28 Dec 2018

Are robot swarms the future of destroying sea mines?

There are an estimated 80,000 sea mines in the Baltic, according to NATO estimates, and they remain a problem elsewhere around the world. New partnerships exploring the potential for underwater drones swarms in detecting and eliminating these high-risk mines are emerging as technology in the areas improves. “On Dec. 21,

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28 Dec 2018

New drone-hunting tech to roll out at major Australian airports

“New technology will be used to thwart drone attacks at Australia’s major airports as the aviation industry beefs up its fight against the increasing possibility that remote-controlled aircraft could bring down passenger planes. Peter Gibson of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said drones that breach 5½-kilometre exclusion zones around airports

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21 Dec 2018

London’s Gatwick airport reopens after drone saboteur sows chaos

“London’s Gatwick Airport reopened on Friday after a saboteur wrought 36 hours of travel chaos for over a hundred thousand Christmas travelers by using drones to play cat-and-mouse with police snipers and the army. After the biggest disruption at Gatwick, Britain’s second busiest airport, since a volcanic ash cloud in

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18 Dec 2018

China is driving use of armed drones in Mideast, says British think tank

“The use of armed drones in the Middle East, driven largely by sales from China, has grown significantly in the past few years with an increasing number of countries and other parties using them in regional conflicts to lethal effects, a new report said Monday. The report by the Royal

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03 Dec 2018

Islamic extremists are now using drones in Nigeria, leader says

“Islamic extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones, the country’s president says, opening a worrying new front in the region’s nearly decade-long fight against Boko Haram and an offshoot linked to the Islamic State. President Muhammadu Buhari announced the development during a meeting on Thursday of countries that contribute troops

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28 Nov 2018

The U.S. Military’s Drone Swarm Strategy Just Passed a Key Test

As jamming technology threatens the effectiveness of drone swarms and autonomous vehicle tactics, the U.S. military has moved ahead with new network setups designed to overcome attacks against their communications and GPS systems. Following recent tests, DARPA announced that the drone systems “efficiently shared information, cooperatively planned and allocated mission

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21 Nov 2018

The Entire Russian Military Will Be Trained in Anti-Drone Tactics

“Drones are a growing presence on the battlefield and recognizing that trend, the Russian Defense Ministry has ordered that all branches of its military begin training in anti-drone combat. Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that the first test of these new tactics came in October during training exercises on the Black

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20 Nov 2018

Understanding the Drone Threat

A Goldman Sachs estimate concludes that the drone market could climb to $100 billion by 2020, expanding across agriculture, entertainment, aviation, military, and hobby industries. But any space that a drone can reach is a space that could require counter-drone measures in order to protect critical infrastructure, airports, sports stadiums,

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19 Nov 2018

Russian drones can jam cellphones 60 miles away

“Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Nov. 6 that the nation had extended the range on its drone-carried jammers to 100 km, or over 60 miles. Drones as a platform for, and not just the target of, electronic warfare means that the sight of a flying robot overhead could signal incoming strikes

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15 Nov 2018

Pentagon Wants More Money for Lasers To Defend Against Missiles, Drone Swarms

“The U.S. military will request more money to develop lasers, microwave beams, and other directed-energy defenses to fight off missiles and drone swarms, the Pentagon’s top weapons engineer said Tuesday. ‘You’re going to see, in upcoming budgets for missile defense, a renewed emphasis on laser scaling [meaning scaling up the power of

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