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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV/UAS)

This category covers all flying unmanned vehicles, from loyal wingmen and Attritable Aircraft, Remote Carriers, Cargo Carrying Platforms, ISR Platforms, High Altitude, Long Endurance (HALE), to Medium Altitude (MALE) and Tactical and Small Tactical UAS (STUAS), mini and nano UAS. This category also covers loitering weapons, features smarm technology, and Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T). You are invited to join our community on:

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Hybrid Quadrotor Debut at AUVSI 2014

A new 'hybrid Quadrotor' concept developed by Latitude Engineering has been applied to several fixed-wing UAV systems, converting them into vertical take-off and landing capable,...

Iranian analyst: Israeli drone could have exploited serious gap in Iran’s air defenses

The Israeli drone downed by the Iranian IRGC on August 23 may have exploited a serious gap in Iran's air defense system, an Iranian analyst told Azeri publication Trend.

Sweden, Denmark Opt for PUMA AE, Wasp Mini-UAVs

Above: Wasp Launch. Photo: AeroVironment Sweden and Denmark both selected the PUMA AE for Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TAC-UAS) to support their deployed forces in Afghanistan....

Australia to Operate Six MQ-4C Drones by 2025

Australia commits to buy six Northrop Gruman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance drones, to be fielded beginning in 2023, at an investment of $1.4 billion. The Tritons will operate with manned aircraft to enhance Australian anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and search and rescue capabilities.

Autonomous Strike – a New Milestone in Manned-Unmanned Teaming

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and the US Air Force successfully demonstrated the teaming of manned and unmanned aircraft in combat missions as part of the Air Force's "Loyal wingman" concept

10Kw laser demonstrates directed energy weapons’ role in force protection

Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system is a high-power, solid-state laser system developed by Lockheed Martin as a near-term laser weapon system, designed to defeat...

Watchkeeper UAVs Grow COMINT Ears

Britain's electronics expert QinetiQ has developed a variant of its AS3 communications intelligence (COMINT) system designed specifically for unmanned aerial vehicles. Following an integration,...

Improved Avenger Adapted to Carry Strategic Recce Sensors

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) will begin flight testing of an Improved Avenger in October 2016. This enhanced version of the semi-stealthy drone will enhance the Avenger's capabilities on long endurance, intelligence gathering missions carrying the new MS-177 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor.

Canadian-French Initiative to Develop Fuel Cells for Long Endurance Drones

Canadian fuel-cell developer EnergyOr Technologies Inc. has entered a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with the French Air Force’s Centre d' Expertise Aérienne Militaire (CEAM), to develop and optimize energy sources for long endurance UAVs

Unmanned Peacekeepers Over Africa

United Nations peacekeepers in Africa are expanding the use of drones to improve force protection and better secure the civilian communities in conflict areas. The UN is expected to select a supplier for a larger MALE drone to succeed the Falco UAVs operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2013. Such drones will soon launch operations from two bases in Mali, in support of UN operations in the Sahara.

Defense-Update Paris Airshow VideoReport

The 50th Paris Airshow presented a great opportunity for aviation professionals, to explore the new trends in the aerospace market. On the military side,...
IAI has equipped these Herons operated by the Australians with COMINT, SIGINT in addition to standard MOSP and radars. Photo: Australian defence

“Israel – an unmanned air systems (UAS) super power”

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said Israeli companies were behind 41 percent of all UAVs exported in 2001-11. Those Israeli exports went...

ReDrone

A drone detection and neutralization system that detects, identifies, tracks and neutralizes different types of drones at a designated airspace developed by Elbit Systems

Yemeni Houthis Display Iranian Drones and Loitering Missiles

Among many types of loitering missiles and attack drones displayed by the Houthis at the recent parade in Sanaa was the local version of the Iranian Shahed 136 - the Wa'id, new models of Samad and Qhasef, loitering missiles, Rased weaponized mini-drones, VTOL variant of Mersad-2, and the Masir hexacopter weaponized drone that was also demonstrated in formation flight.

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