General Atomics releases new image of its next-generation combat drone

General Atomics’ Aeronautical Systems division, or GS-ASI, has released a new rendering of its stealthy, next-generation unmanned aircraft system. The GA-ASI released a new rendering of the new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike unmanned air vehicle (UAV)’s design on its social media page on Friday. The company Twitter post states: “Our robust digital […]

Israeli military selects CH-53K King Stallion as new transport helicopter

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 25 February that it has chosen Lockheed Martin’s heavy-lift CH-53K King Stallion as a new Israel Defense Force᾿s (IDF) transport helicopter, replacing the current “Yas’ur” (CH-53) model. On Thursday, the Ministry press release said that Defense Minister Gantz accepted the recommendations presented by IDF Chief of the […]

U.S. Special Operations Command pursuing ‘limited competition’ for MH-6 Little Bird upgrade

The U.S. Special Operations Command eyes limited competition between Fulcrum Concepts and CFD International for a replacement Light Weight Plank Systems (LWPS) for use on the A/MH-6M helicopters. As noted by the U.S. government’s main contracting website, Special Operations Command is looking for a contractor for procurement LWPS in one five-year ordering period. The LWPS […]

Northrop Grumman offers anti-submarine warfare upgrade to unmanned Navy copter

Northrop Grumman presented an upgrade to the U.S. Navy autonomous helicopter system equipped with external pods to dropping Ultra sonobuoys. Earlier this week, the corporation has shared pictures of its advanced version of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system upgraded for anti-submarine warfare. NG says this is the latest enhancement to Fire Scout’s highly-versatile […]

U.S. Marine Corps new heavy-lift helicopter practices landing in fields

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has reported that Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) practiced landing in fields and confined spaces of Marine Corps’ new CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift utility helicopter. According to a tweet from Naval Air Systems Command, the CH-53K King Stallion practiced landing in a Confined Area Landing zone […]

U.S. Army MQ-1C drone conducted emergency landing in Niger

The U.S. Army MQ-1C unmanned aircraft, also known as Gray Eagle, conducted an emergency landing in Niger (West Africa). In a release late Sanday, U.S. Africa Command said the remotely piloted aircraft conducted an emergency landing in the vicinity of Agadez, Niger, Jan. 23. “The aircraft experienced a mechanical malfunction while conducting a routine mission […]

Pentagon awards contract to General Electric for CH-53K’s engines

General Electric Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric, has been awarded a contract worth more than $101 million for the procurement of 21 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines for a new heavy-lift helicopter from Sikorsky for the United States Marine Corps. The deal, which was a modification to a previous contract, to continue manufacturing engines for the […]

Kratos gets $12.7M contract for ‘attritable’ unmanned combat air vehicle engine

U.S drone maker Kratos has announced that it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force to complete cost optimized turbojet engine for future cruise missiles and ‘attritable’ unmanned combat air vehicles. On Tuesday, the company press release said that the Kratos’ Turbine Technologies Division has been awarded a $12.7 million task order under […]

Oshkosh to buy autonomous ground drone maker Pratt Miller for $115M

Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pratt Miller, which makes revolutionary unmanned ground vehicles for the U.S. Army.  According to a corporation news release, U.S. truckmaker Oshkosh will buy Pratt Miller for $115 million. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed but noted that Pratt Miller […]

U.S. Navy awards contract to Kratos for additional BQM-177A target drones

The U.S. Navy has awarded the target drone builder Kratos a contract modification for Full Rate Production (Lot 2) of the BQM-177A subsonic aerial target system. The deal, which was a modification to a previous contract, is worth almost $38,7 million and covered work to produce additional jet-powered unmanned aerial systems to provide realistic threat […]