Drone news Oct 4-7: Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting, drone sales,

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,

Wing Loong UAVs seen in satellite images in Egypt

New images appear to show Wing Loong model UAVs in Egypt. https://twitter.com/ahmedabdo1806/status/1279065488547614721 These are allegedly located at Uthman Air Base (قـاعدة عُثـمانّ الجوية المصرية) which is located near the Siwa Oasis (29°34'22"N 25°35'45"E) not far from Libya. The images seem to show several of the drones. The full details about the drones are not known; … Continue reading Wing Loong UAVs seen in satellite images in Egypt

Images of a Chinese UAV helicopter on a Chinese warship

An image of a Chinese helicopter drone has appeared online. https://twitter.com/RupprechtDeino/status/1278606836124524545 It appears to be for a Type 075 and Type 055 destroyer, the latter of which is a a class of stealth guided missile destroyers meant for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force. The 075 is an amphibious assault ship. The new … Continue reading Images of a Chinese UAV helicopter on a Chinese warship

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

China built floating stations for an “unmanned ocean network” that can aid UAVs

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN CSIS has a new article as part of its Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative that notes "China has deployed a network of sensors and communications capabilities between Hainan Island and the Paracel Islands in the northern South China Sea." The network consists of “Ocean E-Stations” or “floating integrated information platforms” (IIFP) which … Continue reading China built floating stations for an “unmanned ocean network” that can aid UAVs

India and China could duel with drones in Ladakh

After clashes in Ladakh there is talk of drones being deployed. "Hindustan Times citing the Global Times (GT) says that China’s newly-developed helicopter-drone could be deployed on the India-China border. The AR500C unmanned helicopter is outfitted to carry out strikes and interrupt electronic communication at heights over 15,000 feet."Which drone? The AVIC "China’s first unmanned … Continue reading India and China could duel with drones in Ladakh

This Chinese drone can drive too

This "first-of-its-kind drone is equipped with a four-wheel drive system to move over rough and mountainous terrain besides a quadcopter system for vertical take-off and flight, China Daily reported Monday, citing the team that developed the drone." The report says: Although the drone has not yet found applications in the military, it could be useful for Chinese People’s … Continue reading This Chinese drone can drive too