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Aeronautics, BlueBird make last two in Finnish UAS contest

2011-06-15
Aeronautics, BlueBird make last two in Finnish UAS contest
Israeli companies Aeronautics Defense Systems and BlueBird are the two final contenders in the Finnish armed forces' unmanned air system contest, with two other bidders having been removed from the running.

2011-06-06
India beefs up China front with UAVs, copters to monitor PLA
NEW DELHI: India is now deploying spy drones or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and light observation helicopters along the borders with China to keep a hawk-eye on the stepped-up activities of People's Liberation Army.

Pentagon Looks to Double Its Unmanned Air Force

2011-06-02
Pentagon Looks to Double Its Unmanned Air Force
The Pentagon has just released its 30-year plan for buying and developing warplanes. And in a development that should come as no surprise, the future the military anticipates for its Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps air fleets together numbering more than 5,500 warplanes is more robotic than ever.

AeroVironment Receives New Orders for Digital Raven Systems

2011-06-02
AeroVironment Receives New Orders for Digital Raven Systems
AeroVironment has received a firm-fixed-price contract order valued at $8,373,995 under a follow-on contract with the U.S. Army. The order comprises new digital Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) and initial spares packages.

ZALA AERO GROUP launched a brand-new UAS

2011-06-01
ZALA AERO GROUP launched a brand-new UAS
ZALA AERO GROUP has developed a brand-new unmanned aircraft system with superior performance characteristics in comparison with current UAS available on the national market. Advanced aerodynamics and gyrostabilization allow for exceptionally quality photo and video reconnaissance using 18 Mpx Electro and Optical 20x zoom camera.

Prioria Robotics, Inc. launched a new version of the MAVERIC with bendable, carbon fiber wings

2011-05-30
Prioria Robotics, Inc. launched a new version of the MAVERIC with bendable, carbon fiber wings
Prioria Robotics, Inc. launched a new version of the MAVERIC. A small system, carried and launched by a single-person, Maveric operates as an autonomous UAS, controlled by Peoria's Merlin operating system which has unique collision avoidance capabilities designed into its embedded-vision navigation. Another unique feature of the Maveric is its bendable, carbon fiber wings, allowing storage in a six-inch tube and deployment in less than two minutes with no assembly.

Israel has received permission to export Dominator UAV

2011-05-25
Israel has received permission to export Dominator UAV
Israeli company Aeronautics Defense Systems has received permission to export unmanned aircraft Dominator, said Flightglobal. Permission was granted after all the technical features of the device is brought into compliance with the requirements of Mode Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

WikiLeaks: Pakistan Asked for More, Not Fewer Drones

2011-05-24
WikiLeaks: Pakistan Asked for More, Not Fewer Drones
While the U.S. State Department by policy does not verify the contents of leaked secret cables, the Pakistani military responded to news reports on the drone request today, saying Pakistan has never asked for armed drone attack support "for our operations which have been conducted using our own resources." There has only been sharing of technical intelligence in some areas, the spokesperson said.

Rolling Robot Transforms Into A Helicopter On Command, Decepticon-Style

2011-05-18
Rolling Robot Transforms Into A Helicopter On Command, Decepticon-Style
Rolling Robot Helicopter This robot's two configurations allow it to roll along a surface, then to stand upright and take off like a helicopter. via IEEE Spectrum

CybAero, Astrium sign Letter of Intent for ATOL

2011-05-17
CybAero, Astrium sign Letter of Intent for ATOL
UAV manufacturer CybAero AB and Astrium Satellites, part of the aerospace group EADS, have launched a partnership in the field of precise near-field navigation for automated UAV landing operations.