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UAE to trial ‘electric-shock drones’ to spark rainfall

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The UAE has invested more than $1 million in tasking a team of UK scientists and engineers to develop a drone solution to induce rainfall in the Gulf. The drones will deliver an electric charge into clouds causing water droplets to cling together and develop into rain drops. The UAE already invests heavily in cloud seeding and this is the latest initiative designed to increase rainfall over the increasingly dry desert. Inducing rainfall is important in the UAE, where there is only 100mm of rainfall a year and where the vast majority of food is imported. Scientists from the University
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UAE and Israel collaborate on counter UAS solution

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EDGE, a UAE defence group, has agreed on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) - Israel's aerospace manufacturer, to develop an advanced C-UAS (Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System). Through leveraging IAI’s proven C-UAS solutions that are applied around the world to detect, identify and intercept a broad range of threats, EDGE, is leveraging its subsidiary, SIGN4L, a leading provider of electronic warfare services and solutions for national security, to collaborate with the Israeli defence manufacturer. Comprising advanced 3D radar, COMINT (communications intelligence), and Electro-Optic technologies that are integrated into a unified command and control system, the C-UAS is
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ParaZero safety kit to be integrated into South Korean drones

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Delta Drone International’s safety specialist brand, ParaZero, has signed its largest multinational OEM (original equipment manufacturer) integration deal with industrial equipment world-leader, Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI). The agreement will see ParaZero integrate its patented SafeAir parachute technology with Doosan’s award-winning DS30 endurance drone. The multi-phase project will generate initial revenue in excess of A$150,000 for ParaZero and will include R&D coordination, system architecture, design, ground deployment testing, system finalisation, and ASTM F3322-18 (American Society for Testing and Materials) testing and certification. Delta Drone International CEO, Christopher Clark, said: “We are delighted to welcome Doosan as a strategic partner to enhance
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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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