“The newest drone” with a rocket launch: what kind of drone is it and is it really a “kamikaze”

In the “mysterious drone” we already had time to see the latest Ukrainian development, but the fact is that it is a fairly public RZ60 drone, which was developed several years ago The other day, a rather interesting video with a test of a Ukrainian drone, which started thanks to a rocket booster, went viral … Read more

The drone attack on Iran targeted advanced weapons.

The alleged Israeli attack on an advanced weapons production facility in Iran “achieved its objectives,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing officials familiar with the matter. The sources indicated that the attack, perpetrated in the early hours of Sunday, was carried out by the intelligence agency Mossa d through the use of drones. … Read more

The Turkish combat drone “Kızılelma” prototype made its first flight.

In July 2021, the Turkish group, Baykar Defence, known for having developed the Bayraktar TB2 tactical drone, lifted the veil on the MIUS program, which was then to lead to a combat drone [UCAV] that could be implemented from the deck of the amphibious assault ship TCG Anadolu. The CEO of Baykar Defense, Haluk Bayraktar, … Read more

Ukraine wants better anti-aircraft systems to effectively counter the threat posed by Shahed-136 Suicide drones

The Shahed-136 suicide drone being used by Russia on the battlefield may be ineffective before the “rain of bullets” that Ukraine wants to receive. Against the Russian Army’s Shahed-136 suicide drones, the Ukrainian Armed Forces found the use of expensive air defense missile systems too wasteful, while man-portable missiles are proved as ineffective against drones. … Read more

How can Ukraine counteract the emerging threat of Iranian suicide drones Shahed-136 and Shahed-131?

It was only a matter of time before the Russian Federation began to attack Ukrainian cities with Shahed-136 and Shahed-131 loitering munitions for the purpose of destroying their important military targets, and now the search for cheap and effective countermeasures is very urgent for Ukraine. The Russian army began to actively use Iranian kamikaze drones … Read more

Libyan Forces shot down American MQ-9 Reaper Drone

According to recent reports published by Military Africa, forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) earlier this week shot down a American UAV which appears to be a Reaper drone. The downing occurred on August 22 near Bengazi. The drone was brought down with a man-portable surface-to-air missile system (MANPAD). According to an official of … Read more

Despite their poor reliability and performance Orlan-10 is the best UAV in the Russian military, even the cost is too high

The Orlan-10 is the most widely used and effective drone on the Ukrainian battlefield by the Russian army, far exceeding the “Orion” that only shows symbolic existence. This small UAV is especially popular with the Russian artillery unit, used for reconnaissance and laser guided firing, Russian artillery destroyed a variety of NATO equipment, including M777 … Read more

HAL will conduct first flight of unmanned RUAV200 by mid 2023, 60 units will be produced in the first batch

According to reports published by the Hindustan times, The rotary-wing drone will have the capability to carry a load of 40 kgs, including missiles and sensors.

State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is working on an AI-driven multi-role, advanced and long-endurance drone for strategic missions in high-altitude areas including along the frontiers with China, people familiar with the development said on Sunday.

The rotary-wing drone will have the capability to carry a load of 40 kgs, including missiles and sensors, and it is being developed considering the requirement of the armed forces to keep a strong vigil over the mountainous areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), they said.

The HAL has set a target of conducting the maiden test-flying of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by the middle of next year and plans to produce 60 such platforms in the first phase of the project, the people in the know told PTI.

They said the operating system of the long-endurance drone will feature applications of Artificial Intelligence and the armed forces will be able to use it for multiple purposes including transporting essential supplies.

“The drone is being developed in such a way that it can carry a wide range of vital military systems including sensors, missiles and various other weapons,” said one of the people cited above.

Separately, HAL is also looking at the possibility of producing the Israeli Heron TP drones in collaboration with its manufacturer under an ambitious project.

“This project is aimed at addressing the requirement of our armed forces as well as global supplies,” the person said. The medium-altitude Heron drones are capable of operating for nearly 45 hours at an altitude of up to 35,000 feet.

The Heron TP drones are equipped with automatic taxi-takeoff and landing (ATOL) and satellite communication (SATCOM) systems for an extended range. The HAL is also working on two separate drone projects with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The three services are planning to acquire a sizeable number of unmanned aerial platforms in the next few years to significantly ramp up their surveillance capability, particularly to monitor Chinese activities along the LAC and Indian Ocean Region.

Each of the three services has drawn up plans for the acquisition of the new-age platforms. The armed forces have been focusing on procuring unmanned platforms including armed drones following the eastern Ladakh standoff with China and a drone strike on the Jammu airbase last year.

Explosives-laden drones were used to carry out the attack on the Jammu Air Force station in June last year in the first such instance of suspected Pakistan-based terrorists deploying unmanned aerial vehicles to strike at vital military installations in India.

India is also planning to procure around 30 multi-mission armed Predator drones from the US for the three services at an estimated cost of over USD 3 billion. In November 2020, the Navy got two non-weaponised MQ-9B Sea Guardian drones from the US on lease.

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Ukraine orders Vector Long-range reconnaissance drones from Germany

According to recent reports published by Air Recognition, Munich-based drone manufacturer Quantum-Systems has received an order from Ukraine for the delivery of reconnaissance drones. Part of the ordered drones is already in use in Ukraine. Delivery of the larger part of the ordered quantity is still in the preparation and processing stage and will take … Read more

Russia to get Iranian drones, How capable are they? Can the Iranian drones play a role in the ongoing war?

Russia reportedly seeking to procure Iran-made combat drones to fill a strategic gap exposed in the Ukraine war. Russia is a Cold War powerhouse that still possesses nuclear weapons, strategic bombers, and strategic nuclear submarines. Although it has one of the top three drone strengths in the world, it is not as strong as the … Read more