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New South African UAV unveiled for security and other missions

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South African company Aquila Viour has designed and manufactured a rugged new unmanned helicopter for security and other missions. The Alto unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)...

Drones as weapons: Africa needs better data to anticipate risk

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In October this year, Africa’s air force chiefs of staff and air force industry representatives gathered in Senegal. They agreed the continent urgently needed...

The dizzying possibilities of drones in Africa

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Nigeria deploys drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at border crossings to increase security along its porous frontier and to identify potential threats while...

Attack on Kenya Defence Forces outpost confirms Al-Shabaab drone use

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Kenyan security forces have increased their operations along the country’s 680-kilometer border with Somalia in response to recent attacks by al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab, which has suffered...

Recent conflicts pushing global militaries to invest in UAVs

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If global interest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) started to rise after their armed deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, the massive –...

ISS: ISWAP’s use of tech could prolong Lake Chad Basin violence

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Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) could be close to using delivery drones for attacks in the Lake Chad Basin. Weaponising and adapting unmanned...

ISS: Can a new wave of drone tech make Africa’s seas...

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The growing sophistication and affordability of unmanned systems could ease Africa’s shortage of maritime security resources. On 29 October, Ukraine attacked Russian naval ships in...

Hensoldt demos Astus UAV to potential clients

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Hensoldt South Africa is holding flight demonstrations of its Astus unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the Western Cape for potential customers, and showcasing the...

Nigeria enlists drones for border security and crime fighting

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Tethered drones are making life easier for Nigerian law enforcement authorities responsible for border and homeland security as well as anti-crime and anti-terrorism operations. The...

CSIR developing hydrogen-powered UAV

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is busy with the development of a hydrogen-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using locally developed fuel...

ISS: Weaponised drones – the latest tech threat to reach Africa

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Drones have for some time been used by regular armed forces on Africa’s battlefields, such as in Ethiopia and Mali. But now they’re increasingly...

Drones aid SANDF disaster relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is using small drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to assist with flood relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal...

Legislation holding the drone industry back in South Africa

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Restrictive UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or drone regulations in South Africa are holding the industry back, with major reforms needed, especially in the security...

Saudi-led coalition targets Yemen sites after attempted drone attack

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A Saudi-led coalition carried out a wide operation against targets in Yemen after intercepting and destroying a drone that attempted to attack Saudi Arabia's...

Croatia’s seed-scattering drones replant forests hurt by fire

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Seed-scattering drones are crisscrossing Croatia's skies in an airborne attempt to replant remote forests damaged by fire, an initiative its backers aim to promote...

Drones pose growing threat in extremists’ hands

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In recent years, the uses for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, have multiplied across Africa. Drones have been used to fertilize...

Ten injured in 2 drone attacks at Saudi’s King Abdullah airport...

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Ten people were injured in two explosives-laden drone attacks at King Abdullah airport in the southern Saudi city of Jizan late on Friday and...

Saudi-led coalition intercepts drone attack on Abha airport – state TV

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it intercepted an explosives-laden drone targeting Saudi Arabia's Abha international airport, Saudi state TV reported. The...

China’s high-end military technology touted at biggest air show

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China put on an extravagant display of once-secret high-end military technology at its largest air show this week, while broadcasting its growing ambitions in...

Taliban says US drones must stop entering Afghanistan

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The Taliban on Wednesday warned of consequences if the United States did not stop flying drones over Afghan airspace. "The US has violated all international...

China unveils ‘loyal wingman’ armed drone concept

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China on Wednesday revealed a drone concept similar in mission - and appearance - to the US-made Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie as countries race to...

Greece testing drone deliveries

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Greece is testing drone delivery of medicines to isolated places in an environmentally friendly way, sending the unmanned aircraft to a 200-person village. The red...

Drone pilots graduate thanks to Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust

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The first five of ten students studying to be unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) pilots have completed their Remote Pilots License (RPL), thanks...

In Indonesia, drone deliveries provide lifeline for isolating COVID patients

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A group of drone enthusiasts in Indonesia are using their aerial skills to help during the pandemic by providing a contactless medicine and food...

Ultimate Heliport briefly shut down due to illegal drone activity

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The Ultimate Heliport in the Waterfall precinct in Midrand was shut down for an hour on Monday after drones were observed flying in the...

Denel lost a Seeker 400 in a 2019 crash

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A Denel Seeker 400 crashed during a test flight in late 2019, resulting in significant damage being sustained to the airframe. Photos recently emerged on...

UAV Industries hired to inspect and quantify fire damage at UCT...

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Following the devastating mountain blaze that raged through the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus and surrounding areas, insurance companies have sought the assistance...

Explosives-laden drone targets US forces at Iraq’s Erbil airport

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A drone dropped explosives near US forces stationed at Erbil airport in northern Iraq late on Wednesday, Kurdish officials said, with no immediate reports...

Kenyan drone academy founder hopes to help aspiring pilots soar

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In 2017, Nairobi-based producer Tony Mwangi headed to South Africa to retrain as a drone pilot instructor, hoping to get a head start in...

Anti-Euro 2020 drone interrupts La Liga game

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A drone carrying a flag opposing Euro 2020 matches in Bilbao interrupted Athletic Bilbao’s match at home to Eibar in La Liga on Saturday. Play...

Drone strike on Riyadh oil refinery claimed by Houthis causes fire

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An air attack on an oil refinery in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Friday caused a fire that was brought under control, the energy...

Chinese drone maker’s stock plunges as short-seller takes aim

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Drone manufacturer EHang Holdings Ltd’s shares plunged on Tuesday after an investment research firm said it had shorted the stock and questioned the accuracy...

Saudi-led coalition: Houthi drone interception leaves shrapnel near Abha airport

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi group said it had intercepted a drone on Tuesday fired by the Iran-aligned group towards the kingdom but...

Drone company Wingcopter gets more firepower in vaccine delivery race

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German start-up Wingcopter has secured fresh funding to strengthen its position in the race to offer COVID-19 vaccine distribution by air, seeking to get...

Malaysian team turns pineapple waste into disposable drone parts

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Malaysian researchers have developed a method to transform the fibre found in normally discarded pineapple leaves to make a strong material that can be...

Prisons and border control plagued by rising threat of drug mule...

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Security and police are confronting increased numbers of smuggling attempts from ‘drug mule drones’ since the coronavirus pandemic began. Incidents of drone involvement in drug...

Droning the drove: Israeli cow-herders turn to flying tech

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The buzz of tiny rotors has replaced dog barks and bullwhips on this Israeli ranch, where drones are being used to herd and observe...

Nelspruit car accident did not involve any drone – CUAASA

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Local media has reported that a car accident was allegedly caused by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or drone) that crashed into a moving...

How Peli contributes in the fight against COVID-19

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Barcelona, November 2020 – Peli Products, the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases and advanced lighting systems, is helping in...

Nigerian Air Force reveals armed UAV bases

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will deploy its eight new armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to three bases across the country as soon as...

Suspected drone collision with aircraft at Rand Airport

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A suspected drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), collision has been reported with a light aircraft at Rand Airport and an investigation into the...

Canada suspends drone technology sales to Turkey after claims of use...

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Canada has suspended the export of some drone technology to Turkey while it probes allegations the equipment was used by Azeri forces involved in...

Walmart to test drone delivery of COVID-19 test kits

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Walmart Inc said on Tuesday it would run a pilot project to deliver self-collection test kits for coronavirus through automated drones at customers’ doorsteps. The...

Lab seeks to accelerate SA drone technology

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“Back in the 80’s, we were world leaders when it came to drone technology with the early days of the Seeker project and so...

Drone laws under the spotlight at Africa Drones Conference 2020

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According to Businesswire, the global unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, market will grow from $14 billion in 2018 to over $43 billion in 2024...

High-flying drone drops weed over Tel Aviv

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A drone dropped packets of what looked like cannabis over a main square in Tel Aviv on Thursday after activists seeking to legalize the...

Saudi-led coalition destroys explosive-laden drone, boat launched by Yemen’s Houthis –...

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone at Saudi Arabia’s Abha international airport and a remotely controlled explosive-laden boat...

US military reviewing report of drone sighting near Air Force One

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The US Air Force said on Monday it was reviewing a report that a drone flew near President Donald Trump’s airplane on Sunday as...

Chinese dronemaker DJI makes sweeping cuts in ‘Long March’ reforms

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Chinese drone giant SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd has been making sweeping cuts to its global sales and marketing teams as it faces coronavirus...

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