BAE’s surveillance pseudo-satellite completes endurance trials

BAE announced that their Persistent High-Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35), a drone capable of loiter for up to one year in the upper atmosphere, has completed critical endurance trials in a harsh simulated environment....


Skyborg dozen: 13 companies developing US drone fighter jet

In the closing days of September 2020, the Skyborg Vanguard program completed its second phase of awards and now includes 13 companies competing for a design of the loyal wingman – a drone that will accompany U.S. fighter jets into battle....


Closer look at Grom, the Russian loyal wingman

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become a prominent part of large military expos in recent years. Russian Army-2020, which took place at the end of August 2020, was not an exception. One of many mockups presented there was introduced as the “loyal wingman”: a development, closely resembling the latest projects by some American, European and Oceanian companies. Let’s take a closer look at it....


IAI introduces helicopter drones to manage wide-area surveillance

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) introduced an unmanned helicopter unit designed to perform a wide array of surveillance and monitoring tasks for large areas....


Loyal wingmen: the cyberpunk future of aerial warfare

A swarm of small, fast, cockpitless fighter jets are flying in a tight circle around an F-22 Raptor, reacting to its every move, waiting for a command. They will scout ahead, attack or sacrifice themselves if needed, relying on their superhuman reaction time and precision to execute manoeuvres that human pilots would never manage to do. This is the way many nations envision the air combat of the future. But why?...


Japan Airlines to launch new UAV pilot training program

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced it would launch a new drone operator training program to accelerate drone-led business development in Japan post COVID-19....


Russia rushes updated combat drone into service

Russian Ministry of Defence and manufacturing company Kronshtadt have signed a deal to start delivery of Russia’s first medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drone, an upgraded variant of “Orion”, capable of carrying air-to-ground munitions....


Top 10 combat drones of 2020

Forget your fighter jets and stealth bombers, decommission your ground attack aircraft; lay off your pilots and, with a gentle touch of a command console, switch to autonomous mode. We need as little interference from squishy human beings as possible, because unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is where the future of aerial warfare is!...


Air Force One possibly involved in near-miss incident with drone

While approaching Joint Base Andrews from where the Air Force One fleet operates, the C-32A transporting the United States President Donald Trump might have come in close proximity to an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)....


Russian air force to receive long-range combat drones in 2021

2021 will see the first long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of carrying precision munitions delivered to the Russian Air Force, commander-in-chief lieutenant general Sergei Dronov confirmed....