Idaho Nat’l Lab Taps 5 Firms for UAS Data Link Program; Cubic’s Dave Schmitz Comments

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Five companies have been contracted to help build a common data link for small unmanned aircraft systems as part of a two-phase program run by the Idaho National Laboratory program. Contractors will work to develop a waveform for the future Bandwidth Efficient Common Data Link system, the laboratory says on FedBizOpps. Idaho National Laboratory aims to facilitate command, control, intelligence,...

Report: Lockheed’s Skunk Works Aims to Build Payload Carrying Drone

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is building an unmanned aerial system for carrying military payloads, vehicles and supplies, Yahoo News Canada reported Friday. Scott Sutherland writes Lockheed’s Skunk Works unit derived the idea for the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System from its Transformer TX program in 2009. The company is building the multi-purpose, vertical take-off and landing UAS for Defense...

Aviation Week: Northrop ‘Stealth’ UAS Takes Flight

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According to Aviation Week, a Northrop Grumman-built (NYSE: NOC) unmanned aerial vehicle designed with new technologies for evading radar and aerodynamics has begun flying with the goal of entering operations by 2015 for the U.S. Air Force. Reporters Amy Butler and Bill Sweetman penned the exclusive story for the magazine, which is featuring Northrop’s RQ-180 drone on the cover of the Dec. 9...

URS Corp. Contract to Support ‘Precision Attack’ Drones Now Worth $125.6M

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URS Corp.’s (NYSE: URS) technical services operations in Germantown, Md. has won a contract modification to continue to provide program support to unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, that “provide warfighter long endurance, real-time reconnaissance and surveillance, and precision attack against fixed and time critical targets,” the Pentagon said Monday. The company will take in $14,219,315...

Boeing to Study, Analyze UAS for AF Research Lab

Boeing (NYSE: BA) will provide the U.S. Air Force systems studies and analyze integrations for an unmanned aerial systems program under a $10 million modification. According to a Tuesday Defense Department release, the company will also perform demonstrations with the UAS termed dominator and common smart sub-munition. Goals of the study includes assessing whether the system meets Air Force Research...

CSC Wins Spot on Potential $874M Navy UAS ISR Equipment IDIQ

Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) has won a position on a potential 4 million U.S. Navy contract to install and operate equipment for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance missions. The Defense Department said CSC will provide the ISR equipment for unmanned aerial systems under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract. CSC will compete for task orders to provide...

Kratos to Produce UAV Equipment for National Security Program

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (NASDAQ: KTOS) has received contract awards for unmanned aerial system program-related equipment for a mission-critical national security program. Kratos will design, engineer, manufacture and deliver specialized equipment on the $4.2 million awards. The company said that due to customer-related and other sensitivities, no additional information is provided. LinkedInTweet+1E-mail

Northrop to Provide Logistics Support to Unmanned Vehicle Vertical Takeoff System

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) will provide the U.S. Navy with logistics support for the vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-8B fire scout system. The company will provide logistics management, maintenance and supply support, air vehicle transportation, training services, flight operations and deployment support. The contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR6.302-1. Contract...

Rockwell Collins to Provide Real-Time Communications System for Air Force Unmanned Aerial System

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) will provide the U.S. Air Force with a  flight control system, vehicle control system and radios for an unmanned aerial aircraft as a subcontractor on a $86.2 million contract. The company’s networking solutions will enable real-time adhoc communications for the Blue Devil block II. Rockwell Collins will also provide ground control station capabilities for simulation...

DRS to Provide System to Train Joint Forces in Counter Unmanned Aircraft Exercises

DRS Defense Solutions has won a fleet and industrial supply contract to provide its sentry unmanned air system to support U.S. Joint Forces in counter-UAS training at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. DRS will provide contractor-owned and contractor-operated live-fly services for mission exercises. “We are very pleased to have an opportunity to support the JUAS’s role to provide service training programs...