de Havilland DH-112 Venom Short Display

New Zealand’s only operating de Havilland Venom is shown here at Tauranga Airport, Tauranga, New Zealand.The de Havilland DH 112 Venom was a British postwar single-engined jet aircraft developed from the de Havilland Vampire.It served with the Royal Air Force as a single-seat fighter-bomber and two-seat night fighter. The Venom was an interim between the first generation of British jet fighters – straight-wing […]Read more…

Drone-Hunting Blimp Over Washington

On Friday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, will launch a giant drone-hunting blimp over Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds just east of Washington D.C. The system includes a 242-foot balloon (technically called an aerostat because it’s connected to the ground) that can stay up for a month at a time and a radar to detect — among […]Read more…

Northrop Grumman Gets $657M Global Hawk Contract for South Korea

Northrop Grumman Corp has won a $657.4 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide South Korea with four RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft, the company and the Defense Department announced on Tuesday. The contract, which includes two spare engines and ground control components, “will provide critically needed wide-area surveillance capability to military commanders so they can […]Read more…

Parrot Invests $2M in Sensing Solutions for Precision Agriculture

MicaSense, a sensor and information company has raised $2M in Series A funding from Parrot. MicaSense delivers a fully integrated hardware solution for agricultural remote sensing from any unmanned aerial platform, tightly coupled with cloud-based analytics to provide crop health information to growers. The funding will enable MicaSense to expand its engineering and manufacturing capabilities […]Read more…

US Navy’s Robo-Shark

The American military does a lot of work in the field of bio-mimicry, stealing designs from nature for use in new technology. After all, if you’re going to design a robot, where better to draw inspiration than from billions of years of evolution? The latest result of these efforts is the GhostSwimmer: The Navy’s underwater […]Read more…

Israel to Issue RFI for Personal UAS

Israel’s military is preparing to issue a request for information (RFI) for a so-called “personal UAS” for use by infantry soldiers. The operational requirement for such an unmanned air system stems from the framework of the Israel Defence Forces’ (IDF) “Digital Army” programme. This envisions an infantry soldier being equipped with navigation and communication systems […]Read more…

L-3 SCM to Provide Communications Link for Desert Hawk III

L-3 Southern California Microwave (L-3 SCM) has announced that it has been selected by Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training (LM MST) business to provide its MICRO Secure Digital Data Link (MICRO SDDL) as the secure command & control and ISR communications backbone for the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) digital Desert Hawk III DDL small unmanned aircraft […]Read more…

MQ-9 Reaper Crashes at Creech

At approximately 8:45 a.m. PST on Dec. 11, 2014, an MQ-9 Reaper crashed during a routine training mission in an unpopulated area approximately 1 mile east of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. No one was injured. Base first responders have secured the crash site and all appropriate safety measures have been employed. More information will […]Read more…

Hamas UAS on Parade

Hamas paraded more than 2,000 of its armed fighters, drones and truck-mounted rockets through Gaza today to mark its 27th anniversary in the biggest show of force since the end of the Gaza war this summer. A ceasefire in August halted 50 days of fighting with Israel in which local health officials said more than […]Read more…

EU Court Ruling Means Civilian use of Drones in Public Must Comply with Data Protection Laws

Hobbyists and other individuals using remotely piloted aircraft systems, or ‘drones’, to capture images in public will be required to ensure that the activity complies with EU data protection laws in future, in light of an EU court ruling.12 Dec 2014 The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) last Thursday ruled that “video surveillance” by […]Read more…

Gretchen West Joins DroneDeploy

Gretchen West, the former Executive Vice President of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has joined DroneDeploy, a provider of commercial drone software. West is coming from AUVSI, the drone industry’s largest advocacy and lobbying group. At DroneDeploy, West will lead the company’s Business Development and Regulatory Affairs efforts. West spent 10 years as a […]Read more…

Iran to Sell UAS to Mexico ?

Iranian drones may soon be flying over Mexican airspace according to Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the influential chairman of the Foreign Policy and National Security Committee in Iran’s parliament, who recently led a delegation of Iranian lawmakers on a 4-day trip to Mexico. The trip, which reportedly was the first of its kind since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, […]Read more…

France Wants Protection from Drones

France is launching research on how to track and destroy drones as the mystery of who is behind a series of illegal flights over atomic sites remains unsolved. The French National Research Agency will start a tender later this month for systems to “detect and even neutralise” drones, according to a statement from the Secretariat for Defence and […]Read more…

AAI Rebrand

      AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training and AAI Unmanned Systems have been part of the Textron Systems enterprise for years now. They have now rebranded to be one Textron Systems. The new names are as follows: AAI Logistics & Technical Services ›› Textron Systems Support Solutions AAI Test & Training […]Read more…

Taiwan’s Defence Ability Bolstered by UAS

Taiwan’s defence and air reconnaissance capabilities have been significantly enhanced with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other cutting-edge systems and devices, which were unveiled this week by the Chungshan Institute of Science & Technology (CSIST). The demonstration of remote-controlled aircraft and new pilot-training simulators took place at the institute’s Aeronautical Systems Research Division in Greater […]Read more…

Russian Missiles Shoot Down Ukrainian Surveillance UAS Over Crimea

Russia has shot down several Ukrainian unmanned surveillance aircraft flying over the Crimean Peninsula from the North over the last month using Pantsir (Greyhound) surface-to-air missile systems, a Crimean military source told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.   © SPUTNIK. MIKHAIL MOKROUCHIN Russia Tests Pantsir Air Defense Systems in Arctic “Pantsirs have been used against the targets by the division based close to the […]Read more…

X-47B to Begin Automated Aerial Refuelling Demonstrations Next Year

The US Navy’s carrier-based unmanned aircraft demonstrator is undergoing preparations for automated aerial refuelling testing next year, including a possible flight demonstration using the aircraft itself, said officials from the service and X-47B manufacturer Northrop Grumman. Until now, the Navy has used a surrogate aircraft for AAR testing. The service in June 2014 awarded a […]Read more…

Mistletoe QuadCopter Draws Blood

TGI Friday’s much-hyped “Mobile Mistletoe” drones drew first blood in their New York City debut on Dec. 4 at the chain’s beloved Sheepshead Bay location when one of them hit our intrepid photographer right in the face. The two remote-controlled helicopters dangling sprigs of mistletoe were intended to spread holiday romance, but one of them flew out […]Read more…

Airbus Markets UAV-Based Surveillance Package for Disaster Relief

Airbus Defence & Space is planning to offer a high-altitude unmanned air vehicle-based surveillance capability for disaster relief, using a variety of systems that it is in the process of finalising. Steve Whitby, strategic business manager, said the company’s Zephyr high altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS) could receive data feeds from aircraft carrying the company’s Mobile IP […]Read more…

Aerosonde Gets FAA Certificate of Authorization for National Airspace

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has announced a Certificate of Authorisation to start Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) operations with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), one of six authorised test sites established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as part of its larger program to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system (NAS). MAAP, […]Read more…

ING Robotic Aviation Gets Canada Innovation Program Contract for Wildlife and Habitat Surveys

ING Robotic Aviation has announced that is has been awarded a $170K Built in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) contract to provide services with its Responder unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to a Government of Canada department. The BCIP program was initially created by the Government of Canada to help kick-start businesses to get their innovative products and services […]Read more…

UAVs to use Hyper-spectral Sensors for Ocean Research

Researchers from Columbia University’s Air-Sea-Ice Physics and Bio geochemistry Experiment (ASIPBEX) will utilize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to investigate climatological changes present in the Arctic Ocean around Svalbard, Norway. In the remote sensing project, the UAV will assess ocean and sea ice variability in this Arctic zone. The UAV will be fitted with two Micro-Hyperspec […]Read more…

RPAS in Fiji

FIJI’S first ever licenced heavy duty remotely piloted aircraft operator, Skyward Industries Ltd, has been recognised by the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) for its efforts to provide revolutionary technology in Fiji and the South Pacific. The company licenced to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Fiji, was part of a special group of agencies […]Read more…

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