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An Army Drone Made a Mysterious 633 Mile Journey. U.S.

An Army Drone Made a Mysterious 633 Mile Journey

Army / Sgt. So, You Want to Take Out a Drone Swarm – War Is Boring. By SAMUEL BENDETT Over the past decade, Russian armed forces and Russian defense industry have made strides in developing, testing and fielding domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicles.

So, You Want to Take Out a Drone Swarm – War Is Boring

While lagging behind their Western and East Asian counterparts in reach, distance and strike capability, Russia nonetheless was successful in using smaller and lighter UAVs for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance purposes, both at home and in conflicts abroad. In fact, Russian Ministry of Defense officially states that ISR remains the primary purpose for its various UAV platforms. More specifically, the war in Eastern Ukraine showcased Russia’s use of unmanned aerial systems that enhanced Russian-allied forces’ ability to more accurately target Ukrainian opposition and gain significant advantage on the battlefield.

The Russian MOD has also studied countermeasures to protect and defend its forces against drone swarms, a tactic that is emerging as key in overwhelming and defeating opponents. The Pentagon's Autonomous Swarming Drones Are the Most Unsettling Thing You'll See Today. An arm of the Pentagon charged with fielding critical new technologies has developed a drone that not only carries out its mission without human piloting, but can talk to other drones to collaborate on getting the job done.

The Pentagon's Autonomous Swarming Drones Are the Most Unsettling Thing You'll See Today

The Perdix autonomous drone operates in cooperative swarms of 20 or more, working together towards a single goal. Airbus Counter-UAV System detects illicit drones and shuts them down. With a projected one million drones sold during the holidays, the potential security risks to everything from military installations to energy plants to airports increased as well.

Airbus Counter-UAV System detects illicit drones and shuts them down

Bearing that in mind, Airbus Defence and Space recently introduced its Counter-UAV System as a way to detect potential UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) threats from a distance of between 5 and 10 km (3 and 6 miles) and bring them down with electronic countermeasures. The system uses a combination of radars, infrared cameras and direction finders to identify drones and determine their threat potential.

A human operator compares the data from the system to a threat library and realtime analysis of control signals, to determine whether or not to jam the signal and interrupt the link between the drone and its pilot and/or its navigation system. A direction finder within the system can then be used to detect the location of the pilot for apprehension. Source: Airbus Defence and Space About the Author. Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia's coast.

Image copyright Getty Images Beachgoers will be protected from sharks by drones and "smart" drum lines, according to the New South Wales (NSW) government.

Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia's coast

A trial will begin on the NSW north coast where there have been several attacks in the past 12 months. The drones will feed images back to operators looking for sharks using GPS co-ordinates. The measures are part of a shark management strategy which also includes barriers and helicopter surveillance.

Drone plots a map through uneven terrain, which walking robot then follows. Aerial drones are widely utilized for mapping, with the maps that they create subsequently being used by us humans.

Drone plots a map through uneven terrain, which walking robot then follows

Anti-UAV Defense System uses radio beam to disable drones. Sophisticated, easy to fly drones are everywhere these days and like most new technologies, they have the potential for mischievous or malicious applications as well as positive ones.

Anti-UAV Defense System uses radio beam to disable drones

It follows that there's an increasing demand for improved surveillance and countermeasures specifically tailored for this type of aircraft. Billed as the world's first fully integrated system designed to detect, track and disrupt small and large drones, the Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) from Blighter Surveillance Systems uses radio beams to freeze drones in midair by interfering with their control channels. The AUDS was developed by a partnership of three British companies: Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems. US Army tests drone-killing 50 mm cannon. Drones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Always Afraid to Ask. UPDATE October 22, 2013, 10:29 a.m.

Drones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Always Afraid to Ask

EDT: Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released two separate new reports on civilian deaths in US drone strikes. Amnesty's report examines 45 strikes in North Waziristan in northwestern Pakistan between January 2012 and August 2013, and HRW's examines six examples of targeted killing in Yemen. A New Kind of Mental Disturbance? Drone Pilots Are Quitting in Droves. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.

A New Kind of Mental Disturbance? Drone Pilots Are Quitting in Droves

The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just about anywhere on the planet are in question in Washington. Something far more basic is at stake: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers. There are roughly 1,000 such drone pilots, known in the trade as “18Xs,” working for the U.S. Air Force today. Rapere Is An Anti-Drone Interceptor. Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution. Selected as a "Best History Book of the Month" - Amazon Praise for Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution by Richard Whittle: "Endlessly interesting and full of implication...

Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution

Taranis drone demonstrates stealth in latest test. How the Future of War (and Flying) Could Be Swarms of 3D-Printed Drones. The U.S. military has a problem. It takes too long to acquire new fighting machines. In 1983, top-brass decided that they needed a new fighter jet to maintain a tactical edge in the Cold War threat environment. The resulting aircraft, the F-22 Raptor, which was specifically designed for use in a central European front, was the most technologically advanced fighter ever created. Those Soviets won't stand a chance, the brass must have thought. Except that the first Raptor wasn’t delivered until 2005, 22 years and $39 billion after the program was conceived, and 14 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. In war, nobody—least of all the U.S. Navy's ocean-powered drone helps it wage underwater war. While you were out shopping Sunday for those last-minute holiday gifts, the Navy pushed ahead with its own vision of an underwater sugar plum: a fleet of “long endurance, transoceanic gliders harvesting all energy from the ocean thermocline.”

And you thought Jules Verne died in 1905. SkyJack: The drone that hijacks other drones in mid-air. Amazon's Prime Air announcement last week brought concerns about the use of commercial drones to the fore, but one programmer may have just muddied the waters even more. Notable hacker Samy Kamkar recently modified a Parrot AR.Drone 2 with his custom software, called SkyJack, allowing it to seek out the wireless signals of other UAVs and take control of them, even while in flight. If his name sounds familiar, that's because Kamkar is the same hacker-turned-legit security researcher that released a worm that took down MySpace back in 2005 and later went on to expose security weaknesses in several major credit cards. For his latest project, Kamkar rigged a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 with a Raspberry Pi, a USB battery, and two wireless adapters, before uploading his custom programming.

The SkyJack software is designed for Linux devices and runs a few supporting programs in sequence to effectively hijack any drones in the area. Boeing converts F-16 fighter jet into an unmanned drone. Festo demonstrates BionicOpter dragonfly robot. Meet the U.S's new stealthy, ship-killing missile. FrankenDrone USV goes where other remote-control watercraft can't. Domestic Drone Countermeasures, Oregon Company, To Sell Defense Systems Direct To Consumers. Worried about the government's increased use of drones to spy on citizens?

ATLANTE UAS makes its maiden flight. The ATLANTE Unmanned Aerial System on the runway at Lugo Image Gallery (2 images) A Remote Controlled Rat. X-47B unmanned stealth fighter tested aboard the USS Truman. The X-47B UCAS arrives onboard the USS Truman, the first modern aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft (Photo: U.S. How Russia and Georgia's 'little war' started a drone arms race. And Now, Nano Drones. Boeing’s hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye goes higher for longer on second flight. Boeing's liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system on its second flight (Photo: Boeing photo) Image Gallery (2 images) Earlier this week, Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye demonstrator successfully completed its second flight.