Category Archives: Military UAS

Northrop Grumman Withdraws from US Navy’s Tanker Drone Bid

In a significant turn of events, despite having been seeing as one of, if not the leading firm involved the program, Northrop Grumman has revealed it will not submit a bid for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray tanker drone competition. The decision suggests that company felt it could not significantly redesign its existing X-47B unmanned aircraft, or develop an entirely new aircraft, and still make a competitive offer. Continue reading

First Combat Mission for 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper

The new Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper is loaded with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, a GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb and a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition April 13, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. On June 23, 2017

The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing successfully completed its first combat mission with the latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Continue reading

Fire Scout-Mounted Mine Detector Now Operational

Flying with the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine detection system, an MQ-8B Fire Scout conducts low-light condition developmental testing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. COBRA has achieved initial operational capability. Photo: U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system airborne mine detection system achieved Initial Operational Capability, program, announced Oct. 10.

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