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Drone-in-a-box: how small drones go mainstream

A large number of companies are now offering containerised, drone -in-a-box solutions. These allow a drone to automatically recharge itself and download and upload data to a remote base. A containerised drone can provide instant reaction to a security threat 24/7, or...

Insurgent drone swarms attacks Russian airbase

As predicted in Swarm Troopers, insurgents are now mass-deploying low-cost drone build from simple materials and commercial electronics. Thirteen drones attacked Russian forces in Syria on Jan 5th – this is likely to be just the start. The full story is in my...

A billion dollars of damage with one small drone

The Ukrainian SBU – the equivalent of the FBI – now believe that the destruction of a giant arms depot at Balakliya in eastern Ukraine in March was carried out by a small drone.  The spectacular explosion and fire destroyed some seventy thousand tons of munitions with...

Swarm Troopers on Dronesec podcast

The first editio9n of the new Dronesec podcast was devoted to Swarm Troopers and the threat from small drones — we covered a lot of ground from ‘Mechanical geese from hell’ to grenade-dropping terror drones —  you can listen to the whole thing...

New Danger: The Next Wave of Insurgent Drones

The battle for Mosul has been a wakeup call for drone defense. In late 2015 it emerged that ISIS had developed the capability to deliver lethal payloads using modified commercial drones, but in Mosul the attacks reached a new pitch in February with dozens of attacks a...

Underground drones map abandoned mines

Australian researchers are working on quadrotors that can fly through dangerous abandoned mine workings, mapping them and surveying for minerals which may have been missed the first time around, all without human assistance: Story in New Scientist here....