Tag: Proliferation

Loitering Munitions In Focus

In the early history of unmanned aviation, the distinction between a drone and guided missile was not always well defined. The World War One-era Kettering Bug, regarded to be one of the first drones, was designed to deliver an explosive…

The Drone Database

A growing number of countries are developing or acquiring unmanned aircraft systems. These drones are playing an ever-larger role in conflicts around the world. For example, we identified 38 drones made in six countries that are active in the conflict…

Weekly Roundup 10/10/16

October 3, 2016 – October 9, 2016  If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. News A U.S. drone strike in Syria killed Abu al-Farai al-Masri, an Egyptian-born…

Drone Smuggling: Inside Illegal Exports

By Dan Gettinger On November 1, 2015, Pei Qi “Paul” Ma, the owner and manager of an import/export business based in Xi’an, China, was arrested by police at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Las…

Drone Activity in Iran

By Dan Gettinger The Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman have, for several years, been a nexus for Iranian military drone activity. At no time was this more evident than on January 29, the day Iran claimed that it had…

Weekly Roundup 2/1/16

1/25/16 – 1/31/16 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone Immediately following the detonation of Gilda at Bikini Atoll…

What You Need to Know About Underwater Drones

For an update on underwater drones, click here.  By Dan Gettinger Late last month, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus appointed Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley to become the first deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems, a position…

Weekly Roundup 9/14/15

9/7/15 – 9/13/15 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone We have continued our analysis of hundreds of Federal…

China’s Drones

By Arthur Holland Michel In January of this year, photos emerged that appeared to show a China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation CH-3 drone armed with two AR-1 anti-tank missiles lying upside down in a field in Nigeria’s Borno Province,…

Weekly Roundup 5/18/15

5/12/15 – 5/18/15 If you would like to receive the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone Earlier this month, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems…

What You Need to Know About Helicopter Drones

By Dan Gettinger When it comes to unmanned flight today, fixed-wing drones like the Predator and Reaper have captured much of the public imagination and debate, particular in the military realm. Less mentioned, however, is the fact that helicopter drones—which…

What You Need to Know About Drone Exports

By Dan Gettinger On February 17, the United States announced that it will loosen restrictions on the sale of armed drones to foreign nations. The policy, which was outlined in a statement by the Department of State, establishes new rules…