
31 October 2014 - SeeByte has successfully demonstrated their Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) software using a L-3 Klein Associates sonar payload (L-3 Klein UUV 3500, dual frequency 455/900 kHz) on an Iver-3 vehicle.
31 October 2014 - As part of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) operation Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) helped to save the lives of over 2800 refugees in the Mediterranean Sea during several missions.
30 October 2014 - As part of the 2014 Euronaval exhibition, Airbus Defence and Space and DCNS signed a cooperation agreement on Tuesday 28 October 2014 in Paris to develop a ship-based helicopter UAS capability.
29 October 2014 - From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu announced today ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its ScanEagle platform.
25 October 2014 - BMT Isis, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd (BMT) and Plymouth based MSubs Ltd are collaborating to develop a fully instrumented Maritime Sea Range in which to test unmanned craft.
24 October 2014 - The NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) recently hosted maritime sea trials of advanced robotic platforms which can support crisis intervention teams in detecting, locating and rescuing humans in danger, in maritime and land disaster scenarios.
23 October 2014- How one junior officer's research will change the way autonomous vehicles navigate in the future.
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23 October 2014 –Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully completed precision sloped landing tests Aug. 27 with the MQ-8C Fire Scout at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, in preparation for at-sea testing.
16 October 2014 - The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has successfully completed its first flight.
9 October 2014 - The U.S. Navy recently demonstrated a swarm of automated boats. But will the hype live up to the reality?
8 October 2014 - Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has been awarded a $33.9 million contract by the U.S. Navy to provide the Littoral Combat Ship with an unmanned mine counter-measures system.
16 October 2014 - The U.S. Navy recently conducted trials of a towed mine hunting sonar from an unmanned surface vehicle in the Arabian Gulf.
2 October 2014 - Will UAVs drive the next wave of anti-ship defense technology?
NATO Researchers Uncover Seabed Secrets with Underwater Robots
2 October 2014 - The NATO Research Vessel Alliance is conducting the Multinational AutoNomy Experiment (MANEX ‘14) along the Ligurian coast, in order to demonstrate the advantages of mapping the seabed using autonomous vehicles.
24 September 2014 – AeroVironment, Inc. today announced it has received a firm fixed-price order valued at $21,779,408 for RQ-12 Wasp® AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages for the United States Marine Corps.
23 September 2014 - Boeing and Liquid Robotics today signed a global, multi-year teaming agreement for collaboration on product development, maritime services and operational deployments.
22 September 2014 - DARPA has awarded a Phase II contract in the amount of $19,267,875 to Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation to for the ship-based Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
17 September 2014 - USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) will embark the MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical take-off unmanned aerial vehicle during its 16-month Western Pacific forward deployment later this year.
Kratos Receives $4.8 Million Unmanned Aerial Drone Control System Delivery Order
16 September 2014 - Kratos Defense & Security
Solutions, Inc. announced today that its Micro Systems, Inc. subsidiary of the Kratos Unmanned Systems Division (KUSD) recently received a delivery order from the U.S. Navy for unmanned aerial drone system command and control systems and services.
15 September 2014- IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. has successfully delivered An assembly of three test components for the Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff UAS using IBC’s proprietary Beralcast® technology.
10 September 2014 - NAVAIR engineers recently installed new software for the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system’s control station at the program’s Naval Air Station Patuxent River lab.
28 August 2014 - Raytheon Company and the U.S. Army achieved the first intercept of a cruise missile by the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative missile. An AI3 missile also destroyed an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Both intercepts occurred during the recent Black Dart demonstration – a U.S. military exercise held July 29 - August 11 off the coast of California.
1 September 2014 - SeeByte and SeaRobotics, a leading provider of autonomous and unmanned systems, are proud to announce the integration of SeeByte's SeeTrack Neptune with SeaRobotics' family of general purpose Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) as part of a Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) contract.
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.
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)
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.
22 July 2014 – Insitu announced today the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft.
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).
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.
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.
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.