Reports

US Naval Research Lab Tests Stackable CICADA Microdrones Swarm
The U.S. Naval Research Lab has been working on its CICADA (Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft) drones since at least 2011. The tiny drones are designed to be carried aloft by other aircraft and dropped, whereupon they’ll use GPS and little fins to glide to within 15 feet of their destination.

The Drone World Expo 2017 Interviews  Hector Ubiñas
In the third of a series of interviews with key figures involved in the success of Drone World Expo, we talked to for Hector Ubiñas, Aviation Services Manager, San Diego Gas and Electric. Hector joined SDG&E in September 2016 and has been overseeing the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program since starting with the company. In this role, Hector is responsible for the daily operations of the UAS program and continuing to develop new work methods for its application in the utility industry.

Swarms of Drones Test New Dogfighting Skills
Aerial dogfighting began more than a century ago in the skies over Europe with propeller-driven fighter aircraft carried aloft on wings of fabric and wood. An event held recently in southern California could mark the beginning of a new chapter in this form of aerial combat.

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Unmanned Systems

Flying Christmas Tree

2019-12-20
Flying Christmas Tree
In Riga, Latvia, a drone carry a Christmas Tree has been flown by the local mobile operator, LMT, through the city, to much of the delight to onlookers.
LMT, Latvian Mobile Telephone, has multiple drone-based projects, including an AI-powered rescue drone for emergency missions, as well as a joint UTM platform for laying the foundations for safe drone flight BVLOS. Last month, LMT conducted one of the first live demonstrations of remotely flying a drone BVLOS.


Developments

Russia Developing Anti-Drone Weapons

2020-01-22
Russia Developing Anti-Drone Weapons
The Russian defense industry is working on several models of anti-drone weapons to improve the military’s protection.

In a report on January 14, 2020, Air Recognition detailed some of the handheld anti-drone weapons that are being developed in Russia, which include the Garpun-M, Pishchal, and REX-1. The Russian military has begun to emphasize anti-drone weapons more in response to the experience in the campaign in Syria, where Russias Hmeymim airbase has come under attack by militant-operated drone swarms.


Strategy/Policy

Chinese Air Combat Drone Types Caught By Satellite

2019-12-12
Chinese Air Combat Drone Types Caught By Satellite
Chinese Air Combat Drone Types Caught By Satellite

A satellite image that was posted on Chinese internet shows an impressive lineup of the Chinese military aerial drones, some of which are in development while others are operational.

The lineup occurred at Malan Air Base, a known hub of testing for these types of systems. The image is yet another stark reminder of how China is betting big on unmanned aerial military capabilities, from high-end unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) to swarms of small expendable drones.