All Civil UAVs news – Page 29

  • Patroller

    DGA defends Patroller buy, discloses Reaper aspirations


    ​The head of the French defence procurement agency has defended the selection of the Sagem Patroller for the French army’s tactical unmanned air vehicle requirement, claiming the competition was fair and did not dismiss the rival Thales Watchkeeper from the offset.

  • Iraqi CH-4 - Iraqi MoD

    Western defence technology edge challenged by proliferation


    More needs to be done by the West to address an ever-increasing imbalance of military power towards nations benefiting from new low barriers of entry to advanced missile and unmanned technology, new analysis has revealed.

  • MD4-200 VTOL UAV - Rex Features

    Canada mulls new UAV guidelines


    Transport Canada is preparing to introduce new guidelines for the operation of unmanned air vehicles similar to those being proposed in Europe.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: BlueBird goes for big-time


    ​The Israeli unmanned air vehicle industry is characterised by two major players – IAI and Elbit Systems – that manufacture mainly large systems with big price tags; and by some smaller companies developing smaller systems. But this breakdown is not enough to survive in this very competitive market. Innovation is ...

  • Zephyr 8 stress test - Airbus Defence & Space

    UK contract for Zephyr HAPS imminent


    The UK Ministry of Defence is close to signing a contract with Airbus Defence & Space for the manufacture and testing of two Zephyr 8 high-altitude pseudo satellites (HAPS).

  • Hermes 900

    ANALYSIS: Largest UAV makers ponder next move


    ​The first public flight of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP unmanned air vehicle (UAV) happened almost nine years years ago. The maiden flight of the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 occurred nearly seven years ago. Yet, since 2009, neither of Israel's largest UAV makers has released a new design ...

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: IAI CEO studies regional jet, light jet projects


    ​Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is at a major crossroads and every move in the wrong direction is crucial.

  • FE Panther front - IAI

    IAI and Hankuk Carbon team to develop VTOL unmanned systems


    ​Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Korean composite manufacturer Hankuk Carbon will form a joint venture to new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned air vehicles.

  • RAF Reaper full size - RAF

    UK reveals sharp increase in Reaper Hellfire use


    A sharp surge in the number of Lockheed Martin AGM-114 missiles deployed from the Royal Air Force’s unmanned air vehicle fleet was seen between 2014 and 2015, marking a rise in the type's use from the drawdown from intervention in Afghanistan, to current operations in Iraq and Syria.

  • Coyote - credit Raytheon 640

    Upgraded Coyote UAV contracted for hurricane hunting


    The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will continue to use Raytheon’s tube-launched Coyote unmanned air vehicle to track hurricanes, following a successful upgrade to the system that has increased its endurance and range.

  • Resource Group UAV flying

    EASA ruling may lead to unregulated commercial UAV ops


    New risk-mitigating unmanned air vehicle regulations proposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will only serve to create a “grey area" in which users of smaller systems can carry out unregulated aerial work, an industry expert claims.

  • MD4-200 VTOL UAV - Rex Features

    UAV airspace management system readies for release


    Belgian company Unifly is poised to launch an airspace management system for unmanned air vehicles that informs users where they can legally and safely operate their aircraft.

  • Skylark 1 LE - Elbit Systems

    IDF considers rotary-wing UAVs for battalion-level ops


    ​Feedback from an infantryman has led to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) including rotary-wing unmanned air vehicles in its search for a new battalion-level system.

  • Python

    ANALYSIS: Long-range fashion catches on in IAF


    ​Waiting so long for Rafael to respond to a new fashion in missile technology seemed surprising only because the state-owned Israeli weapons and sensor house is most often the industry’s leading trendsetter.

  • Patroller

    Paris picks Patroller for UAV requirement


    France appears to have selected Sagem's Patroller for its army’s tactical unmanned air vehicle requirement, defeating the rival Thales Watchkeeper system.

  • eBee UAV - Sensefly

    UAV company offers to map UK to prevent future flooding


    Unmanned air vehicle provider Strat Aero has offered the UK government use of its aerial 3D mapping services to help inform flood prevention studies.

  • Tornado GR4 pair - Crown Copyright

    Life of RAF Tornado squadron further extended to 2018


    Further detail on the UK Ministry of Defence’s November Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR) has revealed the retirement of a Panavia Tornado GR4 squadron will be pushed back to 2018, from the previously announced 2017 date.

  • UK Chinook HC6 - Boeing

    UK eyes potential for in-flight refuelling of helicopters


    ​The UK is exploring options for its transport rotorcraft, including in-flight refuelling, as it looks to extend the operational range of its fleet in line with commitments in a recent defence review.

  • Reaper UAV - USAF

    US Air Force highlights UAV staffing strain


    The number of daily US Air Force unmanned air vehicle combat air patrols (CAPs) reached its peak in 2015, but such demand, and the resulting manning shortages, have put extra strain on surveillance operations.

  • QF-4 - US Air Force

    Demand for low airfares increasing appeal of unmanned flight


    The rising cost of providing navigation equipment for airline pilots, and the parallel demand for cheaper airfares, will inevitably lead to piloted flight being obsolete in 40 years’ time, a defence consultant has argued.