Loitering Munitions

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Raytheon Showcases Coyote Block 2+ Kinetic Effector for C-UAS at WDS 2024

At the World Defense Show 2024 (WDS 2024) exhibition in Saudi Arabia, Raytheon, now part of RTX Corporation, is displaying its Coyote Block 2+ kinetic effector. This variant is designed as a low-cost, rail-launched missile solution for Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) missions, with a boost rocket motor and a turbine engine. According to Raytheon, the […]

Russia Offers Jet-Powered Shahed Drones for Sale at $1.4M

Russian industries are already promoting Shahed as their development and exhibited it at World Defense Show 2024, an annual event currently underway in Saudi Arabia. Tank history expert Andrii Tarasenko (btvt.info) drew attention to the “Russian” weapon on display and the brochures detailing its specifications. Awhile ago, the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine revealed the production […]

Russia’s Purchase Price for Iranian Shahed-136 Drones Revealed

A hacker group called the Prana Network broke into the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) email servers and grabbed data on the sale of Shahed drones to Russia. The group says it exfiltrated about 10 gigabytes of data from a company known as Sahara Thunder which acts as a front for the IRGC facilitating sales […]

Guide to Ukraine’s Long Range Attack Drones

Independent defense analyst H.I. Sutton, who usually writes about submarines, has just published this interesting guide on his ‘Covert Shores’ website: Ukraine Russia’s use of long range drones, principally the Iranian Shahed type, against Ukraine is well documented. These are termed one-way attack drones (OWA-UAVs), or informally as ‘Kamikaze drones’. These are used as part […]

New Jet-Powered Shahed Drone Downed in Ukraine

A new jet-powered Shahed kamikaze drone has reportedly been shot down in Ukraine, though the country’s air force has said it could not currently confirm the incident. Serhiy Beskrestnov, a Ukrainian soldier specializing in radio technologies and operating under the callsign “Flash,” reported the discovery on his Telegram channel on Monday. “I did not think that they would appear […]

US Army Successfully Demonstrates Launched Effects System

The Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Project Management Office, in collaboration with the U.S. Special Operations Command, executed a successful flight demonstration involving the first launch of the Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated Unmanned System (Altius) 700 air vehicle at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The event marks a significant milestone in the Army’s Launched Effects program. The demonstration on Dec. 3, […]

AeroVironment Gets $65M US Army Switchblade Contract

AeroVironment Inc., Simi Valley, California, was awarded a $65,402,691 modification (P00036) to contract W31P4Q-20-C-0024 for the Switchblade weapon system. Work will be performed in Simi Valley, California, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2024. Fiscal 2024 Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $65,402,691 were obligated at the time of the award. […]

New Video of China’s Switchblade Clone

This new weapon system exhibits striking similarities to the American-made Switchblade 300, indicating China’s strides in developing comparable technology within the unmanned aerial systems domain. The XS101 loitering munition, akin in design to its American counterpart, boasts an external resemblance to the U.S.-produced Switchblade 300. Like the original American system, this Chinese drone is deployed […]