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BLACKJACK SOARS OVER SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Source: Insitu


Source: Insitu


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PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - The RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flew for the first time from Patuxent River Naval Air Station Webster Outlying Field, Maryland, in December.

Before flying at Webster Field, the system conducted testing at the manufacturer Insitu's facility, in Boardman, Oregon, as well as at Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadrons (VMUs) on the East and West Coasts.

"We're excited to have Blackjack flying and to be able to support it," said Cmdr. Matt Densing, director of UAS Test Directorate (UASTD). "Webster Field is a great place to test UAS. We are right under restricted air space, and we’ve got the right people and resources available to conduct developmental tests on Blackjack."

The UASTD will evaluate new payloads and check out new software versions through regression testing, which is when new software or components are added to a system or air vehicle, and the test team completes test points to ensure there are no unintended consequences of the modification or upgrade.

"Having Blackjack flying locally is beneficial for the RQ-21A team and for UASTD," said Col. Eldon Metzger, program manager for the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-263), whose team oversees the Blackjack program. "It's great to have resources and a test team so close to the program office to be able to maintain consistent testing and evaluation as we continue to grow and develop the system’s capabilities."

Blackjack is currently deployed with the Marine Corps and will continue to support shipboard operations. The first Navy systems will become operational this year.

The Blackjack system provides the warfighter with dedicated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capable of delivering actionable intelligence directly to the tactical commander in real time. The expeditionary nature of the Blackjack, which does not require a runway for launch and recovery, makes it possible to deploy a multi-intelligence-capable UAS from ships with minimal footprint.

A Blackjack system is comprised of five air vehicles, two ground control stations, and launch and recovery support equipment. At eight feet long and with a wingspan of 16 feet, the air vehicle's open-architecture configuration is designed to seamlessly integrate sensor payloads, with an endurance of up to 16 hours.

Source:  U.S. Navy
Associated URL: http://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.PrintNewsStory&id=6460
Source Date: January 18, 2017
Posted: 01/20/2017

 
 
VALPARAISO POLICE LAUNCH NEW UNMANNED AERIAL PROGRAM
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Source: Valparaiso Police Department


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VALPARAISO, Ind. - The Valparaiso Police Department is announcing a new Unmanned Aerial Program at the department. The Valparaiso Police Department is one of the first police departments to initiate an Unmanned Aerial Program in the State of Indiana.

The department currently has two devices. Both are equipped with cameras, one with a thermal imaging camera. Currently three officers are certified to utilize the unmanned aerial device, logging over 160 hours of training. Three additional officers are in training. The department holds two certifications of authorization through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Unmanned Ariel Systems will assist with locating missing persons, survey natural disasters, photograph fatal/serious crash and crime scenes. The drones will provide an additional support to police for many active emergency situations.

Source:  Valparaiso Police Department
Associated URL: https://www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/933/Valparaiso-Police-News
Source Date: January 19, 2017
Posted: 01/20/2017

 
 
ISRAEL TO USE USVS TO PROTECT OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS ZONE
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Source: MINDEF Singapore


Source: MINDEF Singapore


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TEL AVIV - Israel will use unmanned surface vessels (USVs) to protect its offshore oil and gas field. The Israeli Navy is receiving additional funding.

Israel is procuring new warships, patrol boats, USVs, aircraft, radar systems and anti-rocket and anti-missile defenses to strengthen its maritime security. Investors say these steps are reassuring.

The Israeli Navy will receive four German-made corvettes worth $460 million. The final ship will arrive in 2019. The Israeli Navy is also purchasing upgraded Protector USV, developed by Rafael, which will patrol around the deep-sea platforms.

Source:  Hamodia
Associated URL: http://hamodia.com/2017/01/19/navy-gets-boost-to-protect-offshore-oil-and-gas-zo
Source Date: January 19, 2017
Posted: 01/19/2017

 

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