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
U.S. Air Force Sends Robotic F-16s Into Mock Combat
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories and Lockheed Martin have demonstrated a mixed formation of manned and unmanned F-16s in a simulated combat environment. The Have Raider demonstration at Edwards Air Force Base in California included two phases, Lockheed announced on April 10, 2017. The first phase, Have Raider... Read more
The Islamic State’s Deadly Drone Fleet
For the past decade, unmanned aerial vehicles have been a cornerstone of America’s campaign against Islamic insurgents in the Greater Middle East. Predator and Reaper drones crisscross the globe firing Hellfire missiles. Other countries have operational drone fleets, but few match the might and ubiquity of America’s. But journalists... Read more
A Soviet Film Predicted Our Robot Apocalypse—In 1977
Forty years ago, Soviet Union produced a breakthrough short animation film that anticipated many of the most heated debates our military, policy and scientific establishments are having today. Polygon begins on a remote ocean island, where a military crew is finishing preparations for what looks like a firing range — cutting... Read more
Drones Don’t Work Alone — U.S. Patrol Planes and Fighters Teamed Up With Robots Over East Africa
In November 2002, the U.S. Navy command ship USS Mount Whitney dropped anchor off the coast of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. American troops set up shop at Camp Lemonnier, a then-bare-bones French outpost in Djibouti that, 13 years later, is the U.S. military’s main base for launching... Read more
Here’s an Idea — Stick Missiles on America’s Giant Spy Drone
It’s a little-known fact that when Northrop Grumman designed the Global Hawk spy drone back in the 1990s, the company added underwing hardpoints for weapons — just in case the U.S. Air Force decided, down the road, that it wanted to arm the currently-weaponless 737-size surveillance robot. Lo and... Read more
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