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Boom and Bloom for UAS and Acronyms
The U.S. Navy takes the first step in initiating the development of a new UAS system.


The military unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry continues to boom and bloom. The “boom” results from a market that is rapidly growing in both revenue and the number of deployed systems. New applications—prototyped, developed, and fielded—provide the “bloom.”

Here’s a case in point: On March 19, 2010 the U.S. Navy posted a Request-for-Information (RIA) for an “Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System.” An RIA is not a Request-for-Proposal (RFP), which will eventually follow, but it is the first step in the…

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