Statement From Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on USS Boxer

July 18, 2019 – Statement from Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on USS Boxer: At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz. A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew.

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Elbit Systems Selected to Provide Maritime UAS to the European Union Maritime Safety Agency

November 1, 2018 – Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a framework contract to provide maritime Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) patrol services to be provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to countries in the European Union. The contract that will be executed in cooperation with CEiiA is for a two-year base period and two single year option periods. If fully ordered, the total contract value is €59 million (approximately $68 million). Under the contract and in cooperation with CEiiA, a leading engineering company in Portugal, Elbit…

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IAI Maritime Aerial Surveillance for FRONTEX

October 25, 2018 – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in partnership with Airbus DS Airborne Solutions, a subsidiary of Airbus DS successfully completed 200 flight hours with the maritime Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems as part of marine patrol and coastal guard missions on Crete, Greece. The Heron flew in European civilian airspace under a civilian code. Flying for FRONTEX, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, the maritime Heron performed a series of flights equipped with an electro-optical payload for day and night vision, a marine radar made by IAI and…

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Belgian Navy Tests Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 UAS

July 3, 20178 – Schiebel effectively demonstrated the exceptional search and rescue as well as maritime surveillance capabilities of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) from 21 June to 1 July 2018 to the Belgian Navy. Schiebel’s trials for the Belgian Navy aimed at building an enhanced knowledge base and developing a successful concept of operations for the use of UAS in support of search and rescue (SAR) as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. For the demonstration flights, designed to show the suitability of the CAMCOPTER®…

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U.S. Navy, Australia sign agreement for Triton UAS

The Australian government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Navy June 25, to purchase up to six MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). The MOU outlines the cooperative agreement between the two countries which will allow Australia to influence future design and development of the program. The Royal Australian Air Force plans to operate Triton alongside the P-8A Poseidon to support its maritime patrol and other surveillance roles. “Our team is eager to partner with Australia and enhance our ability to improve Australian and U.S. capabilities in…

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Boeing Shares Sneak Peek of Aerial Refueler for MQ-25 Competition

Boeing for the first time is showing what it believes is the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) best suited for refueling U.S. Navy jets operating from aircraft carriers. Through its MQ-25 competition, the Navy is seeking unmanned refueling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. The MQ-25 will also have to seamlessly integrate with a carrier’s catapult and launch and recovery systems. “Boeing has been delivering carrier aircraft to the Navy for almost 90 years,” said Don…

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The future of Navy maritime tactical unmanned air systems

April 8, 2017 – Images of remotely piloted aircraft soaring over a naval fleet might seem like an ultramodern picture. But unmanned aircraft are nothing new to the Fleet Air Arm, which has provided remotely piloted targets for gunnery practice since 1953. This started with the jet-powered Jindivik pilotless aircraft being used as a target, then for target towing before retirement in 1998. Sea Sparrow missiles were tested by firing at Kalkara aircraft, the Jindivik’s successor. Navy now has a different generation of remotely piloted aircraft in mind with fixed…

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NAVSTA Mayport Named East Coast Base for MQ-4C Triton UAS

February 16, 2017 – The U.S. Navy has selected Naval Station (NS) Mayport in Florida as the East Coast Forward Operating Base (FOB) for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Feb. 15, 2017. Mayport will be a permanent duty station for about 400 Triton UAS personnel and will support rotational deployments outside the continental United States. Facility construction will begin this year with the first Triton UAS scheduled to arrive in 2020. “The MQ-4C Triton’s advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities bring enhanced battlespace awareness for the fleet to…

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US Navy orders more UAS from Insitu

January 10, 2017 – The U.S. Navy has awarded Insitu a $70.8 million contract modification under which it is procuring six Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems. Three of the full rate production Lot I RQ-21A UAS will go to the navy and the other three to the marines. The UAS consists of air vehicles, ground control stations, multi-mission (plug and play) payloads, launch and recovery equipment, and systems engineering and program management. At 61 kg, the RQ-21A Blackjack system is a larger twin-tailed follow-on to the ScanEagle; modular and multi-mission capable, providing…

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