Tag Archives: Office of Naval Research

Navy Eliminates Unmanned Systems Office, Moves Programs to Other Directorates

Navy Eliminates Unmanned Systems Office, Moves Programs to Other Directorates

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, top, and an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter make their approach towards the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during flight operations. US Navy photo.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, top, and an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter make their approach towards the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during flight operations. US Navy photo.

The Navy reorganized its Chief of Naval Operations staff (OPNAV) to eliminate the one-year-old Unmanned Warfare Systems directorate (OPAV N99) and instead will move unmanned systems into technology development or domain-based warfare directorates. Read More

ONR's Autonomous USVs Prove Ability To Allocate Tasks, Dynamically Adjust As Mission Evolves

ONR’s Autonomous USVs Prove Ability To Allocate Tasks, Dynamically Adjust As Mission Evolves

Unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boats operating autonomously close in on a contact of interest during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on Sept. 30, 2016. US Navy photo.

Unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boats operating autonomously close in on a contact of interest during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on Sept. 30, 2016. US Navy photo.

The Office of Naval Research demonstrated for the second time the ability to turn already-fielded small boats into unmanned autonomous systems and use them for missions like harbor defense, two ONR program officials told reporters this week. Read More

Marine Aviation Head Lists High-end Wants for MUX Program

Marine Aviation Head Lists High-end Wants for MUX Program

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell rendering.

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell rendering.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The head of Marine Corps aviation has big plans for the service’s planned large unmanned aerial vehicle set to enter the service in the next decade. Read More

Navy Eyeing the 2045 Battle Space in New Long-Term R&D Plan

Navy Eyeing the 2045 Battle Space in New Long-Term R&D Plan

A microwave/electro-optic (MS32) electronics engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, uses visible lasers to align various optical components on Aug. 29, 2014. US Navy Photo

A microwave/electro-optic (MS32) electronics engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, uses visible lasers to align various optical components on Aug. 29, 2014. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va.—Faced with enemies catching up to America’s military technological superiority, the Navy is drafting a long-range research and development plan that will focus on key areas the service predicts will drive warfare into the 2040s. Read More

Marines Pursuing Large Ship-Based UAV For Comms, ISR, Fires

Marines Pursuing Large Ship-Based UAV For Comms, ISR, Fires

An MQ-9 Reaper with an extended range modification from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron takes off on a sortie at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2015. The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. US Air Force photo.

An MQ-9 Reaper with an extended range modification from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron takes off on a sortie at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2015. The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. US Air Force photo.

The Marine Corps is in the early phases of developing a large Group 5 unmanned aerial system (UAS) that would operate from a ship and provide long-range, long-endurance capabilities for not only the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) but also potentially the Navy’s fleet and Army ground forces. Read More

Unmanned Warrior 2016 Exercise In U.K. Puts Emerging Technology In Warfighters' Hands

Unmanned Warrior 2016 Exercise In U.K. Puts Emerging Technology In Warfighters’ Hands

The Unmanned Survey Vehicle (USV-2600) from Defence Research and Development Canada takes part in the first-ever Unmanned Warrior (UW), a research and training exercise designed to test and demonstrate the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, a semiannual Kingdom-led training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. US Navy photo.

The Unmanned Survey Vehicle (USV-2600) from Defence Research and Development Canada takes part in the first-ever Unmanned Warrior (UW), a research and training exercise designed to test and demonstrate the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Unmanned Warrior is part of Joint Warrior, a semiannual Kingdom-led training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. US Navy photo.

Dozens of unmanned systems have been operating off the northwest coast of Scotland as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior exercise, held in conjunction with the 18-nation Joint Warrior 2016 exercise. Read More

Board Recommends Further Use Of Autonomy In Sea Control, Support Of Ground Troops

Board Recommends Further Use Of Autonomy In Sea Control, Support Of Ground Troops

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Carlson, left, and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Melvin Lankford, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish to survey the ocean floor during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Gulf of Oman on November 4, 2014. US Navy photo.

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Carlson, left, and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Melvin Lankford, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish to survey the ocean floor during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Gulf of Oman on November 4, 2014. US Navy photo.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps should advance the way they use unmanned systems, favoring greater autonomy over remotely-controlled missions and developing multi-vehicle systems such as swarms and cascaded operations, according to a recently released report by the Defense Science Board. Read More

Navy's MAGIC CARPET Simplifies Carrier Landings; Interim Fielding This Fall

Navy’s MAGIC CARPET Simplifies Carrier Landings; Interim Fielding This Fall

An F/A-18F Super Hornet in Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 comes in for an arrested landing on the deck of USS George Washington (CVN-73) on June 27, 2016, while testing the MAGIC CARPET carrier landing assistance technology. USNI News photo.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet in Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 comes in for an arrested landing on the deck of USS George Washington (CVN-73) on June 27, 2016, while testing the MAGIC CARPET carrier landing assistance technology. USNI News photo.

ABOARD USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, OFF THE COAST OF VIRGINIA – The Navy has completed testing of its MAGIC CARPET technology that simplifies the process of landing a fighter on an aircraft carrier – with data suggesting that pilots may make single-digit flight path corrections on final approach instead of hundreds and land “significantly” closer to their target on the flight deck, according to those involved in the testing. Read More

Marines To Pair Laser Weapon With Stinger Missile For Mobile Ground Unit Protection

Marines To Pair Laser Weapon With Stinger Missile For Mobile Ground Unit Protection

Office of Naval Research graphic.

Office of Naval Research graphic.

The Marine Corps is moving towards a future in which small dispersed units can protect themselves from incoming enemy drones with laser weapons and from missiles and aircraft with Stinger missiles, with both weapons netted into a detection system and mounted atop Humvees, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and other combat vehicles. Read More