The Brits have broken a UAV endurance record for unmanned flight:
An international governing board for aeronautic records has confirmed that a solar-powered drone shattered a long-standing endurance record by flying continuously for 14 days last summer.
Built by British defense contractor QinetiQ, the drone remained airborne 336 hour, 22 minutes, crushing the previous [...]
Everybody’s getting into it:
China is ramping up production of unmanned aerial vehicles in an apparent bid to catch up with the U.S. and Israel in developing technology that is considered the future of military aviation.
Western defense officials and experts were surprised to see more than 25 different Chinese models of the unmanned [...]
Not so safe:
Eight militants, including four foreign nationals, have been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, officials say.
Three missiles were fired at a house in the Datta Khel area on Wednesday evening, killing five, including the foreigners, an official told the BBC.
The foreigners were said to [...]
BAe is flogging a new UAV:
The trial aircraft cost £143 million pounds to construct and spearheads BAE’s drive to convince the Ministry of Defence to invest in the next generation of unmanned aircraft.
Almost invisible to ground radar, it is designed to travel at high jet speeds and cover massive distances between [...]
Oh, just droning along up there:
Northrop Grumman Corp. has been awarded a $33-million Pentagon contract to transform its unmanned, long-range spy plane into a roving robotic aerial refueling tanker.
The plane, dubbed the Global Hawk, is used for high-altitude reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Afghanistan by the U.S. military. Northrop plans to retrofit [...]
Smoke ‘em while you’ve got ‘em:
Industry players have until early May to respond to a U.S. Navy request for information (RFI) for a carrier-based, stealthy, unmanned, strike and surveillance system capable of integrating with manned aircraft as part of a carrier air wing by 2018.
The unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (Uclass) [...]
The Harvard Law Record weighs in on the advantages of drone-based warfare, among other things:
(With) UAVs being increasingly controlled by automated systems and operated from the comfort of a command center, the decision to release weapons can be made by an entire team, usually including a lawyer. “The pilot is a mere voting [...]
Looks like the Navy isn’t the only service having one:
“Why does the country need an independent Air Force?” the senior civilian assistant to Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, the service’s chief of staff, had written. For the first time in the 62-year history of the Air Force, the answer isn’t entirely clear.
The Air [...]
There’s a significant business opportunity in the offing for smart coders who think in terms of strategic data hierarchies and intelligent, adaptive software:
As the military rushes to place more spy drones over Afghanistan, the remote-controlled planes are producing so much video intelligence that analysts are finding it more and more difficult to keep [...]