Category WEAPONS & DRONES

CONFETTI CANNONS TO BRING DOWN DRONES

There are lots of ways to dispose of a drone, but this one might be the most inventive. A YouTube user caught a drone getting fatally entangled while in the path of a confetti cannon. After this badly timed collision, gravity takes care of the rest.

The drone likely belonged to either the DJ’s management or the festival as these aerial cameras have become increasingly more popular at concerts. Although a confetti cannon is a first, other bands have taken matters more directly into their hands when it comes to disposing of a pesky drone.

Overall though, confetti cannons plus massive crowds sounds like a situation worth avoiding in the future.

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Low-cost Valkyrie and Mako “wingman” combat drones shown by Kratos

The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie will act as an armed-to-the-teeth buddy for manned combat aircraft initially, but swarms of combat drones now seem likely in the not-too-distant future (Credit: Kratos Defense)

Defense company Kratos has announced that it will show two low-cost combat drones at the Paris Air Show next week, offering an insight as to what military conflicts might look like in the foreseeable future – a manned combat jet leading dozens of 1,000 km/h lethally-armed unmanned companions.

The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie and UTAP-22 Mako drones offer fighter-like performance at between US$2 and $3 million apiece, compared with $100 million for each manned fighter...

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Tooled up Marines Build Drones on the Battlefield

Through a program called Marine Makers, they’re learning how to build devices, and to be more innovative thinkers

n the battlefield, U.S. Marines have long had a reputation for resourcefulness, a talent for adapting quickly and decisively to the unexpected. So try to imagine a future where Marines, using a laptop and a 3-D printer, are able to build and deploy a drone customized to support that day’s mission.

Sounds far-fetched? Not at all, insists Capt. Christopher Wood, who sees the scenario as more goal than fantasy.

“I don’t want to say that we will achieve that, but that’s where we think we can go,” he said. “We think the technology is there to do something like that, to put drones on the battlefield—on demand, as needed, and with mission-optimized platforms.”

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Marines Test the Drone Robotic Weapons of the Future at ANTX 2017

A military exercise designed to help identify useful technologies for amphibious warfare featured rocket-firing hovercraft, machine gun-armed robots crawling up the sandy beaches of southern California, and hybrid speedboat/submarines. Dubbed “Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technological Exercise 2017” or ANTX 2017 for short, the exercise aimed to find out how new emerging technologies, especially unmanned systems, could allow the Marine Corps to storm beaches with fewer casualties.

As the U.S. Marine Corps shifts back to big power warfare, its bread and butter mission of amphibious warfare is coming back into focus...

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China Is Building a Sea-Skimming Anti-Ship Drone

No name drone can fly less than two feet above the surface of water

China is developing a new drone that uses ground effect technology to skim the surface of the ocean, allowing it to fly just eighteen inches off the water. The unmanned vehicle could be a challenging opponent for potential adversaries, some of whom would find it difficult to detect.

The drone first appeared on Chinese corners of the internet and quickly spread to Russian and western defense blogs. The drone appears to have a set of forward canards and a pair of upward swept wings. It has an air intake on top instead of the bottom, perhaps to avoid sea spray from being sucked into the engine at very low altitude. It is also painted in blue Chinese Navy camouflage.

Most modern cruise missiles are what are called “sea-skimme...

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China will or will not Adhere to Its Own Norm Prohibiting Lethal Drone Strikes?

Maybe this is on the cards: Chinese drones roaming Africa’s skies, looking out for Beijing’s interests.

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A team of militia members fly drones during a test in Shanghai, China, April 21, 2015. China is escalating research into military drones as its arms industry looks to increase export volumes, hoping to gain traction with cheaper technology and a willingness to sell to countries Western states are reluctant to. Picture taken April 21, 2015

In a previous article, “Is China Establishing a Norm Prohibiting Lethal Drone Strikes in Asia?” we discussed how China has been reluctant to engage in the practice of targeted killings via the use of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) or better known as (armed) drones...

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US Army embraces tethered drones into its unmanned aerial fleet

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A tether provides the drone with the power needed for long endurance flights.

Drones have become an immensely powerful (and controversial) tool in and over the battlefield, but with limited flight times they can only watch over enemies for so long. Lately, the US Army has been exploring tethered versions that could help plug some holes in its military strategy, and has now placed an order with drone-maker CyPhy Works for a wired aerial vehicle that could provide an eye in the sky for days at a time.

We first heard of CyPhy Works and its Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) system, the drone in question, in 2012. The design has evolved to now include six rotors instead of the original four, but its capabilities remain largely the same.

The system starts with a gr...

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Mine-hunting drone has the makings of the world being a safer place

Massoud Hassani inspects one of the Mine Kafon Drone prototypes (Credit: Mine Kafon)

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Designer and entrepreneur Massoud Hassani hopes to rid the planet of its estimated 100 million buried land mines within 10 years. That’s why several years ago, he developed the Mine Kafon – a device that rolls across minefields like a tumbleweed, tripping mines as it goes. While it’s a clever idea, he still wanted something that works faster. To that end, he is now developing the Mine Kafon Drone.

Currently in working prototype form, the drone takes the form of a custom-made multicopter that can be equipped with different tools. It’s designed to seek and destroy mines in a three-step process.

First, equipped with a camera, it flies over the minefield in a grid pattern to create a 3D map of the ar...

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The Syrian military for the first time on Wednesday deployed drones supplied by Russia for its fight against jihadists, a security source in Damascus said.

Syria Deploys Russian Drones For First Time

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The Syrian military for the first time on Wednesday deployed drones supplied by Russia for its fight against jihadists, a security source in Damascus said.

“For the first time, the army today used drones received from Moscow in operations against extremists in the north and east of the country,” the source said, without elaborating on the type of drones or locating exactly where they were deployed.

In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the report, news agency RIA Novosti said.

The deployment came amid a Russian military build-up in Syria, over which the United States has expressed deep concern.

It also comes a day after a senior military official said Damascus had received new weaponry from Russia, including...

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No, Taser-Firing Cop Drones Aren’t Coming For You

North Dakota passed a law allowing police to use drones that fire non-lethal ammo. But that doesn’t mean the police are going to get those drones anytime soon.

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When North Dakota House Bill 1328 legalized the police use of pepper spray, beanbags, and other nonlethal weapons from unmanned aircraft last month, headlines sounded the alarm: Soon, cop drones would surely be hovering over and tasing us.

But there are two things you should know. First, despite warning of “Taser drones,” there are no plans to field such aircraft. And more importantly, building a police drone that fires non-lethal ammo is more challenging than you might think. Here’s why it might be a long time before police departments ever have them—if they ever do.

Let’s start with police drones shooting you with a Taser: The...

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