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February 15, 2013 - 6:59am

The FAA issued a much-anticipated screening information request (SIR) that seeks proposals from public entities including state and local governments and universities to operate six test ranges for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

February 5, 2013 - 6:15am

Northrop Grumman is at the Aero India show highlighting capabilities in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) including airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems and the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye for maritime reconnaissance and unmanned aerial vehicles.

February 3, 2013 - 5:09pm
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin at January 16 press conference

Oklahoma, which is vying for a U.S. leadership role in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research, development and testing, would see 600 new jobs created in the first three years after UAS gain freer access to the national airspace system, which is expected in 2015, according to a forthcoming study.

February 3, 2013 - 5:10am

There’s no question that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, replacing the former UAV acronym) are coming to the NAS. The name change, from unmanned aerial vehicles to unmanned aerial systems, reflects what the machines are all about, since UAV didn’t properly recognize that in future configurations the ground control element would be as essential as the airborne part.

January 18, 2013 - 12:10pm

The U.S. Army selected five companies to compete for future small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) requirements under an indefinite-quantity, indefinite-delivery (IDIQ) contract valued at up to $248 million. Contracts were awarded to AeroVironment of Monrovia, Calif.; Elbit Systems of America in Fort Worth; Lockheed Martin in Owego, N.Y., and two small Gainesville, Fla., companies–Altavian and Innovative Automation Technologies.

January 16, 2013 - 12:51pm

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will be sharing U.S. airspace with manned aircraft in the next couple of years, and it’s likely that the advent of these flying machines will mean more work for aircraft technicians.

January 11, 2013 - 11:54am
Altavian Nova Block III UAS

The U.S. Army selected five companies to compete for future small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) requirements under an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract valued up to $248 million.

November 28, 2012 - 9:04pm

The U.S. trade organization representing the unmanned systems industry stepped up pressure on the FAA to select six test ranges for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as required by the FAA reauthorization act signed into law in February.

November 26, 2012 - 2:00pm

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and Montreal-based Advanced Aerospace Solutions (AdvAero) have announced a partnership using “rapid prototyping” to help prove the viability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in U.S. civil airspace. Rapid prototyping is designed to more quickly deliver answers on the viability of research projects.

November 16, 2012 - 3:05pm

Israel had prevented Boeing from delivering two Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft to the Turkish air force, but has now agreed to lift its restriction, according to a November 9 report in the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. AIN understands that the Elta division of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) provides the vital electronic support measures (ESM) system for all the Wedgetails sold to date–four to Turkey, four to Korea and six to Australia. Northrop Grumman provides the core AEW radar system. Both Boeing and IAI declined to comment on the matter.

 
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