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?
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,
Aeronautics releases new video of Orbiter 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 … Continue reading Drone news Sept 26-Oct 1: Azerbaijan drones, new Iran footage
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN SINAI: A drone crashed in north Sinai. It looks like an RQ-20 Puma. The drone would have been used by the Egyptian military against the ISIS ongoing insurgency in Sinai. The drone that crashed in Egypt FRANCE: The French are getting more tools to counter drones. The French Ministry of Defense … Continue reading Military drone news August 2020
A photo of a crashed Houthi drone raises some questions about the role of the Houthi drone program and also Iran's role in providing technology for UAVs to the Houthis and Hezbollah. The drone is often called "Rased (راصد)." There are some details about it. It is one of several recon drones the Houthis use … Continue reading A look at Houthi ‘Rased’ drone and its links to others
Iranian media has spoken about Iran using several drones during its recent Great Prophet drills. One of them is said to be the Shahed 181 («شاهد ۱۸۱») but this drone doesn't seem to have been mentioned prior to this. It is mentioned alongside other known drones in this case. Video seemed to show it as … Continue reading What is Iran’s Shahed 181 drone?
Numerous drones were used in attacks on Saudi Arabia on July 13. Saudi Arabia said it intercepted ballistic missiles fired from Yemen overnight between Sunday and Monday. The four missiles and seven drones were launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Saudi Arabia military spokesman for the Riyadh-led Coalition that is fighting in Yemen said Riyadh … Continue reading More Houthi drone attacks on Saudi Arabia
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Iran's Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei (رضائي) has said that Iranian drones flew over US ships during the crises regarding Iran sending four ships to Venezuela to deliver gasoline. Previously it was reported that he said when Iran sent the ships to Venezuela, some said, "Don't go, there will be … Continue reading Rezaei: Our drones were flying over American ships as our oil tankers headed to Venezuela
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Iran has celebrated the downing of a US drone a year ago by hosting a "3rd Khordad" celebration where families can pose with the weapons system that shot down the Global Hawk. "On the first anniversary of shooting down the American MQ-4C spy unmanned aircraft, the 3rd of Khordad missile system … Continue reading Iran “celebrates” its 3rd Khordad system anniversary of shooting down US Global Hawk