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UNMANNED SYSTEMS UPDATE

14 Jun 05. The Boeing X-45A J-UCAS (Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems) program received the prestigious Flight International Aerospace Industry Award for 2005 in the category of Missiles and Military Aviation. Held in conjunction with the Paris Air Show, the awards cover twelve categories representing military and commercial aerospace. Darryl Davis, program manager during the majority of the X-45A flight test program, and now vice president of Boeing Global Strike Solutions, accepted the award on behalf of the Boeing/DARPA/Air Force/Navy J-UCAS team.

15 Jun 05. Northrop Grumman Corporation has integrated a GPS receiver into its Viper Strike laser-guided precision munition and successfully demonstrated GPS navigation in engineering flight tests. The addition of GPS navigation is intended to provide highly accurate midcourse guidance, allowing the weapon to be launched from much greater altitude and standoff range than is possible with just the Viper Strike’s conventional semi-active laser (SAL) seeker. Once it is integrated with the SAL system, GPS will not only improve the survivability of the host aircraft but will allow it to attack widely separated targets located off its flight path.

15 Jun 05. Northrop Grumman Corporation reached a significant technical milestone for its maritime Global Hawk program May 20 when the unmanned air vehicle, operating at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., streamed real-time electronic information to analysts at its future operating base, Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md. Through use of on-board sensors, Global Hawk, designated N1, collected the data and transferred it via satellite to the Navy ground control station in San Diego. From San Diego, the data was flowed to NAS Patuxent River through the Navy’s information network. Analysts at NAS Patuxent River viewed the data in real time as the Global Hawk successfully completed its sensor ground tests at Edwards Air Force Base. The company conducted the test as part of its Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration program for the U.S. Navy. Northrop Grumman currently produces Global Hawk for the U.S. Air Force.

16 Jun 05. The U.S. Navy has announced hat Northrop Grumman’s airborne-laser mine-detection system has reached Milestone C – signifying the end of system development and demonstration – and is now poised to enter its production phase. The airborne-laser mine-detection system uses light-detection and ranging technology to detect, classify and localize floating and near-surface moored sea mines so that ships can maneuver through clear sea lanes. Contained in external equipment pods mounted on a Navy MH-60S helicopter, the mine-detection system also provides accurate mine-location information for follow-on neutralization by other systems nsuch as Northrop Grumman’s rapid airborne mine-clearance system. The mine-detection system will support the mine-warfare mission module for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship to provide airborne mine defense to the battle force. The program is managed out of PMS 495, Naval Sea Systems Command, under the leadership of the Program Executive Office, Littoral and Mine Warfare.

13 Jun 05. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$42,500,000 contract modification to provide for the completion of development on the Global Hawk RQ-4B (AF-8), including developmental and operational testing. These items include both operational capabilities and critical infrastructure process activities such as instituting a robust engineering program and planning/preparing for near term depot support and retrofit activities. At this time $5,923,000 of the funds has been obligated. Solicitation began Mar 2005. The Aeronautical System Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (F33657-01-C-4600, P00099).

16 Jun 05. Skunk Works; UAVs that launch from, and return to, the sea
Heard it all yet? How about a submarine launched – and recovered – unmanned aerial

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