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 Force … Continue reading New drone news September 2020: Artificial intelligence, $7.4 billion Reaper deal, Aksungur, Herons etc

Military drone news August 2020

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

Article alleges Trump expanded drone wars

A new article suggests Trump has increased the US use of drones. https://twitter.com/jchaltiwanger/status/1285645106553528322 This is important to the current administration because it has wanted to compete with China and other rising drone powers. Since the first days that US President Donald Trump came to office he has pushed for this. He has "approved a move … Continue reading Article alleges Trump expanded drone wars

It appears Libya is a drone graveyard, amid “record number” of shoot-downs there and elsewhere

Libya is now ground zero for where drones go to die. A record number of drones being shot down is having a lot of ramifications from the US to Russia. The numbers are thought to have doubled in recent years. Both the Wing Loong and Bayraktar systems were shot down, or crashed. The Turkish system … Continue reading It appears Libya is a drone graveyard, amid “record number” of shoot-downs there and elsewhere

How many drones were used in Operation Barkhane and the Sahel region?

Maps and details about Operation Barkhane and the 5,100 forces involved also show drones. https://twitter.com/ambfranceisrael/status/740236056956698624 But how many were used. Usually it says 3 Reapers. https://twitter.com/Aln54Dz/status/1274274803520802816 Images are also posted and interview, "the Reaper drones have become an essential tool for a number of operations carried out by Operation Barkhane against armed terrorist groups in … Continue reading How many drones were used in Operation Barkhane and the Sahel region?

Al Qaeda appears to “confirm” US drone strike

"AQ group in NW Syria confirms a US drone strike earlier this month killed one of the group’s most senior leaders, a veteran Jordanian jihadi who had been the brother-in-law of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi." The Al-Monitor report notes "Huras al-Din, an al-Qaeda branch in northwest Syria, released a statement Wednesday saying that Khaled al-Aruri, also … Continue reading Al Qaeda appears to “confirm” US drone strike