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  • Newly Released FAA Documents Give Unprecedented Look Into Colorado Drone Swarm Mystery (Not US military?)

    07/16/2020 11:10:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 45 replies
    The Drive ^ | July 15, 2020 | Brett Tingley and The War Zone staff
    As covered in previous reports by The War Zone, law enforcement agencies in numerous rural counties in eastern Colorado and adjacent areas of Nebraska and Kansas received an influx of reports of large drones flying in formations at night for a period of several weeks during December 2019 and early January 2020. Many law enforcement personnel were among the reporting witnesses. In short order, the “mystery drone” wave also elicited serious expressions of concern from at least two U.S. senators and attention from Colorado’s governor and state public safety agency. The activity soon drew the attention of regional and later...
  • Greece intercepts Turkish drone over Rhodes

    04/06/2018 4:08:37 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    everyday (translate google) ^ | SATURDAY APRIL 7, 2018 | none stated
    The Greek air force has intercepted a Turkish military drone that violated Greece’s national airspace in the southeastern Aegean, Kathimerini has learned. The Turkish Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV ANKA) twice entered Greek airspace above the Dodecanese island of Rhodes, at an altitude of 19,000-20,000 feet on Thursday. The drone was intercepted by Greek F-16 fighter jets that took off from Kasteli air base on Crete. On Thursday, Greek and Turkish fighter jets engaged in two dogfights over the Aegean, after the Turkish jets violated Greek airspace 16 times in the northeast, central and southeastern Aegean.
  • Pak drone loaded with arms shot down by BSF along International Border

    06/20/2020 12:12:52 AM PDT · by IndianChief · 3 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Last updated on: June 20, 2020 11:16 IST | Source: PTI - Edited By: Hemant Waje
    A Pakistani drone, loaded with a sophisticated rifle and some grenades, was shot down by the Border Security Force along the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.This is the first such incident in Jammu region when a drone carrying arms and explosives was shot down by the BSF, frustrating Pakistan's attempt to smuggle the weapons into the Union Territory using the flying machine. The 8x8 drone (from blade to blade) was spotted hovering in the skies by a BSF party on patrol duty at Rathua village in the vicinity of Border Out Post...
  • Democrats in Congress want to know why drones were surveilling protesters in Detroit, other cities

    06/19/2020 4:23:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Metro Times ^ | 6/19/20 | Steve Neavling
    Democrats in Congress are demanding answers about the use of drones to surveil protesters during rallies in Minneapolis, Detroit, and other cities. In a letter to federal law enforcement agencies, a group of 25 lawmakers, including Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Brenda Lawrence, called for the end of what they say is unconstitutional surveillance of law-abiding residents. “While the job of law enforcement is to protect Americans, limited actions may be necessary if a demonstration turns violent,” the letter states. “However, this authority does not grant the agencies you lead to surveil American citizens or collect vast amounts of personal information.”...
  • Not Aliens, but Maybe Drones? New Reports Detail U.S. Navy’s UFO Encounters

    05/19/2020 1:34:46 AM PDT · by AggregateThreat · 34 replies
    nationalinterest.org ^ | May 18, 2020 | Ethen Kim Lieser
    In one particular report from March 2014, which refers to the UFOs as “unidentified aerial devices,” a pilot described seeing a “metallic object” that was “small in size, approximately the size of a suitcase, and silver in color.” The pilot apparently came within only 1,000 feet of the object, but “was unable to positively determine the identity of the aircraft.” The pilot then “attempted to regain visual contact with the aircraft, but was unable.”
  • Here Are The Navy Pilot Reports From Encounters With Mysterious Aircraft Off The East Coast

    05/14/2020 11:15:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    The Drive ^ | May 12, 2020 | Tyler Rogoway and Joseph Trevithick
    On June 27, 2013, an F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 11 (VFA-11), flying out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia had an encounter with an "aircraft [that] was white in color and approximately the size and shape of a drone or missile" in the W-72 warning area. The jet's crew "visually acquired" it as they saw it "pass down the right side of their aircraft with approximately 200 feet of lateral separation" while flying at an altitude of 17,000 feet. It was climbing and had a visible exhaust trail. Neither the Super Hornet nor NAS Oceana recorded...
  • Chinese Company Suspected of Spying on U.S. Citizens Donates Police Drones to 22 States

    04/26/2020 8:58:59 AM PDT · by Bruiser 10 · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 20 April 20 | Zachary Evans
    Chinese company Da Jiang Innovations, the world’s largest maker of drones, has donated drones to 43 law enforcement agencies operating in 22 U.S. states to enforce social distancing rules. Police in Elizabeth, N.J., for example, are using the drones to surveil residents in places where patrol cars can’t easily reach, such as spaces between buildings and back yards. Top articles 4/5 READ MORE America Can’t Face China Alone “If these drones save one life, it is clearly worth the activity and the information that the drones are sending,” Elizabeth mayor Chris Bollwage told MSNBC. In 2017, the U.S. Department of...
  • New Jersey Police Use ChiCom Drones to Spy on American Citizens

    04/20/2020 3:52:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 20, 2020 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: They’re Chinese-made drones, and the data collected by these drones is going back to China, and New Jersey is bragging about it. Well, you want to hear the sound bite? Grab sound bite number 2. This ran on MSNBC, where they’re ecstatic about this. The correspondent is Rehema Ellis, a report about Elizabeth, New Jersey, using drones to monitor its citizens’ social distancing. And you’ll hear the mayor of Elizabeth on this sound bite as well. ELLIS: Elizabeth, New Jersey, is now using drones to spread the lifesaving message. The mayor hopes the drones message will reinforce the CDC...
  • In This City, Toilet Paper Comes From The Sky Thanks To Google’s Drones

    04/13/2020 12:47:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/09/20 | Jeremy Bogaisky
    The Virginia town of Christianburg is getting a preview of what life will be like when delivery by drone becomes practical. Forced to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, more residents are ordering from a pilot residential delivery service run by Wing, a unit of Google parent Alphabet, the company says. The most popular items: Coffee, toilet paper and cookies.Wing says it’s made more than 1,000 deliveries over the past two weeks in Christianburg and at test sites in Helsinki and two Australian cities where movement has also been restricted to stem the spread of the disease. “That’s a dramatic...
  • CBS News is reporting on drones flying above New York metro-area (twitter-no real title)

    04/05/2020 5:37:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 50 replies
    twitter ^ | 4-5-2020 | CBS news
    WATCH: A drone was seen flying over a Manhattan park on Saturday, urging pedestrians to “maintain social distancing.”
  • Unmanned vehicles used to patrol streets of Tunis during coronavirus lockdown

    03/29/2020 2:35:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Unmanned robots are patrolling the streets of TunisiaÂ’s capital as part of the governmentÂ’s measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The unmanned ground vehicles are called P-Guard and locally developed by Enova Robotics. They are being used by the Ministry of Interior to enforce its lockdown of Tunis. The city has been on lockdown since March 22. arabnews âś” @arabnews Replying to @arabnews #WATCH: Man in Tunis confronted by unmanned robot patrolling the streets during #Coronavirus lockdown... Gets told to "hurry up" when he says he is "just buying cigarettes" #Tunisia #COVID19 More on the city's unmanned vehicles here:...
  • China Using Drones in Increasingly Dystopian Ways to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

    02/15/2020 9:42:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 02/15/2020 | Matt Novak
    Police are flying drones around vehicle checkpoints with a large QR code that people are supposed to scan to register their health information. And while we didn’t believe it at first, reports from China’s state-run media indicate that it’s actually happening. The drones are popping up in cities like Shenzhen in Guangdong province, where cops are using them in an effort to keep law enforcement officers away from the public. The drones broadcast messages with instructions on how to use your smartphone to scan a QR code and submit health info to a government-run website online. “Please open the window,...
  • U.S. Interior Dept. grounding Chinese-made drones, will allow for emergency uses

    01/29/2020 9:09:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 29, 2020 | by David Shepardson
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Interior Department is grounding its fleet of about 800 Chinese-made drones but will allow their use for emergency situations, the department said on Wednesday. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued an order affirming a temporary cessation of non-emergency operations adopted in October as it ensures “cybersecurity, technology and domestic production concerns are adequately addressed,” the department said. The order allows for approved situations for emergency purposes, such as fighting wildfires, search and rescue, and dealing with natural disasters that may threaten life or property.” It also allows for training operations. Bernhardt in October also ordered a...
  • Are the Mystery Drone Swarms Lingering Near Nuclear Missile Silos?

    01/20/2020 7:34:18 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 71 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 20, 2020 | Corey Hutchins and David Axe
    The strange flying objects have been spotted near F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, which houses enough nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles to wipe out several cities. For weeks, mysterious unidentified flying objects over the Eastern Plains region of Colorado have vexed residents, law enforcement, the military, and state and federal officials. Those who see them say they appear in the night sky, often several at a time, their locations marked by the light they emit. Audibly buzzing, they hover and maneuver in precise formations. The mystery of their origin has gripped Colorado, where news of a sighting makes near-daily...
  • FAA Declares Airspace Over Richmond, VA “National Defense Airspace” Until After Lobby Day

    01/18/2020 1:31:05 PM PST · by IndispensableDestiny · 94 replies
    FAA ^ | January 17, 2020 at 1407 UTC | FAA
    FDC 0/4707 ZDC PART 1 OF 3 VA..AIRSPACE RICHMOND, VA..TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS. JANUARY 20, 2020 LOCAL. PURSUANT TO 49 USC 40103(B)(3), THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) CLASSIFIES THE AIRSPACE DEFINED IN THIS NOTAM AS 'NATIONAL DEFENSE AIRSPACE'. ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY OR WILLFULLY VIOLATES THE RULES CONCERNING OPERATIONS IN THIS AIRSPACE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CRIMINAL PENALTIES UNDER 49 USC 46307. ... 1) UAS FLIGHT OPERATION CONDUCTED IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF AN ACTIVE NATIONAL DEFENSE, HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING, SEARCH AND RESCUE, OR DISASTER RESPONSE MISSION.
  • Unidentified Aircraft Strikes Iran-Backed Group in Syria, 8 Dead: Rights Group

    01/10/2020 7:04:42 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 10, 2020 Updated: January 10, 2020 | Jack Phillips
    Unidentified aircraft struck targets in Syria near the border with Iraq on Friday, killing eight Iran-backed Iraqi militiamen, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The rights group, which is based in the United Kingdom, obtains information through a network of activists on the ground in Syria, documenting the war in Syria over the past decade. The attack, carried out by “unknown drones,” targeted vehicles and armories, according to the organization. However, the head of the Syrian Observatory said it was “unidentified aircraft” that launched the attacks, without elaborating. “Unidentified aircraft targeted vehicles and arms depots in the Albu Kamal...
  • ‘It’s Creepy’: Unexplained Drones Are Swarming by Night Over Colorado

    01/02/2020 4:11:34 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 108 replies
    NYT ^ | 1/1/2020 | Mitch Smith
    They come in the night: Drones — lots of them — flying in precise formations over the Colorado and Nebraska prairie. Whose are they? Unknown. Why are they there? Unclear. “It’s creepy,” said Missy Blackman, who saw three drones hovering over her farm outside Palisade, Neb., on a recent evening, including one that lingered right above her house. “I have a lot of questions of why and what are they, and nobody seems to have any answers.” Since before Christmas, sheriff’s departments in the region have been bombarded with reports of large drones with blinking lights and wingspans of up...
  • Drones: Update on mysterious Colorado sightings; Pentagon wants 'Drone Swarms'; Interior Dept has 800 drones? and more

    12/28/2019 6:15:18 AM PST · by cowpoke · 18 replies
    THE WESTERNER ^ | 12/28/2019 | THE WESTERNER
    See previous post: Mysterious drones flying nighttime patterns over northeast Colorado leave local law enforcement stumped A Big And Bizarre Drone Mystery Is Unfolding In Rural Colorado Tyler Rogoway: The War Zone ...I think people will wonder why there is no video that we know of these sightings. Most amateur video shot of lights in the sky at night has very little value, but regardless, you have to remember that this is happening in very sparsely populated areas after dark. If it was occurring near an urban area, I think the lack of video would be a bit troubling, but...
  • Turkey acquires machine gun-toting octocopters with anti-recoil systems

    12/17/2019 4:26:42 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 52 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 12/15/19 | Loz Blain
    Turkey is preparing to receive its first shipment of armed multicopter drones this month, according to New Scientist. Made by the country's own Asisguard, the Songar drone can carry 200 rounds of 5.56 x 45 mm NATO class ammo, and can hit a 15-cm-square (6-inch-square) target from 200 m (650 ft) away with single shots, 15-bullet bursts or a full auto unloading. The 25-kg (55-lb) drones use a four-armed carbon body design with two coaxially mounted large props on each arm. The automatic machine gun beneath rests in a tilting mount, allowing a remote operator to aim it using controls...
  • Turkey’s military drones: an export product that’s disrupting NATO

    12/06/2019 7:38:38 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist ^ | December 6, 2019 | Dan Gettinger
    Just over a decade ago, the prototype of an unmanned aircraft that would become the Bayraktar TB2 took off for its maiden flight at Sinop Airport on the Black Sea. There were few signs then that the mid-sized, twin-boom aircraft would become Turkey’s first indigenously produced armed drone and the backbone of its unmanned air force. At the time, domestic drone manufacturers struggled against technical difficulties and foreign competition. Ten years on, however, the situation is radically different: Ankara’s drone program has morphed into a successful industry that’s already exporting products. It’s also a potent military force that’s further straining...