Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on July 17 to support development of a new tactical Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) able to take off and land vertically for the U.S. market.
The companies see great potential in this collaboration for special mission applications in the American tactical UAS market over the next decade as the increased use of unmanned aircraft continues to enhance the operational flexibility, safety and effectiveness of U.S. military air operations.
"SNC looks forward to a bright future in the unmanned systems sector with the signing of this strategic agreement with IAI," said Tim Owings, executive vice president of SNC's Integrated Mission Systems business area. "We are pleased to have IAI's strong past performance and exciting new products like VTOL UAS as the foundation of this mutually beneficial relationship between the two companies."
The VTOL UAS will give forward-positioned units the ability to deploy expeditionary wide-area UAS Intelligence, Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) assets in austere environments without needing access to a runway, while providing increased safety and reduced risk throughout the range of operations and mission locations.
This agreement builds on a five-year relationship between the two companies, combining SNC's experience developing and testing customizable UAS in various launch conditions and environments with IAI's vast expertise and capabilities to create an innovative VTOL solution for the tactical UAS market.
SNC‘s experience executing large-scale system integration programs for the U.S. Government and its leading in-house engineering capabilities, along with IAI's world renowned unmanned systems will result in a product that will be manufactured, operated and maintained in the United States.
As the prime contractor, SNC will be responsible for the overall system integration and leading the U.S. marketing effort in support of direct sales and long-term lease opportunities. This partnership is aligned with U.S. policy and is expected to generate new jobs in Mississippi and Alabama as part of the expanding UAS program.
"IAI is excited to sign the strategic agreement with SNC, with whom we have been working successfully for a number of years now," said Shaul Shahar, executive vice president & general manager of IAI's Military Aircraft Group. "I am confident that SNC's leading engineering expertise and strong U.S. foothold combined with IAI's experience and leadership with unmanned systems, including VTOL, will create a high-quality American system to meet the market's growing needs".
Airbus Helicopters is developing an on board image processing management system to enable automatic approaches and landing in challenging conditions for helicopters, as well as paving the way for future sense & avoid applications on autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems. Codenamed Eagle, for Eye for Autonomous Guidance and Landing Extension, this system federates the entire helicopters image processing functions and feeds them into the avionics system, thus improving the crews situation awareness and reducing the pilots workload by automating and securing approaches, take-off and landing in the most demanding environments
Airbus Helicopters recently tested the propulsion system of the CityAirbus demonstrator – a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility. The first flight is scheduled for the end of 2018
Korean composite manufacturer, Hankuk Carbon and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed a MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) to establish a Joint Venture to develop, manufacture, and sale Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV). Both companies will co-develop and co-manufacture the next generation VTOL UAV
Sierra Nevada Corp won a $23 million modification contract to upgrade two Saudi Arabian King Air 350 extended range aircraft. The upgrade includes equipping the aircraft with intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance/synthetic aperture radar capability; one transportable ground station; one fixed ground station; and one mission system trainer, the US DoD announced in a statement on Wednesday
Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) has entered into an agreement to provide Barak-8 advanced defense systems to Israel Navys Saar-6 corvettes
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) plans to set up a venture capital fund of up to $1.5 million investment in five startups annually
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a collaboration agreement with DOK-ING D.O
Sierra Nevada (SNC) has submitted its Sierra Force helicopter in its final bid and proposal to replace the United States Air Forces (USAF) UH-1N Huey fleet. SNC will purchase divested UH-60A helicopters from the US Army
Aero, the Czech aircraft manufacturer, and Israeli Aerospace Industries have introduced cost-effective, combat proven fighter attack aircraft, the F/A-259 Striker. The F/A-259 Striker is a multirole aircraft for close air support, counter-insurgency operations and border patrolling with interception capabilities
Lockheed To Supply AEGIS Weapons Systems For US’ New Guided Missile Frigates
Northrop Grumman To Support US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAS
Raytheon, UK MoD Sign MoU on Small Military Satellites
General Atomics Predator A Drone Completes 25 Years Of Service
Elbit Systems Pitches For Lockheed Martin F-21 Jet Project in India
Design of Russian-made 'World's Fastest Helicopter' Ready
India To Give The Final Go-ahead To $1.7 Billion C-295 Transport Aircraft
China offers Two-seat Fighter Trainer FC-1B for International Sales
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...
Russian state-run Almaz-Antey has released additional data on its latest export-version of Buk-M3 Viking air defense missile system (ADMS)
The MiG-29, one of Russias most exported military jet has been upgraded in India that expands its capabilities from an...
Russian fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) Su-57 will for the first time perform flights during the ARMY 2018 event near...
The American-made Patriot and Russian S-400 Triumf air defense systems are currently hogging international orders despite their price tags running...