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  1. Boston Engineering's BIOSwimmer. The company also makes the GhostSwimmer. Boston Engineering

    Is that a tuna or an unmanned underwater vehicle?

    The Pentagon tests a UUV about the size of a large fish.

    • Dec 18, 2014
  2. Taiwan shows off UAVs

    Taiwan's military displayed its unmanned capabilities this week.

    • Dec 18, 2014
  3. Israel Aerospace Industries' Heron UAV will be employed in the Republic of Korea. Israel Aerospace Industries

    Republic of Korea Army selects Heron UAS

    The service chose Israel Aerospace Industries' unmanned aerial system as part of an upgrade project.

    • Dec 18, 2014
  4. Italian Air Force Reapers will be used to monitor crowds in Italian cities. Imperi Roberto / Italian Air Force

    Italian Reaper drones to be used for crowd monitoring

    As their deployment to Afghanistan comes to an end, unarmed Italian Reaper UAVs are to be used to monitor soccer games and demonstrations in Italy's cities, following a deal struck between the Italian Air Force and the country's police forces.

    • Dec 17, 2014
  5. The Ground Based Sense and Avoid radar system site at Fort Hood, Texas, is the first of five installations that will aid unmanned aerial systems in navigating occupied airspace. Credit: Viva Kelley/UASAIC

    Army navigates new UAS radar system installations

    Fort Hood's Ground Based Sense and Avoid radar will improve UAS airspace navigation capabilities.

    • Dec 17, 2014
  6. The 'biosleeve' is made by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The sleeve was tested during the lab's Intuitive Robotic Operator Control Challenge in October. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab

    Robotics competition helps Marines select best cutting-edge controller

    The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab is selecting at least one of five technologies to study more closely.

    • Dec 17, 2014
  7. The Russian Northern Fleet AKULA class nuclear-powered attack submarine gets underway on the surface. Russia's next generation of nuclear submarines will come equipped with drones and robots, according to some reports in Russian media. Defense Department

    Russia vows to arm submarines with underwater drones

    The next generation of nuclear submarines will also be equipped with robots, Russian media reports.

    • Dec 17, 2014
  8. Coast Guard air crew unhook a MQ-8B Fire Scout during a test on the Coast Guard Cutter, USCGC Bertholf near Los Angeles. U.S. Coast Guard

    Coast Guard launches Fire Scout from a cutter

    The Coast Guard is adopting Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial system for surveillance reinforcement.

    • Dec 16, 2014
  9. An Atlas V rocket similar to this one launched a classified payload for the NRO. Patrick H. Corkery / U.S. Navy

    NRO launches spy satellite

    An Atlas V rocket took the classified cargo into space.

    • Dec 16, 2014
  10. As the amount of data gathered by sensor systems increases, data storage and management become critically important to make effective use of it. MC3 Johndion Magsipoc / U.S. Navy

    Sensor data demands more from storage

    Nimble storage and agile management are necessary to reduce time spent looking for the right data.

    • Dec 16, 2014
  11. L-3 will provide a data link for Desert Hawk III UAVs in Britain, as a partner to Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin

    L-3 to provide data link for UK UAVs

    Lockheed Martin picks the company for the work.

    • Dec 16, 2014
  12. A UAV training complex to be built at Fort Bliss would include a 5,000-foot-long paved runway and access taxiway for the Gray Eagle UAS. Army

    Fort Bliss builds Gray Eagle UAV complex

    The center will feature a 50,000 square-foot hangar, also will support Shadow UAV.

    • Dec 15, 2014
  13. student pilot and sensor operator man the controls of an MQ-9 Reaper in a ground-based cockpit during a training mission flown from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, New York. A lot of what fighter and bomber pilots do 'relies on what's being done with the Predators and Reapers,' Col. Kyle Robinson says. Tech. Sgt. Ricky Best/Air Force

    RPA pilots are getting more respect in flying world

    Col. Ray Alves flew F-16s over Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. But since then, he has trained to 'fly' remotely piloted aircraft.

    • Dec 16, 2014
  14. The United Kingdom has joined the United States, Canada and The Netherlands in testing AEHF for their most important communications needs, from heads of state to troops in the field. Lockheed Martin image

    Northrop Grumman delivers protected communications payload

    Delivered early, the payload includes a variety of antennas to facilitate communications.

    • Dec 11, 2014
  15. The Aerosonde small unmanned aerial vehicle has been authorized by the FAA. Aerosonde

    Aerosonde UAV receives FAA approval

    The Aerosonde flights will be near Blackstone, Virginia.

    • Dec 11, 2014
  16. The KaBOOM antenna at sunrise. NASA

    XTAR contributes X-band to help NASA spot space debris

    In a project called KaBOOM, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is testing a phased reflector antenna array to improve detection and tracking of space junk near Earth.

    • Dec 11, 2014
  17. This ship-mounted laser has been proving its worth as a weapon in Navy tests. Navy

    Laser weapon prototype proves mettle in tests

    The Office of Navel Research has successfully tested a ship-mounted laser weapon system in the Persian Gulf.

    • Dec 11, 2014
  18. Raytheon's Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer has been flight-tested by the Marines and Air Force. Raytheon

    Data-linked mini-jammer takes flilght

    The Air Force and Marine Corps have test-flown the EW device.

    • Dec 10, 2014
  19. The Automatic Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination (ARPDD) system can distinguish a periscope from radar clutter on the ocean. Navy

    Periscope-spotting radar software poised to go wide

    A new round of tests for the Navy's Automatic Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination system is a prelude to full-scale production.

    • Dec 9, 2014
  20. Arcturus JUMP Fixed Wing VTOL UAV Arcturus

    Arcturus upgrades JUMP 15 UAV

    Vertical take-off craft now has improved endurance and efficiency.

    • Dec 9, 2014
  21. Leidos takes electronic warfare contract

    The Air Force Research Laboratory IDIQ calls on the company to research, develop and test a variety of warning and countermeasures systems.

    • Dec 8, 2014
  22. Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was killed Agu. 5 in an attack at a military academy in Afghanistan. U.S. Army / via Getty Images

    Report: General's killer fired 30 rounds

    Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the first American general officer to be killed by combat fire since Sept. 11, was shot by an Afghan MP who fired approximately 30 rounds from a barracks bathroom window into a large group of coalition forces.

    • Dec 5, 2014
  23. The MQ-8C, an upgraded MQ-8B Fire Scout with a larger airframe, can fly nearly twice as long and carry three times more payload. Navy

    Navy receives first MQ-8C Fire Scout

    The MQ-8C, an upgraded MQ-8B Fire Scout with a larger airframe, can fly nearly twice as long and carry three times more payload.

    • Dec 5, 2014
  24. Fort Hood is home to two Gray Eagle UAV companies. Army

    Fort Hood gets UAV sense-and-avoid

    Ground-based system will 'paint a 3-D picture.'

    • Dec 5, 2014
  25. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Warrior Web program seeks to create a soft, lightweight under-suit that would help reduce injuries and fatigue and improve Soldiers' ability to efficiently perform their missions. US Defense Department

    Army labs test DARPA's load-lightening exosuits

    The futuristic exosuits being tested by US Army researchers won't help soldiers outrun locomotives, and it'll still take more than a single bound to clear a tall building.

    • Dec 4, 2014
  26. The unmanned K-MAX, helicopter and the small unmanned Indago quad rotor successfully conducted a firefighting mission during a demonstration. Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed teams dissimilar UAVs

    Demonstration involved two unmanned craft fighting a fire.

    • Dec 5, 2014
  27. Retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula has been barred from doing business with the Pentagon through February of 2016 as the result of an investigation. Center for a New American Security

    Former Air Force general debarred by general counsel

    The US Air Force has barred a retired general from business dealings with the Pentagon through Feb. 1, 2016, following an investigation by the General Counsel's office over ties to a failed airship contract.

    • Dec 4, 2014
  28. The AirMule (above) features internal rotors so it can take off and land vertically in congested areas. Boston Engineering's BIOSwimmer (left) is a biomimetic underwater vehicle. AirMule

    Retooling the tactical robot

    Multipurpose developments are advancing autonomous adaptability

    • Dec 5, 2014
  29. Air Force awards electronic warfare contract

    IDIQ's work will take place in Georgia and Ohio.

    • Dec 2, 2014
  30. Northrop Grumman releases infrared countermeasures laser

    New model features modular open architecture for integration with aircraft avionics.

    • Dec 2, 2014
  31. An early version of Raytheon's Next Generation Jammer pod flies on a Gulfstream test bed over the range at Air Naval Station China Lake during a flight test. Raytheon

    Navy, Raytheon demonstrate self-powered radar jammers

    Test marks the first time the system had been powered by the air stream.

    • Dec 5, 2014
  32. General Dynamics to refresh radios for Canadian military

    Another pair of contracts pertains to satellite ground stations.

    • Dec 2, 2014
  33. Maj Gen John Shanahan, 25th Air Force commander, stands in his pressure suit in front of a U-2 Dragon Lady after receiving a flight at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. John M Schwab

    Shanahan: 25th AF aims to be 1-800-ISR

    The new numbered Air Force grows into its unique role.

    • Dec 2, 2014
  34. Global electro-optical and infrared systems market to reach $16 billion

    The global military electro-optical and infrared systems market will reach $16.4 billion by 2020, according to a forecast by market research firm MarketsandMarkets. This reflects a compound annual growth rate of 7.71 percent.

    • Nov 21, 2014
  35. Who is flying UAVs above France's nuclear power plants?

    More than a dozen locations have been buzzed by the craft.

    • Nov 24, 2014
  36. Eurofighter Typhoons will be fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar. Eurofighter

    Eurofighter nations team for AESA radar development

    The Typhoon will be the last of the major Western fighter jets to get the radar upgrade.

    • Nov 21, 2014
  37. An unmanned Fire Scout, seen in this file photo, deployed for the first time with an MH-60R Seahawk aboard a littoral combat ship, the Fort Worth. MC2 Tim D. Godbee/Navy

    Fire Scout and Seahawk deploy together for first time

    An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout are deploying together on the same ship — a first for manned and unmanned integration aboard a surface combatant.

    • Nov 24, 2014
  38. Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING targeting pod (identifiable by the blue circle on the tip) in action. Northrop Grumman

    Northrop Grumman to help Air Force upgrade targeting pods

    The IDIQ also serves the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and Marine Corps.

    • Nov 21, 2014
  39. New Boeing satellites will carry hyperspectral sensors

    The sensors, made by Raytheon, will provide much more detailed detection of phenomena such as the mineral content of soil or the identification of air pollutants.

    • Nov 21, 2014
  40. Missile strikes by British Reapers against Islamic State targets in Iraq are increasing in intensity, the Royal Air Force reported Tuesday. Wikipedia

    UK reapers up the intensity against IS in Iraq

    Unmanned planes launch missile strikes at Islamic State targets.

    • Nov 20, 2014
  41. Navy wants littoral warship IR sensors

    The new system should have a high-definition color imager, laser rangefinders and pointers, and zoom optics

    • Nov 18, 2014
  42. The ELSAT 2100 Satellite-on-the-Move brings connection to the field. Elbit

    Elbit wins Canada satellite contract

    Elbit has been awarded a contract by Rheinmetall Canada to provide ELSAT 2100 Satellite-on-the-Move (SOTM) systems for use by the military.

    • Nov 19, 2014
  43. China's NORINCO shows off its Sharp Eyes III rotary UAV at Airshow China in Zhuhai this week. Wendell Minnick/ / Staff

    China's NORINCO gets into UAV biz

    Company debuts an unmanned helicopter at Airshow China.

    • Nov 19, 2014
  44. Stronger Defense: A missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome intercepts an incoming short-range rocket from Gaza on Aug. 22. Israel wants to strengthen the system in anticipation of harsher threats. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Israel fortifies Iron Dome for future war

    The nation credits US support in its race to outrun surging threats.

    • Nov 17, 2014
  45. Thales unveils new surveillance radar

    Called the Searchmaster, the product can be installed in various air platforms.

    • Nov 14, 2014
  46. Canada awards LAV surveillance contract to General Dynamics

    The deal is worth $252M in US dollars

    • Nov 14, 2014
  47. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sits next to the captured US RQ-170, with Iran's copy nearby. AFP

    Iran heralds UAV copied from US model

    Iranian forces captured a downed Sentinel UAV in 2011 and have created their own version by reverse-engineering it, they claim.

    • Nov 19, 2014
  48. On display is a model of the FT-1 solid launch vehicle for emergency satellite launches. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Who needs China's emergency satellite launch vehicle?

    A trailer and a 20-meter rocket can be deployed for fast launches.

    • Nov 14, 2014
  49. Altavian gets Army nod for UAV sensors

    Lockheed Martin's Procerus Technologies Perceptor gimbaled imaging sensor is part of the contract-winning package.

    • Nov 13, 2014
  50. The holographic ground control system allows a controller to experience the entire UAV mission through a human-machine interface. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    Chinese firm developing holographic UAV control center

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China unveiled the new system at Airshow China.

    • Nov 13, 2014

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