General Atomics Completes Full-scale Fatigue Testing of MQ-9B Drone

January 4, 2024 @ 10:01 AM

General Atomics completed a full-scale fatigue testing of an MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The team completed the “first lifetime” of fatigue testing – which is equivalent to 40,000 operating hours – and represents an important step in validating the design of the airframe system

Russia, Ukraine Increasingly Rely on FPV Drones for Close Combat

January 4, 2024 @ 05:18 AM

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has witnessed a significant shift in the use of First Person View (FPV) drones, according to research conducted by Open-source intelligence analyst Andrew Perpetua

Zala Aero Group Unveils Latest Short-Range Loitering Munition

January 1, 2024 @ 09:35 AM

Russian drone manufacturer Zala Aero Group, has introduced its latest development, the Product 55 loitering munition. This new addition to the ZALA lineup features a distinctive X-wing aerodynamic design derived from the Lancet family, equipped with four engines

Turkey’s ANKA-3 Combat Drone Performs Maiden Flight

December 28, 2023 @ 09:40 AM

The Anka-3 combat drone, developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), completed its maiden flight this morning. The first prototype's structural assembly was finalized in January 2023, showcasing a maximum takeoff weight of 6,500 kilograms (14,330 pounds) and a payload capacity of 1,200 kilograms (2,646 pounds)

Russians Reprogramming Captured Ukrainian Starlink-Controlled Baba Yaga Drones

December 28, 2023 @ 05:37 AM

The Russian Armed Forces successfully downed a Ukrainian Baba Yaga hexacopter drone, known for its deployment of large-caliber mines, and subsequently reprogrammed the captured UAV. The UAV, controlled through the Starlink satellite network, posed a significant challenge to Russian forces due to its elusive nature and untraceable operators

Bayraktar TB3 UCAV Completes 32-Hour Endurance Flight Test

December 23, 2023 @ 11:23 AM

Turkey's Bayraktar TB3 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) designed for the newly commissioned aircraft carrier has completed a long-duration flight test, staying airborne for 32 hours, according to developer Baykar. The Bayraktar TB3 UCAV, equipped with the domestically developed PD-170 engine from TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI), underwent a series of performance tests, culminating in its 13th flight test named the endurance flight test at the Akıncı Flight Training and Test Center in Çorlu, Tekirdağ

U.S., Japan to Develop AI-based Drones for Tokyo’s Next Fighter Jet...

December 23, 2023 @ 07:41 AM

An agreement for joint research on artificial intelligence-based drones that will operate alongside Japans next fighter aircraft was signed between the U.S

Canada Orders MQ-9B SkyGuardian Drones

December 20, 2023 @ 06:26 AM

The Government of Canada has officially entered into a contract to procure a fleet of MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI)

RTX to Build Wireless Power Delivery System for UAVs, Sensors

December 13, 2023 @ 10:25 AM

Raytheon, a division of RTX, has secured a $10 million contract from DARPA to develop a wireless airborne relay system as part of the Persistent Optical Wireless Energy Relay (POWER) program, aimed at enhancing energy distribution for unmanned systems, sensors, and other military applications in contested environments. The initiative aims to enhance energy distribution using power beaming for quick energy transport within a resilient, multi-path network

Iranian Air Defense Forces Receive Karrar Drones Armed with Air-to-Air Missiles

December 11, 2023 @ 07:59 AM

In a ceremony overseen by Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, Iranian air defense units officially received domestically developed Karrar drones equipped with air-to-air missiles on Sunday. These Majid missiles, designed for the interception of hostile aerial targets, offer a cost-effective alternative to deploying manned jet fighters for such operations, Iranian state-owned media reported

Russia Forces Crash Reconnaissance Drone into Ukrainian Hexacopter UAV

December 9, 2023 @ 08:20 AM

In a first-of-its-kind incident, Russian forces brought down a Ukrainian hexacopter UAV by crashing a reconnaissance drone into it in the skies over Artemovsk. The encounter unfolded as a UAV operator from the Russian Far Eastern Separate Guards Airborne Forces unit, returning from aerial reconnaissance, identified a Baba Yaga-type attack hexacopter employed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces

Russian Counter-UAV Systems to be Produced in Egypt: Agreement Signed during EDEX

December 7, 2023 @ 07:53 AM

Russian Research Institute "Vector" and an Egyptian electronics manufacturer will cooperate in the licensed production of civilian counter-UAV systems "Zashchita." This mobile equipment is activated in minutes and provides protection against drones within a 2 km radius, regardless of time of day or weather conditions