Unmanned Vehicles

Terrorists target wrong contractor in assassination plot

Al-Qaida targets wrong CEO in uncovered terrorist assassination plot.

DRC's twin wins prop up Air Force unmanned aircraft program

Dynamics Research Corp. will continue to provide engineering and technology services to the Air Force, having won a pair of two-year delivery orders worth a combined $24.5 million.

Boeing, Lockheed square off over unmanned cargo craft

The Marine Corps is expected to make a decision this year about which of two unmanned aerial lift systems it plans to deploy on the battlefield in Afghanistan, reports Paul McLeary in Aviation Week’s 'Ares' blog.

Industry holds key orbit in new space policy

The new National Security Space Strategy outlines how the U.S. government will manage its space industrial base, defend its space assets and share space-based resources with allies.

Navy selects contractor for maritime drone support

Science Applications International Corp. will furnish technical and engineering support to the Navy office that manages unmanned aircraft systems that conduct maritime surveillance under a task order potentially worth $39 million over five years

Satellites drive steady stream of new business

Satellite technology could hardly be hotter as government agencies rely on it to predict the weather, surf the Web, run defense and intelligence applications, further scientific research, and provide critical data.

Raytheon wins two NASA satellite systems awards worth $1.7 billion

Raytheon Co. has won two NASA contracts for satellite systems and infrared imaging technology that have a combined potential value of more than $1.7 billion over the next eight years.

VT Group buys Evergreen Unmanned Systems

VT Group has acquired the Evergreen Unmanned Systems, a division of Evergreen International Aviation Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not reported.

DOD moves to shift $3.9B to pressing wartime needs

Defense Department planners want to shift a significant chunk of funding away from programs that are struggling or of low priority to more pressing needs to support the war effort in Afghanistan, reports Kate Brannan at Defense News.

SAIC focuses on Air Force video systems technology

Science Applications International Corp. will help the Air Force improve the service's overhead intelligence gathering efforts under a five-year follow-on contract potentially worth more than $49 million.

Does the military have too many drones?

The military might be taking on more unmanned aircraft than it can handle.

DOD seeks robot that can dig into its targets

A request for information from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency brings to mind technology portrayed in the 1960s British television series the Thunderbirds, reports Graham Warwick at Aviation Week’s Ares Blog.

Boeing embarks on $139M Army combat team modernization

The Army has awarded a contract to Boeing Co. to outfit its a brigade combat team with networked gear designed to improve intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities on the battlefield.

Army wants to soup up Shadow UAV

Army officials are contemplating issuing a solicitation to boost the capabilities of the Shadow RQ-7C unmanned aerial vehicle, reports Kate Brannen at Defense News.

Firm launches with supercomputing appliance

Criterion HPS has been incubating for about three years and steps forward this week as a new company focused on the high-performance computing market.

General Atomics wins Air Force UAS support deal

The Air Force has awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $266 million contract to provide an array of program and technical support for the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems.

L-3 to deliver Viking UAS to Special Operations Command

An L-3 division will provide a long-range unmanned aircraft system to the Special Operations Command under a contract worth up to $250 million over five years.