The MQ-4C Triton, intended to provide persistent maritime ISR, has successfully completed operational assessment, according to manufacturer Northrop Grumman.
Budget documents show a focus on emerging threats, including cyber, electronic warfare and new strike systems.
The Air Force is currently looking for drones, large and small, that can operate in contested environments for future conflicts.
Recent engagements indicate Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities are growing while two wars have eroded U.S. countermeasures.
The Army is looking for research proposals that can address new requirements and development of maturing technologies in command, control, communications, computer and cyber.
The budget proposal provides insight into where investments for unmanned systems are going.
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.