The U.S. Navy Turned Its Drone Helicopter Into a Mine-Detector
The U.S. Navy’s helicopter-like Fire Scout drone can now operate an advanced sensor giving it increased ability to detect and destroy mines and submarines from a Littoral Combat Ship, service officials said. The new sensor, designed for combat and surveillance missions in littoral waters, is called the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance... Read more
Someone Gave Iranian-Made Drones to Libya’s Tobruk Regime
On Oct. 5, 2017, Maghreb Confidentiel — a professional journal covering Africa’s intelligence services — revealed that the Libyan National Army has obtained Iranian-made Mohajer-2 drones. War Is Boring’s own sources in Libya confirmed the claim. A photo provided by LNA militants shows one of the Iranian UAVs at an unspecified... Read more
This Weird Drone Feeds on Hurricanes
This story originally appeared on Aug. 14, 2013. Most boats need to avoid storms. But a new line of swimming drones coming out of a California start-up actually works better as the waves get higher. The Wave Glider, designed by Liquid Robotics, is powered by water. More specifically, by... Read more
I Got My Hands on a Bootleg of Iran’s Weird Drone Movie
This story originally appeared on Sept. 17, 2014. Mohajer is a 1990 movie about the final days of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War and the early days of killer drones. It’s a strange and amazing film that fetishizes unmanned aerial vehicles and kills off—I mean, martyrs—pretty much every one of... Read more
France Says ‘Oui’ to Armed Reaper Drones
On Sept. 6, 2017, French Defense Minister Florence Parly announced that France’s MQ-9 Reaper drones — used for surveillance and reconnaissance purposes only — would be armed. The soon-to-be lethal drones will give France “endurance, discretion, surveillance, and a strike capability at the right place and the right time,”... Read more
The Pentagon’s New Wonder Weapons For World Dominion
Not quite a century ago, on Jan. 7, 1929, newspaper readers across America were captivated by a brand-new comic strip, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. It offered the country its first images of space-age death rays, atomic explosions and inter-planetary travel. “I was 20 years old,” World War... Read more
Did an Israeli Drone-Maker Carry Out an Attack on Armenian Troops?
In July 2017, representatives from Aeronautics Defense Systems — an Israeli company specializing in drones — allegedly arrived in Azerbaijan on a sales trip for the firm’s Orbiter 1K unmanned aerial vehicle. This particular drone, really a loitering smart bomb, is designed to fly above the battlefield before diving... Read more
For Sale Soon, an Anti-Drone Bazooka
This story originally appeared on March 7, 2016. Drones got you down? British company is offering a new way to ensnare and bring down robotics planes operating illegally in your airspace — the SkyWall 100, a net-firing bazooka. “The proliferation of cheap and easy to fly drones has triggered... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s Next Killer Drone Is Disposable
The U.S. Air Force’s latest unmanned aerial vehicle is small, stealthy and cheap enough to be essentially disposable. The Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft, or LCAA, could radically change the way the world’s leading air arm wages war. The U.S. Defense Department revealed the first LCAA prototype as part of the... Read more
The U.S. Army’s Drone-Killing Missile Sprays Shrapnel
The Army’s well-known Stinger missile can now destroy small, moving drones using a newer proximity fuse to detonate near a target, service developers said. Firing from a vehicle-mounted Avenger Air Defense System, a Stinger missile destroyed a mini-drone more than one kilometer away using a proximity fuse—technology used to... Read more