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August 14, 2017
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When a firefighter, first responder or soldier operates a small, lightweight flight vehicle inside a building, in urban canyons, underground or under the forest canopy, the GPS-denied environment presents unique navigation challenges. In many cases loss of GPS signals can cause these vehicles to become inoperable and, in the worst case, unstable, potentially putting operators, bystanders and property in danger. Attempts have been made to close this information gap and give UAVs alternative ways to ... read more

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Raytheon receives $25.9M contract for Global Hawk sensor upgrades
Raytheon has received a $25.9 million contract for modifications and retrofitting of sensors on the Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned aerial vehicle, the Department of Defense announced on Friday. ... more
Pentagon says it has released guidelines for shooting down civilian drones
The Department of Defense has approved a policy that allows military bases to shoot down unauthorized drones in their airspace, according to the Pentagon. ... more
Mobile force protection aims to thwart adversaries' small UAVs and Drones
DARPA's Mobile Force Protection (MFP) program focuses on a challenge of increasing concern to the U.S. military: countering the proliferation of small, unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs). These syste ... more
Northrop Grumman receives contract for MQ-4C Triton surveillance UAVs
Northrop Grumman Systems has received a $19.9 million contract for engineering and analysis of obsolescence issues with the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday. ... more
The flying kettle
A warm meal was quickly delivered by a drone from an ESA business incubator start-up to the last inhabitant in a remote village in Portugal. "Even if the village is not far away, it takes a dr ... more
Insitu receives contract for Afghan ScanEagle UAS services
Insitu is being awarded a $19.6 million delivery order as part of a previous agreement for ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. ... more
Special focus on formation control of unmanned systems
An Unmanned System refers to the autonomous agent possessing the capability of basic sensing, communication, data processing and actuation. Formation control of unmanned systems has become one of th ... more
AeroVironment supplying small UAS to Australia
UAS-manufacturer AeroVironment formally signed contracts on Tuesday to deliver its Wasp AE unmanned aerial system to the Australian Defense Force, the company announced on Tuesday. ... more

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Leonardo DRS, Moog receive counter-UAS weapons contract
Leonardo DRS and Moog are partnering to develop a Counter-Unmanned Aerial System weapon platform under a $16 million U.S. Army contract, the companies announced earlier this week. ... more
Singapore offers Manila drones, urban warfare training
Singapore said Wednesday it has offered surveillance drones and urban warfare training to Philippine troops battling Islamist fighters, to prevent the militants becoming entrenched and threatening the rest of Southeast Asia. ... more
Explotrain develops drone-simulated IED training system
A functional drone, together with a simulated IED device, has been developed by Explotrain LLC, a Florida-based small business for the training of troops. ... more
New Reaper drone variant performs first combat mission
The U.S. Air Force reported Thursday that its new Block 5 variant of the MQ-9 Reaper drone has performed its first combat mission against Islamist terrorists. ... more
Smart Quadcopters Find their Way without Human Help or GPS
Phase 1 of DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program concluded recently following a series of obstacle-course flight tests in central Florida. Over four days, three teams of DARPA-supported re ... more
Rafael unveils Drone Dome anti-drone system
A radar and laser beam system for detecting and destroying drones has been unveiled at the Paris Air Show by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. ... more
China drone king turns to farming
China drone-maker DJI is betting on flying machines that shoot pesticide instead of photos to fend off growing competition in the global remote-controlled aircraft market. ... more
Supercam in the ARCTIC: Manned and Unmanned planes with ADS-B
Unmanned Systems Group (Izhevsk, Russia) has successfully conducted joint flights of Supercam UAV together with manned aircrafts (both equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B ... more

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Leonardo, Hensoldt awarded $323 million U.K. IFF contract
Leonardo and Hensoldt have received a joint $323 million contract from the British Ministry of Defense for upgrading Identification Friend or Foe systems. ... more
Rockwell Collins to supply avionics for General Atomics MQ-9B
Rockwell Collins has been selected to provide avionics systems for General Atomics Aeronautical System MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted vehicle. ... more
Unmanned helo completes French navy flight trials
Schiebel of Austria reports that its Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System has successfully completed qualification flights for the French Navy. ... more
General Atomics finishes key cockpit review for drone program
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has finished its critical design review for the Advanced Cockpit Block 50 Ground Control Station for unmanned aerial vehicles. ... more
EU unveils plans to regulate drones by 2019
The EU unveiled a blueprint to safely regulate drone traffic in Europe by 2019 in order to tap the growing commercial potential for unmanned aircraft technology. ... more
Pentagon Builds Robo-Wingmen to Fly With Manned Fighter Jets
A California-based defense company this week announced that it will be rolling out a new set of drones to fly as robotic wingmen for human fighter pilots. Kratos Defense and Security Solutions devel ... more
US-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria
A US warplane shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in Syria early Tuesday, officials said, prompting growing international concern over rising tensions between the two sides. ... more
Insitu receives $45 million contract extension for SOCOM UAVs
Insitu has received a maximum $45 million modification to an existing contract for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems services. ... more
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