Armenia Exhibits Locally Made UAVs

UAV LAB exhibited three models of locally produced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the engineering forum-expo in Vanadzor Technology Center on June 24. UAV LAB representative Ivan Melnikov told Itel.am that 4 people work on the project. The vehicles are for local consumption, but the company intends to bring them to the global market in […]

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Transport Canada Approves Drone Test Range in Alma

Transport Canada is committed to enhancing the safety and security of Canadians while fostering innovation as it continues to explore the use of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, to fulfil its mandate. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has granted the UAS Centre of Excellence approval to begin operations at their test […]

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Kratos Gets $37M US Navy BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target Contract

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has announced that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) was awarded an amendment to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for Low Rate Initial Production Year 1 (LRIP 1) from the U.S. Navy, for BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) Drone Systems. The SSAT LRIP 1 order has an […]

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Germany Delays Plans to Lease Heron TP

Germany’s plans to lease Israeli-made “Eitan” drones were suspended on Wednesday, after German lawmakers raised concerns over weapons systems installed on the unmanned aircraft. Following a visit to Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) facilities by a German parliamentary delegation, members of the Social Democratic Party raised objections over the armament of the “Eitan” UAVs, and demanded […]

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Drone Helicopters on Display at Russian Defense Show

Unmanned helicopters and monitoring systems will be displayed by the Radar MMS research and production company at the International Maritime Defense Show in St. Petersburg. The international show will be held from June 28 to July 2 in St. Petersburg. “New and modernized vehicles will be displayed in the exhibit area of the company and its […]

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MIT’s Drones that Drive

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are aiming to develop robots that can both maneuver around on land and take to the skies. In a new paper, the team presented a system of eight quadcopter drones that can fly and drive through a city-like setting with parking spots, no-fly zones, and […]

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PV Solar Panel inspection with UAVs

Solar panels, like any other artificial infrastructure objects, require periodical inspections. UAV equipped with thermal camera is the best choice for inspection, as in most cases it saves costs compared to manned aviation and saves time compared to visual control with handheld IR camera. Usually photovoltaic (PV) solar panel field inspection requires use of two […]

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Qualcomm Teases Snapdragon Flight Drone Platform

We’ve known about Qualcomm’s drone ambitions for a few months now, but it looks like the company is ready to demo the goods. Ahead of CES next week, the chipmaker teased features of its Snapdragon Flight drone platform. Qualcomm is aiming to do for drones what its done for phones. And that starts with putting camera and […]

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Qualcomm Teases Snapdragon Flight Drone Platform

We’ve known about Qualcomm’s drone ambitions for a few months now, but it looks like the company is ready to demo the goods. Ahead of CES next week, the chipmaker teased features of its Snapdragon Flight drone platform. Qualcomm is aiming to do for drones what its done for phones. And that starts with putting camera and […]

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CICADA Micro-UAV Named Popular Science ‘Best of What’s New’

The small glider Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft (CICADA) developed by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) aerospace engineers, Aaron D. Kahn and Dr. Daniel J. Edwards, has been named ‘2015 Best of What’s New‘ by the distinguished science and technology publication, Popular Science.   Winner of the 2015 Popular Science ‘Best of What’s New Award,’ the NRL-developed […]

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CICADA Micro-UAV Named Popular Science ‘Best of What’s New’

The small glider Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft (CICADA) developed by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) aerospace engineers, Aaron D. Kahn and Dr. Daniel J. Edwards, has been named ‘2015 Best of What’s New‘ by the distinguished science and technology publication, Popular Science.   Winner of the 2015 Popular Science ‘Best of What’s New Award,’ the NRL-developed […]

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Drone-Jamming Equipment Deployed at Public Events

A device to block drones flown by terrorists will be used at major public and sports events following a successful trial at London’s Remembrance Sunday parade. The system was installed on the roof of Scotland Yard, close to where the commemoration took place – the first time it has been deployed by police in the […]

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Drone-Jamming Equipment Deployed at Public Events

A device to block drones flown by terrorists will be used at major public and sports events following a successful trial at London’s Remembrance Sunday parade. The system was installed on the roof of Scotland Yard, close to where the commemoration took place – the first time it has been deployed by police in the […]

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FAA Shuts Down Drone Clubs within 30 Miles of Washington DC

The Federal Aviation Administration has shut down at least 36 model aircraft clubs in the Washington, DC area, citing a new, extended no-fly zone for drones around the nation’s capital. The FAA has been worried about the proliferation of drones for several years now, and in September extended a 15-mile no fly zone surrounding Washington, DC’s National Airport […]

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FAA Shuts Down Drone Clubs within 30 Miles of Washington DC

The Federal Aviation Administration has shut down at least 36 model aircraft clubs in the Washington, DC area, citing a new, extended no-fly zone for drones around the nation’s capital. The FAA has been worried about the proliferation of drones for several years now, and in September extended a 15-mile no fly zone surrounding Washington, DC’s National Airport […]

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Russian Air Defence System Shoots on the Move

Air defences are often the only thing standing between enemy aircraft and their targets, but up until now, it’s pretty relatively easy to destroy them. That’s because even mobile air defences typically must stop in order to shoot, making the job easier for aircraft dedicated to knocking them now. Not anymore. Russia’s Tor-M2U system is a 35-ton tracked […]

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Russian Air Defence System Shoots on the Move

Air defences are often the only thing standing between enemy aircraft and their targets, but up until now, it’s pretty relatively easy to destroy them. That’s because even mobile air defences typically must stop in order to shoot, making the job easier for aircraft dedicated to knocking them now. Not anymore. Russia’s Tor-M2U system is a 35-ton tracked […]

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DHS: Drug Traffickers are Spoofing Border Drones

The US Department of Homeland Security has turned to using small drones to monitor its borders, but drug traffickers have apparently already found a way to avoid surveillance. Timothy Bennett, a Department of Homeland Security program manager, said last week that drug smugglers are using technology to spoof and jam unmanned aircraft systems that are […]

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Russian Emergencies Minister Opens Unmanned Aviation Centre

Russia’s emergencies ministry on Sunday opened an unmanned aviation centre at the ministry’s Moscow region department. The ceremony was attended by Minister Vladimir Puchkov. “The unmanned aviation center will help improve the quality of monitoring and raise the level of crisis response,” he said. The minister said drones would be used for aerial surveying to […]

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Heron Reaches 70,000 Operational Flight Hours In Afghanistan

Israel Aerospace Industries‘ (IAI) Heron-1 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) recently marked its 70,000th flight hour in Afghanistan, after less than 7 years of operation in the country. This follows Heron’s completion of 25,000 flight hours last month under German Air Force operations in Afghanistan. After successful use in Afghanistan by several Western NATO members, including Germany, […]

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Air Bases Report Increase in Near-Collisions with Drones

Rogue toy drones – a hot-selling Christmas gift this season and last – are starting to interfere with military operations at several bases across the country. With sales of consumer drones expected to approach 700,000 this year, military officials say they are bracing for the problem to get worse and are worried about the potential […]

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Tern Moves Closer to Full-Scale Demonstration of Unmanned VTOL Aircraft

Small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates could greatly increase their effectiveness if they had their own unmanned air systems (UAS) to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other capabilities at long range around the clock. Current state-of-the-art UASs, however, lack the ability to take off and land from confined spaces in rough seas […]

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FAA Drone Laws Clash with Stricter Local Rules

Frank Carollo, a longtime member of the City Council in Miami, had worked for several weeks fine-tuning a proposal to limit the use of recreational drones, the increasingly popular remote-controlled flying devices. Minutes before the start of the vote on the rules this month, lawyers from the Federal Aviation Administration called him. The lawyers said the Miami ordinance […]

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Vietnamese HS-6L HALE UAV Aided by Belarus

Vietnamese television and other media reports have revealed Vietnam’s largest indigenous high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to date, indicating that it will eventually perform civil and military missions over the South China Sea. Reports from 10 and 11 December 2015 state that the new HS-6L HALE UAV is a product of Vietnam’s Academy […]

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Northrop Grumman Gets $93M TERN Contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Aerospace Systems, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $93,076,636 Other Transaction Agreement for prototype project – Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (Tern) program, Phase III. The Tern program will design, develop, and demonstrate enabling technologies and system attributes for a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned air vehicle and shipboard-capable launch and recovery system […]

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Pro-Cam Rentals Aerial Division Offers SHOTOVER U1 Professional Grade UAS

Pro-Cam Rentals, North America’s largest supplier of telescopic camera cranes and remote systems, and Shotover, the maker of high performance stabilization platforms, has announced Pro-Cam’s launch of a new aerial division to supply the broadcast and motion picture industry with the first Shotover U1 unmanned aerial systems. “The response we have received for the U1 […]

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NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) First Flight

From the aircraft build to flight, the first RQ-4 Global Hawk developed for the NATO Allied Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme has taken to the air. Leaving from Palmdale, NATO’s first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft successfully executed a comprehensive range of test points before landing at Edwards Air Force Base on December 19, 2015 in Palmdale, […]

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USA won’t Fly Troops into Battle Unmanned Helicopters

The US Army has no plans to ferry troops into war zones aboard unmanned helicopters, but will push autonomous and remote-controlled flight technology for cargo delivery, although it’s not a near-term priority, service officials say. Just as the US Air Force and Navy are grappling with the idea of sending unmanned fighter jets into battle, […]

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UAS Aids in Train Derailment Investigation

On a beautiful October day, Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne and his team at the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Lab got a call from the Vermont Agency of Transportation. An Amtrak Vermonter train had just derailed in Northfield, Vermont, and the agency wanted to learn more about what caused the derailment. A team of four volunteers from […]

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Elbit Systems Gets $200M Hermes 900 HFE Contract for Switzerland

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced that it was awarded an approximately $200 million contract from the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (“DDPS”), for the supply of Hermes 900 HFE (Heavy Fuel Engine) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and an advanced ground segment for command, control and communications. The contract, to be performed over […]

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FAA Issues Notice on Unmanned Aircraft Operations in the National Airspace System (NAS)

The FAA has just issued an update to its notice on ‘Unmanned Aircraft Operations in the National Airspace System (NAS)‘ which provides information and guidance on air traffic policies and prescribes procedures for the planning, coordination, and services involving the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the NAS.  FAA policy for UAS operations is that […]

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Thunderbirds Air Demonstration – 2014 Nellis

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Team assigned to the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., perform during the 2014 Nellis Air Force Base Open House Nov 8, 2014. This event also marked the end of the 2014 air show season for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron […]

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US Air Force Global Hawk Hits 500-Mission Milestone

As the morning sun beat down on its nearly 131-foot wingspan, the EQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft descended from its 60,000-foot perch for the 500th time, coming to rest at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 11. The Veterans Day landing was a historic one for the Global Hawk. It was the first time […]

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Insitu $71M Contract for 65 ScanEagles for Afghanistan

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a $70,941,310 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0011) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-11-G-0009) for the procurement of eight ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems for the government of Afghanistan under the Foreign Military Sales program. These systems consist of 65 ScanEagle Air Vehicles, spares, support equipment, field service support, […]

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Motor and Propeller Test Tool for sUAS Designers

The RCbenchmark dynamometer is the first commercial tool that allows sUAS designers to fully characterize brushless motors, propellers, batteries, and speed controllers, with the goal of maximizing the flight time and performance of their designs. The tool can control a motor and measure all its key variables with high accuracy. It records voltage, current, torque, […]

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Spain Wants to Arm its MQ-9 Fleet

Spain has confirmed that it will eventually try to weaponise its future fleet of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles, although the immediate priority is to bring the surveillance-only variant into operation. Madrid’s programme to acquire a class III UAV for its air force began in September last year, with the Reaper […]

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AeroVironment Gets $13 M RQ-20A Puma AE Order from US Marine Corps

AeroVironment, Inc.  announced it received a firm fixed-price order valued at $13,015,396 for RQ-20A Puma AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages for the United States Marine Corps on October 27, 2015. The Marine Corps employs the Puma AE system as the long-range solution for its small unit remote scouting system (SURSS), complementing […]

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Russia Deploys UAS Squadron to Arctic Region

  A squadron of the Orlan-10 and Forpost (Outpost) unmanned aerial vehicles for the Arctic region has been formed in Russia’s Eastern Military District. It is based near the administrative center of Chukotka Autonomous District Anadyr, head of the press service of the Eastern Military District Alexander Gordeyev told TASS on Monday. The Eastern Military […]

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Flexrotor Finds Fish on US Coast Guard Trial

“We panned the camera out over the Chesapeake, and there they were, four-and-a-half kilometers away” recalls Aerovel’s Tad McGeer.  “It was our first day of demonstrating Flexrotor for the US Coast Guard.”  Flexrotor, Aerovel’s exceptional unmanned aircraft, has caught the Coast Guard’s attention with its unique combination of small size, light footprint, VTOL, long endurance, […]

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Close Call with a Chinese Jet Fighter

A close call between a hobby drone and a Chinese jet fighter was captured by the drone’s camera. The encounter occurred over an unspecified city in China.  The fighter, which appears to be a Shenyang J-8 “Finback”, does not seem to notice the hovering quadcopter drone as it passes by at a distance of only a […]

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X-56A Crashes During Flight Test

A US Air Force Research Laboratory-sponsored X-56A unmanned air vehicle crashed Nov. 19 at approximately 9:30 Pacific Daylight Time on Rogers Dry Lakebed test range at Edwards AFB, California. The mishap occurred shortly after takeoff. Initial estimates report severe damage to the vehicle. There are no reports of injuries or property damage at this time. Edwards AFB […]

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Texas Air National Guard MQ-1 Predator Reaches 100,000 Flying Hours

Achieving 100,000 flying hours takes years to realize. But for the members of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing, Texas Air National Guard, conquering this incredible feat is just a testament to their hard work and dedication to their mission. The wing accomplished the milestone Oct. 8, 2015, just seven short years after receiving its new mission to […]

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RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk Sale Approved to Japan

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan for RQ-4 Block 30 (I) Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this […]

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Sukhoi Su-24 Downed by F-16s on Syrian Border

Turkish fighter jets have shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, with conflicting claims over whether the downed aircraft violated Turkish airspace. The two pilots ejected before the plane crashed in northern Syria, with one reportedly shot by opposition forces as he landed and the other still missing. Turkey’s military said two Turkish […]

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FAA UAS Registration Task Force Final Report

The UAS Registration Task Force Committee’s Recommendations Final Report (Recommendations) was published as promised on Saturday. The Task Force agreed that it was outside the scope of the Task Force’s objectives to debate or discuss the DOT Secretary’s decision to require registration of sUAS or the legal authority for the implementation of such a mandate. Once […]

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