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US senators move to block Saudi drone sales

A White House bid to reinterpret the terms of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) has come under fire from a bipartisan group of senators, after the latter introduced legislation on Thursday that would block international sales of US-made drones to most foreign countries. Late last month, the administration revealed plans to ease MTCR export

Comment: A new flapping drone can take off, hover and swoop like a bird

In this crossposting from The Conversation, the University of South Australia’s Javaan Chahl explains why ornithopters are a trend taking off in civilian and military circles.  We have developed four-winged bird-like robots, called ornithopters, that can take off and fly with the agility of swifts, hummingbirds and insects. We did this by reverse engineering the aerodynamics

US Air Force announces contenders for local ‘loyal wingman’ competition

The USAF Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has awarded multiple indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts to four industry partners to kick start the development of a local ‘loyal wingman’ autonomous vehicle capability. The aim of the Skyborg Vanguard program is to integrate autonomous attritable unmanned air vehicle (UAV) technology with open missions systems to enable manned-unmanned

USAF to tool up Reaper amid spike in drone downings

The US Air Force has unveiled several important countermeasures and strategic priorities to protect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on deployment. The news comes on the back of an exponential jump in the number of UAVs lost in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. According to data gathered by Oxford-based NGO Drone Wars UK,

‘Taxi’ drones to deliver bulky goods in China

A Chinese tech company will begin using  drone helicopters to deliver bulky goods to residents’ houses after receiving official permission from the Chinese aviation authority to test the service in a major step to pilotless passenger transport. The company has obtained approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to use its drones in for

Drones join the fight against Indian locust plague

In a midnight mission, Jaipur officials have used drones to kill locusts in the northern province. This was the second time in a week that a drone has been used to spray pesticides on locust swarms in Jaipur district. India and Pakistan are both battling another crisis as they fight the coronavirus, their worst locust


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