2013 Headlines


The Evolution of Drone Motherships - Part I

25 October 2012 - Drones are carried by a wide variety of naval platforms, and in some cases, other drones themselves.


China's Expanding Maritime UAS Fleet

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

Naval Drone Tech: Countering UUVs

14 October 2012- How will navies detect and neutralize the increasing number of unmanned underwater vehicles?


DARPA Concludes RQ-4A In-Flight Refueling Program

8 October 2012- DARPA's air-to-air refueling test will benefit future Navy UAV programs.


Reversing Asymmetry with Unmanned Naval Systems

30 September 2012 - Can drones reverse the threats caused by the proliferation of mines, diesel submarines, and anti-ship missiles?


Future Drone Power - Part II

27 September 2012 - Unmanned naval systems are rapidly reaching the physcal limits of current power technologies and innovation is required to overcome these challenges.


Drones v. Mines

21 September 2012 - Multimedia highlights from the unmanned-systems heavy International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 12.


Cloak Blade Navy Demo

20 September 2012 - The Navy Warfare Development Command’s Navy Center for Innovation will demonstrate John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Cloak Blade Micro-Copter on September 24.


RQ-21A Integrator Continues Flight Testing

13 September 2012 - The Navy’s RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) began developmental tests with a 66 minute flight on September 10 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California.


Mine Warfare Gets a Boost From Drones

12 September 2012 - Old ships combined with new unmanned systems upgrade the Navy's MCM capabilities.


Art, Technology, and Drones
8 September 2012 - A unique mash-up of unmanned aircraft and 3D printing has implications for future naval operations.


Pivot to the Drones

5 September 2012 - The Navy has made investments on a number of fronts to support the rapidly growing fleet of unmanned 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.

Dual Use Drone Swarms

31 August 2012 - Technologies developed for the civilian drone market will have naval applications.

India's three UAV bases.

India's Growing Unmanned Naval Fleet

30 August 2012 - With millions of square km to patrol, unmanned drones are becoming increasingly important for India's Navy.

Wave-powered USV’s for Future Naval Intelligence Collection
28 August 2012 - Long duration autonomous vehicles designed for oceanography are also applicable to naval missions.


Insights into Unmanned ASW

24 August 2012 - Scott Cheney-Peters discusses the operational and tactical aspects of autonomous sub-hunting.


Designing for Drones from the Keel Up

21 August 2012 - Naval Drones looks at how the UK might integrate unmanned systems into the Type 26 frigate.


Northrop Grumman Awards Fire-X Subcontracts

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


Move Over Jessica Biel - Tom Cruise to Fly a Drone in Top Gun II?

19 August 2012 – UAVs will take the starring role in Top Gun II.


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.


CUSV Tested at Trident Warrior

12 August 2012 - Textron Systems Fleet-class Common Unmanned Surface Vessels (CUSV) demonstrated unmanned mine hunting.


Dutch ScanEagle Flies First Counter-Piracy Mission

10 August 2012 - The Dutch Navy flew their first ScanEagle mission in support counter-piracy missions launched from HrMs Rotterdam.