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 […]

DARPA’s air-recoverable Gremlins drone completes third test

U.S. aerospace contractor Dynetics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leidos, has reported that the X-61A Gremlins demonstration system successfully completed a third test flight series. Dynetics says the vehicle system has totaled seven flight hours during the month of November. The test took place at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah for the Defense Advanced Research Projects […]

Ukrainian startup develops low-cost drone interceptor

Kyiv-based startup developing low-cost counter-drone technologies to create an unmanned aircraft system to track a target in flight and plot a kinetic impact. The startup plans to counter the increasing dangers presented by adversaries’ small, unmanned aircraft systems, or sUAS, with the kinetic method. Its system consists special drone that takes out other drones by […]

French Army to receive 300 micro-drones from Parrot

French drone manufacturer Parrot announced that it will supply 300 ANAFI Unmanned Aerial Systems for the French Army under a five-year contract. As noted by the company, Parrot was chosen by the French Defense Procurement Agency, DGA, to supply its ANAFI micro-drones to equip the French Armies. Henri Seydoux, Chairman, CEO, founder and main shareholder […]

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 […]

Boeing awarded $198M modification to MQ-25 tanker drone upgrade contract

The U.S. Navy awarded a $198 million contract modification to Boeing for the integration of a ground control station that provides command and control capability in support of the MQ-25 carrier-based tanker drone. According to the U.S. Department of Defense contract announcements, work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri (99%); and various locations within […]

German Navy receives new underwater drone from Huntington Ingalls Industries

Last week, America’s largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced that it delivered new REMUS 100 Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) to the German Navy.  As noted by the company, the new underwater drone will be used to expand the German Navy’s current fleet of REMUS 100 UUVs used for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations. […]

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 […]

Skyeton develops light surveillance drone capable of 24-hour flight

Ukrainian-based aerospace company Skyeton has developed a new family of surveillance unmanned aircraft called the Raybird 3 and the Defence Blog decided to meet with the founder and current CEO of the company to chat about a new drone that can be flown for more than 24 hours depending on mission requirements. The Defence Blog: Skyeton company developed a […]

Northrop Grumman awarded $22 million by U.S. Navy for unmanned MQ-8 drone helicopter work

Northrop Grumman Systems has been awarded a $22 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide services for Navy’s newest unmanned helicopters. San Diego-based company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman. The deal, which was a modification to a previous contract, exercises options to procure software and engineering sustainment services, software support, logistics, […]