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Military drones continue to tumble to earth

The Drone Wars drone crash database has been updated with a further nineteen crashes of large (Class II and III) military drones; thirteen since the beginning of 2020 and six from 2018/19 only recently revealed. While there have been many claims and counter-claims of drones shot down in Syria, Yemen

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AVIUS Air Delivery™ Readying Disposable Cargo UAV to Deliver 1,600 lbs. of Emergency Supplies to Combat Pandemic

Test flights underway in rural Oregon to accelerate adoption by governmental and relief agencies for COVID-19 related deliveries of medical supplies Yates Electrospace Corporation (YEC), today announced the launch of a civilian subsidiary, AVIUS Air Delivery, to provide immediate air response for humanitarian relief efforts, natural disasters and pandemics such

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Canadian Navy Prepares for Unmanned Aircraft Threats

To combat the growing unmanned aircraft threat, the Royal Canadian Navy is investigating the feasibility of employing Class 1 Rotary Wing Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Targets (UAS-T) on board HMC Ships. The Snyper Mk2 UAS-T is one of these systems being tested. It is designed to simulate low and slow

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Ukraine Tests Turkish Bayraktar Combat Drones

The first flight test of Bayraktar tactical unmanned aerial vehicles took place in Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense. “The first flight test of the Bayraktar UAV which has recently been in service with the Ukrainian army, took place,” the report said. It

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Evolution of UAVs Employed by Houthi Forces in Yemen

In July 2019, Houthi forces unveiled a collection of UAVs, which they claimed to have manufactured domestically. Eight types of Houthi-manufactured UAV have been identified in media reporting: Hudhed-1, Raqib, Rased and Sammad-1 (Reconnaissance UAVs – although the Sammad-1 can be weaponised), and Qasef-1, Qasef-2K, Sammad-2 and Sammad-3 (Combat UAVs).

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AI-Powered Technology Company Scores $9.2M Order to Take Down Hostile Drones

Citadel Defense’s Titan system delivers combat-proven force protection for sUAS threats and swarms San Diego, CA – Malicious use of small drones continues to impact military, government, and commercial operations. After extensive testing, evaluation, and operational assessments from over two dozen customer groups, Citadel Defense has received $9.2M in

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Griffon Aerospace Gets $50M US Army Order for Targets

U.S. Army fire-control experts needed two kinds of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) targets to help ground forces train to attack and defeat enemy UAVs. They found their solution from Griffon Aerospace Inc. in Madison, Alabama. Officials of the Army Contracting Command in Orlando, Fla., announced a $50 million contract to

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GA-ASI Reveals MQ-25 Defender Armed Aerial Tanker

General Atomics has revealed what appears to be a previously unknown unmanned aircraft concept, called Defender, that is capable of air-to-air combat and mid-air refueling. The company says that its primary mission would be to protect “high-value airborne assets,” such as airborne early warning and control aircraft, standoff reconnaissance planes,

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New Drone Pilot Training Program Builds Skills for the Renewable Energy Industry

The new “Drone Pilot Boot Camp + FAA Part 107 Exam Prep” is a collaboration between three companies: HeatSpring, Little Arms, and Unmanned Experts. They’ve built this unmanned aircract commercial operations course especially for engineering, construction and renewable energy firms. Keven Gambold is the instructor. Formerly a combat pilot for

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Future Combat Air System Demonstrator Phase Launched

The governments of France and Germany have awarded Dassault Aviation, Airbus, together with their partners MTU Aero Engines, Safran, MBDA and Thales, the initial framework contract (Phase 1A), which launches the demonstrator phase for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS). This framework contract covers a first period of 18 months

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Adani-Elbit JV to Export UAV Systems

Adani Elbit Advanced Systems, a joint venture between Adani Defence & Aerospace and Elbit Systems of Israel, said that it has started exporting Hermes 900 unmanned aerial platform to international customers. Hermes 900 is a combat-proven, multi-role unmanned platform with an endurance of 36 hours, payload capacity of 420 kg

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China’s XAG Establishes 5M Yuan ($0.75M) Fund for Drone Disinfection Operation to Fight Coronavirus

Chinese agriculture technology company XAG announced on Friday that it would set up a 5-million-yuan special fund on coronavirus response, calling for voluntary drone disinfection operations in China, which is hardest hit by the epidemic. XAG is actively pitching in to combat the contagious coronavirus with innovative technologies, as well

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Could Drones Save Cows? Research Team Thinks So

It’s a staggering statistic — every year nearly 3 million cows in the U.S. die from health problems. And it’s costing the cattle industry more than $1 billion. Combating this economic loss starts at the producer level. Ultimately, improved observation of cows in the pasture is proven to reduce heard

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Shotgun-like Ammo Could Shield LCS from Drones

Naval ordnance experts will be testing heavy weapons precision ammunition, that could hit enemy drones “like a shotgun blast,” offering a counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) shield for littoral combat ships (LCS). Rogue civilian drones and enemy attack and surveillance UAS are a growing concern across the military, especially after swarms

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Armed Drone Proliferation Update, January 2020

The third of our twice-yearly updates details new operators and other significant developments around the proliferation of armed drones. For our complete list of states operating, or close to operating, armed drones see Who Has Armed Drones? France undertakes first drone strikes As was long been expected, the French

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Edgybees Helps Australia’s Firefighters

As fires rage across Australia, devastating regions and endangering wildlife, drones and related technologies have stepped up to help first response teams to combat and mitigate loss from the deadly flames. One such company is Edgybees, AR software platform that overlays key geo-spatial information onto live drone feeds to

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Littoral Combat Ship Will Test Laser Weapon

The US Navy will put a laser weapon on a Littoral Combat Ship for the first time this year, amid efforts to boost the LCS’s lethality and to develop and field a family of laser systems. USS Little Rock (LCS-9) will receive a laser weapon during its upcoming deployment, Commander

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Drones, targeted killing and the Soleimani Strike

A week ago, a US air strike that officials (speaking off-the-record) acknowledged was carried out by a Reaper drone, killed senior Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and up to 10 others, travelling in a two-car convoy outside Baghdad airport. The targeted killing of a senior Iranian military officer sent shock waves

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P-51 Mustang vs. Spitfire – A Comparison

Comparing the North American P-51D Mustang against the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIIIe flying at the same airshow. Looking at both Warbirds at a technical point of view and at the takeoff, simulated dogfight, low passes and landing. The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber

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Chinese Air Combat Drone Types Caught By Satellite

A satellite image that was posted on Chinese internet shows an impressive lineup of the Chinese military aerial drones, some of which are in development while others are operational. The lineup occurred at Malan Air Base, a known hub of testing for these types of systems. The image is yet

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A bloody month in the drone wars: 7 separate drone strikes kill dozens of civilians across 4 war zones

November 2019 saw seven civilian casualties incidents from drone strikes in four different war-zones illustrating the growing spread of drone warfare. The seven strikes between them are thought to have killed 41 civilians including 11 children. Proponents of the use of armed drones often argue that drones are better

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