UAV

NATO declares RQ-4D Phoenix fleet as mission-ready

NATO revealed on February 15 that the Alliance Ground Surveillance Force’s fleet of five Northrop Grumman RQ-4D Phoenix high-altitude, long-endurance UAVs has achieved initial operational capability

DARPA’s LongShot UAV concept enters design phase

DARPA has contracted three firms to participate in the first phase of the LongShot programme, which seeks to develop an air-launched UAV capable of launching air-to-air missiles

GA-ASI demos new self-protection pod on MQ-9

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has successfully completed the flight testing of a newly developed self-protection pod (SPP) on an MQ-9 remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA)

Spirit AeroSystems selected to build UK’s first LANCA prototype

Northern Ireland-based Spirit AeroSystems has been awarded a £30m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to design and manufacture a prototype for the Royal Air Force’s Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) programme

MQ-9B SeaGuardian to receive Seaspray AESA radar

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) revealed on January 18 that it is working with Leonardo to integrate the Seaspray 7500 V2 maritime radar onto its MQ-9B SeaGuardian remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS)

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Brazil’s Drone Expansion

Two squadrons of the Brazilian Air Force now operate unmanned aerial systems, following the global military trend for drones. We explore the origins and evolution of these unique aircraft

Russia developing technology to integrate drones into common airspace

On December 21, 2020 the technical design stage of the Russian Unmanned aircraft system Traffic Management (RUTM1) was completed and the project team demonstrated the UAV’s onboard module and the operability of various services for UAV, including the service for automatic conflict resolution in real time.

GA-ASI integrates Legion Pod onto Avenger drone

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on January 15 that it had completed a test flight of an Avenger remotely piloted aircraft that had been fitted with Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod

USAF deploys MQ-9A Reapers to Romania

The USAF has deployed an undisclosed number of MQ-9A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and approximately 90 airmen to Romania’s 71st Air Base in Câmpia Turzii

MQ-25 completes first flight with aerial refuelling store

Boeing and the US Navy passed a significant milestone in the MQ-25 Stingray’s development programme on December 9, when the test asset flew with Cobham’s aerial refuelling store for the first time