Air Features

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Armed UAVs: Who Has Them, Who Wants Them?

Just 10 countries worldwide have armed drones; many more want them, and China seems willing to oblige.

By Anita Hawser - 02 March 2017
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Can Micro-UAVs Help In The Fight Against Terrorism?

Micro-UAVs can help track terrorists, but are they reliable enough to replace traditional intelligence methods?

By Jack Richardson - 24 February 2017
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The Coming Drone Swarm

Swarming UAVs demonstrate enormous attack potential. But the technology still needs to be proven and trusted.

By Jack Richardson - 16 February 2017
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Could Turkish Deal Help Sustain UK Combat Aircraft Expertise?

BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries collaboration seen as vital to sustaining the future of UK industry combat aircraft expertise.

By Anita Hawser - 31 January 2017
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General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis, US Defense Secretary

US Defense Secretary, General Mattis, spent his first day on the job overseeing air strikes against ISIL and speaking with NATO's Secretary General.

By Anita Hawser - 26 January 2017
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Defence and Security Co-operation With The EU Will Continue

The UK will continue to work with the EU on defence and security matters, says UK PM Theresa May in her first major speech on Brexit.

By Anita Hawser - 17 January 2017
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Guided Bombs Get Smaller And Smarter

The race is on to produce longer-range, precision-guided missiles that can more accurately identify and hone in on targets and fly at a wider range of altitudes, thereby allowing more freedom when mission planning.

By Doug Richardson - 03 January 2017
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The Fallout From Brexit

Immediately following the UK vote to leave the EU, the pound declined in value, which is likely to impact the cost of already announced defence acquisition programmes and support costs for in-service equipment.

By Stuart Young, Peter Antill and Richard Fisher - 03 January 2017
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Playing The Trump Card In US Defence Policy

President-elect Trump made a lot of comments—some controversial—on defence matters during his election campaign

By Nick Watts - 03 January 2017
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Trump and the Middle East: Challenges to Regaining US Supremacy

Can President-elect Trump bring America back from the low point in Middle East relations achieved under Obama's presidency?

By Riad Kahwaji - 17 November 2016
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Soldiers Take Down Drone Using Laser Signal

US soldiers have disabled a commercial off-the-shelf drone using a non-kinetic counter-UAV system.

By Anita Hawser - 04 November 2016
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Counter UAV: Defeating The Device

Manufacturers are coming up with increasingly innovative ways of stopping rogue UAVs in their tracks.

By Giulia Tilenni - 14 September 2016
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MALE 2020: The European UAV To Be?

MALE 2020 is Europe's answer to building a sovereign MALE UAV capability and reducing countries reliance on off-the-shelf solutions from the US and Israel. But can it get off the ground?

By Giulia Tilenni - 14 September 2016
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Air News

F-35 ASRAAM Firing Trials

The ASRAAM is the first UK-designed missile to be fired from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

- 16 March 2017
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The Stryker Joins The Fight Against UAVs

The US Army has modified its Stryker vehicle to detect and defeat UAVs.

- 09 March 2017
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Kelvin Hughes To Launch New Drone Detection System

SMS-D from Kelvin Hughes, is designed to detect and track UAVs.

- 07 March 2017
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Stemme and S-PLANE Team up to Create Optionally Piloted Vehicle

ECARYS ES15 to be optionally piloted using S-PLANE subsystems.

- 18 February 2017
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A New Generation of Transport Aircraft on show at IDEX 2017

The KC-390 sets new standards in transport aircraft.

- 16 February 2017
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Trump Intervenes In F-35 Pricing

Intervention by President Donald Trump sees price for F-35s reduced.

Anita Hawser - 07 February 2017
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The Australian Navy Will Use The CAMCOPTER S-100 For Enhanced Maritime And Littoral Intelligence

Royal Australian Navy awards contract for CAMCOPTER S-100 rotary-wing UAS.

- 06 February 2017
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MoD's Defence Equipment Plan Comes Up Short

The UK Ministry of Defence needs to find more savings to fund its future Equipment Plan.

- 30 January 2017
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Trump Hones In On F-35 And Submarine Costs

Multi-year procurement could be the answer to Pentagon cost review of F-35 programme.

- 30 January 2017
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The US and UK will optimise use of the P-8A for maritime surveillance

US–UK agreement will strengthen Maritime Patrol Aircraft interoperability.

Anita Hawser - 26 January 2017
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Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann

Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann join forces to make medium-calibre ammunition for the US market.

Rheinmetall - 09 December 2016
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FLIR Systems Acquires Prox Dynamics

FLIR Systems Acquires Prox Dynamics for $134 million in cash.

FLIR Systems - 30 November 2016
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Rockwell Collins's Mixed-Reality System for Training & Simulation

Rockwell Collins Coalescence merges the real-world view with a synthetic environment.

- 29 November 2016
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Schiebel-CAMCOPTER concludes MOAS 2016 operations

CAMCOPTER S-100 succesfully concludes operations in support of MOAS’ life-saving mission.

Schiebel-PR - 21 November 2016
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Airborne Laser-Based Sensor Can Detect IEDs and Hazmat From Standoff Distance

SpectroDrone uses lasers and high-res cameras to detect explosives, IEDs and hazmat.

- 15 November 2016
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Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announces £4 Billion support

£4 Billion to support Britain's modern forces and their families.

DPI - 08 November 2016
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Iran Unveils Stealth Suicide UAV

Suicide drone delivers a payload of explosives and can fly at low altitudes over the water.

- 28 October 2016
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US Steps Up Acquisition Of Precision Munitions

Contract awarded to fulfill demand for Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System.

- 28 October 2016
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Unmanned Warrior 16

World’s first large scale demonstration of marine robotic systems hosted by the UK.

UK MoD - 17 October 2016
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New Decoy System For RAF Combat Jets

The BriteCloud miniature decoy will protect RAF combat jets from missiles.

DPI - 21 September 2016
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First air defence radars for Latvia

NATO steps up investment in air and missile defence.

DPI - 21 September 2016
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Update: air strikes against Daesh

British forces continue to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh.

UK-MoD - 15 September 2016
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