During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. McCain and others expressed exasperation with the U.S. reliance on a Russian-made rocket engine to send payloads into space.
The Navy's new director of unmanned systems Rear Adm. Robert Girrier provided an overview of the N-99 directorate’s plan, including greatly extending the endurance of those systems.
With ULA launching the last of the second generation, the service awards Lockheed a contract to help the transition to the next generation.
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told sailors that the Defense Department big plans for UUV over the next five years.
A recent annual report to Congress by the office of Operational Test & Evaluation details areas in which the services have missed the mark in mitigating vulnerabilities and deficiencies in tests of UAVs.
The TOGA system will reduce the number of pilots required while better integrating ISR with its tactical network.
The Air Force is considering early termination of a launch support contract option, as Sen. John McCain renews a push to ban use of the Russian-made RD-180 engine.
The service is acquiring more of the catapult-launched ISR unmanned aircraft, which has also been used in concert with Apache helicopters.