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Army Vice Chief Allyn Lists Service’s Robotic Priorities

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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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Army’s Got Enough Drones; New Ones Should Be VTOL, Lundy says

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ARLINGTON, Va.: The Army aviation chief, Maj. Gen. Michael Lundy, wants to spend the service’s shrunken aircraft acquisition budget — down about 40 percent over the past three years — on manned rather than unmanned aircraft. After all, this is the Army. “We’ve got a lot of unmanned stuff out there,” Lundy told an Association… Keep reading →

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Backpack Drones, Smaller Weapons: Army Thinks Small On UAVs

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AUSA: When it comes to drones, the Army is now thinking small. The next new drone the service will buy is a Rucksack Portable UAS, Col. Courtney Cote, project manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), told reporters at an Association of the United States Army update on Army UAS plans. Cote’s office already has a… Keep reading →

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OSRVT: Used In Combat But Can It Pass Testing

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  Graduation season is ending, but some people are still waiting for final exam results. Take for example the Army offices that manage the General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle — that service’s version of the armed Predator drone – and Textron’s One System Remote Video Terminal, a laptop soldiers on the ground can use to see… Keep reading →

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War Or Peace, Drones Market Will Grow, Especially For Infantry

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TYSON’S CORNER, VA: With the wars that spawned the drone revolution subsiding, if not entirely ending, the U.S. armed services are taking stock of what they’ve learned and sorting out what to do next to bolster or better the fleets of unmanned aircraft they’ve accumulated since 2001. One thing is clear: war or peace, the… Keep reading →

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Army 2013 Budget Magically Drops 50 Thou Soldiers; Aviation Thrives

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It’s budget day, so keep your eye on the cups as budgeteers move them round and round. In real life, the Army will shrink steadily from its peak of almost 570,000 soldiers to 490,000 by 2017. But, on paper, in the Pentagon’s base budget for 2013, that shrinkage will happen overnight at the beginning of… Keep reading →

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Army Makes MUSIC With Unmanned Aircraft At Dugway

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Washington: Necessity is truly the mother of invention, and nothing begets necessity like war. Which explains why some of the most impressive innovations in the ever-evolving field of unmanned aircraft – the unclassified innovations, at least — are emanating from, of all places, the armed service built to fight primarily on land. The Air Force… Keep reading →

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