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France tests nEURON stealth combat drone with Rafale Jets, AWACS Aircraft

February 22, 2020 @ 10:28 AM

The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) and Dassault Aviation have tested a nEURON demonstrator along with five Rafale fighter jets and an AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft, in multiple tactical configurations. The fifth test campaign was conducted at the Istres-Le Tubé Air Base

GA-ASI tests Air-To-Space Lasercom System for Military Drones

February 22, 2020 @ 08:41 AM

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has ground tested its Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS) which is compatible with military drones such as the MQ-9 Reaper, by establishing a link with a satellite in Geo-synchronous Earth Orbit (GEO)

Thai Air Force Lists Fighter Jet, Other Procurement Programs in White Paper

February 20, 2020 @ 03:11 PM

Replacement for F-16 fighter jets, L-39s trainers; upgrade of Saab Early Warning System; purchase of transport, VIP, helicopters and unmanned aircraft besides spy satellites figure in the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF)

Russian Defense Minister's Plane Shadowed by US Drone Over Kosovo

February 20, 2020 @ 09:08 AM

Serbia scrambled MiG-29 fighter jets as a US MQ-9 Reaper drone approached within 150 km of the aircraft of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu which was flying over Kosovo airspace. According to Russia's Izvestia, the drone is either an MQ-9 Reaper or a RQ-4 Global Hawk

UVision Demos Hero-120 Loitering Munition to NATO Member State

February 18, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

UVision has demonstrated Hero-120 loitering munition to an unnamed NATO member state, the company announced Tuesday. “This is the first time the new Hero-120 platform has been demonstrated, following its recent public release at the Paris Airshow and AUSA,” UVision said

BAE Systems’ Solar-Powered Maritime Surveillance Drone Makes First Flight

February 17, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

BAE Systems new PHASA-35 solar-electric aircraft that can be used for maritime surveillance from the Earths stratosphere, has completed its first flight. “The trials marked the first fully integrated flight test of the PHASA-35 system,” the company said in a

Israeli Cyber-surveillance Firm NSO Buys Drone Hacking Company Convexum

February 17, 2020 @ 08:12 AM

Israeli cyber-surveillance firm NSO, which hit the headline last year due to its cellphone hacking technology used in the Jamal Khashoggi affair, has purchased Convexum, an Israeli company specializing in drone hacking. NSOs acquisition of Convexum for $60 million is targeted at offering security solution for public spaces

Russian firms to Develop "Small" Munitions for Drones

February 15, 2020 @ 02:20 PM

Russian firms Tactical Missiles Corporation and Kronshtadt hi-tech firm are together developing small-sized munitions to be armed on drones. "This issue is important and developers are trying to reduce both the dimensional and weight characteristics of air-launched weapons

Israel Aerospace Unveils Updated Heron UAV at Singapore Airshow

February 15, 2020 @ 05:10 AM

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled Heron MK II, a Multi Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), at the ongoing Singapore Airshow (February 11-16) The Heron MK II is an updated model of the Heron UAV, which is used by the Israeli Air Force. Fitted with a Rotax 915 iS engine, the Heron MK II can reach an altitude of 35,000 feet, a maximum speed of 140 knots and can remain in the air for 45 consecutive hours

Loyal Wingman Drone's Fuselage Complete, First Flight in 2020

February 10, 2020 @ 07:35 AM

Boeing has completed fuselage structural assembly for the first stealth-capable Loyal Wingman drone, and is targeting its first flight for this year. The Loyal Wingman (Boeing Airpower Teaming System) is designed to use artificial intelligence (AI) in teaming with other manned and unmanned platforms

US Navy Orders Two MQ-4C Triton Drones

February 7, 2020 @ 08:07 AM

The United States Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $172.4 million order to supply two MQ-4 Triton drones

BEL to develop Drone Swarm Tech with Indian Startup

February 7, 2020 @ 07:46 AM

India's state-run Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at DefExpo 2020 with a Bengaluru-based startup to develop Unmanned systems, Swarm technologies, and more. Newspace Research & Technologies Limited (NRT) and BEL will co-operate in the design, development, manufacturing, integration, testing and supply of Unmanned Systems, Swarm technologies, stratospheric platforms and related payloads, and to provide lifetime support to the Indian Defence forces and non-defence customers, the companies said in a joint statement

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