Raytheon Purchases Unmanned Tech Services Firm Sensintel; Taylor Lawrence Comments

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Taylor Lawrence Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has purchased Tucson, Ariz.-based unmanned aircraft systems services firm Sensintel for an undisclosed sum and will integrate the company into Raytheon’s missile systems business. Taylor Lawrence, president of Raytheon’s missile systems segment, said Monday Sensintel will become a part of Raytheon’s advanced missile systems product line as Raytheon...

General Atomics to Provide UAS Logistics Support Under AF Foreign Military Sale

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A General Atomics business unit will provide logistics support for U.K.-operated unmanned aircraft as part of a potential $34.6 million foreign military sale through the U.S. Air Force, the San Diego Business Journal reported Thursday. General Atomics’ aeronautical systems group will perform work through Oct. 31 at facilities in Poway, California, and abroad, the report said. The Air Force Life...

Boeing Arm to Build 3 Blackjack UAS for Navy, Marine Corps

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A Boeing (NYSE: BA) subsidiary has received a $41.1 million contract to produce Blackjack small unmanned aircraft systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Intelligence Aerospace reported Monday. John Keller writes the three RQ-21A Blackjack’s sensor payload contains a visible-light imager, mid-wave infrared imager, laser rangefinder, infrared marker, communications and automatic identification...

General Atomics to Configure US Air Force’s Predator, Reaper UAS for $375M

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General Atomics’ aeronautical systems company has received $375.2 million contract to configure the U.S. Air Force’s Predator/Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles and maintain the systems’ software. The company will also provide logistics support, inventory control point management, flight operations support, depot repair and depot field maintenance for the UAS, the Defense Department said Dec....

Boeing’s Insitu Subsidiary to Provide Navy With Blackjack Drones

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) subsidiary Insitu will supply the U.S. Navy with three RQ-21A Blackjack drones, ground control stations, and associated equipment and services under a $41.1 million low-rate initial production contract. The Defense Department said Thursday the contract also includes initial spares, launch and recovery equipment, and program management and system engineering services. Insitu...

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...