• Image emerges of possible SIGINT variant of PLAAF’s GJ-2 UAV

    An image has emerged in Chinese social media showing what appears to be a signals intelligence (SIGINT) variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Gongji-2 (GJ-2; export designation Wing Loong II) strike-capable, reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The

  • Expodefensa 2019: BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB UAV makes regional debut

    BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) electric mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its Latin America debut on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota. The fully autonomous WanderB is designed to facilitate covert, over-the-hill operations or

  • China advances unmanned underwater capabilities

    China’s scientific and defence science communities have revealed several active autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicle (AUV and UUV) development programmes within the final quarter of 2019, demonstrating the country’s intent to construct and field increasingly sophisticated and

  • Saudi-coalition Apache helo, Wing Loong UAV downed over Yemen

    The Saudi Arabian-led coalition lost an attack helicopter and a medium-range long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in separate incidents over Yemen in late November. Video posted on social media shows a Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship reportedly being shot down in the border

  • Australia selects MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAS for potential acquisition

    Australia has selected the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to fulfil its requirement for an armed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 28 November. The next

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