A look at Algeria’s drone program

An Algerian drone reportedly crashed on June 25. https://twitter.com/kad_ghani/status/1276100760430882816 This is one of several CH-4 Chinese drones Algeria has. The recent crash was apparently due to the drone hitting a transmission tower or power lines. Collision control aspects that might have been in more hi-tech western drones were evidently not on this one. The Algerian … Continue reading A look at Algeria’s drone program

Voices from the drone wars and intelligence operations:

A very interesting interview with the former head of CIA clandestine services, Thomas Twetten. In 2011 he talks to host John Bersia "about how important American intelligence services have become since 9/11." He gives an insight into his life in the Kennedy years and after, up through the search for Bin Laden and how the … Continue reading Voices from the drone wars and intelligence operations:

The 2020 drone expo in Shenzhen to be mostly online this year

The 2020 drone World Congress and the 5th #Shenzhen International #UAV Expo "will be held from Sept. 13-15. #China has over 7,000 drone companies that have obtained drone-operating licenses, over 600 of which are in Shenzhen. Due to #COVID19 it will be held mostly online." This is an important event. This was the fifth annual … Continue reading The 2020 drone expo in Shenzhen to be mostly online this year

India increases use of drones on China border

Indian media report the increased use of drones in the wake of the clashes with China in Ladakh. It could help reduce tensions to have UAVs in the sky rather than people on the ground during the tense time. The Hindustan Times notes: "stand-off with a belligerent Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at four points … Continue reading India increases use of drones on China border

Turkish drone strike reported in Syria

A Turkish drone airstrike was reported in Syria on June 23. Full details were not known but it was said to occur near Kobane and photos showed a house damaged. https://twitter.com/mutludc/status/1275488500922662918 Turkey has widely used its Bayraktar and Anka drones in Syria. It has also used them against the Kurdistan Workers Party in Iraq. Drones … Continue reading Turkish drone strike reported in Syria

Russia says that five drones flew near its airspace recently

A report at TASS says "thirty-three spy planes of foreign states conducted air reconnaissance along the borders of the Russian Federation and were tracked by Russia’s radars." Also "Five drones flew close to the Russian borders, according to the infographics." This happened between June 12 and 19 apparently. This was apparently published in the Russian … Continue reading Russia says that five drones flew near its airspace recently

Drone or missile attack from Yemen reported in Saudi Arabia

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Waves of attacks on Saudi Arabia were reported after midnight in the first hours of June 23. https://twitter.com/ynms79797979/status/1275186948345417728 Social media reports initially did not know what to make the noises heard near Riyadh. But later reports said "The Arab Coalition announces that it has intercepted several drones loaded with explosives launched … Continue reading Drone or missile attack from Yemen reported in Saudi Arabia