AeroVironment’s new Blackwing unmanned aircraft system resulted from collaboration with the U.S. Navy’s undersea warfare community and the Special Operations community. (Image courtesy AeroVironment)

US Navy to Deploy Sub-Launched Spy Drones

The U.S. Navy has signed off on buying and deploying small reconnaissance drones that can be tube-launched from submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles. California-based AeroVironment…

A high-speed camera captures the first full-energy shots from the Office of Naval Research-funded electromagnetic railgun prototype launcher, Feb. 23, 2012, at a test facility in Dahlgren, Virginia. (Photo by John F. Williams/U.S. Navy)

Navy to Fire Electromagnetic Rail Gun at Sea

The U.S. Navy plans to test-fire a long-range electromagnetic weapon against a floating target at sea later this year as part of the fast-paced development…