UK’s MoD seeks heavy-lift drones for Royal Navy supply missions

The UK Ministry of Defence has announced that the Uncrewed Air Systems Heavy Lift Capability (UASHLC) framework has been created “to accelerate the development of a range of autonomous Heavy Lift UAS for use predominantly, but not exclusively, in the maritime domain”. This month the MoD issued a tender under the Uncrewed Air Systems Heavy Lift Capability (UASHLC) program, calling […]

Leonardo Helicopters to develop new unmanned platform under UK’s Proteus project

The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Future Capability Group (FCG) has awarded a four-year contract valued at 71 million Eur (£60 million) to Leonardo to deliver the Rotary Wing Uncrewed Air System (RWUAS) Technology Demonstration Programme (TDP), “RWUAS CCD Phase 3 TDP”. This programme funded through Defence Innovation, will include the […]

DARPA wants to refuel drones in flight – wirelessly

US military researchers are trying to turn in-flight refueling tankers into laser-shooting “airborne energy wells” for charging drones, and they want the public’s help to figure out how. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) published a request for information (RFI) from anyone willing and able to contribute their tech, with a few caveats. It needs to […]

AeroVironment Awarded $6.2 Million Puma 3 AE UAS Contract by United States Marine Corps

AeroVironment, Inc. , a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today announced receipt of a $6,166,952 firm-fixed-price contract award for Puma™ 3 AE small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) and spares on May 3, 2022, for the U.S. Marine Corps. Delivery is anticipated to be completed in July 2022. “Puma 3 AE has proven itself as the ideal […]