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Switzerland admits testing drones in contested Golan Heights

ZURICH – Switzerland’s defense ministry has admitted sending staff to test reconnaissance drones in contested land held by Israel – an embarrassing blow for the neutral European country’s status as an honest broker in the Middle East. Swiss officials visited an airfield in the Golan Heights region on three occasions …

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The future for defense drones may be under the oceans

The next frontier for unmanned military drones may not be solely in the skies. It could be undersea. The U.S. Navy and defense contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others are increasingly focusing on ocean drones as the next big market for unmanned technology. Lockheed Martin Ventures in …

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DGCA, India’s aviation regulator, has finally put out draft regulations for flying drones — Quartz

After years of prohibiting the public from flying drones, India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Oct. 30, unveiled draft norms (pdf) for the usage of aerial vehicles. “Drones have a lot of capability. Hence, it was generating a lot of interest. Not having any regulations …

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Drone stalking several women in rural Port Lincoln community part of growing list of UAV concerns

Updated November 02, 2017 18:25:42 Photo: One of the women who has seen the drone near her window has a clear message for its pilot. (Supplied: Anonymous) A group of women living in a rural setting near Port Lincoln on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula have been woken at night by …

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Govt issues draft rules for using drones in India

The aviation ministry had first issued guidelines for drones last year but they have not been implemented yet.  Photo: Reuters New Delhi: India hopes to frame rules on use of drones, including for commercial purposes, by December end, the aviation ministry said on Wednesday. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation …

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Niger asks U.S. to deploy armed drones against militants

NIAMEY (Reuters) – Niger has asked the United States to start using armed drones against jihadist groups operating on the Mali border, raising the stakes in a counterinsurgency campaign jolted by a deadly ambush of allied U.S.-Nigerien forces. Niger Defence Minister Kalla Mountari poses for a portrait after an interview …

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Cutting-edge drones and unmanned vehicles to boost Singapore’s surveillance capabilities

SINGAPORE: As wars are increasingly won and lost on urban battlefields, defence research and development organisation DSO has produced a game-changer in the region in terms of how surveillance is done. The V15 is Singapore’s first locally developed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can take off or land vertically. A …

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Niger Defense Minister Asks US to Deploy Armed Drones Against Militants

NIAMEY, NIGER —  Niger has asked the United States to start using armed drones against jihadist groups operating on the Mali border, raising the stakes in a counterinsurgency campaign jolted by a deadly ambush of allied U.S.-Nigerien forces. On October 4, Islamist militants with sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades killed …

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Heartland’s Drones Speaker Sees Upside In Disruption

An advocate for women in the drone industry says the rising popularity of the unmanned aircraft technology is disrupting many industries, but not in a negative way. Women and Drones founder Sharon Rossmark, the keynote speaker at next week’s drones conference in Normal, said the spread of unmanned aerial vehicles …

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Now Drug Cartels Are Turning Consumer Drones Into Flying Bombers

Mexican police are sounding the alarm that local drug cartels are turning consumer drones into flying suicide bombers. The weaponization of commercial drones follows a worldwide trend stretching from Ukraine to the Middle East. An article in Small Wars Journal summarizes the recent arrest of four men in Guanajauto in …

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New draft policy: Soon, drones may be used for doorstep delivery of e-commerce packages

NEW DELHI: Drones may soon deliver e-commerce packages to your doorstep under the draft norms unveiled by the civil aviation ministry on Wednesday. Civil aviation secretary RN Choubey said that regulations for the unmanned aircraft systems+ , once finalised, would permit the commercial use of drones in India. Under the …

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DJI’s new Mavic Pro Platinum drone is unbelievably quiet

One of the things you come to anticipate after flying a drone for a while is how the people around you will react. If you take off or land near someone who’s unfamiliar with the technology, a few people will be curious; many others will get upset. A loud machine …

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