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-+*A government watchdog group has released a new report saying ongoing Navy plans and debates about how to build a first-of-its kind carrier launched drone could wind up creating serious cost and resourcing challenges. The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, report also says continued deliberations about the scope of the drone’s requirements are substantially delaying […]

-+*The Navy issued video Thursday afternoon showing the first ever refuel of the X-47B, a carrier drone prototype. Built by Northrop Grumman, the X-47B has taken part in a host of tests as the Navy sees what’s possible for a future carrier drone fleet. (Video after the jump)

-+*The combat performance of the U.S. military’s small unmanned aircraft systems during the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has inspired international market interest in the technologies, Lockheed officials said. There continues to be strong interest from militaries around the world in small, hand-launched, high-endurance UAS with electro-optical/infrared imaging technology, Jay McConville, Lockheed’s director of […]

-+*Fewer than 10 U.S. Air Force drone pilots are slated to receive this year a new $1,500 bonus designed to address a personnel shortage in the highly stressed workforce, an official said. The low number confirms what operators of the MQ-1 Predator and other remotely piloted aircraft suspected about the increased financial incentive — that […]

-+*The Chief of Naval Operations said the next-generation Navy fighter being developed to replace the F/A-18 may be less stealthy than expected, shedding a bit of new detail upon a topic not discussed much by Navy developers. “You know that stealth may be over-rated,” Greenert said during a speed at the Office of Naval Research […]