Category: UAV/UAS

UK Pilots Urge Action Over Increasing Drone Encounters

Pilots’ representatives in the UK believe the risk of a drone collision with aircraft is increasing, after claiming a doubling of reported encounters. The UK cockpit union BALPA says 69 airprox incidents involving drones were reported in UK airspace last year. BALPA points out that this is more than double the figure of 29 for […]

2017 – the Year of Drones

Drones are being seriously considered for use in a number of important applications from military functions, like bomb disposal, to energy applications, like remote pipeline monitoring and inspection. But as the Federal government works to finalize rules on the use of drones in commercial applications, the drones are increasingly finding their way into more and […]

Northrop’s New Combat Drone Could Outclass F/A-18 and F-35

TERN drone for the Navy could be an even bigger deal than we initially thought. One year ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) tapped Northrop Grumman to build it a TERN prototype, capable of launching from and landing on small naval warships. Just six months later, before TERN had even conducted its first […]

UAVs Add Safety In Iraq

The Fort Bliss, Texas- based platoon of 22 Soldiers with Delta Company, 2nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division handles the intricate care and 24-hour operations of the Tactical Unmanned Aviation System assigned the RQ-7B ‘Shadow’ in support of Iraqi forces with their fight against the Islamic State group. These […]

Drone Usage in Agriculture Could Be a $32 Billion Market

A PricewaterhouseCoopers report pegs the agriculture drone market to be worth $32.4 billion. You might be familiar with the idea of drones delivering consumer packages or monitoring security areas, but did you know that drones were first used commercially in Japan for agricultural purposes? In fact, agricultural efficiency is poised to take a big leap […]

US Approves $1Bln Predator Drones Sale to UK

US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said that the US Department of State has approved a possible $1 billion sale of Predator drones, equipment, training and support to the United Kingdom. The US Department of State has approved a possible $1 billion sale of Predator drones, equipment, training and support to the United Kingdom, the US […]

India to Test Own Drone to Avoid US, Israeli Makes

India’s state-owned defense research company is about to test a medium altitude long endurance drone. Its success could make the Indian military market for drones out of bounds for US and Israeli companies. The test flight of India’s indigenous military drone named after a medieval Iranian king will determine whether the Indian market will still […]

Tech Support Team Working on Solution to Deal with Drone Threats

The threat perception is real. Late in 2015, the Intelligence Bureau issued alerts of drone attacks in Delhi. Last month, Mumbai airport was put on alert after a pilot spotted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also called drone. But agencies in India don’t have a concrete solution. Unlike shooting down an enemy fighter aircraft on […]

Emirates is Losing Millions to Drones Disrupting Operations

Emirates is losing “millions of dirhams” to drones disrupting operations at Dubai International Airport (DXB), a spokesperson for the airline has said. “Flight diversions and extensive holding are costly. There is always a ripple effect on the rest of our hub operations in terms of securing our passengers’ flight connections, ensuring our disrupted customers are […]

Drone Halts Traffic at Dubai Airport, Third Incident in Five Months

A drone forced Dubai international airport, one of the world’s busiest, to halt air traffic for an hour and a half Saturday evening, the third such incident in less than five months. Air space around the airport was closed from 7:25 pm to 8:49 pm (1525-1649 GMT) “due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in flight […]