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More drone attacks on Saudi Arabia after airliner is hit

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File image Drone attacks on Saudi Arabia have been sustained in the days following a strike on a flyadeal jet, which was hit while on the ground at Abha International Airport. Last week, a drone operated by Houthi rebels managed to punch a hole in the Airbus A320 aircraft, causing the plane to catch fire, according to Saudi state TV. Since then, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has reported several more attacks by explosive-laden UAVs. The Kingdom has blamed the attacks on Houthi militia. "Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this afternoon two bomb-laden UAVs launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist
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Drone punches hole in Saudi airliner

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Saudi state television via AP An airliner has sustained substantial damage and was briefly engulfed in flames following a drone attack by Houthi rebels at Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia. Saudi state TV showed the three-year-old plane, operated by flyadeal, with a large hole in its fuselage, apparently caused by a drone. The report said that there had not been any injuries. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack and said that four drones were used. https://twitter.com/JacdecNew/status/1359504627385966596?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1359504627385966596%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aviationbusinessme.com%2F23002-flyadeal-jet-in-flames-following-rebel-drone-attack Saudi state media has reported shooting down a number of hostile drones in recent months. In September 2019, around 10
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Intel drone show lights up Dubai skies

Intel has become known for its done light shows and has not disappointed at its latest project currently taking place in Dubai, UAE. The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) Drone Light Show runs for 45 days, making it’s the longest consecutively held show of its kind in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Each performance features 300 drones combining to fly in a carefully choreographed display that creates a high-tech 3D animation with 90 shows across the festival. The DSF Drone Light Show is the latest in a series of advanced Intel Drone Light Shows that have impressed audiences on some of the
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New law grants Dubai Civil Aviation Authority greater autonomy

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Dubai has passed a new law granting the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) greater autonomy from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), according to a notice published by Dubai Media Office on Saturday. The law is designed to “consolidate Dubai’s global leadership in civil aviation, enhance its attractiveness as a destination for aviation businesses and further enhance safety, security and sustainability”. The law will apply to all air navigation and aviation activities in Dubai including air control, air cargo and operation of balloons. Dubai’s new law will allow the DCAA to formulate general aviation policies in the emirate and
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Mott MacDonald to lead Saudi tourism project’s VTOL strategy

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The developer of Saudi’s flagship sustainable tourism project has awarded a contract to global engineering firm Mott MacDonald toprovide consultancy services to determine the optimal sustainable vehicle and fleet configuration at the destination. Mott MacDonald will deliver an analysis of the total land, sea and air transport needs for The Red Sea Development Company’s (TRSDC) 28,000km² site, from its opening in 2022 to its completion in 2030. This will involve a strategy for destination-wide clean mobility using electric and hydrogen vehicles, boats and aircraft, including VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicles. “We believe that environmental regeneration and commercial development do
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Department 13 contracted to provide counter-drone tech in SE Asia

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Department 13 has been awarded a contract to deliver the first counter-drone technology system to an undisclosed South-East Asian government. A number of Department 13 counter-drone MESMER systems will be placed around critical infrastructure and assets in South-East Asia. The counter-drone solution will detect, identify and mitigate unauthorised drone activities and help the government monitor and manage unauthorised drone usage. To work in conjunction with the MESMER systems, Department 13 is developing a customised web portal to provide the government with flexible and efficient processes that will enable them to locally add Wi-Fi drones into the system to constantly improve
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SkySensus contracted to run Canada’s UAV traffic management trials

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SkySensus, an R&D project funded and led by Peraton Canada for the research and development, and commercialisation of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in unmanned systems, has been selected to fulfill Canada’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Traffic Management (RTM) Service Trials. The RTM Service Trails were granted to SkySensus, in partnership with Unifly, to develop the requirements, performance levels  and deployment of services needed for Canada’s RPAS Traffic Management system. “We are thrilled to partner with SkySensus as the consortium offers the expertise, experience, and technology components required to enable safe routine BVLOS operations,” said Laurent Huenaerts, VP &
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UAE could emerge as drone superpower after Covid-19

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A commercial drone operator expects the UAE to emerge as a world leader in employing unmanned aerial systems in a growing list of fields. Falcon Eye Drones Services (FEDS) said that government agencies in the UAE have been particularly quick to use the capabilities of drones in the fight against the coronavirus. Rabih Bou Rashid, CEO of FEDS, said: "The rapid spread of Covid-19 has played a vital role in accelerating the adoption of the drone in a growing list of unconventional tasks, which is what we have witnessed in the UAE.” He said: “Covid-19 has prompted more usage of
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