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Manned Unmanned Teaming

Army Wants Revolutionary Scout Aircraft For $30 Million, Same As Apache E

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) must have enough artificial intelligence to fly unmanned at least part of the time, a secure network to control drones, and combination of speed and range that’s impossible for traditional helicopters.

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From Google Cars To Robot Tanks: Army RCV

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Google Car and Tesla Autopilot have blazed a trail for the future Army. Both robotics technology and Army thinking have come a long way since 2009, when Defense Secretary Bob Gates cancelled the massive Future Combat Systems program. Where FCS tried to invent new technology on a schedule for 19 different manned and unmanned… Keep reading →

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Killer Angel On Your Shoulder: Army’s Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft

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Manned air and ground forces would work together and protect each other along the front line, while relatively expendable drones and missiles go deep into enemy airspace.

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Congress Divided On $75M For Army Scout Aircraft: Fly The Deadly Skies

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Senate appropriators want to give the Army $75.4 million to kick-start its new scout aircraft, but key authorizers told us they are skeptical. (House appropriators are so far silent). The crucial questions: Can a manned, low-altitude, lightweight aircraft survive against the Russian threat? And can the Army afford the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)… Keep reading →

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Skeptics Ask: Can Army Field Armed Robots By 2024?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


What mission does the Army really need armed robots for — expendable scouts, perhaps, or supplementary fire support? And does buying robots for that role really offer more tactical value than spending the same money on mundane upgrades to, say, self-propelled artillery?

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DSD Work Embraces DARPA’s Robot Boat, Sea Hunter

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


This afternoon, Deputy Defense Secretary and robotics booster Bob Work will christen the largest unmanned surface vessel in history. At 130 feet long and not quite 140 tons displacement, DARPA’s Sea Hunter dwarfs previous robotic boats, giving it the ruggedness and fuel capacity, about 70 days’ worth, to cross oceans on its own power without a manned mothership. But… Keep reading →

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Navy Refueling Drone May Tie Into F-35s

Posted by Richard Whittle on


If you’re following the Navy’s new drone program, hold on to something. Keeping track of the various names of what used to be UCLASS and then became CBARS and is now the MQ-XX Stingray — or perhaps the MQ-25 — may make you as dizzy as keeping up with what the Navy plans to do with… Keep reading →

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Robot Wars: Centaurs, Skynet, & Swarms

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: I haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie yet — no spoilers in the comments section, please — but its vision of high-tech warfare is already looking quaint. Always at heart a fairy tale in space, the series puts humans in the cockpit and on the front lines, with droids as adorable sidekicks. Meanwhile,… Keep reading →

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Grey Eagle-Apache Run Shows Tech’s Not Enough; Ya Gotta Have Doctrine

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.: Manned-Unmanned Teaming, when manned aircraft crews control drones from their cockpit, is a child of the drone revolution still in its infancy. So maybe it’s no surprise that Army Apache helicopter units with new AH-64Es equipped to control MQ-1C Grey Eagle armed drones have gotten off to a crawl rather than a run using… Keep reading →

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