Tag Archives: unmanned aerial systems

General Atomics Develops UAS Mid-Air Recovery Mechanism; Chris Pehrson Comments

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Sept. 28, 2016 — General Atomics has developed a mechanical arm designed to recover small unmanned aircraft systems in mid-flight, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. Breaking Defense reported Monday that General Atomics created the mechanism as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s Gremlins program that seeks to explore  UAS launch-and-recovery techniques. The company also designed …

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Wahid Nawabi Adds President Role at AeroVironment; Tim Conver Comments

Wahid Nawabi, chief operating officer at AeroVironment (Nasdaq: AVAV), will assume additional duties as president of the company. Nawabi previously served as senior vice president and general manager of the company’s efficient energy systems business segment, with responsibility in business strategy and new product launch, AeroVironment said Friday. “As president and …

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General Atomics Lands $338M Air Force UAS Logistics, Maintenance Contract

General Atomics has received a one-year, $338.2 million contract to perform maintenance, logistics and flight operations support for the MQ1 Predator and MQ9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles of the U.S. Air Force. The sole-source contract will run through Dec. 31, 2016, and the Air Force has obligated $27.8 million at the …

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Northrop to Retrofit, Maintain US Air Force’s Global Hawk Drones Under $3B Contract

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has received a $3.2 billion contract to update and sustain all variants of the U.S. Air Force Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems. The company will perform program management, engineering, configuration and technical modernization efforts to support development of the drones, the Defense Department said Wednesday. Northrop will perform …

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Sensintel Buys BAE’s Unmanned Aircraft Program Unit; Matthew Pobloske Comments

Startup aerospace firm Sensintel Inc. has purchased the unmanned aircraft programs business of BAE Systems for an undisclosed amount, sUAS News reported Saturday. The publication reports Sensintel develops unmanned aerial systems and provides training, modification and engineering services. “The decision to acquire this business and form Sensintel was an easy …

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CSC’s Hal Smith Comments on $874M ISR Video Contract Win

Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) will deliver streaming video-as-a-service for the U.S. Navy‘s unmanned aerial vehicles under a potential $874 million contract, the company announced Tuesday. The Falls Church, Va.-based information technology and consulting firm is one of three awardees on the five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract. Hal Smith, vice president …

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

Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) has won a position on a potential $874 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 …

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Northrop’s Sale of Viper Strike to MBDA Redefines International Defense Ownership

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has sold its Huntsville, Ala.-based Viper Strike munitions business to MBDA Inc., a European missile manufacturer owned by defense giants BAE Systems of London, Franco German EADS and Italy’s Finmeccanica. The deal marks the first time a European company has bought a U.S. missile maker outright, MBDA Chief Executive Antoine Bouvier told …

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Wyle Wins $131M for UAV, Biometrics Research, Crime Lab Development

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Wyle Laboratories three cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contracts worth approximately $131 million. A $49, 181, 949 contract to provide research and analysis to replace existing handheld biometrics. Wyle will assess the biometric system, enhance technology and architecture and develop prototypes to enable information fusion A …

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