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U.S. NAVY, MARINES COMPLETE BLACKJACK UAV FIELDING
Thursday, January 16, 2020
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have completed fielding of the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial system (UAS). The program achieved a full operational capability in 2019.

The U.S. acquired 21 systems for the Marine Corps and 10 for the Navy. These figures include systems for use by training units. The Blackjack equips four Marine UAV squadrons plus a fleet replacement detachment.

The Blackjack is built by Boeing's Insitu. A single Blackjack system includes five UAVs, two ground control stations, various payloads and a set of launch and recovery systems.

The Blackjack also has won orders from Canada and Poland.

Source:  SEAPOWER
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Author: Richard R. Burgess 

 
SOUTH FLORIDA IS A "NO DRONE ZONE" DURING SUPER BOWL LIV
Thursday, January 16, 2020
MIAMI -- Hard Rock Stadium near Miami is a "No Drone Zone" for Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, 2020. Drones also are prohibited around the Miami Beach Convention Center for the NFL Super Bowl Experience and Bayfront Park for Super Bowl Live during the days leading up to the event.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will establish a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) on game day that will prohibit drones within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the stadium up to 18,000 feet in altitude. The TFR will be in place from 5:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST. Drones are also prohibited for one nautical mile around Hard Rock Stadium on February 2 from 9 a.m. until the TFR for the game takes effect. Further details are available in the drone TFRs (PDF).

The FAA will restrict drone flights for roughly one nautical mile around the Miami Beach Convention Center and Bayfront Park up to an altitude of 2,000 feet from January 25 to February 1 during daytime hours. Pilots and drone operators who enter the TFRs without permission could face civil penalties that exceed $30,000 and potential criminal prosecution for flying drones in the TFR.

Detailed information for general aviation and drone pilots is available on the FAA's Super Bowl LIV web page.

Drone pilots should check the FAA’s B4UFly app to determine when and where they may fly. To highlight the "No Drone Zone," watch the FAA’s videos in English and Spanish encouraging fans to enjoy the game and leave their drones at home.

Source:  FAA
Associated URL: faa.gov

 
FRANCE RECEIVES THE FIRST MICRO-ROBOTS OF THE SCORPION PROGRAM
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
PARIS -- France's Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) took delivery of the first five NERVA-LG extended range reconnaissance micro-robots on December 18, 2019. These robots were transferred to the Army Technical Section (STAT) for further assessment in order to refine the concept of employment before being put into service.

The 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) provides for the transformation and modernization of land force equipment with the first deliveries of the SCORPION program.

These robots are part of a first global order for 56 micro-robots placed by the DGA with NEXTER and ECA. Other robots will be delivered in 2020: 5 additional NERVA-LGs, ten NERVA-S for small footprint recognition (3 kg), and 36 NERVA-XX / CAMELEON-LG for combat engineers (12 kg).

Source:  DGA
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