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Yamaha awarded patent for two-part drive shaft on drones

Yamaha awarded patent for two-part drive shaft on drones

An unmanned helicopter includes a drive source, a tail rotor, a shaft unit that transmits a drive force from the drive source to the tail rotor, and an elastic member. The shaft unit includes a drive shaft, a transmission which transmits a drive force from the drive source to the drive shaft, and a transmittal portion that… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Aug-17

Mumbai to use UAVs to monitor illegal construction work

Mumbai to use UAVs to monitor illegal construction work

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has submitted a proposal authorising the use of drones or UAVs to record aerial surveys. These surveys will be able to identify unauthorised constructions of buildings or encroachment. This information can greatly help the Special Planning Authority. They currently use Google Maps to research this data, but it… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-17

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United Arab Emirates Begins Unmanned Ka-226T Production

United Arab Emirates Begins Unmanned Ka-226T Production

The United Arab Emirates will soon begin with the production of their unmanned version of the Ka-226T helicopter. O.V.Uspenskogo research centre has called this version ESA-In, reports Mena Defence. It is unknown how many of these unmanned helicopters they will be making.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-17

Lockheed Martin achieves BVLOS drone inspections

Lockheed Martin achieves BVLOS drone inspections

Lockheed Martin, in partnership with Canadian UAVs, completed the first beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) pipeline and well assets inspection using the Lockheed Martin Indago 2. The Indago 2 quadrotor unmanned aerial system completed the inspection at the Foremost Testing Range Indago is one of few unmanned systems deemed Transport Canada Compliant, which means… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 09-Jun-17

Drone Industry Forecasts to Grow at 12.7% CAGR till 2022

Drone Industry Forecasts to Grow at 12.7% CAGR till 2022

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred as drones, are aircraft without a human pilot aboard. The flight is controlled either autonomously, or by an onboard computer, or by remote control from the ground or another vehicle. The large-sized remotely pilot aircraft (RPA) are powered by internal combustion engines, while relatively small UAVs are driven by… Read more »

Source: Orbis Research, 01-Jun-17

Russian Helicopters showcases unmanned tiltrotor at HeliRussia-2017

Russian Helicopters showcases unmanned tiltrotor at HeliRussia-2017

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is featuring a prototype of an unmanned tiltrotor created by VR-Technologies design bureau, at the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia-2017. The prototype of the UAV was first shown at the Army-2016 International Military Technical Forum in September 2016, after subsequently the tiltrotor was retrofitted with a control… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-May-17

The anniversary HeliRussia 2017 have set an absolute record

The anniversary HeliRussia 2017 have set an absolute record

The anniversary 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia gathered a record exhibition – 237 companies from 21 countries will participate in the expo, 22 helicopters, 2 gyroplanes and 15 UAVs to be displayed, the business program includes 60 events. Venue of the event is 12.4 thousand square meters. All of these sets an absolute record… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 29-May-17

US Navy helicopter squadron puts MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV to work

US Navy helicopter squadron puts MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV to work

The “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 made history this month, operating MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) from Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) San Clemente Island utilizing a Mobile Mission Control Station (MMCS). Teams of pilots, aircrewmen, maintenance personnel and civilian specialists functioned organically to complete integrated missions with various surface… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 24-May-17

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Pulse Aerospace introduces two new UAVs for specific mission

Pulse Aerospace introduces two new UAVs for specific mission

Pulse Aerospace, the premier developer of helicopter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platforms in the United States, has publicly announced the release of two new rotorcraft UAS, the petroleum powered Radius 65™  and electric Vapor 15™.  By expanding beyond the company’s current Vapor 35™ Vapor 55™ offerings, Pulse covers the broadest application range of any Helicopter UAS… Read more »

Source: Pulse Aerospace, 11-May-17

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Uganda Wildlife Authority Has Budget for One Helicopter and One Fixed Wing

Uganda Wildlife Authority Has Budget for One Helicopter and One Fixed Wing

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced that they now have a helicopter budget of $3.1 million. They plan to purchase one helicopter, to deploy game rangers during poaching incidents, a fixed wing aircraft for wildlife surveillance and five unmanned aerial vehicles for general surveillance. They hope the new helicopter will increase response time when… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Apr-17

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Textron to Demonstrate Vertical Capability for Aerosonde on US Navy Vessel

Textron to Demonstrate Vertical Capability for Aerosonde on US Navy Vessel

Textron has developed a modification to its Aerosonde unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to give it a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability and will demonstrate it at sea this summer. The modification allows for more flexibility in operations and a reduction in footprint for launch and recovery equipment. The Aerosonde HQ — Hybrid Quad —… Read more »

Source: UAS Vision, 06-Apr-17

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China’s expanding DEA General Aviation debuts at LIMA 17

China’s expanding DEA General Aviation debuts at LIMA 17

DEA General Aviation China makes its debut in Asia Pacific at LIMA’17 this week with a newly ratified collaborative agreement with Malaysia’s Alaf Strategi to develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for the commercial market. To underline the collaboration the two companies are sharing a booth at the Langkawi Show (21st to 25th March).  Stand No HA173…. Read more »

Source: DEA General Aviation, 23-Mar-17

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Sweden rejects Chinese export request for CybAero UAV for fisheries work

Sweden rejects Chinese export request for CybAero UAV for fisheries work

First North listed CybAero AB, which develops and manufactures remote-controlled helicopter systems, October 21, 2016 applied to the ISP, Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products, for export authorization of demonstration flight UAS in China. The application concerns one helicopter system and the demonstration is addressed to the Administration of Fishery and Fishing Supervision. The deal’s representative… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 22-Feb-17

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CybAero completes acceptance tests on first Apid-60 UAV for China Customs

CybAero completes acceptance tests on first Apid-60 UAV for China Customs

CybAero, which develops and manufactures remotely piloted helicopter systems, received an order in January 2014 for three systems to China Customs. The systems will be based on three new ships and used for applications such as customs control, port management and anti-smuggling operations. CybAero completed the tests and trials for the first system which will… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 04-Jun-15

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PCAS Demo shows MV-22 integration with Switchblade UAS

PCAS Demo shows MV-22 integration with Switchblade UAS

Close air support (CAS)—delivery of airborne munitions to support ground forces—is difficult and dangerous because it requires intricate coordination between combat aircrews and dismounted ground forces (for example, joint terminal attack controllers, or JTACs). DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program focuses on technologies to enable sharing of real-time situational awareness and weapons systems data… Read more »

Source: DARPA, 23-Apr-15

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Red Cross Study Says Drones Can Aid Emergency Response And Save Lives

Red Cross Study Says Drones Can Aid Emergency Response And Save Lives

The American Red Cross and Measure, a 32 Advisors consulting firm, released a 52-page study based on extensive field research and industry input highlighting the humanitarian, safety, and economic benefits of using drones to help first responders and improve disaster relief efforts. “Drones provide significant benefits to first responders, enabling them to expedite disaster relief… Read more »

Source: AUVSI, 23-Apr-15

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Korea orders Raytheon Stinger missiles for Apache fleet

Korea orders Raytheon Stinger missiles for Apache fleet

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) signed a $35 million contract to deliver Stinger® missiles and air-to-air launchers to the Republic of Korea Army in support of their recent procurement of AH-64 Apache helicopters. Under the previously announced foreign military sale, Raytheon will begin deliveries of the Stinger weapon systems in 2017. “Stinger provides vital self-protection capabilities… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 01-Apr-15

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First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

Manned-unmanned operations using helicopters linked with unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, have been used by the Army for a number of years. However, no single unit has ever actually been assigned to both assets until now, said Lt. Col. Tory Burgess, product manager for Shadow Tactical UAS. Burgess and others spoke during a media roundtable… Read more »

Source: US Army, 25-Mar-15

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SANParks receives air support for anti-poaching operations

SANParks receives air support for anti-poaching operations

South African National Parks (SANParks) is a proud recipient of a brand new Airbus AS-350B3e helicopter with night flying capability, made available with funding from the US based Howard G Buffet Foundation (HGBF). SANParks Board Chairperson, Mr Kuseni Dlamini, stated that SANParks had received an initial grant funding of R254.8 million in 2014 to support… Read more »

Source: SANP, 20-Mar-15

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Sagem extends its leading Flight Data Monitoring solutions to all Bell platforms

Sagem extends its leading Flight Data Monitoring solutions to all Bell platforms

Sagem (part of Safran) is calling on its 25 years of expertise in flight data analysis to offer its proven and state-of-the-art safety tools – Analysis Ground Station (AGS) and Cassiopée Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) services – to every Bell Helicopter commercial platform currently in production. These solutions are designed to support investigation, identify unsafe… Read more »

Source: Sagem, 03-Mar-15

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Vision Systems to unveil dimmable sun visor at Heli-Expo

Vision Systems to unveil dimmable sun visor at Heli-Expo

Next week at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida, Research Frontiers (NASDAQ: REFR) licensee Vision Systems will unveil its SPD-Smart Opti-Visor electronically dimmable sun visor for the aircraft market. Opti-Visor was developed by Vision Systems and uses patented SPD-Smart light-control film technology invented by Research Frontiers to dynamically adjust the tint of the… Read more »

Source: Vision, 27-Feb-15

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Hexcel Exhibits at Aero India 2015

Hexcel Exhibits at Aero India 2015

Hexcel is exhibiting at the Aero India show in Bangalore, from February 18-22, (Stand B3.2) to promote a range of carbon fibers and composites that are benefiting Indian aerospace manufacturers for commercial aircraft, helicopters and space programs. Hexcel has supplied carbon fiber fabrics, prepregs, honeycombs and adhesives to Indian aerospace companies for many years, including… Read more »

Source: Hexcel, 17-Feb-15

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Army drone nearly downed RAF AW101 Merlin during exercise

Army drone nearly downed RAF AW101 Merlin during exercise

The British Army almost brought down a troop-carrying RAF helicopter when one of its own drones flew within 60ft of the giant aircraft, a report found. See Full Story

Source: Telegraph, 12-Jan-15

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Grand Forks County Commission approves UAV donation

Grand Forks County Commission approves UAV donation

The local Sheriff’s Department received approval from the Grand Forks County Commission to accept a donation of two unmanned aerial vehicles. See Full Story

Source: Grandforks Herald, 08-Jan-15

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Drone entrepreneurs face “colossal mess” under planned FAA law

Drone entrepreneurs face “colossal mess” under planned FAA law

The FAA’s long-awaited rules for drones are finally ready, and they spell bad news for the many businesses and organizations that had hoped the agency would give up its hard-line approach to unmanned aircraft. See Full Story

Source: Gigaom, 25-Nov-14

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Iran Unveils Homegrown Unmanned Helicopter Drone

Iran Unveils Homegrown Unmanned Helicopter Drone

A domestically-made unmanned helicopter drone was put on display at an international aviation exhibition in southern Iran on Wednesday. See Full Story

Source: Tasnim News, 20-Nov-14

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Minister Raitt launches national campaign on drone safety

Minister Raitt launches national campaign on drone safety

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today launched the Government of Canada’s safety awareness campaign for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), or drones. The national campaign will help ensure UAV users—both recreational and commercial—understand the rules of the skies and always think safety first. The first phase of the campaign, unveiled today, provides the public… Read more »

Source: Government of Canada, 24-Oct-14

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USA to lose drone technology lead if FAA intransigence continues

USA to lose drone technology lead if FAA intransigence continues

As the latest revolutionary digital technology takes off, entrepreneurs are finding themselves battling federal regulators for permission just to experiment with new applications. See Full Story

Source: Washington Post, 09-Oct-14

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Boeing to Explore Assisting Sky-Watch on Danish UAV Development Project

Boeing to Explore Assisting Sky-Watch on Danish UAV Development Project

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Danish company Sky-Watch today signed an agreement that will enable Boeing to explore assisting the company in its development of a new type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under a project supported by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. The goal of the “Smart UAV” project is to develop a new… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 18-Sep-14

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Scientists unveil aircraft technologies of the future

Scientists unveil aircraft technologies of the future

The four technologies unveiled are: 3D printers so advanced they could print UAVs during a mission; aircraft parts that can heal themselves in minutes; a new type of long range aircraft which divides into a number of smaller aircraft when it reaches its destination, and a directed energy weapon that could engage missiles at the… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 08-Jul-14

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FAA Technical Center to research integration of UAVs into national airspace system

FAA Technical Center to research integration of UAVs into national airspace system

The Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center has established a cooperative research and development agreement with Insitu Inc., of Bingen, Washington, and the New Jersey Air National Guard to study unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and to address their integration into the national airspace system (NAS). Insitu Inc., a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of The… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Jun-10

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NLR to establish a competencies profile for UAV operators

NLR to establish a competencies profile for UAV operators

The demand for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is rising, both nationally and internationally. Unmanned aircraft can, for instance, be used to monitor dikes, inspect borders and conduct surveillance operations for the police and military. For civilian use, UASs especially offer technical, economic and environmental advantages. During military or paramilitary missions, a UAS is a cost-effective… Read more »

Source: NLR, 21-May-10

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Alpha Unmanned Systems presents its UV helicopters at Mexican security expo

Alpha Unmanned Systems exhibits two of its helicopter UAVs – Command and Sniper – at this week’s Security Expo 2010 in Mexico City

Source: Defensa, 25-Apr-10

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Germany: Data protection questions raised over UAV use by Lower Saxony Police

With UAV use only just started in Lower Saxony, there is already some confusion regarding the use of a small drone helicopter by the police.

Source: Rotorblatt, 06-Apr-10

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Tehran Technical University flies indigenous helicopter UAV

First Iranian unmanned helicopter designed in the design office of the Tehran Technical University of Amir Kabir

Source: Aviaport, 01-Feb-10

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Helicopter UAV flown high up Mount Everest

A student and his mentor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have achieved a world first on Mount Everest – not by climbing it but by flying an unmanned helicopter nearly to the top of the world.

Source: The Standard, 22-Sep-09

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Northrop Grumman Completes First Flight of Land-Based MQ-8B Fire Scout

Source: Northrop Grumman, 01-Jul-09

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US Navy frigate hosts latest Fire Scout trials

Source: Navy Times, 29-Jun-09

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Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III Demonstrates Level IV UAS Control

Source: http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=721, 24-Jun-09

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French DGA Signs On To DCNS + Thales Rotary Wing UAV Demo

Source: SatNews, 19-Jun-09

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Boeing Submits A160T Hummingbird Proposal for USMC Cargo UAV Demonstration

Source: Defense Update, 17-Jun-09

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Boeing offers A160T for USMC Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Demonstration

Source: DefPro, 05-Jun-09

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Mundus and AirStar Releases New High Tech VTUAVs to Fulfill Contracts With US Army, Navy and Air Force

Source: Mindus, 02-Jun-09

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Northrop Grumman-Developed U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Shines At Sea

Northrop Grumman-Developed U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Shines At Sea

The Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully completed the latest set of fully autonomous flight operations onboard the USS McInerney (FFG-8) in support of dynamic interface testing. This was a critical step for the U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout toward Operational Evaluation (OpEval), scheduled for later this summer.

Source: Northrop Grumman, 02-Jun-09

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China’s robot helicopter ready for market

Source: Xinhua, 29-May-09

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Falx Air unveils new Hybrid Coaxial UAV helicopter design

Source: Gizmag, 28-May-09

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Saab, Swiss UAV Team on Rotorcraft

Source: Defense News, 20-May-09

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Kazan Helicopters looks for opportunities in UAV market

Source: Kazan Helicopters, 15-May-09

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IAI Introduces a Naval Rotary UAV at IMDEX 09

Source: Defense Update, 13-May-09

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SwissCopter Announces New Strategic UAV Partnership

Source: SwissCopter, 11-May-09

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US Army remains undecided on cargo re-supply by UAVs

Source: Flightglobal, 07-May-09

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SOCOM to buy 20 updated Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird UAVs, previously known as the A160T

SOCOM to buy 20 updated Boeing MQ-18 Hummingbird UAVs, previously known as the A160T

US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has confirmed plans to acquire 20 Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopters to serve as a strike and surveillance aircraft from Fiscal 2012 to FY2017.

Source: Flightglobal, 06-May-09

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Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout Program Awarded Contractor Logistics Support Contract

Source: Northrop Grumman, 05-May-09

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U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Completes Second Test Period Onboard USS McInerney

U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Completes Second Test Period Onboard USS McInerney

These operations marked the first time that the Navy operated an autonomous VTUAV aboard a surface combatant vessel.

Source: Northrop Grumman, 05-May-09

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Boeing ponders “variably” manned aircraft

Source: Flightglobal, 30-Apr-09

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Dutch Police reveal drug-sniffing unmanned helicopter

29-Apr-09

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Norwegian firm Prox Dynamics testing 15 gram UV nano-helicopter

Source: Prox Dynamics, 21-Apr-09

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Unmanned rotorcraft bid to unlock cargo resupply mission

Source: Flightglobal, 18-Apr-09

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Wiltshire Police to test helicopter UAV

Source: Swindon Advertiser, 14-Apr-09

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North Little Rock Police Dept gets OK to test fly helicopter UAV

Source: Free Republic, 14-Apr-09

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Aeronautics’ unmanned helicopter first flight imminent

Source: Flightglobal, 27-Feb-09

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Northrop Grumman Receives U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Contract Award for Third Year of Low Rate Initial Production

Source: Northrop Grumman, 25-Feb-09

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Northrop Grumman Donates RMAX Type II Unmanned Helicopter to New Mexico State University

Source: Northrop Grumman, 17-Feb-09

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