Thales Proposes Watchkeeper for Indonesia

Thales UK is positioning the company’s WK 450 Watchkeeper unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the Indonesian Air Force’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU’s) intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) requirements. According to sources from within the service who spoke to Jane’s on 11 July, a presentation on the UAS’ capabilities was made by officials […]

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French Air Force Completes First MQ-9 Reaper Flight

The French Air Force has successfully completed the first flight of MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft at Cognac air base in France. It flew for just over 5 hours around the airspace north of the base, where it has been stationed for a few weeks. The flight validated the performance of the unmanned aircraft, tested the […]

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Ex-MIT Start-Up Launches 3-Hour Hybrid QuadCopter

Boston-based Top Flight Technologies, Inc., an innovative provider of extended flight, enhanced payload, hybrid-powered commercial UAVs  hardware and autopilot control products, is seeking initial commercial and government customers for its recently announced Airborg H8, 10K UAV, and powered by the company’s proprietary Top Flight Technologies Hybrid-Power (Gasoline and Electric) System. “Global customers look to MIT […]

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USAF Wants Drone Defences After F-22 Overflight

Small, civilian-owned drones can buzz past the US Air Force’s stealthy fighter fleet sitting at domestic bases and the service’s head of Air Combat Command (ACC) has no way to deal with them. In the course of one day last week, the air force counted two reports of small drones interfering with operations at an […]

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The Next AirDog Auto-Follow Drone is Here

Following the success of its initial Kickstarter campaign for its auto-follow camera drone a few years ago, Airdog Inc. is launching its next autonomous drone, the Airdog ADII, built for completely hands-free operation. Building on the first Airdog drone, the foldable ADII combines intelligent tracking, a durable design and all-terrain flight capabilities. According to the […]

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Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team Announces Latest Initiatives

At a recent meeting of the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST), an industry-government partnership formed last summer to address drone safety issues, the group launched working groups on risk reduction, as well as new efforts aimed at data collection and analysis. The three new working groups are devoted to 1) addressing the loss of control […]

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