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  • DJI drones to gain privacy mode after US Army ban (Rumor Army may vet new fix)

    08/15/2017 9:50:27 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | August 15, 2017 | Unattributed
    The world's best-selling drone-maker is adding a privacy mode to its aircraft to prevent flight data being shared to the internet. The announcement comes a fortnight after it emerged that the US Army had prohibited its troops from using the Chinese firm's equipment because of unspecified cyber-security concerns. DJI told the BBC that it had already been working on the new facility, but had speeded up development after the ban. The mode should be launched next month. DJI previously faced security fears in 2016 after a member of its staff told reporters that the firm had repeatedly shared customer data...
  • Iranian drone nearly collides with American jet

    08/09/2017 8:48:54 AM PDT · by Lera · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/9/17 | Elad Benari
    An Iranian drone nearly collided with a U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet while the American jet was in a holding pattern, a U.S. defense official told Fox News on Tuesday. The jet was about to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, which recently arrived in the Persian Gulf, according to the report. The incident marked the first time an Iranian drone has “interrupted a flight pattern,” the official told Fox News. The F-18 “maneuvered to avoid collision,” said the official, who described the unarmed Iranian drone as a Qom-1, and added that the encounter was “unsafe and unprofessional…and dangerous.”...
  • Iranian drone nearly hits US Navy fighter jet in Gulf, US defense official says

    08/08/2017 9:44:06 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/8/2017 | By Lucas Tomlinson
    An Iranian drone nearly collided with a U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet while the American jet was in a holding pattern, a U.S. defense official told Fox News. The jet was about to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, which recently arrived in the Persian Gulf. It was the first time an Iranian drone has “interrupted a flight pattern,” the official said.
  • US military to shoot down consumer drones (DJI drones also banned in military)

    08/08/2017 8:02:25 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | August 8, 2017 | Unattributed
    The Pentagon has given US military bases permission to shoot down or otherwise destroy consumer drones flying overhead and nearby. A spokesman revealed that guidance was issued on 4 August. He said the exact terms of the policy were classified. The move comes days after the US Army ordered its own troops to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI because of alleged "cyber-vulnerabilities". It became illegal to fly personal drones within 400ft (122m) of the US's 133 military facilities in April. The Federal Aviation Administration announced at the time that those who disobeyed the order would face financial...
  • US Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms

    07/29/2017 6:31:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Defense One ^ | JULY 18, 2017 | PATRICK TUCKER
    US Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms After nearly two decades of war against technologically unsophisticated foes, the Army Research Lab is reorienting to counter China and Russia. The Army Research Lab is turning more of its attention to fighting land wars against far more technologically sophisticated adversaries than it has in the past several decades. In the coming months, the Lab will fund new programs related to highly (but not fully) autonomous drones and robots that can withstand adversary electronic warfare operations. The Lab will also fund new efforts to develop battlefield communications and sensing networks that perform well...
  • Drone Graphitti

    07/16/2017 4:33:46 PM PDT · by Trumpnation · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-16-17 | JR
    The next generation of "fly-by" graphitti artists now begins. Just imagine the possibilities!
  • Omni Hoverboard Drone Manned Flight

    07/15/2017 8:30:54 AM PDT · by Trumpnation · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-15-17 | JR
    Marty McFly's hover board technology really does exist!
  • The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers

    07/05/2017 8:40:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun 23, 2017 | Christopher Woody
    The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers Christopher Woody Jun. 23, 2017 US airmen tasked with jobs like surveillance and cyber operations have a growing role on the battlefield, even though they are often physically distant from it. To ensure that kind of work is recognized, the Air Force has introduced new hardware for its service men and women. "As the impact of remote operations on combat continues to increase, the necessity of ensuring those actions are distinctly recognized grows," Defense Department officials said in a memo published on January 7, 2016.
  • **BREAKING**US FIGHTER SHOOTS DOWN IRANIAN DRONE IN SYRIA!!

    06/20/2017 9:27:35 AM PDT · by Strac6 · 54 replies
    Few details. Video at link with what is known. This s**t is going to spin out of control. Russian A/C buzzed USAF A/C today.
  • The U.S. Air Force’s Next Killer Drone Is Disposable

    06/15/2017 9:47:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 14, 2017 | David Axe
    The U.S. Air Force’s latest unmanned aerial vehicle is small, stealthy and cheap enough to be essentially disposable. The Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft, or LCAA, could radically change the way the world’s leading air arm wages war. The U.S. Defense Department revealed the first LCAA prototype as part of the annual DoD Lab Day, an official even highlighting the work of various military research institutions. A photo accompanying a Lab Day handout depicts an angular, jet-powered drone with a silvery paint job that could have radar-absorbing qualities. The Air Force wants the LCAA to have a Mach .9 top speed and...
  • Navy MQ-4C Triton - High Altitude Maritime Autonomous Drone -- Will Deliver Later This Year

    06/11/2017 8:52:40 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    Warrior ^ | 10 Jun, 2017 | Scout Warrior
    The Navy is Preparing the MQ-4C Triton Maritime Drone for Service in the Pacific Theater; the drone is now being configured with collision avoidance technology and advanced maritime sensors enabling it to zero in on enemy ships at sea. SHARE & EMBED Navy MQ-4C Triton - High Altitude Maritime Autonomous Drone -- Will Deliver Later This Year Scout Warrior SCOUT WARRIOR Yesterday at 8:37 PM The Navy is Preparing the MQ-4C Triton Maritime Drone for Service in the Pacific Theater; the drone is now being configured with collision avoidance technology and advanced maritime sensors enabling it to zero in on...
  • Iranian-made Drone Targeted Coalition Patrol in Syria

    06/10/2017 8:05:40 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 7 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 9 Jun, 2017 | Carla Babb
    PENTAGON — The armed, pro-regime drone shot down by U.S. aircraft Thursday after it fired upon U.S.-led coalition members on patrol in southern Syria was Iranian-made, officials tell VOA. Officials said a U.S. F-15 fighter jet took down the Shahed-129 drone, which can be used for combat and reconnaissance missions. Thursday's strike marked the first time the U.S. military had shot down an enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat since February 25, 2009, when an Iranian drone was brought down over Iraq, Central Command spokesman Major Josh Jacques told VOA Friday. It was also the first time that pro-regime forces had...
  • US aircraft shoots down Iranian-made drone in Syria

    06/09/2017 5:08:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/08/2017 | Barbara Starr, Ryan Browne and Zachary Cohen,
    US aircraft shot down an Iranian-made drone that fired on coalition forces patrolling with partner forces in southern Syria, a coalition spokesman told reporters on Thursday. This is the first time that pro-Syrian regime forces -- which the US says includes Iranian-backed Shia militias -- have fired on the US-led coalition. A US official told CNN that a US F-15 jet shot down the Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone, which was being controlled from a location in Syria north of At Tanf. It was shot down after it dropped one of several weapons it was carrying near a position where coalition...
  • Proposed Rules Would Allow U.S. to Track and Destroy Drones

    05/24/2017 12:13:32 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 23, 2017 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    The Trump administration is asking Congress to give the federal government sweeping powers to track, hack and destroy any type of drone over domestic soil with a new exception to laws governing surveillance, computer privacy and aircraft protection, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. The draft bill’s language would authorize the government to summarily track, seize control of and use force to destroy any unmanned aircraft it determines may pose a security threat to an area designated for special protection. The government would have to respect “privacy, civil rights and civil liberties” when exercising that power,...
  • What's the Deal With China's Surface Skimming Anti-Ship Drone-Missile Hybrid?

    05/05/2017 2:01:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 4, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The news that China is working on an anti-ship drone-missile hybrid of sorts has been bouncing around social media as of late, after a photo and details about the weapon surfaced recently. The system is centered around a wing-in-ground-effect optimized airframe—a concept made famous by the Soviet Union's enigmatic Ekranoplans, and in particular, the giant Caspian Sea Monster. Ground effect craft can efficiently skim very low over the ground at high speeds by leveraging the decreased drag and increased lift that occurs as a result of an aircraft's wings interacting with the air directly above the planet's surface. Although some...
  • US Deploys High Altitude Drone To Spy On North Korea

    05/02/2017 4:12:15 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    News Sentinel ^ | 5-2-2017
    Original newz story - Click here The US Air Force deployed an RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude surveillance drone at Yokota Air Base on Monday night, starting a five-month operation in Tokyo, Japan Times reports. The drone, the first of five to arrive in Japan, is tasked to survey ballistic missiles and nuclear facilities in North Korea, and is part of the 69th Reconnaissance Group Detachment 1. Global Hawks do not have offensive capabilities. Its mission is to provide near real-time aerial imagery reconnaissance support to U.S. and partner nations, according to the base’s website. Four more Global Hawks are slated...
  • Syria war: Israel Patriot missile downs 'target' over Golan

    04/27/2017 12:54:58 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 Apr 17
    Israel shot down "a target" over the Golan Heights, hours after it was accused of a missile strike at a military site near Damascus international airport. Israel deployed its Patriot missile defence system and media reported the target was a drone. The earlier strike had damaged what Syrian rebels said was an arms depot run by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. Israel said the explosion was "consistent" with its policy. But it stopped short of confirming it was responsible
  • Mannequin in drone-carried hammock fools some in Georgia [Russia]

    04/22/2017 11:36:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    GephartDaily ^ | 04/22/2017 | upi
    Astonished residents of a city in the Republic of Georgia captured footage of what appeared to be a man riding in a drone-carried hammock. Video captured by witnesses in Khashuri shows what appears to be a man lounging in a hammock carried high over the city by a large hexacopter drone.
  • Saudi Arabia Buying and Building Chinese Armed Drones

    04/12/2017 10:55:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AIN online ^ | April 12, 2017 | Chen Chuanren and Chris Pocock
    The Wing Loong II first flew in late February (main photo, Chinese Internet). The armed CH-4 was unveiled at the Xhuhai airshow in 2012 (inset, Vladimir Karnozov) Saudi Arabia has now been confirmed as the customer that has ordered from China a large quantity of the Wing Loong II UCAV that made its first flight on February 27. Chinese state news agency Xinhua said that this is the country’s largest-ever arms export. Media in Saudi Arabia reported that the Kingdom will acquire 300 Chinese UAVs (eg. Wing Loong IIs) worth approximately $10 billion. The Wing Loong (Pterodactyl) series is produced...
  • China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia

    03/29/2017 9:41:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Al Araby ^ | 26 March, 2017
    China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has granted permission for a Chinese firm to set up the Middle East's first drone factory, which will manufacture hunter-killer aerial drones. The kingdom's key science and technology organisation confirmed that the factory's setup was agreed during King Salman's visit to China this month. According to IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) signed a partnership agreement on March 16 with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), which manufactures China's CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia and...