One of the largest reconnaissance and surveillance UAVs, Northrop Grummans Fires Scout, built from a Bell 407 Helicopter is scheduled for deployment with the US Navy in 2021. The US Navy, with support from Northrop Grumman commenced flight testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout equipped with the Leonardo AN/ZPY-8 radar in...
India's Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Israeli firm Elbit Systems to develop and customize the latter's Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) for the Indian Navy. The tripartite MoU was inked today during the ongoing DefExpo 2020 in...
General Dynamics has a $44.6 million modification contract for low-rate initial production of the US Navys Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (SMCM UUV), also known as Knifefish
China launched an unmanned combat ship yesterday with its developer claiming the vessel is combat-ready. The ship has a length of about 15 meters and a displacement of 20 tons, is capable of conducting air defense, anti-ship and anti-submarine missions thanks to a phased array radar system, vertical-launched missiles and torpedoes
Elbit Systems and Leonardo will together develop Leonardos lightweight and mini torpedoes launching capabilities of Seagull USV (Unmanned Surface Vessel). The solution will be based on the same architecture used for airborne torpedo launching systems, the company said in a statement Thursday
The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has completed its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program to develop a naval vessel that can traverse thousands of kilometers without a single crew on board for months at a time. DARPA has transferred the technology demonstration vessel, Sea Hunter, to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) which will continue developing the revolutionary prototype vehicle—the first of what could ultimately become an entirely new class of unmanned ocean-going vessel—as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV)
A Chinese research institute has claimed to be developing the world's fastest amphibious multi-role military vehicle with a top speed of 50 Km per hour on water. The four-wheeled vehicle is being developed at the China North Vehicle Institute under the China North Industries Group Corp, the country's largest maker of land armaments and military vehicles
China is deploying a network of underwater gliders to help it track the movement and activities of foreign submarines in the disputed South China Sea. While China says it has sovereignty over the whole South China Sea, the US and some of its allies have been conducting ship, air and submarine patrols in the area claiming freedom of navigation
In December 2015 Atlas ElektroniK UK (AEUK) delivered an ARCIMS multi-role USV to the German Naval Technical Centre, WTD71, based within the Eckernfoerde Naval Base. This follows the recent success earlier in 2015 where AEUK secured a major contract with the UK MoD to supply the Royal Navy with an Autonomous Minesweeping Capability
US Naval Research Lab (NRL) has designed and developed underwater propulsion, control and sensing solutions for littoral zone missions, Unmanned Systems Technology website reported Wednesday. According to the report, the autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) were inspired by bio-mechanics of fish
Leidos announced today that its prototype maritime autonomy system for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program recently completed its first self-guided voyage. The voyage was between Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi
UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to proceed with the next phases of the Long Endurance Undersea Vehicle Propulsion (LEUVP) energy program. During these follow-on phases, UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) will continue the design and development of a Proton Exchange Membrane based Fuel Cell Energy System (PES) for a 21-inch diameter Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV)