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India-US ‘Tailoring’ Predator UAV For Multi-Service Buy

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The Predator B’s weapons, avionics and comms suites will all need to be specially configured to meet the needs of India’s military.

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Navy Enters Drone Age, Taps Boeing for MQ-25

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Loaded with jet fuel, the drones will vastly extend the ranges of carrier-based aircraft operating in the expanses of the western Pacific. That lets the Navy strike deeper into China’s layered defenses while keeping the big decks out of range of most of China’s anti-ship missiles.

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Farnborough Preview: Navarro Leads US Sales Push; Reaper Flies Atlantic To RIAT

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: No Russians. Few Chinese. The F-35. And the man who has led the charge in America’s trade wars, Peter Navarro, at the head the American delegation, with lots of other senior American officials along eager to boost bilateral sales of US weapons and civilian aircraft. Those are the early outlines of what we’ll see at this… Keep reading →

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Navy’s Troubled Ford Carrier Makes Modest Progress

Posted by Paul McLeary on


General Atomics says it is launching new, heavier planes from its EMALS carrier launcher. The launches are taking place on land, and won’t be attempted on board the $13 billion Ford for some time, however.

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China’s Eating Up US Drone Market; U.S. Troops At Risk

Posted by Paul McLeary on


While Washington struggles to update its arms export policies, China is spreading its influence, one drone sale at a time.

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Navy Commits To High-Tech Catapults, Arresting Gear For All 3 Ford Carriers

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Despite congressional doubts, years of delays, and almost $5 billion in overruns, the US Navy has now locked in two controversial high-tech systems for all three of its Ford-class supercarriers. First, a week ago, the Navy announced a review of alternative systems had decided to stick with General Atomics’ Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for… Keep reading →

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MUX By 2026: Marines Want Armed Drone ASAP To Escort V-22

Posted by Richard Whittle on


When V-22 Ospreys full of Marines take to the skies 10 years from now, they could be escorted by armed high-speed drones called MUX. That’s become the Marine Corps plan because drones let you do things differently. Doing without a pilot inside makes it possible to build unorthodox aircraft that would work poorly carrying tender humans. You… Keep reading →

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Davis: Marines Want VTOL Drone Before FVL

Posted by Richard Whittle on


AUVSI: There’s money in the 2018 budget to develop a new sea-based, armed vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drone the size of the Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper, Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation, Lt. Gen. Jon “Dog” Davis, says. Davis expects to see them in the inventory well before the Army-led Future Vertical Lift program produces new… Keep reading →

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Army Vice Chief Allyn Lists Service’s Robotic Priorities

Posted by Richard Whittle on


AUVSI: Future warfare will “place a premium on all types of unmanned systems,” the Army’s vice chief of staff said Wednesday, and Gen. Daniel Allyn told the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International his service has five priority objectives for them. “First, these systems must increase our situational awareness, going where manned systems cannot, thereby… Keep reading →

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How To ‘Land’ A Drone On A Manned Airplane: DARPA’s ‘Gremlins’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NATIONAL HARBOR: This time, General Atomics’ secret weapon isn’t the drone. It’s the mechanical arm that catches it in mid-flight — and then hauls it into the back of a C-130 cargo plane, also in mid-flight. General Atomics, which builds the iconic Predator, has rolled out its offering for DARPA’s Gremlins program, blandly called the… Keep reading →

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