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French Senate's Call: Buy Reaper, Not Heron UAV

2011-11-30
French Senate's Call: Buy Reaper, Not Heron UAV
PARIS - A left-led French Senate has adopted a budgetary amendment calling for procurement of the General Atomics Reaper UAV while safeguarding funds for development of a new-generation combat drone planned as a common project with Britain, the upper house said in a statement.

Flight assembled architecture

2011-11-30
Flight assembled architecture
The FRAC Centre inOrléans,Francewill for the first time host an exhibition to be built entirely by flying robots. Titled “Flight Assembled Architecture,” the six meter-high tower will be made up of 1,500 prefabricated polystyrene foam modules.

French, Germans Should Team on UAV: German Minister

2011-11-30
French, Germans Should Team on UAV: German Minister
Germany's junior defense minister is calling forFranceandGermanyto cooperate on a common UAV program rather than pursue competing projects, business dailyLa Tribunereported Nov. 28.Asked in an interview on what programsFranceandGermanyshould collaborate, Stéphane Beelemans said: "Drones, for example. The projects being studied inFranceandGermanyreflect a split from the past.

Navy's twin stealth drone takes flight

2011-11-29
Navy's twin stealth drone takes flight

The second X-47B demonstrator aircraft for the Navy's UCAS-D program completed its first flight on Nov. 22 at Edwards Air Force Base,Calif.The computer-controlled unmanned aircraft takes off and flies a pre-programmed mission and then returns to base in response to mouse clicks from a mission operator. The operator monitors the flight, but doesn't actively control it remotely, as for other drones.

Desert Hawk III quieter and more stable than Raven.

2011-11-29
Desert Hawk III quieter and more stable than Raven.
For over five years, the American infantry’s favorite UAS has been the tiny (2.2 kg/4.4 pound) Raven micro-UAS. But over the last few years, the slightly larger (3.2 kg/7 pound) Desert Hawk 3 (DH3) has been gaining in popularity.

Camcopter S-100  Convincing first flights onboard new French Navy OPV LADROIT

2011-11-29
Camcopter S-100 Convincing first flights onboard new French Navy OPV LADROIT
Vienna, 29 November 2011 Schiebel s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) has once again successfully proven its highly efficient maritime capability, this time onboard the new Gowind class OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel), L ADROIT built by DCNS and handed over to the French Navy in October 2011.

US drone attacks are no laughing matter, Mr Obama

2011-11-29
US drone attacks are no laughing matter, Mr Obama
The president's backing of indiscriminate slaughter in Pakistan can only encourage new waves of militancy

Navy Arms Its First Unmanned Vehicle -- Fire Scout

2011-11-25
Navy Arms Its First Unmanned Vehicle -- Fire Scout
The Navy will place arming its fleet of Fire Scout drones with a modified Hydra rocket, heralding a new era in unmanned combat for the service.An armed Fire Scout will dramatically cut the Navy's kill chain, or time it takes to identify, track and eventually sink an enemy target.

India developing UAV similar to American Predator drone

2011-11-21
India developing UAV similar to American Predator drone
Indiais developing an umanned aerial vehicle (UAV) similar toAmerican Predatordrones with an investment of Rs 1,500 crore and planning an unmanned combat vehicles, a key official involved in the project said today.

ZALA AERO develops a new VTOL UAS

2011-11-18
ZALA AERO develops a new VTOL UAS
ZALA AERO GROUP has announced recently that it plans to launch a new micro VTOL UAS by March 2012. The development is based on the success enjoyed by the current micro VTOL UAS ZALA 421-21 manufactured by the company since being launched in November 2010.