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Smart Shooter’s SMASH technology, now also in UAV configuration: SMASH Dragon

SMART SHOOTER, a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems that significantly increase the accuracy and lethality of small arms, reveals the SMASH Dragon: an armed drone system incorporating Smart Shooter’s combat-proven SMASH Technology that ensures precise target elimination. Presented by the company for the first time,

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Raytheon Demonstrates Coyote C-UAS Effectiveness

Raytheon released new footage showing 4×4 M-ATV-based and fixed palletized launch systems firing Block 2+ Coyote drones, which then defeat a variety of fixed-wing unmanned vehicles at different altitudes.  In partnership with the U.S. Army’s Integrated Fires and Rapid Capabilities Office, Raytheon Missiles & Defense successfully showcased several counter-unmanned

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Skyborg: AI control of military drones begins to take off

The influential State of AI Report 2021, published in October, makes the alarming observation that the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) for military purposes is now moving from research into the production phase. The report highlights three indicators which it argues shows this development, one of which is the

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Russia Tests Orion UAV to Down Drones In Crimea

The first combat use of the latest attack unmanned aerial vehicle “Orion” against an air target during tests at the Crimean training ground. During the flight, Orion hit ground targets and a helicopter-type drone simulating a maneuvering air target. At present, specialists are testing an aerial reconnaissance complex with unmanned

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Russia Unveils Stealthier Version of S-70 Hunter CUAV

The second flying prototype of Russia’s S-70 Okhotnik unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) has emerged, and it features the long-awaited stealthier nozzle configuration, among many other refinements, that should maximize the low observability and combat effectiveness of the production version. While the redesigned Sukhoi drone has yet to fly and

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None too clever? Military applications of artificial intelligence

Drone Wars UK’s latest briefing looks at where and how artificial intelligence is currently being applied in the military context and considers the legal and ethical, operational and strategic risks posed. Artificial Intelligence (AI), automated decision making, and autonomous technologies have already become common in everyday life and offer immense

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Brazilian Army Considers Loitering Munitions and Armed UAVs

The Brazilian Army is seeking to adopt unmanned combat tactical effectors such as loitering munitions and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The army is conducting preliminary studies that are expected to culminate with the publication of requirements for such systems over the next few years, Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Gomes Saraiva,

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US Air Force Counter UAS Mission in UAE

Specialists with the U.S. Air Force 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron provide base defense at Al Dhafra Air Base from threats posed by Unmanned Aerial Systems using a 5-pound radar gun-like device. “Our mission is to detect and defeat all UAS threats,” explained Master Sgt. Manuel Santiago, counter-UAS noncommissioned officer

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HP47 Handheld Jammer Combined with SkyWall Autonomous Optical Tracking at NATO Exercise

The SkyWall Patrol Net-Capture and HP47 handheld-jamming systems have been used together by leading specialist law enforcement across Europe since 2016. Combining electronic defeat and physical capture to provide a highly effective CUAS capability. OpenWorks and HP are now combining forces to show a new track-defeat concept at the NATO

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Armed Orion-E MALE UCAV Debuts in Dubai

Russia’s Kronshtadt has come to Dubai to demonstrate an exportable armed version of the Orion-E medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned combat air vehicle (MALE UCAV) outfitted with a satellite communications system (satcom) for control and data exchange. First time on display outside the Commonwealth of Independent States, the drone has operated in

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Ukraine’s Ivchenko-Progress Selected as Engine Supplier for Turkish MIUS Drone Project

Turkey’s Baykar signed a contract with Ukrainian firm Ivchenko-Progress for the delivery of AI-322F Turbofan engines its Combat Unmanned Aircraft System (MIUS) project. The deal was signed between the parties at the SAHA EXPO Defense and Aviation Hybrid Fair organized by SAHA Istanbul. MUIS will be jet-powered, with a payload

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Near Earth Autonomy and L3Harris Demonstrate Drone System that Delivers Blood to Medics in the Field

Near Earth Autonomy and L3Harris Technologies have successfully demonstrated an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of autonomously delivering life-saving blood and other medical supplies hundreds of miles from operational bases to medics in the field. Whole blood is the ideal fluid for hemorrhagic shock treatment in tactical combat care. The

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India’s Secret Ghatak Programme

Ghatak [Hindi-language = Lethal or Dangerous] is a fully funded and sanctioned national defence project for an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV). Autonomous Unmanned Research Aircraft (AURA) was a tentative name for an Indian UCAV project, but was eventually called the Ghatak UCAV. In 2007 the public learned about the

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On the horizon: drone spies coming to UK skies

In the last few months Drone Wars and UK Drone Watch have organised protests outside RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire and RAF Lossiemouth in North East Scotland. We were protesting the decision to allow US arms manufacturer General Atomics to conduct experimental flights of their SkyGuardian drone in UK airspace. SkyGuardian

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Fortem DroneHunter successfully takes down target drone at Norway’s Avinor Oslo Airport in a landmark test event

Fortem Technologies, leaders in airspace security and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones, proved to an audience of over 140 agencies last week that their DroneHunter®, the world’s premier AI-enabled interceptor drone, could safely remove a threatening drone from a complex airport environment. The recent test event at Oslo

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UVision and Rheinmetall Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement for Loitering Munitions

UVision Air Ltd. and Rheinmetall have signed this week a strategic partnering agreement for loitering munitions. The agreement leverages both companies’ capabilities to provide the European market with precise, combat-proven weapon systems. The Hero family of loitering munitions will be available to European customers to satisfy contemporary and emerging operational

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Russia’s S-70 Okhotnik (Hunter)- Introduction Video

A whole range of unmanned aerial vehicles featuring elements of artificial intelligence are currently being developed for Russia’s armed forces. The project that stands out is the S-70 Hunter. The heavy combat drone, developed by the Sukhoi Aviation company, is created in accordance with the Flying Wing aerodynamic design using

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Morocco Receives First Batch of Turkish Combat Drones

The unofficial page of the Moroccan Armed Forces on Facebook, Far-Maroc, reported that Morocco received the first batch of Turkish Bayraktar TB2 combat drones. Local Moroccan media said that Rabat ordered 13 Bayraktar TB2 drones in April following a $70 million signed contract with the private Turkish company Baykar. Baykar

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4GD and Parrot Announce Strategic Partnership

4GD, Close-combat immersive specialist 4GD has entered into a strategic partnership with Parrot, the leading European drone group. Under the partnership, Parrot’s ANAFI USA drone will be integrated into 4GD’s synthetic training environment, giving users the ability to train for unmanned flight operations in a way that exactly replicates live

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Fortem DroneHunter Successfully Defeats Drone Threats in US Army Test

Fortem Technologies, leaders in airspace security and defence for detecting and defeating dangerous drones, announced today that their DroneHunter® successfully defeated threat drones during a recent US Army test in Yuma Proving Ground, AZ. DroneHunter is an AI-enabled, radar-guided drone that locks onto its target, fires a net, captures

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Poland’s WB Group Unveils Swarming UAV System

Poland’s WB Group is pushing its new W2MPIR swarming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, which it says is designed to defeat an adversary’s layered air defences. The system comprises the company’s FlyEye and FT-5 Łoś (Moose) tactical reconnaissance UAVs, as well as Warmate 1 (3.0) and Warmate 2 loitering munitions.

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Fortem Technologies Conducts Counter Drone Test For Department Of Defense Customer

Fortem Technologies, leaders in airspace security and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones, announced successful performance in detecting small UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) before a team of U.S. Government evaluators based on an Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) requirement in May 2021. The event focused on testing various

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