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Representational image of a US Air Force MQ-9 drone | Wikimedia commons

US offers India discount on Guardian drones, proposes to set up maintenance facility too

In 2018, the US had offered India the armed version of the Guardian drones, which were originally authorised in surveillance configuration.
Representational image of drone. | Photo: Mark Kauzlarich | Bloomberg

3 years after acquiring Italian drone company, Hong Kong firm being probed for arms law breach

According to media reports, Italian authorities claim Mars (HK), which acquired Alpi Aviation in 2018, is a front for 2 China state-owned firms.
(Representational image) File image of INS Vikramaditya. | Indian Navy

Navy to tweak its aircraft carrier plan to accommodate surveillance and attack drones

Combination of manned & unmanned systems would mean overall displacement of proposed third aircraft carrier would reduce from 65,000 tonnes, while also decreasing cost.
Representative image of swarm drones. | sameerjoshi73.medium.com

3 Indian start-ups win IAF swarm drone competition, at least 2 in line for defence contracts

IAF's 3-year-long Mehar Baba Swarm Drone Competition was conceptualised to encourage the development of swarm drones, and was open to indigenous talent and firms.
A Heron Mk 1 at the Misamari base of the Army. | Photo: Nirmal Poddar/ThePrint

Army’s drone formation sees massive changes as tensions with China mount at LAC

A new Aviation Brigade has been set up in the Eastern Command to coordinate action, and to have a more localised control.
A drone delivers vaccine from Bishnupur district hospital to Karang island in Loktak lake in Manipur, on 4 October 2021 | ANI Photo

Drones start Covid vaccines delivery in Northeast, make first drop in Manipur

As part of ICMR's delivery model, a 'Make in India' drone transported the vaccine from a district hospital in Manipur to Karang island in Loktak lake, covering a distance of 26 kms.
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia during a press briefing on announcements of PLI scheme for drones and drone components in New Delhi, on 16 September 2021 | PTI Photo

Drone industry in India will have turnover of around Rs 15,000 crore by 2026, Scindia says

The civil aviation minister also said the PLI scheme announced Wednesday gave major boost to the sector and will make it possible to have turnover of Rs 900 crore in next 3 years.
A boy selling Taliban flags brings his ware towards a military vehicle in Kabul on 20 August 2021 | Marcus Yam | Bloomberg via Getty Images

Taliban ‘has armed drone unit to track & take down targets’, which helped it capture Kabul

Report in Newlines Magazine says drones were 'purchased' in China through a front company and parts were 'smuggled' into Afghanistan via Pakistan.
Swarm drones showcased at Army Day Parade in New Delhi on 15 January 2021 | By special arrangement

IAF looks to ‘atmanirbhar’ start-ups to boost India’s swarm drone capability

IAF is set to issue a Request for Proposal for swarm drone contracts to 5 start-ups, selected firms to receive support from air force as well as DRDO.
The SkyStriker kamikaze drone | Photo: https://elbitsystems.com/product/skystriker/

Army, Navy, IAF sign deals for swarm, kamikaze drones amid govt push for new tech warfare

Leading the Services on new contracts signed is the Army which has inked three separate deals for various types of drones.

Omicron needs 3 evolutionary surprises to wreak havoc

Scientists have been so surprised by the number of mutations in omicron that they’ve been calling it 'insane', but they don’t yet know what they mean.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.