Tagged: Drone Wars

Ukraine JV with Turkey to Produce 48 Bayraktar Drones

Ukraine is forming a joint venture company with Turkey to domestically produce as many as 48 Bayraktar TB2 combat drones. The news came from Vadym Ihorovych, General Director of Ukrspetsexport, a state-owned Ukrainian defense manufacturer, in an interview with online publication Left Bank. Bayraktar TB2 is manufactured by Turkey’s Baykar

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Ukraine Unveils First Domestic Combat Drone

Kyiv-based Luch Design Bureau last week unveiled its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) project, the Sokil-300 (Falcon-300), a strike drone slated to be the first designed and produced exclusively in Ukraine. The opening presentation at the Vizar missile plant outside Kyiv featured a full-size model of the combat-ready UAS. Chief designer,

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Fortem Technologies Announces Formation of Government Advisory Board

Fortem Technologies, Inc., the leader in airspace security and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones, announced today the formation of a Government Advisory Board composed of former military, intelligence, and federal government executives across civilian, defense, and intelligence sectors. The Government Advisory Board will provide strategic insights to help

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DARPA Selects Teams to Advance Dogfighting Algorithms

DARPA recently awarded contracts to five companies to develop algorithms enabling mixed teams of manned and unmanned combat aircraft to conduct aerial dogfighting autonomously. Boeing, EpiSci, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Heron Systems, and physicsAI were chosen to develop air combat manoeuvring algorithms for individual and team tactical behaviours under Technical

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Citadel Defense Titan C-sUAS Systems Get AI Upgrades

Citadel Defense has pushed a new AI and machine learning software release to Titan systems deployed across thirteen countries. The software has evolved over 27 months of successful deployments across multiple combatant commands and hundreds of unique environments. Owning the world’s largest dataset adapted for AI-based drone detection, Citadel

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Textron Aerosonde Fleet surpasses 500,000 Flight Hours

Textron Systems has announced that the overall Aerosonde sUAS fleet has achieved 500,000 flight hours across global operations. ‘We are proud to achieve 500,000+ hours in combat-proven flight with the Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System family of products’ the company tweeted on Monday. Designed for expeditionary land- and sea-based operations

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Vietnam to Convert MiG-21 ‘Flying Coffins’ into Drones

Vietnam, the South-East Asian nation which is also in conflict with China like many other nations including India could be planning to make a very audacious move to upgrade its arsenal. According to reports, the country is planning to convert its retired MiG-21s into combat drones. The Russian-made aircraft that

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Citadel Defense accelerates response times against UAV threats with AI

San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 11, 2020 –

Citadel Defense has pushed a new AI and machine learning software release to Titan systems deployed across thirteen countries. Citadel’s AI and machine learning software has evolved over 27 months of successful deployments across multiple combatant commands and hundreds of unique environments.

Owning the

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Pentagon to Build a C-UAS School

The Pentagon has identified a lack of institutionalised training when it comes to defeating drone threats and is developing a common regimen across the joint force, according to an official with a new office dedicated to countering small unmanned aircraft systems. The gap was identified during an assessment completed earlier

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Announcing a new initiative:  UK Drone Watch

Since 2010, Drone Wars UK has been shining a spotlight on the military’s use of drones and the impact on peace and security around the globe. Now, both in the US and in Europe, large military-grade drones which fly ‘beyond visual line of sight’ (BVLOS) are moving from the battlefield

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Benchmarking police use of drones in the UK

As part of our work looking at the opening of UK skies to large ‘beyond visual line of sight’ drones for surveillance and security purposes, we undertook a comprehensive Freedom of Information (FoI) survey of police use of drones in order to benchmark current police use. In particular we wanted

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Watch: ‘Drone Warfare: Today, Tomorrow, Forever?’

Here’s a recording of the webinar to mark our 10th anniversary ‘Drone Warfare: Today, Tomorrow, Forever?’ The event featured: Aditi Gupta, Coordinator for the All-Party Parliamentary Group Chris Cole, Director of Drone Wars UK Ella Knight, campaigner at Amnesty International Rachel Stohl, Vice President at the Stimson Center Elke Schwarz,

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Bombardier Suspends Delivery of Rotax Engines to Turkey

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) says that it has suspended the delivery of aircraft engines to “countries with unclear usage” in the wake of reports that some of those engines are being used on Turkish combat drones deployed by Azerbaijan in fighting against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Quebec-based company —

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Russia’s Combat Helicopters to Get Suicide Drones

A modular cluster of unguided aviation missiles, developed by the research center Zaslon (Screen) for the helicopter gunship Mi-28NM, will allow helicopters to fire mini-drones and suicide drones from the missile launch tubes, a source in the defense-industrial complex told TASS. Zaslon’s module B8V10-UV is different from the current ones

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Hitler’s U-2 : WW2s Highest Air Combat

The thrilling story of a 1942 duel in the stratosphere between Germany’s Junkers Ju-86 high-flying spy plane and a specially modified Spitfire in the hands of a daredevil prince. The Junkers Ju 86 was a German monoplane bomber and civilian airliner designed in the early 1930s, and employed by various

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Ukraine Plans Purchase of 48 Bayraktar TB2 Drones from Turkey

Kiev plans to purchase up to 48 Bayraktar Tactical Block 2 (TB2) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Turkey’s domestically made combat drones, a Ukrainian news site reported, citing the export and import body operating under Ukraine’s defense industry umbrella institution. The purchase of such a large number of UAVs raises questions

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China Shows New Drone with Two Grenade Launchers

China has shown off a new military drone that carries two grenade launchers. The weapon appeared during a recent combat exercise in southern China, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The rotary-wing aircraft is also capable of firing guided munitions and conducting various missions, including tactical reconnaissance and midair interceptions, it

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Convair B-36 Peacemaker

The Convair B-36 ‘Peacemaker’ was a strategic bomber built by Convair and operated by the United States Air Force from 1949 to 1959. The B-36 is the largest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft ever built. It had the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built, at 230 ft. The B-36 was

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Cardno supports the development of unmanned aviation pilot training curriculum for U.S. Marine Corps air ground combat center

Santa Barbara, CA (September 30, 2020) – Cardno, an international professional infrastructure and environmental services firm, has built and is continuing to refine an organic unmanned aviation program for the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) at Twentynine Palms, the world’s largest USMC training and testing range. This

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US Air Force to Test Weapons Swarming Software in October

US Air Force researchers in October will test whether a software version of the service’s developmental weapons swarm can make its way through a combat mission and reroute itself as conditions change. The demonstration is part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Golden Horde initiative, a high-profile project to create

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US Air Force Reveals NGAD Aircraft has Flown

The US Air Force’s Next Generation Air Dominance combat aircraft, intended to complement or succeed the F-22 and F-35 in the air superiority role, has already flown, having been rapidly prototyped through modern digital design, Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper revealed. Roper made the revelation at the end of

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