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The fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations spending bill slashed $41.5 million from the Navy's request for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned autonomous vehicle program and directs additional oversight of the effort because of cost overruns and development delays.
The Air Force wants to install external fuel tanks on 53 additional unmanned MQ-9 Reaper aircraft to extend the hunter-killer platform's range.
As Congress moves to prevent the Air Force from retiring the U-2 and postpone spending on Global Hawk modifications, the service confirmed this week it does not want to convert the high-altitude spy plane into an optionally-manned aircraft -- as proposed by the original manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
- Raytheon Upgrades Air-Launched Decoy's Navigation Software, Tests New Data Link
- ICBM Officers Encouraged To Join Predator Pilot Ranks To Meet Demand
- Navy To Issue Three Triton Contracts To Northrop Grumman
- Navy Planning Modular Unmanned Surface Vessel For LCS MCM Mission
- Air Force Bracing For Mandate To Keep U-2 And Global Hawk Fleets
- Kendall Approves Change To UCLASS Program Limiting Competition
- Senators Urge FAA To Move On Unmanned Aircraft Regulation, Want Better COA Process
- AFSOC Converting Mobile Predator Control Stations To Fixed Sites
- General Atomics Wants To Speed Up Block 50 Predator GCS Rollout
- Navy Issues LDUUV Draft 'Top Level Requirements' Document
- Japan To Buy Northrop's Global Hawk UAV, Hawkeye AWACS And Bell-Boeing's Osprey In 2015
- Army Researching Bio-Warfare Sensors For Unmanned Platforms
- Army Seeking New Ideas For Geolocation Equipment On Vehicles, UAVs
- DARPA Seeks Input On Turning Planes Into Aircraft Carriers For Small UAS
- Rulemaking Group Considers Changes To 'See-And-Avoid' Regulations
- Army Wants New Ground Robots For Reconnaissance, Mine-Clearing
- Navy Looking At Lightweight Weapons, Sensors For Fire Scout Integration
On the heels of a new Defense Department Innovation Initiative aimed at identifying next-generation military capabilities, Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, has commissioned a study on weapon system autonomy due next summer.
- Senate Authorizers' FY-15 Defense Policy Bill, Report
- Senate Committee's Summary Of The FY-15 Defense Policy Bill
- Army Sources-Sought Notice On Ground Vehicle Technologies
- House Armed Services Committee's FY-15 Defense Authorization Bill
- House Bill On Pivot To Asia-Pacific
- DARPA Broad Agency Announcement For CODE
- DOD's 'Open Business Model For Unmanned Aircraft Ground Control Systems'
- DOD's December 2013 Selected Acquisition Report Summary
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