USAF Pays $15.6 Million for Anti-Drone Systems

2017-03-09

USAF Pays $15.6 Million for Anti-Drone Systems
The US Air Force awarded a $15.6 million contract to ELTA North America Inc., to deliver 21 “counter-unmanned aerial systems,” according to a Feb. 21 Pentagon announcement.

The devices, which the announcement also calls Man Portable Aerial Defense System kits, will be produced in Israel and delivered to the continental US for training by the end of July. In October 2016, the US military acknowledged it was facing a threat from ISIS drones carrying explosives and was seeking new methods to counter those attacks. A spokesperson from Hanscom AFB, Mass., which is managing the ELTA contract, told Air Force Magazine by email that the Air Force is exploring and testing multiple technologies and systems to respond to the UAV threat.

The spokesperson said the Air Force response has focused so far on non-kinetic options ranging in size from handheld technology to larger stationary and mobile systems that can be operated on the ground or in the air, but that kinetic options to defeat small UASs are also being explored. While refusing to comment specifically on the nature of the ELTA system, the spokesperson said, The Air Force expects to have a counter small UAS program of record by the end of fiscal year 2018.


Region:  USA and Canada
Contry:  USA
Category:  UAV


Virginia Tech Aviation Partnership Test BVLOS Flights

2017-04-27
Virginia Tech Aviation Partnership Test BVLOS Flights
Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, Ligado Networks, AeroVironment, Inc., and Dominion Virginia Power evaluated communications strategies and other parameters to help build a safety case for unmanned aircraft flights beyond the visual line of sight of a pilot or observer.

US Army Releases Counter-Drone Manual

2017-04-24
US Army Releases Counter-Drone Manual
Having developed and utilized unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or drones) for surveillance, targeting and attack, the US military now finds itself in the position of having to defend against the same technology.

US Army Purchases Dronebuster C-UAS System

2017-04-20
US Army Purchases Dronebuster C-UAS System
Radio Hill has just finalized a contract initiated by the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) to purchase a large lot of block 3 Dronebusters. This hand-held drone detection and jamming systems for use in the battle against ISIL.

Verizon Tests New Drone-Based 4G LTE Service

2017-04-17
Verizon Tests New Drone-Based 4G LTE Service
On April 5, Verizon conducted the latest engineering flight tests to determine how large an area of wireless coverage can be created aerially using a “flying cell site” aboard a long endurance drone piloted by American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI).

General Atomics Gets $39M USAF MQ-9 Support Contract

2017-03-30
General Atomics Gets $39M USAF MQ-9 Support Contract
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $39,122,913 modification (06) to task order (0017) on previously awarded contract FA8620-15-G-4040 for MQ-9 contractor logistics support.

US Air Force Plans Recoverable Hypersonic UAS by 2040

2017-03-29
US Air Force Plans Recoverable Hypersonic UAS by 2040
US Air Force weapons developers expect to operate hypersonic intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance drones by the 2040s, once scientific progress with autonomy and propulsion technology matures to a new level.

Solar Cell Technology for NRL Solar-Soaring UAV

2017-03-28
Solar Cell Technology for NRL Solar-Soaring UAV
SolAero Technologies Corp. (SolAero), a provider of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, announced that it has delivered its high performance, lightweight solar cell technology to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to power its Solar-Soaring UAV demonstrator.

Drone World Expo 2017  Registration Now Open

2017-03-23
Drone World Expo 2017 Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for Drone World Expo 2017. From October 3-4, the 3rd annual Drone World Expo will once again gather thousands of thought leaders, end-users and decision makers in the commercial drone industry at the San Jose Convention Center.

DARPA Awards Phase 2 Gremlins Program Contracts

2017-03-20
DARPA Awards Phase 2 Gremlins Program Contracts
DARPA recently completed Phase 1 of its Gremlins program, which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs)—or “gremlins”that could be launched and later retrieved in mid-air. Taking the program to its next stage, the Agency has now awarded Phase 2 contracts to two teams, one led by Dynetics, Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) and the other by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.).

Amazon Patents Drones with Telescoping Landing Legs

2017-03-20
Amazon Patents Drones with Telescoping Landing Legs
A diagram shows how an Amazon drone could land on a sloping surface while keeping its main frame level, thanks to telescoping landing legs. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)


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