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TAAC 2009 Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS Conference

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October 29, 2009

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+ Insatiable Demand Fuels UAV Boom
Newtown CT (SPX) Oct 29, 2009 - The UAV market has seen unprecedented growth since 2001, with its current projected value over the next 10 years estimated at $17.9 billion. "An insatiable demand for unmanned air vehicles is fueling massive growth within this market," said Larry Dickerson, senior unmanned systems analyst for Forecast International. "No matter how many UAVs are built, military agencies want more." ... more

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+ French Air Force wants more drones
Paris (UPI) Oct 21, 2009 - France has bought six unmanned aerial vehicles from Canada and is in talks to buy yet another drone from the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. French Defense Ministry Spokesman Laurent Teisseire said Paris was negotiating with EADS over the purchase of an SIDM Harfang UAV, three of which the French Air Force is already using, Defensenews.com reports. Paris also bought ... more

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+ Indonesia plans to launch surveillance drone
Jakarta (AFP) Oct 18, 2009 - Indonesia plans to launch a drone plane called "Puna" next year to support national defence and monitor extremist activity, an official said Sunday. "Puna, an unmanned small aircraft, can safely observe hard-to-reach areas. It has been tested and we'll launch it next year," said Surjatin Wiriadidjaja, deputy chairman of the government's Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology ... more

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+ IAI Unveils Robotic Platform Designed For Ground Forces
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Oct 28, 2009 - Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is displaying, for the first time REX, a small robotic platform designed to accompany ground forces on operations, at the 2009 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, opening in Seoul, Korea. REX, which can carry up to 200 kilograms, is designed to assist groups of 3-10 ground soldiers on operational and logistical missions for up to 72 hours ... more

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  • France gets 6 UAVs from Canada, eyes more

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  • Boeing A160T Unmanned Helicopter Flies With Foliage-Penetrating Radar

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  • DCNS, Thales And ECA To Study Drones For Mine Countermeasures

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  • LockMart Flies First 360-degree Infrared Sensor On Small UAS

  • SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE
    TAAC 2009 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Conference

    December 8 - 10, 2009   Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort
    Santa Ana Pueblo, NM   (north of Albuquerque)

    TAAC 2009 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Conference The New Mexico State University UAS Technical Analysis and Applications Center (TAAC) presents the 2009 UAS Conference chaired by Mr. Dyke Weatherington, Deputy Director, Unmanned Warfare, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) AT&L.

    We cordially invite you to spend three exciting days with us at the Tamaya Resort and Spa to meet experts and representatives of government, industry, and academia and exchange ideas on critical topics shaping the use of UAS in both military and civil applications.

    You don't want to miss this focused forum with classified and unclassified sessions, presentations, and open discussions aimed to bring together senior practitioners and members of the larger UAS community to discuss these issues openly and comprehensively.

    We are privileged to have an outstanding lineup of speakers, including Gen. William Fraser III, Commander, Air Combat Command, USAF; RADM William Shannon, III, Program Executive Officer, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, USN; Lt. Gen. David Deptula, Deputy Chief of Staff, ISR, Headquarters, USAF; Maj. Gen. Kenneth Israel (Ret), VP, Lockheed Martin; Maj. Gen. Michael Kostelnik (Ret), Asst. Commissioner, Office of CBP Air and Marine, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Frank DiGiovanni, Program Office of Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Deputy Director of Readiness & Training Policy; and John Allen, Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA.

    For more conference and agenda details, please visit our TAAC 2009 Conference site
    Please join us at TAAC 2009 for our 11th annual conference.


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    + First Euro Hawk Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft Unveiled
    Palmdale CA (SPX) Oct 12, 2009 - Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence and Security (DS) introduced the first Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in an unveiling ceremony today at Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif., facility. The Euro Hawk marks the first international configuration of the RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAS, and solidifies Northrop Grumman's first transatlantic cooperation with Germany ... more

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    + Hunter UAS Fielded With Automatic Takeoff And Landing System
    Herndon VA (SPX) Oct 02, 2009 - Northrop Grumman has equipped and fielded its Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) with an Automatic Takeoff and Landing System (ATLS) to the Army's UAS Training Battalion, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where it successfully completed its first launch and recovery. Hunter, which has been in use with the Army since 1996, was originally designed using an External Pilot (EP) for take-offs and ... more

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    + US drone strikes may break international law: UN official
    United Nations (AFP) Oct 27, 2009 - US drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan could be breaking international laws against summary executions, the UN's top investigator of such crimes said Tuesday. "The problem with the United States is that it is making an increased use of drones/Predators (which are) particularly prominently used now in relation to Pakistan and Afghanistan," UN Special ... more

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    + US drone strike kills 14 in Pakistan: officials
    Khar, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 24, 2009 - A missile strike by a US drone killed at least 14 people in a Pakistani tribal district bordering Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said. The strike took place on a village 15 kilometres (nine miles) north of Khar, the main town of the restive Bajaur tribal district. "Fourteen people are now known to have been killed in the drone attack and the toll is likely to rise," a tribal ... more

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    + Pakistan minister warns against US missile strikes
    Quetta, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 1, 2009 - A Pakistani minister has warned the United States against launching missile strikes against the Taliban in his southwestern province, as a furore brewed over militant hideouts here. "America will never make the mistake of drone strikes in Baluchistan," said Aslam Raisani, chief minister of a province troubled by attacks by both separatist rebels and Taliban insurgents. "Any type of ... more

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    + Israeli drone targets Palestinian rocket militant
    Gaza City (AFP) Sept 28, 2009 - An Israeli drone fired a missile at a Palestinian militant in northern Gaza after he fired a rocket toward the Jewish state on Monday, witnesses said. They said Israeli tanks also opened fire from the Israeli side of the border, but no casualties were reported. An army spokesman confirmed the air strike, saying a rocket was fired but had fallen short and landed on the Palestinian side. ... more

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    + AAI Flies Shadow At Opening of US Army UAS RIAC
    Hunt Valley MD (SPX) Sep 28, 2009 - AAI Corporation has announced that it has flown its Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System in honor of the official opening of the U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center (RIAC) at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The RIAC will serve as a consolidated location at which the Army will test UAS technologies for faster deployment to ... more

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  • Dynamic Tests Validate X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System For Carrier Operations

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  • EADS DS Tests The Largest UAV Ever Built In Europe

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  • US drone crashes into Iraqi party offices: military

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  • US drone attack kills 10 in Pakistan: officials

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  • IAI-Made Heron UAV To Be Operated By RAAF In Afghanistan

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  • Hunter UAS Completes GPS-Guided Viper Strike Testing

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    + Pakistan to make its own drones
    Islamabad, Pakistan (UPI) Aug 31, 2009 - Pakistan, which has been seeking drone technology from the United States, has decided to make the pilotless plane on its own for its air force. Under a program launched this month, Pakistan's domestic version of the drone or unmanned aerial vehicle to be called Falco will be made in collaboration with Selex Galileo of Italy at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra in Punjab ... more

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    + Israeli firm makes UAVs for U.S.
    Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Aug 26, 2009 - Israel-based Aeronautics Defense Systems will build two additional demonstrators for the unmanned version of the two-engine, propeller-driven Diamond DA42 for the U.S. market, according to Flight Global. The company's president, Avi Leumi, was quoted as saying that the decision followed a first string of test flights in July. "We will resume the test flights in September," Leumi ... more

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    + US drone strike kills 13 in Pakistan: officials
    Miranshah, Pakistan (AFP) Aug 21, 2009 - A pre-dawn US missile strike Friday killed at least 13 people in a border tribal area of northwest Pakistan known as a Taliban hideout, officials said. A missile hit a house near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, at 3:50 am (2150 GMT Thursday), a Pakistani security official told AFP. "It was a drone attack. The missile targeted a house in Dandey Darpa Khel," he said, adding ... more

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    + TYZX Selected For 3D Vision Systems For Advanced Sensing UGVs
    Menlo Park CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2009 - TYZX has announced that iRobot has chosen the TYZX DeepSea G2 Embedded Vision System (EVS) for several military robotics research projects requiring real-time vision and depth-perception. iRobot has demonstrated the ability to integrate the TYZX G2 EVS onto its PackBot and Warrior platforms: rugged tactical mobile robots designed to perform dangerous search, reconnaissance and bomb-disposal miss ... more

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    + Are Robots The Next Hit Product For The Defense Industry
    Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2009 - Senior defense officials are getting a glimpse this week of the latest in unmanned systems technologies, which many concede is the way of the future for the U.S. military. More than 5,000 people from 30 countries took part in the world's largest exhibition of robots and unmanned systems capabilities at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's Unmanned Systems North Amer ... more

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  • Poland considering buying Israeli drones: defence minister

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  • US may arm Afghan air corps with drones: general

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  • Global Hawk UAV Clocks Up 25000 Combat Hours

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  • Boeing To Demonstrate Unmanned Cargo Aircraft For US Marines

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