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Pentagon Confirms First Predator Drone Strike in Libya

2011-04-25
Pentagon Confirms First Predator Drone Strike in Libya
A U.S. Air Force Predator drone took out a rocket launcher used to attack civilians in the battle between Qadhafi forces and civilians in Misrata, Libya, NATO said today. The strike, which was also confirmed by the Pentagon, is the first use of the unmanned aircraft in Libya since President Obama gave his approval two days ago.  

Afghanistan: Drone missile killed two US soldiers

2011-04-12
Afghanistan: Drone missile killed two US soldiers
A drone missile strike is suspected of killing two US soldiers by mistake in southern Afghanistan last week, US military officials have said. The apparent case of "friendly fire" is being investigated - if it is confirmed it would be a rare instance of pilotless aircraft killing US forces.

Azad Systems starts UAV production

2011-04-05
Azad Systems starts UAV production
Production has started at Azad Systems, a joint venture between the defence ministry of Azerbaijan and Israeli unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer Aeronautics. In recent years, Israel has become a major arms supplier to Azerbaijan. The deals so far include artillery systems, communications equipment and UAVs of the same types that will be now assembled locally.

US plans to use drones in military action in Libya

2011-03-23
US plans to use drones in military action in Libya
A former senior Pentagon official warned that if the US decided to hit certain targets with Predator drones, it would have to be part of "a much broader context". He said that Libya did not have many tanks, but destroying a few with the Predator's Hellfire missiles would not end the violence. Most of the US Air Force's Predators and the longer-range Reaper drones are assigned to Afghanistan. But some could be redeployed for use in Libya. "The best thing about using Predators is that they have a lot of loiter time and there is no aircrew to be put at risk," the former Pentagon official said.

New prospective UVS programm to be launched by DARPA

2011-03-21
New prospective UVS programm to be launched by DARPA
n its search for improved unmanned vehicle capabilities for military missions, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) programme.
Announced by DARPA on 17 March, the programme was created as a result of what the agency considers to be the ‘poor’ capability of unmanned assets currently in service.

Aero India: DRDO hands over Nischant

2011-03-11
Aero India: DRDO hands over Nischant
The Indian Army has accepted the Nishant multi-mission UAV following a series of confirmatory endurance trials. At Aero India 2011 in Bangalore from 9-13 February the Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) displayed a Nishant UAV.

Elbit Systems subsidiary to supply Hermes 450 UAS to Brazilian Air Force

2011-02-18
Elbit Systems subsidiary to supply Hermes 450 UAS to Brazilian Air Force
Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that its Brazilian subsidiary, Aeroeletrônica Ltda. ("AEL"), was awarded a contract to supply Hermes 450 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to the Brazilian Air Force. The contract is not in an amount that is material to Elbit Systems.

A wayward unmanned aerial vehicle

2011-02-18
A wayward unmanned aerial vehicle
So-heres a first. On Tuesday, a wayward unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in a residential area of El Paso, Texas, about a half mile inside the U.S. border. It landed in a backyard apparently, and no one was hurt and no property was damaged.

US drone strike kills one in southern Somalia

US drone strike kills one in southern Somalia

A suspected al-Shabab fighter has been reportedly killed in an attack carried out by a US assassination drone in southern Somalia.


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