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Newsletter drone Semaine 12-16 octobre 2020

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Anti-drone                                                                                            Transport logistique maritime

Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance                                       Surveillance de zone ou de site

Système autonome de surveillance                                                   Relevés volumétriques

Recherche et développement                                                            Traitement phytosanitaire

Guerre électronique                                                                            Relais radio

Logistique terrestre                                                                            Liaison radio

Destruction                                                                                           Surveillance de la faune terrestre


16/10/2020 New Counter Drone Strategy Hits Esper’s Desk

WASHINGTON : DoD’s first joint strategy to counter small drones is about to hit Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s desk, says Army Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey, head of the Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aerial Systems Office (JCO). https://breakingdefense.com/2020/10/new-counter-drone-strategy-targets-joint-force/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BreakingDefense+%28Breaking+Defense%29

05/10/2020 Drone Defence releases portable electronic countermeasure system, the Paladyne E1000MP

Drone Defence has released a compact fully man-portable drone countermeasure system – the Paladyne E1000MP. According to the company, the development is the ‘first of many’ upcoming product announcements following recent seed funding from US-based Scientel Solutions. https://www.unmannedairspace.info/counter-uas-systems-and-policies/drone-defence-releases-portable-electronic-countermeasure-system-the-paladyne-e1000mp/

15/10/2020 The pic of the day : bad day to be a drone

A U.S. Marine assigned to Special Purpose Marine-Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, operates a Battelle Drone Defender V2 during counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) training at the Baghdad Embassy Compound in Iraq, Oct. 9, 2020. https://sofrep.com/news/the-pic-of-the-day-bad-day-to-be-a-drone/

15/10/2020 How U.S. Army’s Billion-Dollar Gamble On Drone Defense Could Go Wrong

The U.S. Army has just put more than a billion dollars into a new air defense system called IM-SHORAD to protect soldiers from drone attacks. It is a vital mission – but the last time the Army tried to develop something like this the project failed horribly. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2020/10/14/how-us-armys-billion-dollar-gamble-on-drone-defense-could-go-wrong/#3aa516625898

14/10/2020 Russia’s Combat Helicopters to Get Suicide Drones

MOSCOW, October 2. /TASS/. A modular cluster of unguided aviation missiles, developed by the research center Zaslon (Screen) for the helicopter gunship Mi-28NM, will allow helicopters to fire mini-drones and suicide drones from the missile launch tubes, a source in the defense-industrial complex told TASS. https://tass.com/defense/1207849

12/10/2020 Pentagon to release its counter-small unmanned aircraft systems strategy

The U.S. Army News Service has announced that the Department of Defense is slated to release its counter-small unmanned aircraft systems strategy next month, bringing an open-system architecture and enterprise approach to the military’s capabilities. https://defence-blog.com/news/army/pentagon-to-release-its-counter-small-unmanned-aircraft-systems-strategy.html

Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance

13/10/2020 AeroVironment Secures $8.4 Million Puma 3 AE Unmanned Aircraft Systems Foreign Military Sales Contract Award for US Ally

Puma 3 All Environment (AE) unmanned aircraft system delivers immediate tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in maritime and land operations.https://soldiersystems.net/2020/10/13/aerovironment-secures-8-4-million-puma-3-ae-unmanned-aircraft-systems-foreign-military-sales-contract-award-for-us-ally/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aerovironment-secures-8-4-million-puma-3-ae-unmanned-aircraft-systems-foreign-military-sales-contract-award-for-us-ally

09/10/2020 Fixed-Wing UAV Incorporates Cloud-Penetrating SAR

Skyeton has enhanced the ISR (Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities of its Raybird-3 fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) with the incorporation of a new synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) system developed by Radionics. Drones undertaking ISR missions with optical and infrared sensors can be hindered by clouds, fog and rain that obscure the view of the Earth’s surface. https://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/2020/10/fixed-wing-uav-incorporates-cloud-penetrating-sar/

Système autonome de surveillance

10/10/2020 Advanced Comms Payload Pod Tested on MQ-9 UAS

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully completed initial operational assessment of the Rosetta Echo Advanced Payloads (REAP) pod on an MQ-9 unmanned aerial system (UAS).  https://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/2020/10/advanced-comms-payload-pod-tested-on-mq-9-uas/

Recherche et développement

15/10/2020 China tests 48 suicide drone swarm

The China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology (CAEIT) developed the drone swarm, and it is owned by China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), which carried out a record-breaking drone swarm experiment in June 2017, involving nearly 120 small fixed-wing unmanned aircraft. https://southfront.org/china-tests-48-suicide-drone-swarm/

12/10/2020 India’s Most Secretive ‘Stealth Drone’ Project Uncovered; Aims To Counter Dassault, Boeing & Northrop UCAVs

One of India’s most ambitious aerospace projects known as the “Ghatak” translating to Lethal, has made a new surprise debut in a video released by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Kanpur) – the institution which has been working on the project for quite some time. https://eurasiantimes.com/indias-most-secretive-stealth-drone-project-uncovered-as-it-aims-to-counter-dassault-boeing-northrop-ucavs/*

08/10/2020 Bayraktar Akinci Completes Asymmetric Thrust Tests

Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA’s flight tests continue. High and Medium Altitude Asymmetric Propulsion Test has also been successfully completed. Baykar Defense reported on its official Twitter account that the flight tests of AKINCI TİHA are continuing. In the post : “Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA’s flight tests continue. https://www.raillynews.com/2020/10/The-second-tiha-has-successfully-completed-the-high-and-medium-altitude-asymmetric-thrust-test./

14/10/2020 ANSI releases user survey on use of standardization roadmap for UAS

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today the release of auser survey to capture how companies, organizations, and agencies use the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 2.0),which was published by the ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC) in June 2020. https://www.suasnews.com/2020/10/ansi-releases-user-survey-on-use-of-standardization-roadmap-for-uas/

15/10/2020 Army Readies Charging Port for Autonomous Drone Swarms

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — A swarm of hundreds of unmanned air vehicles will soon descend on unmanned ground vehicles to autonomously recharge, thanks to U.S. Army-funded research now underway at the University of Illinois Chicago. https://soldiersystems.net/2020/10/15/army-readies-charging-port-for-autonomous-drone-swarms/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=army-readies-charging-port-for-autonomous-drone-swarms

15/10/2020 5GAT Drone Ready for First Flight

The Fifth Generation Aerial Target will take its first flight later this month at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, following nearly flawless completion of ground-based testing in September. https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2381828/5gat-drone-ready-for-first-flight/

14/10/2020 GA-ASI’s New SC2 Software Offers Massive Savings for Gray Eagle ER Teams

Massive reductions in emplacement, mission launch time and overall footprint size are in the works for Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), thanks to new laptop-based interface called Scalable Command & Control (SC2) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). https://uasweekly.com/2020/10/12/ga-asis-new-sc2-software-offers-massive-savings-for-gray-eagle-er-teams/

10/10/2020 Security Enhancements Allow UAS Flight Planning Solution to be Used in US and EU

Esri has introduced new capabilities for its Site Scan unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flight planning and processing solution that will allow governments and critical infrastructure organizations to meet hardware and software regulations in the US and Europe. https://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/2020/10/security-enhancements-allow-uas-flight-planning-solution-to-be-used-in-us-and-eu/

11/10/2020 New Hybrid-Electric Technologies for UAVs Under Development

LiquidPiston has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant from the U.S. Army to develop its X-Engine rotary propulsion system as a hybrid-electric platform for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). https://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/2020/10/new-hybrid-electric-technologies-for-uavs-under-development/

08/10/2020 UMS Skeldar introduces remote flight control capability to V-150 UAV

UMS Skeldar has conducted a series of remote autonomous flights with its new V-150 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which could eventually enable military operators to centralise much of the operational and data processing requirements of the system and reduce the burden on local crews. https://www.janes.com/defence-news/ums-skeldar-introduces-remote-flight-control-capability-to-v-150-uav/

Guerre électronique

15/10/2020 US Army tests jamming pod on Gray Eagle drone

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army demonstrated its first brigade airborne electronic warfare jamming pod at an exercise this summer, and for the first time outfitting it to a Gray Eagle Extended Range drone. https://www.c4isrnet.com/show-reporter/ausa/2020/10/14/us-army-tests-jamming-pod-on-gray-eagle-drone/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+c4isrnet%2Fhome+%28C4ISRNET+-+Arc+RSS+-+Home%29

09/10/2020 Leonardo Showcases its Electronic Warfare Capability in the RAF Swarming Drones Demonstration

Leading defense solutions expert, Leonardo, in a joint partnership with the Royal Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), successfully conducted a live trial of a ‘swarming drones’ capability. During the demo, a number of small, remotely-piloted aircraft equipped with Leonardo’s powerful electronic warfare (EW) jamming technology were used to confuse and overwhelm trial radars simulating enemy air defense systems. https://www.everythingrf.com/News/details/11011-leonardo-showcases-its-electronic-warfare-capability-in-the-raf-swarming-drones-demonstration?utm_source=latest

Logistique terrestre

13/10/2020 With COVID Demanding Speed, Walgreens Boosts Airborne Drone Deliveries 5X

Walgreens really exemplifies the RIC20 theme of “The Big Acceleration.” “With COVID, projects that would have taken months were suddenly being developed in weeks,” said Andrea Farris, VP of Development and Head of Solution Planning at Walgreens. https://retailtouchpoints.com/topics/fulfillment-last-mile/with-covid-demanding-speed-walgreens-boosts-airborne-drone-deliveries-5x

13/10/2020 A2Z Drone Delivery Launches Free-Fall Delivery System

A2Z Drone Delivery, LLC, developer of a patented tethered free-fall drone delivery mechanism, is launching its flagship product, the RDS1 (Rapid Delivery System) which maintains a safe hover of up to 150 feet (45.71 meters) while its delivery mechanism controls the payload’s free-fall for a safe and accurate touchdown. https://uasweekly.com/2020/10/06/a2z-drone-delivery-launches-flagship-rapid-delivery-system/

12/10/2020 The Army’s V-280 [Valor] Drone Helicopter Just Completed a New Test Flight

This helicopter will allow autonomous resupply and could be chosen as the newest addition to the military. Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled algorithms are starting to allow unmanned fighter jets to dogfight against piloted aircraft. This is done through generating the ability of an unmanned system to maneuver, make decisions, and perform analyses faster than a human can. https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/the-armys-v-280-valor-drone-helicopter-just-completed-a-new-test-flight.687480/

08/10/2020 Amazon’s Prime Air Drone Fleet Receives FAA Approval to Make Deliveries to Customers, Could Clinical Laboratory Specimens and Supplies be Next?


15/10/2020 China Conducts Test Of Massive Suicide Drone Swarm Launched From A Box On A Truck

China recently conducted a test involving a swarm of loitering munitions, also often referred to as suicide drones, deployed from a box-like array of tubular launchers on a light tactical vehicle and from helicopters. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37062/china-conducts-test-of-massive-suicide-drone-swarm-launched-from-a-box-on-a-truck

13/10/2020 Iran Equips Speed Boats with Suicide Drones

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has deployed 70 Ababil-2 suicide drones to the navy of the country’s elite force, which controls its territorial waters in the Gulf and the Sea of Oman, the IRGC-affiliated Fars news agency has reported. IRGC’s fast attack boats, previously equipped with cruise missiles, were adapted to carry the drones, which are rocket-assisted and do not require a runway to take off. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iranian-press-review-revolutionary-guard-equips-speed-boats-suicide-drones

13/10/2020 Azerbaijani combat drone destroyed armenian radars, military vehicles & positions (videos)

Armenian forces have sustained more losses as a result of Azerbaijani drone strikes in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. On October 9, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan shared several videos showing some of the recent drone strikes on Armenian troops. https://southfront.org/azerbaijani-combat-drone-destroyed-armenian-radars-military-vehicles-poisitons-videos/

Transport logistique maritime

21/09/2020 Unmanned cargo helicopter tested at one of Gazprom Neft’s Arctic fields/GAZPROM

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or “drone”) designed to deliver heavy and oversized cargo under Arctic conditions has, for the first time in Russia, been tested at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye oil and gas condensate field (Gydan Peninsula, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug), with an unmanned Tiber KAGU-150 successfully completing several flights and delivering materials and equipment to the field. https://www.gazprom-neft.com/press-center/news/unmanned_cargo_helicopter_tested_at_one_of_gazprom_neft_s_arctic_fields/

14/10/2020 A2Z Drone Delivery starts new system to lower ship payloads/A2Z

A2Z Drone Delivery has piloted a delivery system that lowers payloads from drones, enabling delivery in situations where landing would be difficult, as well as reducing time on-station. The system is still in the early stages of development https://lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com/LL1134253/A2Z-Drone-Delivery-starts-new-system-to-lower-ship-payloads

09/10/2020 Mercury Drone Port to enhance offshore wind development

In an effort to enhance digitalization within the operations,UK Government agreed to invest up to £5.6 million to promote North Angus and Montrose as a clean growth zone where new technologies can be used to improve energy efficiency. https://csr4sea.com/mercury-drone-port-to-enhance-offshore-wind-development/

Surveillance de zone ou de site

21/09/2020 The City of Medellin, Colombia, used tethered drones to help securing crowd gatherings./Elistair

The city of Medellin has equipped its police officers with tethered drones for visual support during mass gatherings. In addition to mobile patrols, several drones can be located at different strategic points in the city to provide the Police with an eye in the sky view of the crowd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6OHHmao8yM&ab_channel=Elistair

16/10/2020 General Atomics détaille sa vision du marché des drones Male/GA-ASI

A l’occasion de la tenue de l’événement Euronaval, Air&Cosmos a interrogé Linden Blue, PDG de General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. Une interview à retrouver au complet dans le numéro du 16 octobre. https://air-cosmos.com/article/general-atomics-dtaille-sa-vision-du-march-des-drones-male-23734?utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin

14/10/2020 Drone Technology presents a vital tool to enable UK ports

Ports have been revealed as one of the key UK industry sectors set to reap huge benefits from the use of drones as development of the technology accelerates, enhancing the economic impact of an industry sector that already contributes £7.6 billion a year to the UK economy. https://postandparcel.info/127842/news/sustainability/drone-technology-presents-a-vital-tool-to-enable-uk-ports/

13/10/2020 General Highlights MQ-9 Reaper Drone Squadron’s Role in California Wildfire Fight

A large hunter-killer drone commonly associated with classified missions over the Middle East has played a crucial role in the Army National Guard’s efforts to combat raging wildfires on the West Coast, the deputy adjutant general for the Guard’s California Military Department said Tuesday. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/10/13/general-highlights-mq-9-reaper-drone-squadrons-role-california-wildfire-fight.html

Relevés volumétriques

15/10/2020 Drone Program Combines Images, Video for 3D Sitemap/DroneDeploy

DroneDeploy, a cloud software company, is using drone footage to help get bird’s-eye views of construction sites and build a 3D picture of the area. This week, the company announced a new initiative alongside Boston Dynamics, « 360 Walkthrough, » that combines drone photos with cameras on the ground, or even ground robots. https://www.constructionequipment.com/drone-program-combines-images-video-3d-sitemap

12/10/2020 A Deep Insider’s Look at a Rugged Terrain Mission to Investigate a Helicopter Crash with Drones

Crash site investigation with drones has emerged as a leading application for unmanned systems in public safety.  Gathering data that can be used by investigators in a courtroom, however, requires careful mission planning.  Here, sUAS expert and industry figure Douglas Spotted Eagle of Sundance Media provides a detailed insider’s view of a helicopter crash site investigation. https://dronelife.com/2020/10/12/crash-site-investigation-with-drones/

14/10/2020 Fixed-Wing Drones Elevate Mine Safety and Survey Standards/SenseFly

Safety is always the number one priority among contract engineers in open-pit mining. And when it comes to surveying and data accuracy, you simply can’t afford to cut corners or disrupt operations to gain accessibility. https://waypoint.sensefly.com/fixed-wing-drones-elevate-mine-safety-and-survey-standards/

Traitement phytosanitaire

14/09/2020 Dans les champs de sarrasin bio, un drone pour repérer le datura

Dreadfully toxic, often fatal, the datura is found in organic buckwheat fields. The Ufab has gotten closer to Telespazio, which, with a discriminating drone, knows how to spot the undesirable https://www.ouest-france.fr/economie/agriculture/dans-les-champs-de-sarrasin-bio-un-drone-pour-reperer-le-datura-6987141

Relais radio

12/10/2020 Cubic Selected to Develop Protected Communications Solution for Army Unmanned Systems

Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced its Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions (CMPS) business division was awarded a contract worth $7.5 million to develop and flight test prototype software-defined radios (SDR) for the U.S. Army. https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/cubic-selected-to-develop-protected-communications-solution-for-army-unmanned-systems-1029669415#

Liaison radio

16/10/2020 Viasat, AeroVironment Team to Develop Enhanced Type 1 Encrypted Communications Capabilities for US Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems

CARLSBAD, Calif. and SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 15, 2020 — Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, and AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced they will collaborate on a contract awarded under the U.S. Army Reconfigurable Communications for Small Unmanned Systems (RCSUS) initiative. https://soldiersystems.net/2020/10/15/viasat-aerovironment-team-to-develop-enhanced-type-1-encrypted-communications-capabilities-for-us-army-unmanned-aircraft-systems/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=viasat-aerovironment-team-to-develop-enhanced-type-1-encrypted-communications-capabilities-for-us-army-unmanned-aircraft-systems

Surveillance de la faune terrestre/Recherche scientifique

22/09/2020 Treeswift’s Autonomous Robots Take Flight to Save Forests

Forests cover 30 percent of the Earth’s landmass, but that number is on the decline. Despite forests’ crucial role in conserving wildlife and processing carbon dioxide, many are threatened by deforestation and wildfires. https://blog.seas.upenn.edu/treeswifts-autonomous-robots-take-flight-to-save-forests/


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