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RAF progress on cloud-data, drone swarms and synthetic training

The progression of technologies such as cloud-data processing, unmanned swarming systems and synthetic training environments have been listed as targets for the UK’s Royal Air Force

GA-ASI completes first MQ-9A for the Netherlands

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has announced the completion of the first MQ-9A Block 5 UAV and associated ground control station for the Royal Netherlands Air Force

BlueBird delivers 100 UAS to European customer

BlueBird Aero Systems has completed the delivery of 100 WanderB-VTOL unmanned aerial systems to an undisclosed European customer

MQ-4C Triton senses improved avoidance capability

Northrop Grumman has been contracted by the US Navy to prototype and reduce the risk of integrating sense and avoid capabilities into the high-altitude, long-endurance MQ-4C Triton autonomous system

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

First production-representative MQ-9B rolled out

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has rolled out and flown the first production-representative MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned combat air system (UCAV).

Australia releases shortlist for Shadow 200 replacement

The Australian Army has shortlisted four companies to compete in providing a replacement for its AAI RQ-7 Shadow 200 tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS) under its Project LAND 129 campaign.

WESCAM MX-20 successfully integrated onto MQ-9

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) and L3Harris Technologies have successfully integrated the WESCAM MX-20 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system onto an MQ-9 unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).

PHASA-35 completes first flight

BAE Systems has announced that its Persistent High-Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35) has successfully completed its maiden flight.

nEUROn completes fifth flight test campaign

Dassault Aviation’s nEUROn has completed its fifth flight test campaign, continuing to support the development of the Système de Combat Aérien du Futur (SCAF/Future Combat Air System, or FCAS).