Weekly Roundup 1/20/20

January 13, 2019 – January 19, 2020 Top Stories The U.S. Department of the Interior is reportedly planning to permanently suspend its drone program due to concerns that aircraft systems with parts made in China could be used for spying. According to the Financial Times, the move has sparked sharp …

Weekly Roundup 1/13/20

January 6, 2019 – January 12, 2020 At the Center At Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Center for the Study of the Drone Co-Director Dan Gettinger offers a summary of recent drone operations in Iraq. Top Stories An alleged drone strike in Afghanistan’s Herat province killed the leader of a …

Weekly Roundup 1/6/20

December 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Top Stories A U.S. drone strike in Iraq killed Major General Qasem Soleimani, a leading Iranian military figure who served as the head of the country’s Al Quds Force. In a statement, the U.S. military said that the strike was ordered by President …

Weekly Roundup 12/30/19

December 23, 2019 – December 29, 2019 Top Stories Days after announcing that it had armed its MQ-9 Reaper drones, France carried out its first drone strike. The strike occurred during a two-day battle between French special forces and Islamist militants in central Mali. Three French Reapers armed with GBU-12 …

Weekly Roundup 12/23/19

Top Stories Amid a dispute over natural gas drilling rights, Turkey will begin basing Bayraktar-TB2 drones in Cyprus in order to conduct operations in the eastern Mediterranean. The governing body of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot region designated Gecitkale airport in eastern Cyprus as a base for the operations. For the …

Weekly Roundup 12/16/19

December 9, 2019 – December 15, 2019 At the Center As the threat of adversary and malicious drone use continues to expand in military theaters and civilian environments alike, the interest in technologies to detect, identify and, if necessary, take down those unmanned aircraft has continued to swell. In the …

Weekly Roundup 12/9/19

December 2, 2019 – December 8, 2019 At the Center for the Study of the Drone In an article for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Center for the Study of the Drone co-director Dan Gettinger looks at how Turkey’s rise as a drone power reflects key trends in military …

Weekly Roundup 12/2/19

November 25, 2019 – December 1, 2019 Top Stories A suspected drone strike in Afghanistan reportedly killed five civilians. According to local Afghan officials who spoke with The New York Times, the strike targeted a vehicle in southeastern Khost province. In a statement, the U.S. military command in Afghanistan disputed …

Weekly Roundup 11/25/19

November 18, 2019 – November 24, 2019 Top Stories A U.S. drone strike in Somalia killed a senior member of al-Shabab. According to a Somali intelligence official who spoke with the Associated Press, the individual was also associated with other foreign militant groups. In a statement, the U.S. military confirmed …

Weekly Roundup 11/18/19

November 11, 2019 – November 17, 2019 Top Stories A suspected U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan reportedly killed seven civilians. According to a local official who spoke with Anadolu Agency, the strike targeted a passenger vehicle in Paktia Province. U.S. military drones have captured footage that appears to show Turkish-backed …

Weekly Roundup 11/11/19

November 4, 2019 – November 10, 2019 Top Stories European airspace and defense firm Airbus unveiled the Low-Observable UAV Testbed (LOUT), a prototype stealth drone that it has been developing secretly with the German military for over a decade. The testbed, which is not intended for flight trials, weighs four …

Weekly Roundup 11/4/19

October 28, 2019 – November 3, 2019 Top Stories Îlham Ehmed, the co-president of the Syrian Democratic Council, said that Turkish drone strikes causing significant Kurdish civilian casualties have continued in spite of a ceasefire in northern Syria. In a statement to reporters during a visit to Washington, Ehmed called …