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JUN-JUL 2019

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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57 June/July 2019    www.insideunmannedsystems.com  unmanned systems inside OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKING Though exporting UAS is now easier it's still a process firms have to address. Consequently, some nations are buying optionally manned and even manned aircraft, which are covered by less onerous restrictions. "The United Arab Emirates, when they met resis- tance to purchasing armed endurance UAS from the United States…they ended up buying a type of aircraft suming the risk of both par ties delivering on their ends of the bargain. A second change is that drones with strike-enabling technology, like laser target designators, will no be longer considered to be "armed" UAS. This should make them easier to export, said Schwartz. The new policies have yet to trigger sales, but this did not surprise either Schwartz or Zaloga. Military UAS are expensive, negotiations can take years and now some countries have systems from China in their inventory. "It's going to take the U.S. a little while to get back in there and convince them that they would be better off buying U.S. systems," Zaloga said. Even so, Zaloga believes U.S. companies are probably happy with the policy change because it's likely to be es- pecially helpful for exports of intelligence/surveillance/ reconnaissance (ISR) drones, which make up some 95 percent of the defense UAS sold. "If the policy change opens up that chunk of the market or frees up the sale of purely ISR UAS systems—you know like Predator, but not armed versions of Predator—I'm sure the companies are going to be happy." WHITE HOUSE: Proposes Sale of 20 Drones to Saudi Arabia The U.S. State Department informed Congress on May 24, 2019, that it was using an emergency provision in the Arms Export Control Act to bypass congressional review of a proposed sale of some $8 billion worth of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. AMONG THE ITEMS THAT APPEAR TO BE ON THE LIST ARE 20 BOEING RQ-21A BLACKJACK UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES bound for the UAE plus a host of supporting equipment that, all together, comprises an $80 million package, according to a May 24 release from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. QuNav develops and implements sensor-fusion and sof tware receiver solutions for GPS-challenged and GPS-denied environments. INTRODUCING GIVE 1.0 GNSS/Inertial Vehicular Engine for Automotive Applications GIVE is a low-cost, completely self-contained solution that maintains accurate navigation capabilities even in THE most diff icult environments—urban canyons, tunnels and parking structures. • Software-based mitigation of multipath, jamming and spoofing • Reliable and consistent navigation performance • Integration of consumer- grade sensors • Tightly and deeply coupled mechanizations Key features Jamming Mitigation Vision-Aided Navigation Plug & Play Sensor Fusion Collaborative Signal Processing Evaluation Kit is coming soon—make an inquiry! Download Example Test Results (www.qunav.com/products)

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