High-power microwaves and lasers defeat multiple drones during US Army exercise

Raytheon technology fills in gaps in long-range fires and short-range air defense

FORT SILL, Okla., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Forty-five unmanned aerial vehicles and drones fell out of the sky during a U.S. Army exercise after Raytheon’s (NYSE:  RTN) advanced high-power microwave and laser dune buggy engaged and destroyed them. These common threats were knocked down during a Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence.

The event, known as MFIX, brought military and industry leaders together to demonstrate ways to bridge the Army’s capability gaps in long-range fires and maneuver short-range air defense.

Fortem Technologies, Inc., Announces DroneHunter: First Fully Autonomous Counter UAS Solution Using AI-Enabled Radar Technology

Powered by Fortem TrueView Radar, DroneHunter acts as “eyes in the sky” to alert security personnel of rogue aircraft operating in no-fly zones or unauthorized airspace

SALT LAKE CITYFeb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fortem Technologies, Inc., announced today the release of DroneHunter™, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue drones from the sky. Using AI algorithms, the DroneHunter system provides detection, monitoring and capture of rogue drones over restricted airspace or no-fly zones. Once a rogue drone is detected and captured, DroneHunter can tether and return, or safely discard to a predefined safe zone.

“Drones are accessible to everyone now and are beginning to proliferate to enable many new services,” said CEO of Fortem Technologies, Timothy Bean. “However, to fully embrace these  benefits, we must monitor the airspace and secure no-fly zones. Fortem’s safe, low-cost detection and mitigation systems like DroneHunter are game-changing, enabling the benefits of a drone world to be realized.”

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Next terrorist attack with commercially available drones?

New market study on counter UAV technologies indicates terrorist attack with UAVs (drones) is matter of time

AMSTERDAMFeb. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Violent non-state actors have increasingly been making use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) also known as drones. More recently, some terrorist organizations – among them, the Islamic State and Hezbollah – have extended their use of UAVs to include the deployment of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in warzones. Now, the threat of UAVs being used in attacks in Europe or North America is rising.

Commercial UAVs – considerably smaller and cheaper than military versions – have become widespread in industrialized societies. Their applications range from agriculture to the filming of sporting events. However, violent non-state actors have quickly learned how to adapt this technology to their advantage.

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Ballard Launches Next Generation Fuel Cell System for Drones, Expands Insitu Flight Testing

VANCOUVER and SOUTHBOROUGH, MADec. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that the company has developed a next generation high performance fuel cell propulsion system to power unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Ballard has also received a follow-on contract from Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, for extended durability testing of the next-generation 1.3 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell propulsion system to power test flights of its ScanEagle UAV platform.

Ballard and Insitu have partnered over the past two years to integrate Ballard’s prior generation fuel cell propulsion system – a complete hydrogen power system for small unmanned fixed wing and Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) platforms – into the ScanEagle platform. Successful flight testing was announced in mid-2017. Continue reading

Police and Law Enforcement Drones: Drones In The Field Infographic

The application of drones equipped with optical, zoom, and/or thermal cameras allow law enforcement to be more effective. Drone and camera technology allows officials to have a better viewpoint during times of chaotic situations where having ground personnel is too risky. Aerial points of view also allow post accident or crime scenes to be better evaluated to help understand the timeline of events that took place.

U.S. border agents track drone used to carry drugs, charge man with smuggling

Border Patrol agents in San Diego allegedly saw the drone in flight on Aug. 8 and tracked it, discovering nearly 6 kilograms of methamphetamine.

A 2-foot-high drone that a border patrol agent spotted swooping over the border fence on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, near a San Diego border crossing. Authorities have arrested a man they say used the drone to fly drugs across the Mexican border into California.

A 2-foot-high drone that a border patrol agent spotted swooping over the border fence on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, near a San Diego border crossing. Authorities have arrested a man they say used the drone to fly drugs across the Mexican border into California.  (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)  

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OPP drones: A fleet of 11 made by a Waterloo firm was temporarily grounded after one malfunctioned and was lost Wednesday, police say

By Dale Carruthers

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Dude, where’s my drone?

That’s what provincial police are asking after the force lost one of its unmanned aerial vehicles in a rural area near St. Thomas.

The drone’s disappearance — blamed on a technical malfunction — prompted the OPP to ground temporarily its entire fleet of 11 drones made by Waterloo-based Aeryon Labs Inc.

An OPP officer was test-flying the drone in Southwold Township Wednesday afternoon when he lost contact with the mini-aircraft, Elgin OPP said.

“It was flown up the standard 100 metres, then it went into GPS lock, which caused all communication with the operator’s tablet to cease,” Sgt. Dave Rektor said, adding the drone drifted northeast before disappearing from view.

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Australian Defence Force Selects AeroVironment Wasp® AE for AUD $101 Million Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program

Australian Defence Force Selects AeroVironment Wasp® AE for AUD $101 Million Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program

  • AeroVironment to provide Wasp® AE systems over three years with multi-year training and support
  • Total contract value to AeroVironment of up to USD $36.5 million for hardware and services over program lifespan
  • Australian partners XTEK, GD Mediaware and Sentient to provide added capabilities for WASP AE and local support for the Australian Defence Force

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Russia to Create Drone Flights Control System – Manufacture

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The chief constructor of the system, developed by the Russian Space Systems holding said that Russia will create a system to control flights of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including small quadcopters.MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia will create a system to control flights of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including small quadcopters, Mikhail Kirechko, the chief constructor of the system, developed by the Russian Space Systems holding, which belongs to the state-run Roscosmos space corporation, told Sputnik in an interview.

“It is better to use the term ‘management information system. Russian Space Systems experts… are already engaged in the development of the system. Moreover, control is only a tool, while the goal is to streamline and create a working environment for operators of small UAS, expanding their capabilities and to form a basis for creating a whole package of new high-tech services in our country’s economy,” Kirechko said.

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AeroVironment Begins Full Rate Production and Shipment of Mantis i45 EO/IR Gimbal Sensor Suite for Puma™ AE UAS

  • Available for military applications, Mantis i45 greatly enhances AeroVironment Puma™ AE small unmanned aircraft systems’ ISR capabilities
  • Advanced sensors enable Mantis i45 operators to see better and farther, providing more actionable intelligence for better decision making
  • In military operations, Mantis i45 increases the stand-off distance between the Puma AE and an area of interest by up to seven times, reducing the likelihood of detection while delivering high resolution images Continue reading

Fire, police drones caught between saving lives, guarding rights

Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle
Kevin White of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District retrieves the drone during a search-and-rescue training at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.Battalion Chief Jeff Kleven stood onshore peering through the predawn darkness. He couldn’t see if anyone was inside a car partially submerged in the middle of Alameda Creek’s storm-swollen waters.

Instead of sending a rescue team into the debris-filled current, Kleven deployed the Fremont Fire Department’s newest life-saving tool — a drone equipped with a night-sight camera. Continue reading