• Expodefensa 2019: WB Group makes first appearance at convention

    Key Points WB Group made its first appearance at the Expodefensa 2019 exhibition in Bogota The company has sold its Flyeye UAV within the region Poland’s WB Group made its debut at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota on 2 December, promoting products including its Flyeye mini unmanned

  • 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

  • Naval Group claims LARS first with MARIN tests

    Naval Group claims that subscale testing has proved the rough seas performance of a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) launch and recovery system (LARS) developed by the company to meet the needs of future offboard system operations. Tank testing undertaken at the Maritime Research Institute

  • USV operates with offboard ECM payload in NATO NEMO trial

    Thales UK has demonstrated the operation of an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload from an unmanned surface vessel (USV) testbed as part of a NATO electronic warfare trial. Although self-funded by the company, the trial outputs are intended to inform research being undertaken by the

  • Expodefensa 2019: Aertec Solutions offers armament-capable Tarsis 25 UAV

    Aertec Solutions of Spain is promoting its armament-capable Tarsis 25 light tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to potential customers. Rodrigo Valdivieso, company aerospace and defence systems business development director, told Jane’s on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show that 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

  • UK Watchkeeper UAV flies from Cyprus

    British Army Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have deployed to the UK air base in Cyprus for a six-month training mission. The deployment by 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, the British Army’s only unit equipped with the Watchkeeper, is aimed at boosting the pilot competency

  • Russian military completes testing of advanced ground platforms

    The Russian military is completing testing of advanced ground platforms, including the upgraded T-90M main battle tank (MBT), Gibka-S very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system, and Kungas unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), ground forces commander Colonel General Oleg Salyukov told the Red Star

  • US UAV Lost Over Libya

    A US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been lost over the Libya capital Tripoli a day after the Italian Air Force lost a UAV in the same area. US Africa Command confirmed on 22 November that the unidentified UAV was lost the day before. “An unarmed US Africa Command remotely piloted aircraft

  • Elbit unveils new micro UAS

    Israel's Elbit Systems unveiled its Magni micro multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 November, saying it is designed for squad, platoon, and company levels. A senior Elbit source told Jane’s that the Magni has already been sold to an Israeli customer he did not identify and that

  • Oshkosh Defense seeks TerraMax growth

    Oshkosh Defense is targeting an increasing range of applications for its TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) autonomous technology, with the company seeing uses for TerraMax and related offerings beyond logistics and in more strategic capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . The company

  • NATO receives first AGS Global Hawk

    The first of five Northrop Grumman RQ-4D Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for NATO arrived at the type’s future operating base in Italy on 20 November. The Global Hawk aircraft for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme touched

  • Italian Reaper UAV crashes in Libya

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) lost an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 20 November, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper came down while flying over southern Tripoli. While

  • Bell performs first APT 70 UAV flight with a payload

    Bell on 16 October performed the first flight of its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a payload. The aircraft flew with a 27.2 kg payload, company spokesperson Felicia Votta said on 20 November. The APT 70 flew vertically, transitioned to aircraft flight where it

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Leonardo launches Skydweller HAPS

    Italy’s Leonardo has taken a minority stake in Spanish/US firm Skydweller, which is developing a solar-powered high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) system. Speaking to media at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, Leonardo executives said the company has been working on the project for over a year, which

  • Identifying a market for a transformable air-ground robot

    Robotic Research’s Pegasus may be fielded to select US Special Forces, but the company is facing challenges breaking into a US military market that can’t quite figure out how to classify a drone that can both fly and navigate on land. On 19 November, the company held a media day in

  • DSEI Japan 2019: Barzan Holdings showcases multi-mission UGV

    Qatari company Barzan Holdings showcased a model of an 8×8 modular unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The multi-role platform, which is being developed in Qatar by Rheinmetall Barzan Advanced Technologies (RBAT) – a joint

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