The fall of 2020 has been a time of increasing drone news. In the wake of the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict it became clear how drones can transform a war as a strategic and tactical weapon. Offering a kind of “instant air force,” they are an important investment for militaries. The question militaries must ask is what … Continue reading Drone news updates December 2020
Drone use by Azerbaijan noticed in Washington Post piece. “The Washington Post has a new story tonight about the huge advantage that drones provided Azerbaijan in the 44-day war and how this offers the clearest evidence yet of how battlefields are being transformed by unmanned attack drones rolling off assembly lines around the world. The … Continue reading Drone news Nov 3-14: More drone swarms, Azerbaijan’s victory
November 3 Video: Azerbaijani loitering munition strike “against the Armenian 2K12 Kub air defense system TEL.” Iran claims it made ‘Arash kamikaze drones’ with range of 100km, see story here and here. It may be a Kian drone. Iran claims it used drones with bombs also for the “first time,” included the Karrar with a … Continue reading Drone news Oct 28-Nov 3: Iran’s latest, a sighting of a secretive RQ-180?
October 27 Qasef Houthi drone attacks reported on Abha in Saudi Arabia. Long Range Strike Bomber B-21 models could foreshadow future stealth drone designs (see image) A patent for a new UAV with sweepforward twin-fuselage in China. Report that Russian technology helped down nine Azerbaijan drones. This is the “Belladonna” system. October 26 Another downed … Continue reading Military drone wars news: Oct 20-27, 2020
Iran arms embargo ends as Tehran says it eyes exports, Iran has had major advances in drones in recent years. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in Israel shows off new technology at Euronaval 2020: “The NRWS C-UAS capitalizes on Rafael’s world-renowned, long-standing Typhoon family of combat-proven naval defence solutions. The NRWS C-UAS incorporates a diverse mix … Continue reading Drone News Oct 8-20
News about the use of UAVs in conflict continues, especially with the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict. Article at RUSI: Despite the heavy Armenian armoured losses, the key lessons from the videos Azerbaijan has published online are not about armour. Rather, they reflect how the density of sensors on the modern battlefield is changing the balance in combined arms warfare. … Continue reading Drone news Oct 4-7: Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting, drone sales,
More strikes by Azerbaijan. Armenia claims to have shot down 107 drones U.S. Air Force MQ-9A Reaper drone is getting nearly double the amount of firepower, due to a new software upgrade that enables the aircraft to carry eight Hellfire missiles instead of four. Israel’s Harop destroys tanks used by Azerbaijan. From what I have found that’s, #Azerbaijani side … Continue reading Drone news Oct 1-4
Drone news over the last week has been pronounced as Azerbaijan and Armenia clashed. Armenia says 55 drones have been shot down, including 6 on October 1. There is little evidence of this. However evidence is emerging of the effective use of Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones and also Israeli drones. Many other drone stories have … Continue reading Drone news Sept 26-Oct 1: Azerbaijan drones, new Iran footage
New details on drones; Pro-Russian militia drone downed over Vodiane by Ukraine military EW system employment U.S. Commandos Use Secretive Missiles to Kill Qaeda Leaders in Syria – The New York Times. GNA uses UAVS in Libya.
Saudi Arabia announced “the interception of an explosive drone launched by the Houthi militia towards Saudi Arabia,” Al-Arabiya reported. The spokesman for the coalition forces, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, said in a statement that the joint coalition forces managed, this evening, to intercept and destroy an explosive UAV launched by the terrorist Houthi militia in a … Continue reading Yemen Houthi drone downed over Saudi Arabia
New drone news September 2020: Artificial intelligence, $7.4 billion Reaper deal, Aksungur, Herons etc
Andrils new drone and artificial intelligence, in Wired, Sept. 15. Was Sentinel radar sent to Syria by the US to help defend against drone threats, Sept. 19. Houthis increase drone strikes on Saudi Arabia, September 19. “In an effort to field MQ-9 Reapers faster and meet an increasing operational demand for the aircraft, the Air … Continue reading New drone news September 2020: Artificial intelligence, $7.4 billion Reaper deal, Aksungur, Herons etc
“Esper: Unmanned Vessels Will Allow the Navy to Reach 355-Ship Fleet”
BBC: Hypersonic weapons Hypersonic drones could be one avenue countries are now approaching, according to new reports. “James Acton is a UK physicist who works for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. Surveying the efforts of the US, China and Russia in hypersonic weapons he concludes that ‘there’s a whole zoo of hypersonic … Continue reading Drone news Aug-Sept: Hypersonic weapons, France and Houthis
The US carried out a drone strike in Somalia in late August, an August 27 report says. 6 Al-Shabab members were killed in the strike. Tensions on India border with Pakistan included claims that the Pakistanis had interdicted a quadcopter.
As tensions continue between Israel and Hezbollah the Lebanese group claimed to have downed an Israeli drone in late August. There was also video of the downing. Hezbollah has said it reserves the right to attack Israel after a July 20 incident in which one of its members was killed in Syria.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Israel is continuing to pioneer tactical drones. One of them is the Ninox 40 which Spear UAV in Tel Aviv has rolled out. This encapsulated drone can be launched from a tube, like firing a flare or smoke grenade and it can loiter for 40 minutes. It could revolutionize the battlefield, … Continue reading Israel’s new Ninox 40 drone and SpearUAV’s tactical concept
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