Tagged: Drone Wars

Gray Eagle Crashes Near Baghdad

A U.S. MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) crashed on August 7 in the district of Radwaniyah west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. “A Coalition Unmanned Aerial Vehicle made an unscheduled landing in Baghdad Wednesday due to a mechanical problem. The aircraft landed safely and was successfully recovered

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Okhotnik-B First Flight – Video

The Russian S-70 Okhotnik-B (Hunter) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau, made its first flight on Saturday, August 3rd. 2019. The flight took place at 12.20 Moscow time and lasted for over 20 minutes. The aerial vehicle flown by the operator made several circles around

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Kratos Places Engine Orders Ahead of First XQ-58A Valkyrie Production Contracts

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has begun placing engine orders in anticipation of receiving first series production contracts for its XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned combat air system (UCAS) before the end of 2019. Developed in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) under the Low Cost Attritable Strike Demonstrator (LCASD)

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Russian Okhotnik-B UCAV Makes First Flight

Russia’s Okhotnik (Hunter) heavy unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau, has made the first flight, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Saturday. “Under the test program, a long-duration flight time UCAV Okhotnik has performed its first flight,” says the press release circulated by the

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US Army Awards Laser Weapon System Contract

The U.S. Army issued a contract award to accelerate the rapid prototyping and fielding of its first combat-capable laser weapon system. This prototype will deliver 50 kilowatt (kW)-class lasers on a platoon of four Stryker vehicles in Fiscal Year 2022, supporting the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) mission. The directed

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Government spending watchdog highlights “significant issues” for UK drone projects

The Ministry of Defence’s two flagship drone projects – the ‘Protector’ programme to introduce the Certifiable Predator B drone into service with the Royal Air Force, and the Army’s Watchkeeper surveillance drone – continue to face ‘significant issues’ according to a government spending watchdog. The latest annual report (published in

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Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System Explained

 U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Ariel Cecil, the Low Altitude Air Defense officer in charge assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 Reinforced, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, explains the importance of the Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System during Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) 18. Led by Naval Amphibious Force,

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UK Defence Lab to Develop Novel Unmanned Combat Aircraft for RAF

A new project to develop a novel unmanned combat aircraft has been announced by the RAF Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) concept looks to offer additional capability, deployed alongside fighter jets like the F-35 and Typhoon

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Denmark Charges 3 Men for Buying Drones for ISIS

Danish prosecutors have charged three men under Denmark’s anti-terror laws on suspicion of buying drones and components with the purpose of delivering them to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq where they were to be used “in combat actions.” Prosecutor Kristian Kirk says the three men, aged 30,

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Russian Owl Spy Drone

Russia has unveiled a combat surveillance drone intended to resemble a menacing owl spreading its wings. The avian imposter was showcased at the Defense Ministry’s annual military expo in the outskirts of Moscow last week.

Footage from the event published by the ministry’s Zvezda news channel shows the remote-controlled

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NWUAV’s NW-44 Heavy Fuel Engine Logs Over 1500 Sorties

In just a few months the NW-44 Heavy Fuel Engine has added over 500 flights to its logbooks, bringing its combat flight total to 1500 flights. Northwest UAV sees the Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solution providing warfighters and commercial operators with the best propulsion system in the small UAV category. A

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Armed Drone Proliferation Update, June 2019

It’s been a year since we published Drone Wars: The Next Generation, which gave our assessment of who is operating armed drones. This update adds four new States to those with the ability to operate large MALE or medium sized armed drones, as well as an update on significant exports,

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Russian Drone Resembles Owl

Russia has unveiled a combat surveillance drone intended to resemble a menacing owl spreading its wings. The avian imposter was showcased at the Defense Ministry’s annual military expo in the outskirts of Moscow on Tuesday. Footage from the event published by the ministry’s Zvezda news channel show the remote-controlled

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Global Hawk Down

At 11.35pm (GMT) on 19 June, an Iranian surface to air missile struck and downed a US RQ-4A Global Hawk drone operating over the Straits of Hormuz. According to the US, the drone, operated by the US Navy (which calls it a Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) UAV –

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Counter UAS On-The-Move

The X-MADIS is a fully integrated counter UAS system that detects, locates, tracks, identifies and defeats sUAS. With an integrated all-threat tactical air surveillance radar, gyro-stabilized optical sensor (EO and MWIR imagery), C2 interface and Electronic Warfare System, the X-MADIS provides a complete “soft-kill” solution to combat the growing threat

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Yemeni Air Defense Force Downs MQ-9

A U.S. MQ-9 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) was shot down by the Yemeni Air Defense Force, an ally of the Houthis, while it was conducting a sortie over the western province of al-Hudaydah, where a UN-sponsored ceasefire is implemented. The Houthis media wing released a video and several photos

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DARPA Competition for AI-Powered Aircraft Dogfighting

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to launch a competition to teach artificial intelligence (AI) software programmes how to control aircraft and their weapons in dogfights. The research agency sees the competition as the first step in developing software that would automate air-to-air combat. AI-controlled fighter aircraft

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NORTHCOM Picks Liteye as C-UAS Subject Matter Expert

Liteye Systems, Inc, identified by US DoD NORTHCOM as a Subject Matter Expert in Countering UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) threats, was recently invited to attend a collaboration session between Government and Industry to better define emerging threats across North America. NORTHCOM is a Unified Combatant Command of the U.S

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US Army to Put Laser Weapon on Stryker Combat Vehicles

The US Army’s acquisition chief Bruce Jette has confirmed that the U.S. Army has plans to equipped Stryker combat vehicles with a modern laser weapon systems. Soldiers at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, have already been able to take down small unmanned aerial systems with a laser at the 10-kilowatt level. Mobile

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