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Bell XV-3 Convertiplane Promo Film – 1960

Film from the Bell Helicopter Archives. The Bell XV-3 (Bell 200) is an American tiltrotor aircraft developed by Bell Helicopter for a joint research program between the United States Air Force and the United States Army in order to explore convertiplane technologies. The XV-3 featured an engine mounted in the

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Pierce Aerospace & TDRS Set Remote ID Distance and Altitude Records

Pierce Aerospace, a Remote ID UAS Service Supplier (RID-USS), recently set distance and altitude records with the ASTM F38 Workgroup “UAS Remote ID and Tracking” draft standard. Pierce Aerospace’s demonstrations were performed at a US Army experiment with aircraft operated by UAS operators, TDRS. Pierce Aerospace’s Flight Portal ID (FPID)

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Pierce Aerospace & TDRS set remote ID distance and altitude records.

Indianapolis, IN Pierce Aerospace, a leading Remote ID UAS Service Supplier (RID-USS), recently set distance and altitude records with the ASTM F38 Workgroup “UAS Remote ID and Tracking” draft standard. Pierce Aerospace’s demonstrations were performed at a US Army experiment with aircraft operated by UAS operators, TDRS. Pierce Aerospace’s Flight

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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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Libyan Officials say US Drone Shot Down by Mistake

Libyan forces trying to seize Tripoli shot down a U.S. military drone over the capital by mistake last week, officials said. The U.S. military said it lost the drone Thursday while it was assessing the security situation and monitoring extremist activity. U.S. Africa Command declined to elaborate Monday, saying only

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Indian Air Force Drone Crash

One Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed on Saturday evening at Bokajan under Salonibari police station in Assam’s Sonitpur district at around 6:30 pm. The Sonitpur deputy superintendent of police (headquarters), Dr. Rashmi Rekha Sharma said, “Till 8:30 pm, the UAV could not be

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Israel’s drone industry becomes global force

Airport City, Israel (AFP) Nov 28, 2019 –

In a fierce battle for market share against world superpowers China and the United States, Israel’s drone industry likes to say it has a secret weapon — military experience.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used daily by Israel’s military in and around its

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WavDrone to Begin Flight Testing at Griffiss Airfield

WavDrone, Ltd. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Power Industry Corporation announced that they will begin comprehensive flight testing of its carbon-nanotube drones and drone intercept technologies at Griffiss International Airport, formerly Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y. Griffiss International Airport is one of just seven FAA-designated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

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Kazakhstan to Manufacture Skylark Locally

Kazakhstan Engineering announced that its subsidiary Kazakhstan Aviation Industry will start assembling Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles from 2020 at a rate of four systems per year. The announcement comes following a previous agreement with Elbit Systems for the purchase of UAVs, with the Kazakh army operating a variant of the

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US Army to Get Joint-Air-To-Ground Missiles

Lockheed Martin has won a $134.7 million modification contract to supply Joint-Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGMs) to the US Army. The target for completion of the assigned work is set for February 28, 2023, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Wednesday. The JAGM will be used on joint rotary-wing

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Researchers Improve Next Generation Aircraft Engines

The Army’s Future Vertical Lift program is one of the modernization priorities for Army leadership. With the use of advanced X-ray diagnostics, scientists have a better understanding of gas turbine combustor inlet conditions, which is critical for the design and development of engines for the next generation of Army aircraft.

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US Air Force May Retire 21 of 35 RQ-4 Global Hawks

Just months after Iran shot down an expensive U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz, the Defense Department is weighing scrapping about two-thirds of the Air Force’s roughly three dozen Global Hawk unmanned aircraft as part of a shift toward building the new capabilities needed to counter China and

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US Navy Awards MUX Prize Challenges

The US Navy awarded four prize challenges for the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Expeditionary (MUX) November 21 to multiple vendors for their mission payload design concepts. A team from the Multi-Mission Tactical UAS program office (PMA-266) coordinated these four mission payload prize challenges, each

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Screaming Eagle Earns UAS Soldier of the Year

Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Vilt from Delta Company, 326 Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne”, 101st Airborne Division earned top honours as the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Soldier of the Year. The Army Aviation Association of America presented the award to Vilt for his excellence during the Joseph P.

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NATO’s new military drone arrives in Europe  

Ahead of its summit in London next month, NATO has announced that the first of the massive Global Hawk drones that make up the ‘Alliance Ground Support’ (AGS) system has arrived in Europe. The clumsily named Alliance Ground Support system will eventually comprise five specially upgraded Northrop Grumman Global Hawk

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Italian Reaper Crashes in Libya

The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) lost an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 20 November, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper came down while flying over southern Tripoli. While the Libyan National Army (LNA) claimed to

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South Africa Investigates Saudi IP Theft from Denel

South Africa is investigating the alleged misappropriation of intellectual property rights belonging to state defense firm Denel, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) confirmed. The IP relates to air-to-air missiles, stand-off weapons, surface target missiles, air defense and unmanned aerial vehicle systems, the SIU told Reuters. “The focus area for the

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Small Glide Munition Launched from Gray Eagle ER

A U.S. Army MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range manufactured by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. performed a flight demonstration using a Dynetics GBU-69B Small Glide Munition (SGM) on August 21-22. The SGM is a lightweight munition with increased effective range. “The GE-ER operates at an altitude that provides

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Why the VTOL Airliner Failed: the Fairey Rotodyne Story

The Fairey Rotodyne was a 1950s British compound gyroplane designed and built by Fairey Aviation and intended for commercial and military uses. A development of the earlier Gyrodyne, which had established a world helicopter speed record, the Rotodyne featured a tip-jet-powered rotor that burned a mixture of fuel and compressed

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GA-ASI Demonstrates Small Glide Munition Launched from Gray Eagle ER

A U.S. Army MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) manufactured by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) performed a flight demonstration using a Dynetics GBU-69B Small Glide Munition (SGM) on August 21-22. The SGM is a lightweight munition with increased effective range. “The GE-ER operates

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First SKELDAR V-200 platforms from Scanfil make way on to frontline ahead of mass production planned for 2020

Close on the heels of German Navy and Royal Canadian Navy contracts UMS SKELDAR gears up production volumes as part of world navy strategy roll out 19th November 2019: The first SKELDAR V-200 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been manufactured and deployed by international

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Ascent Vision Technologies and U.S. Air Force Completes Latest Phase of X-MADIS Field Testing

Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) recently completed the next phase of field testing with its counter UAS system, the eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System (X-MADIS), for the U.S. Air Force. The latest event was conducted at an undisclosed location and focused on optimizing the system for the Air Force’s selected

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General Atomics to Add SparrowHawk Attritable Drone

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is developing a new attritable jet-powered unmanned air vehicle (UAV). Called SparrowHawk, it is intended to be air-launched from and air-recoverable by the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) MQ-9 Reaper. The company has built one prototype so far, which could be flown for the first time before

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Turkish Army to Get Kamikaze Drones with Facial Recognition

Thirty upgraded KARGU (Autonomous Tactical Multi-Rotor Attack UAV) kamikaze drones developed by Turkish defense contractor Defense Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) will join the Turkish Armed Forces’ inventory as of 2020 to take part in critical operations in the country’s east and along the Syrian border. The KARGU battle

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Russian Military Drone Crashes into Garden

A military-grade drone crash-landed a few dozen meters away from homes in a tiny town in central Russia. Footage and images of the grounded drone shows it planted in an apartment’s block’s shared garden on Saturday afternoon. Around a dozen people are seen surrounding the drone, inspecting it. Pictures show

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