UAV

Germany approves funding for additional Heron 1 UAV in Mali

The German government has approved the release of funding to lease an additional Heron 1 UAV to aid UN operations in Mali, bringing the in-country total to four, as well as securing the use of a third ground control station

Fire Scout crashes into the USS Charleston

A US Navy-operated Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout has crashed into the side of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston (LCS-18), while the vessel was transiting through the Western Pacific to Guam on April 26

US approves MQ-9B sale to Australia

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of 12 ‘weapons-ready’ GA-ASI MQ-9B remotely-piloted aircraft to the Australian government

France orders eight more Caracals alongside second VSR700 prototype

France has ordered a further eight Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracals for the French Air and Space Force along with a second prototype of the maritime VSR700 vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle

Japan’s first Global Hawk completes maiden flight

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed this maiden flight of the first RQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force

AeroVironment to supply Puma 3 AE drones to NATO

US-based unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment of Simi Valley, California, has received four contracts from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency for its Puma 3 tactical UAS

Tech and training needed for FVL pilots to navigate congested airspace

Future rotorcraft pilots will need technology and training to operate in airspace filled with drones, the Association of the United States Army’s Global Force Next conference heard in March

USAF discloses recent RQ-170 deployment

Rather surprisingly, the USAF's Air Combat Command has officially disclosed its deployment of Lockheed Martin's stealthy RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned air vehicle during the last six months

Elbit Systems, KAI to co-operate on next-gen unmanned ISTAR solution

Elbit Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to expand their cooperation in the field of unmanned ISTAR systems

AeroVironment to deliver Puma 3 AE to unnamed European nation

AeroVironment will deliver an unspecified number of Puma 3 All Environment (AE) tactical UAS to an undisclosed European customer through the US’ Foreign Military Sales programme