• Iran downs Global Hawk as US struggles to rally international support

    In a further escalation of tensions in the Gulf, the Iranian military shot down a US RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 June. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said the US Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft was

  • Paris Air Show: France receives NX70 micro UAVs

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 19 June that it is receiving the first 5 of 27 NX70 micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems it ordered from Novadem at the end of 2018. The systems will be used by

  • Paris Air Show 2019: French SDT Patroller tactical UAV begins qualification flights

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, began the final phase of industrial qualification flights of the Safran Electronics & Defense Système de Drones Tactiques (SDT) Patroller tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the DGA's

  • US Air Force XQ-58A Valkyrie completes second flight

    The US Air Force (USAF) Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie long-range, high subsonic, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator completed its second flight on 11 June, according to a service statement. The aircraft completed all test objectives during a 71-minute flight. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

  • USN’s focus on unmanned systems seen as aimed at China

    The increased, accelerated US Navy (USN) investment in unmanned systems appears to be geared for facing future threats from China and other potential peer competitors, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The navy wants to develop and procure three new types of

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  • Germany plans expanded artillery capabilities

    The German Army plans to expand its indirect fire capability and is emphasising its joint fires capability, according to Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Kraft, head of artillery and joint fires branch at the Germany Army’s Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre. The only conventional tube