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Kenya Defence College hosts autonomous weapons lecture

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Senior officers from the Kenyan Air Force, Army and Navy along with National Defence College staff were given insight into autonomous weapons in an...

SAPS aiming to improve with new technology and extra manpower

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Minister Bheki Cele’s seemingly continuously under fire SA Police Service (SAPS) is moving funds and personnel to up its efficiency. This is according to a...

Landward force seeking UAVs

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The SA Army plans to acquire unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for reconnaissance and target acquisition according to a now closed Armscor tender. Documentation issued for...

Wanted: registered ATO to train police drone drivers

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The SA Police Service (SAPS) is in the process of acquiring 168 UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or drones, to boost crime fighting and prevention...

UAVs to help fight and prevent crime on the way

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The SA Police Service (SAPS) is turning to the sky for assistance with crime prevention in the form of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The soon...

Drones offer extra eyes in illegal fishing battle

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As many African nations struggle to control illegal fishing, some are turning to drones as a relatively cheap way to conduct surveillance over vast...

UAVs to the rescue for Botswana’s pregnant population

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, are providing lifesaving care to women in remote parts of Botswana, who face the possibility of...

UAVs give police an edge in border livestock theft ops

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Landlocked Lesotho provides South African defence and law enforcement agencies tasked with border protection ongoing problems of which livestock theft is one. This was confirmed...

Alkantpan adds UAV test flights to product offerings

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Armscor’s Alkantpan test range in Northern Cape undoubtedly qualifies for the title of a Big Sky location making eminent sense to use the site...

Combat capable drones for Iran

Iranian armed forces acquired three bomb-carrying drones with a range of 1 500 kilometres, Defence Minister Amir Hatami said. The drones can monitor “enemy movements...

Drone academy students help map out Africa’s future

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For Ethiopian aeronautical engineer Lydia Elias, building and piloting a drone to support humanitarian and development projects on the continent of her birth has...

Big drone on campus

United Parcel Service has won the US government’s first full approval to operate a drone airline, giving it a lead in the nascent US...

Zambia receives UAVs for counter-poaching operations

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The Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) has taken delivery of several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that will be deployed...

Feature: UAVs in UN service

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In South Africa there is currently no space in the defence sector for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with only as yet unconfirmed...

Defence Industry Strategy document identifies two military UAV suppliers

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The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the military is acknowledged worldwide but the South African National Defence Force appears slow...

CSIR’s endorsement of UAVs must be followed up by the SANDF

The endorsement given by what is arguably the leading scientific and technology research organisation in Africa to the use of unmanned aerial...

UAVs “a remarkable support tool” in counter-poaching ops – CSIR

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The national conservation agency SANParks in partnership with the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) next month launches what is termed an "innovative wide...

SANDF “not operating” UAVs – spokesman

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) maintains it is not operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at present. Over the past four weeks defenceWeb...

SANDF “not operating” UAVs – spokesman

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) maintains it is not operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at present. Over the past four weeks defenceWeb...

Unmanned aerial systems make MONUSCO more efficient

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MONUSCO's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are now in the third year of operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and their...

U.S. says kills up to 116 civilians in strikes outside war...

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The U.S. government accepted responsibility on Friday for inadvertently killing up to 116 civilians in strikes in countries where America is not...

ProWings is South Africa’s first SACAA approved RPA flight training school

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Gauteng-based ProWings Training is the first flying school in South Africa to be approved by the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) as a commercial...

ProWings is South Africa’s first SACAA approved RPA flight training school

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Gauteng-based ProWings Training is the first flying school in South Africa to be approved by the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) as a commercial...

Unmanned aviation can boost GDP and provide work

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South Africa's fledgling unmanned aviation sector could find itself well and truly grounded in a morass of regulations even before it demonstrates...

ATPL holder is South Africa’s first qualified RPAS operator

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The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has issued the first pilot's licence for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The licence was...

U.S. considering drones in North Africa to monitor Islamic State

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The United States is holding discussions with countries in North Africa about locating drones at a base there to heighten monitoring of...

South African UAV regulations workshop to be held next week

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The Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa (CUAASA) will be hosting an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) conference in Centurion next week...

Minusma gets MD500 helicopters

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The United Nation Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (Minusma) has received three MD500E helicopters from El Salvador, and will use them...

South Africa on the podium at international UAV symposium

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South Africa is one of a number of countries currently presenting draft regulations on remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) at the International...

Progress on regulations for remotely piloted aircraft systems

South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is progressing toward an anticipated promulgation date of March 31 for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) regulations. The...

South Africa and Algeria conclude aeronautics research agreement

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and the University of Blida in Algeria signed a Memorandum of...

Paramount investing in robotics

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Paramount Group is investing R100 million in unmanned vehicles with the launch of a new Robotics division, which encompasses unmanned ground, air...

RPAS in, UAVs out – SACAA

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The SA Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided its quest to legalise unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South Africa will see them...

Uncertain future for UAV industry

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Warnings over the future of the UAV industry due to legal, operational, and industry competition issues have emerged from a London seminar....

Global UAV market worth $77 billion over next decade – report

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Global spending on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will almost double over the next decade from $5.7 billion annually at present to $9.9...

Further flight testing for Seeker 400 and Hungwe

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Denel Dynamics is continuing with flight testing of its Seeker 400 and Hungwe military and civil unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) ahead of...

U.S. drone strikes risk ‘slippery slope’ to endless war, panel says

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The Obama administration's reliance on drone strikes abroad threatens to create a "slippery slope" toward endless war and sets a dangerous precedent...

Drones are illegal

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The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) says it has not banned drones from operating in SA's civil aviation airspace, but rather...

New challenges spur UN peacekeeping to become a force for the...

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The United Nations will move more into the use of high technology including UAVs and EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) robots in peacekeeping...

UAV market to see major growth in next decade – Forecast...

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A thousand unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of all types will be manufactured this year, with output rising to 1 100 units in...

The Flying Donkey Challenge

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France's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Afrotech Project and the Swiss National Centre of Competence for Research in Robotics (NCCR), have...

No major problems for UAV flight approval in SA military airspace

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The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as UAS (unmanned aerial systems), in both the military and civil aviation environment...

SA Civil Aviation Authority to crackdown on illegal drone flying

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The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) says it is set to clampdown on the illegal flying, in civil airspace, of unmanned...

CAA approval not necessary for UAVs at AAD

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South African defence industry companies such as Denel and Paramount Group along with foreign manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known...

U.N. rights forum calls for use of armed drones to comply...

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The United Nations called on all states on Friday to ensure that the use of armed drones complies with international law, backing...

Israel sees future drone threat from Lebanon, Gaza

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Israel fears guerrillas in Lebanon and Gaza would deploy exploding drones against the Jewish state in a future war as well as...

Lockheed sees huge potential for military, commercial drones

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The Pentagon's No. 1 arms supplier Lockheed Martin Corp sees significant growth potential for its range of unmanned aircraft, given continued military...

Aerial ID card renewal: UAE to use drones for government services

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The United Arab Emirates says it plans to use unmanned aerial drones to deliver official documents and packages to its citizens as...

DRC drones take to the sky for the first time

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Another component of the UN's ongoing efforts to bring peace to the troubled DRC came into play today when UAVs were launched...

The rice of the drones

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Following our overview on potential civil markets for UAVs, here is an interesting one: "Precision Agriculture"! Current UAV technologies now allow farmers...

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