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The Navy plans to test the X-47B unmanned carrier system-demonstrator air-to-air refueling capability on April 15 before the system is retired, according to a service official.
Army officials are planning to release within the next year a robotic and autonomous systems concept to articulate plans and drive investments in the ground service's envisioned cadre of unmanned platforms.
If the Air Force had additional money it would purchase eight more MQ-9 Reapers, 13 C-130J airlifters, keep six Compass Call aircraft marked for retirement, extend the life of 141 B-1B bomber engines and sprinkle more cash across its readiness accounts, according to a detailed breakdown of the Air Force's fiscal year 2016 unfunded priorities list obtained by Inside the Air Force.
- Former ISR Chief Urges Joint Effort To Meet COCOM's Surveillance Needs
- Air Force: Hosting Critical U-2 Surveillance Payloads On Global Hawk Is 'Feasible'
- New Army Program Will Buy, Assess Commercial Robotics Technology
- Army Engages In Sense-And-Avoid Operational Effectiveness Testing
- AirRobot, Northrop Grumman Remotec Sign UAS Distribution Agreement
- Army Decision Due This Summer On Which JTRS Radio To Integrate Into Aircraft
- Unmanned Systems Included In Services' FY-16 Unfunded Priorities Lists
- NAVAIR Will Award Insitu $1M To Upgrade RQ-21A Blackjack Software
- Grand Forks AFB Global Hawk Operation Expanding As Block 40 Matures
- Air Force Requests $190M Reprogramming For Hellfire Missiles Used Against ISIS
- Senate Authorizers Concerned About UCLASS Requirements, UCAS-D Retirement
- DARPA Seeks Input For Unmanned Sensor System To Track Arctic Targets
- Drone 'Stratollites' Could Take Over Expensive Satellite Missions
- Selected Acquisition Report: Triton, Fire Scout Costs Decrease
- GAO: FAA Faces 'Critical Steps' To Keep UAS Integration Moving Forward
- Marines Look To Install Heavy Fuel Engine Into Two RQ-21A Air Vehicles
- Lockheed, Northrop Boast Merits Of U-2, Global Hawk As BCA Cuts Loom
- White Paper: UAS Procedures Testing Report To Be Released This Summer
A future fighter aircraft -- manned or unmanned -- is likely to need more range and payload than speed and agility as countries like Russia, China and Iran invest in long-range air defenses that can keep high-value support assets including aerial refueling tankers up to 1,000 nautical miles away from their military installations, but stealth remains critical despite advances in radar technology, according to a new Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments study.
- 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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