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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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Attack on Saudi Oil Refineries Proves the Devastating Potential of Iranian Cruise Missiles

On the night of September 14, 2019, several attacks rocked two strategic infrastructure sites in Saudi Arabia. One target was a large oil field at Khurais, recently developed by the Saudi national oil company Aramco. The second is the company’s main processing center and one of the world’s largest oil refineries at Buqayq, 200 km northeast of Khurais.

AUSA 2014 – Robotics Photo Report

Reporting from the U.S. Army expo in Washington, Defense-Update team picked a number of interesting new robotic systems and capabilities on display at AUSAa 2014.

Heron, Reaper and Hermes 900 Compete for Canada’s Arctic mission

The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron unmanned air system (UAS), General Atomics Reaper and Elbit Systems' Hermes 900 are among three platforms eyed for a Canadian tender to supply an advanced system for operation in the Arctic.

Singapore Technologies’ Hybrid Mini UAV Can Fly and Dive

This hybrid drone can fly for 15 minutes, dive underwater and operate sonar sensors for 3 hour underwater surveillance missions.

Thales Expands Watchkeeper, Offering WK-X for Export

Thales is introducing an export variant of its Watchkeeper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), originally developed for the UK. The first export contract being pursued by the company is Poland, seeking a UAV solution for its military forces.

US, Yemen Launch Large Scale Attack against AQAP Terrorist sites in Yemen

A number of al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) militants were killed when an air strike hit their training camp in a remote mountainous region of southern Yemen on Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, 2014 - the Yemeni defense ministry said. AQAP has been regarded by Washington as the jihadist network’s most dangerous affiliate. According to unofficial reports the April 20 attack comprised three separate strikes that were directed at a terrorist training camp in al-Mahfad, killing up to 25. On the 19 April attack ten AQAP personnel and three civilians were also killed on another drone attack; intelligence report said they were planning attacks on civil and military targets in al-Bayda province, in southern Yemen.

US Army, Lockheed Martin Test Collaborative Robotics at Ft Benning

successfully conducted a fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration a ground robotic vehicle operating remotely controlled surveillance system and an unmanned helicopter. The 'Extend the Reach of the Warfighter through Robotics' (ERWR) demonstration that took place at Ft Benning GA on August 7 joined two systems produced by Lockheed Martin – the Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) acting as the ground segment and the K-MAX unmanned air vehicle providing the aerial segment.

New Drone Extends Combat Brigade’s View Beyond 100 km

Elbit Systems is unveiling its latest small, unmanned aerial system (UAS) - the Skylark 3 at the Singapore Airshow 2016. Skylark 3 extend the company's family of small UAS, introducing a larger platform designed to support the brigade level.

DRDO’s Rustom-1 UAV makes 5th flight

Rustom-1, the indigenously designed and developed unmanned air vehicle, made its fifth successful flight on Friday morning, November 11th, 2011. It flew for 25 minutes...

Flying IEDs: The Next Evolution in Warfare?

With the evolution and proliferation of drone technology, ordnance disposal units are now facing a new and worrisome threat, the Flying IED.

Airborne Sense & Avoid Validated on Predator B RPA

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI) successfully flight tested a pre-production Due Regard Radar (DRR) in February 2015, marking the first fully functional air-to-air radar on a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) that meets the requirements for “Due Regard” operations in international airspace.

Lockheed Martin UK Developed a Submarine-Launched UAV

OUTRIDER, a miniature, expendable drone launched from submarines while underwater at periscope depth was unveiled today by Lockheed Martin. The drone was developed in the UK and is being evaluated by potential customers.

Foreign Exhibits at Vietnam Defence 2022

Defense-Update impressions from the main foreign exhibits at Vietnam Defence 2022.

A New Bird of Prey Soaring over Western Afghanistan?

Pakistani sources claimed an unidentified, bird shaped UAV suspected to be an American surveillance drone, crashed in southwestern Pakistan on 25 August at the town of Chaman near the Afghan border.

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