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Army Selects Martin UAV, Textron’s AAI Subsidiary for $100M Tactical Drone Contract

Martin UAV and Textron‘s (NYSE: TXT) AAI Corp. subsidiary will compete for orders to provide non-developmental tactical unmanned aerial systems to the U.S. Army under a potential three-year, $99.5M contract. Eleven bids were submitted to Army Contracting Command for the firm-fixed-price contract, which runs through March 27, 2022, the Department …

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Boeing, SparkCognition to Form JV to Support UAS Airspace Integration

TYSONS CORNER, VA, November 21, 2018 — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and SparkCognition plan to jointly develop software made to facilitate the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the world’s airspace, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. The two firms will establish SkyGrid, a joint venture that would leverage artificial intelligence, blockchain and data analytics …

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DOT Taps AT&T to Provide LTE Network Coverage for UAS Integration Pilot Program

TYSONS CORNER, VA, May 15, 2018 — The Transportation Department has selected AT&T (NYSE: T) to provide long-term evolution network coverage for a pilot program designed to test unmanned aerial vehicles as part of government efforts to integrate UAVs into the national airspace, ExecutiveBiz reported Monday. DOT’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration …

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Jim McCarthy, the Host of ‘The Bridge’ Discusses the Challenges Facing the Burgeoning UAS (Drones) Marketplace

With new developments in aerial technology growing faster than legislature can adapt, a disconnect has emerged. The applications of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or Drones) are vast and far-reaching, but where will the regulatory line be drawn between hobbyists and the military? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently estimated that by …

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Anti-Drone Technology Provides Key Piece to Security Puzzle; Jim O’Neill Comments

From the drone that crashed into a San Diego Padres baseball game earlier this year and nearly hit several fans, to the drone that invaded the lawn of the White House, it is clear that there is commercial viability for options that can prevent unwanted drone trespassing, as well as a need for legislation …

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Fmr. Air Force Intel Chief Urges Rehaul of DoD Drone Program

The former Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Lt. Gen. David Deptula has a new report that offers the Defense Department suggestions as it writes a 25-year plan for unmanned aircraft. The U.S. military needs to overhaul the way it is buying and managing drones, …

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Navy Debuts Drone-Based Mine Detection

Researchers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) are using drones to detect submerged and buried mines using a system sponsored by the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) TechSolutions program. Designed to safely remove explosive ordinance in both coastal surf and shallow-water, the Mine Warfare Rapid Assessment Capability system (MIW …

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Boeing to Acquire Liquid Robotics, Maker of Autonomous Maritime Vehicle ‘Wave Glider’

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has agreed to purchase Sunnyvale, Calif.-based autonomous maritime vehicle manufacturer Liquid Robotics for an undisclosed sum in the airplane maker’s strategy to create new information services functions between the ocean and space. Boeing said Tuesday its acquisition of the company behind the Wave Glider ocean surface robot also aims to continue a partnership …

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

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. …

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Report: Experts See Increased Demand for Military Drones

The military is increasingly turning to unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance and combat operations because of the aircraft’s multimission capabilities and technologies, the New York Times reported Sunday. Daniel Solon writes that manufacturers offer UAVs that range from hand-launched reconnaissance drones to experimental solar-powered surveillance aircraft. The report said Northrop Grumman …

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