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US warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

US warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

World
President Donald Trump has said a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it ignored warnings to back off.He said the USS Boxer took "defensive action" after the drone ignored repeated warnings and came within 1,000 yards of the ship. The president called it a "provocative and hostile" action by Iran.The "fixed-wing unmanned aerial system... closed within a threatening range" at 10am local time on Thursday, according to a Pentagon statement."The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew," it added. Advertisement However, Iran's foreign minister told reporters at the United Nations "we have no information about losing a drone today".I...
Dragonfly: Drone helicopter to fly on Saturn’s moon, Titan

Dragonfly: Drone helicopter to fly on Saturn’s moon, Titan

Science
Nasa will fly a drone helicopter mission to cost $ 1bn (£800m) on Saturn's moon, Titan, in the 2030s.The rotorcraft will visit dozens of promising locations on Titan to investigate the chemistry that could lead to life.Titan plays host to many of the chemical processes that could have sparked biology on the early Earth.The eight-rotor drone will be launched to the Saturnian moon in 2026 and arrive in 2034.It will take advantage of Titan's thick atmosphere to fly to different sites of interest. Media playback is unsupported on your device Dragonfly was selected as the next mission in Nasa's New Frontiers programme of medium-class planetary science missions.It was in competition with th
Navy’s Zumalt destroyers to join drone ships in new experimental squadron

Navy’s Zumalt destroyers to join drone ships in new experimental squadron

Business
May 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has created a new experimental squadron that will eventually include the three Zumwalt class destroyers and unmanned surface vehicles. Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces and Naval Surface Force Pacific, announced the formation of Surface Development Squadron One, or SURFDEVRON ONE, at a ceremony Wednesday in San Diego. The squadron will integrate the drone vessels and support fleet experimentation to accelerate delivery of new warfighting concepts and capabilities to the fleet, according to the Navy. The primary functions will support new and emerging surface warfighting capabilities; develop material and technical solutions to tactical challenges; and coordinate training, material, logistics, personnel and facilities requirements for...
Boeing unveils fighter jet-sized drone designed for Australia

Boeing unveils fighter jet-sized drone designed for Australia

Business
Feb. 28 (UPI) -- During the Australian International Airshow, Boeing unveiled its newest unmanned drone, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. The system was viewed Wednesday by Australian Defense Minister Christopher Pyne at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Australia, 25 miles north of Melbourne. The first flight is planned for 2020, according to Boeing in a news release. The Loyal Wingman project had been secretive but the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported the drone is designed to carry bombs, in addition to carrying out electronic warfare and reconnaissance missions. The company said the system, roughly the size of a traditional jet fighter, is the company's largest investment in an unmanned aircraft program outside the United States. It was developed in collaboration with the Roy...