When the then defence secretary, John Reid, ordered 54 Watchkeepers in 2005 for £700m, he said the surveillance drones would be “key to battlefield surveillance of the future”. Twelve years on, with the programme now costing £1.2bn, the drones that are due to be the army’s eyes and ears remain a future prospect. They have […]

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POLICE have issued advice on the use of drones to tackle concerns about privacy and safety. Drones, which can be controlled remotely or flown autonomously with inbuilt flight plans, were originally designed by the military but have become more popular among people using them recreationally. Following complaints about a drone flying in the Godshill area […]

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Desperate to develop its own mineral deposits, resource-hungry India is trying to revive investment by taking aim at illegal miners like the sand mafia — from a few hundred feet in the air. The government will deploy flying camera drones to track renegades who for years have been extracting everything from sand to coal to […]

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By Susannah George and Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press MOSUL, Iraq — Faced with a diminishing number of fighters, the Islamic State group is relying on retrofitted commercial drones to guide suicide car bombers to their targets and to launch small-scale airstrikes on Iraqi forces. The extremist group is spending freely on drone technology as […]

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GoPro CEO Nick Woodman introduces the foldable Karma drone during a press event in Olympic Valley, Calif. in September. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Six days after the release of GoPro’s first-ever drone in October, Brian Warholak was itching to get airborne. As an employee at a Virginia-based government contractor, Warholak, 43, had few opportunities during the […]

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Unmanned Systems Navy pursues drone “ghost fleet” concept By Kris Osborn Feb 02, 2017 The Navy is working to develop quickly a “ghost fleet” concept where multiple surface, air and undersea drones operate in a synchronized fashion to conduct a wide-range of combat missions without placing sailors and marines at risk. “We want to have […]

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