GA-ASI: 30 Years of UAS Innovation

With more than 1,000 aircraft delivered and 7 million flight hours logged by its U.S. and allied partners across its fleet of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is celebrating 30 years of excellence in 2022. “Thirty years is an important milestone,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. “We’re proud to have made an important contribution…

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Upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout Deploys on USS Milwaukee

The Navy’s upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout deployed aboard USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) Dec. 14, 2021 to support operations in U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. “We are very excited to bring this enhanced capability out to the fleet,” said Capt. Eric Soderberg, MQ-8 Fire Scout program manager. “Our team has been working closely with the ship for several months to ensure…

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700X NAS Drone Training on HMS Mersey

The Royal Navy has expanded its fleet of remotely-piloted drones – the far-seeing eyes of navy warships – with new training, personnel and 12 aircraft. The sailors at 700X Naval Air Squadron recently took delivery of their latest Puma air systems and can now immediately deploy flights as required for defense. The most recent deployment for the squadron, which is…

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Coast Guard Drones Can See Underwater & Inside Vessels

By Kathy Murray Shortly after Hurricane Ida tore through Louisiana at the end of August, the Coast Guard’s Gulf Strike Team in Mobile, Ala., got a call. Trouble spots had been identified, including sunken vessels, potential pollution, and other waterway hazards. Could the team deploy a pilot to assess the damage? Petty Officer 2nd Class Dylan Zechman responded, bringing along…

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Navy UAS Demo Displays as Future VERTREP Platform

The Navy and Marine Corps may soon have a way to resupply warfighters on the front line using unmanned systems capable of delivering necessary supplies from a distance in a variety of scenarios. The Department is considering several cargo resupply systems and recently demonstrated these capabilities to senior leadership during an event Oct. 27 at NAWCAD’s Webster Outlying Field. The…

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Caspian Flotilla Practices With UAVs for Targeting

The crew of the small rocket ship Veliky Ustyug of the Caspian Flotilla (CFL), as part of the final inspection for the 2021 academic year, performed practical firing using the Kalibr missile system. For the first time, servicemen used a non-standard method of objectively monitoring the destruction of coastal targets using the Orlan-10 and Eleron-3 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), launching…

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Camcopter has eyes in the sky during Talisman Sabre

Apart from an MH-60R helicopter, HMAS Ballarat also carries an S-100 Schiebel Camcopter, an unmanned aerial vehicle that offers enhanced surveillance capability at sea. A small detachment from 822X Squadron at the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm is conducting trials with the 3.1-m long rotorcraft as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre (TS21). Remote Pilot Warfare Officer Lieutenant Jack Parsey…

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MQ-25 Becomes First Unmanned Aircraft to Refuel Another Aircraft

June 7, 2021 – For the first time in history, the U.S. Navy and Boeing have demonstrated air-to-air refueling using an unmanned aircraft – the Boeing-owned MQ-25™ T1 test asset – to refuel another aircraft. During a test flight June 4, MQ-25 T1 successfully extended the hose and drogue from its U.S. Navy-issued aerial refueling store (ARS) and safely transferred…

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