Naval Unmanned Aerial Systems

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and their associated Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) provide navies around the world unique capabilities in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, scouting, and attack. The value of sea-launched UAV include operational and tactical flexibility and the ability to rapidly relocate a launch platform without the concerns of a land-based footprint and associated logistics chain.

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6 June 16 - NAVAIR junior personnel attended the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference May 3 in New Orleans, La. to learn about emerging technologies in the field and how the Navy can take advantage of these capabilities.

Integrator Completes First At-Sea Testing

13 February 2013 - The Navy's RQ-21A Small Tactical UAS completed its first operational take offs and landings at sea from the San Antonio class dock landing ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19).  The testing took place in the Gulf of Mexico on 10 February.  Above, the Integrator is recovered with Insitu's SkyHook capture rope (U.S. Navy Photo).

Unmanned ISR and Future Air Wing Composition

18 January 2013 - Naval aviation is approaching a critical decision regarding unmanned aircraft.

China's Expanding Maritime UAS Fleet

18 October 2012 - Recent contract awards indicate further Chinese interest in Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Navy to Establish Dedicated VTUAV Squadron

2 September 2012 - Unmanned Helicopter Reconnaissance Squadron One (HUQ-1) will stand up on October 1 to support the U.S. Navy’s growing rotary wing UAV fleet.

Northrop Grumman Awards Fire-X Subcontracts

21 August 2012 - Northrop Grumman announced two subcontract awards for work on the MQ-8C.

Navy to Station Triton Drones in Guam

17 August 2012 - The Navy intends to station the MQ-4C Triton at Anderson Airbase in Guam around 2017.

Wireless Energy Transmission: Powering Future Naval Drones

16 August 2012 - The introduction of wireless power transmission technology will add tremendous capabilities to future naval drones.

ScanEagles Used in Drone Swarm Testing

14 August 2012 – In June, Boeing and Johns Hopkins University teamed to test swarming functions using two ScanEagle drones.