Northrop Grumman expects to shortly integrate a maritime radar on its Firebird optionally piloted MALE UAV.
JetLease, UAVOS team up for Albatross-2.2
JetLease has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UAVOS to further develop the Albatross-2.2, a fixed-wing optionally manned aircraft based on the Pipistrel Sinus light aircraft.
The solution has been designed for multispectral and radar monitoring of ground objects and marine areas, and cargo operations.
The Sinus aircraft will be modernised as part of the project. The aircraft will be integrated with UAVOS' automatic control system, its wings will be modified to carry suspensions for payload and electrical circuitry will be rearranged. The two companies will then conduct an analysis of the aircraft's structural strength and finalise the operational documentation.
The Albatross is capable of autonomous take-off, en-route flight and landing, has a payload capacity of 350kg and a range of 5,000km.
The first converted aircraft in fully automatic mode will be tested later in 2018 in the US.
A pair of MQ-9As can no longer be operated and owned by General Atomics for strike and targeting missions in the CENTCOM area of operations.
A US DoD contract has revealed that the UK has agreed to buy an additional MQ-9 Reaper. The thinking behind this may be associated with a need to maintain unmanned operational output ahead of the introduction of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian.
The design of the Seahawk medium USV reflects lessons learned from the predecessor Sea Hunter vessel.
New framework deal sees Camcopter S-100 used for emissions monitoring and maritime surveillance.
Latest addition to the V-Bat portfolio features higher operational ceiling and heavier payload capacity.