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No Space for Peace in the Integrated Security Review

In March, the UK government published their ‘Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy’, titled ‘Global Britain in a Competitive Age’ it describes the government vision for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade. There has been a lot of discussions on various parts of

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Azerbaijani Army Trains with Turkish Drones

Crews of the Azerbaijani Army’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are carrying out training flights, the Defence Ministry’s press service reported on April 4. The flights are in line with the 2021 combat training plan approved by Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov. As part of the training, the crews increase their operational

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XAG Helps Australia to Defeat African Lovegrass

As Australia has long been troubled by the threat of invasive weeds, XAG Agricultural Drone has recently stepped into a landcare programme to curb the spread of the exotic weed – African Lovegrass. Since March 2021, trials have been conducted to examine the effectiveness of drones on precision spraying and

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Chinese Female Operators Hoist UAV

Members assigned to a female UAV detachment under the PLA 72nd Group Army hoist the drone during an actual combat training exercise in early April, 2021. The training involved such items as emergency flight preparation, reconnaissance and confrontation of the drones under high altitude and adverse weather conditions in strange

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AeroVironment Awarded $45 Million Option for Switchblade Tactical Missile Systems Under U.S. Army Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems Contract

• Combat proven Switchblade 300 with patented “wave-off” feature and recommit ability provides operators with increased lethality, reach and precision strike capabilities with low collateral effects • Contract option includes first approved export to an allied nation, extending Switchblade’s unique capabilities to friendly forces and promoting interoperability for joint operations

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Morocco to Acquire 13 Bayraktar TB2 Drones

Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR) signed an acquisition contract of 13 Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) with Turkey to the tune of MAD 626 million ($70 million). Under the agreement, Morocco will receive four driving ground stations, a configurable simulation system for driving drones, and a digital system

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French and German Companies Export Products for Turkish Armed Drones used in Nagorno-Karabakh War

In June 2020, Azerbaijan announced it had purchased Bayraktar TB2 combat drones from Turkey. A few months later, during the Nagorno-Karabakh war, the Turkish UAVs were used. They were responsible for the destruction of military and civilian infrastructures, places of worship and residential areas in Karabakh, killing civilians in the

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The iWars Survey: Mapping the IT sector’s involvement in developing autonomous weapons

A new survey by Drone Was has begun the process of mapping the involvement of information technology corporations in military artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics programmes, an area of rapidly increasing focus for the military. ‘Global Britain in a Competitive Age’, the recently published integrated review of security, defence,

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After big wins, interest in Turkish combat drones soars

Ankara (AFP) March 19, 2021 –

Whether in Syria, Libya or Azerbaijan, Turkey’s combat drones have scored high-profile successes that Ankara hopes to use in its quest to become a premier exporter of the aerial vehicles.

Besides their proven ability to take out enemy tanks, analysts said drones also offer Turkey

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As the government set out its plans to fund hi-tech war, can you donate to help our work?

Dear Friends, Last week Boris Johnson published his government’s Integrated Review of defence, security and foreign policy, setting out the government’s commitment to develop and use emerging military technology to engage in both overt and ‘grey zone’ warfare. Today will see the publication of a Defence Command Paper, giving more

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New details of US drone flights in UK this summer raise concerns over safety and corporate cronyism

New details about the British government’s plans to allow US defence manufacturer General Atomics to conduct experimental flights of its new SkyGuardian drone in the UK this summer have emerged in MOD documents published on the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) website. SkyGuardian flights are to be conducted from RAF Waddington

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Turkey’s Akıncı Completes System Identification Test

The second prototype of Turkey’s state-of-the-art unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) Akıncı has successfully passed another test, the manufacturer announced. “Today, we successfully completed the Developed System Identification Test with #AKINCI PT-2,” Baykar Makina said on Twitter. “Each successfully completed test brings #AKINCI one step closer to the mission. Free

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XAG Says Drones Could Beat Locust Swarms at Night

As African countries are getting prepared for the imminent locust crisis, the smart agtech company XAG has proposed that agricultural drones, through more targeted night spraying application, can strongly support the current ground and aerial control measures. Drones specifically developed by XAG for agriculture can be used to combat the

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Online Event – 25 March: Meaning-less human control: Lessons from air defence systems for LAWS

Together with Center for War Studies of University of Southern Denmark, we are hosting an online event on Thursday 25 March at 2pm (GMT) to discuss our co-published report, Meaning-less human control: Lessons from air defence systems for Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS). In recent years, autonomous weapons systems have

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Kelley Aerospace Reveals Supersonic UCAV Concept

Singapore-based aerospace company Kelley Aerospace has officially launched its supersonic unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) concept, and has reportedly secured over 100 orders from undisclosed customers. The arrow is said to be the “world’s first supersonic UAV that pushes the boundary with state-of-the-art swarm and autonomous aerial flight logic

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CERBAIR Offers New Design, Advanced Features in its CHIMERA Anti-Drone Technology

MONTROUGE, France. CERBAIR launched its newly designed anti-drone kit – CHIMERA –featuring updated technology. After detailed operational feedback from users, the newCHIMERA kit can be considered as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ in anti-drone warfare. The new kit consists of three connected main elements: 1) Backpack and vest with a detection

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ZALA Kamikaze Drone to Complete Tests this Year

State tests of the KYB combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by ZALA Aero (part of the Kalashnikov group of companies of the Rostec state corporation) will be completed in 2021. This was reported to TASS during the international arms exhibition IDEX – 2021. KYB was shown in the UAE

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GA-ASI  Releases Image of Next-Gen Combat Drone

General Atomics released a new rendering of its brand new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike UAV’s design on its Twitter account on Friday. The statement reads: “Our sturdy digital engineering and superior manufacturing practices ship inexpensive dominant weapon methods to the warfighter with the pace and lethality required

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KBR Gets $93M Contract to Reinforce US Navy’s CUAS

KBR won a $92.6 million contract to perform engineering, integration and sustainment services on counter unmanned air systems (C-UAS) for the Combat Integration & Identification Systems unit within the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). This cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is a new opportunity for KBR to help

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‘All the warfare of the future’: Drones, new technology and the Integrated Review

At the beginning of March, the government will publish its long-awaited Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, known (thankfully) as ‘The Integrated Review’. It’s purpose is to “define the Government’s ambition for the UK’s role in the world and the long-term strategic aims for our national

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General Atomics plan flights of its new drone in UK – safety fears rerouted previous flights in the US    

General Atomics is to bring a company-owned SkyGuardian drone to the UK in the summer to undertake “a series of operational capability demonstrations” for the UK and other NATO members. The RAF’s soon to be acquired Protector drone is a version of the SkyGuardian with a range of UK modifications.

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Humans First: A Manifesto for the Age of Robotics. A review of Frank Pasquale’s ‘New Laws of Robotics’

In 2018, the hashtag #ThankGodIGraduatedAlready began trending on China’s Weibo social media platform. The tag reflected concerns among Chinese students that schools had begun to install the ‘Class Care System’, developed by the Chinese technology company Hanwang. Cameras monitor pupils’ facial expressions with deep learning algorithms identifying each

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