Northrop Grumman expects to shortly integrate a maritime radar on its Firebird optionally piloted MALE UAV.
USAFRICOM confirms Gray Eagle crash
US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) has confirmed that one of its MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAVs crashed near Agadez, Niger on 29 February.
The incident was confirmed by the organisation in a tweet on 2 March: ‘US Africa Command lost one remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in vicinity of Agadez, Niger. Our initial and current assessment is that the RPA was lost due to mechanical failure.’
In images circulated on unverified social media accounts, local residents posed with the wreckage. At least one Hellfire missile, which survived the incident, was also pictured.
The US has an air base on the outskirts of Agadez, from where it operates UAVs for ISR missions in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel.
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.