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August 18, 2016
Elbit launches Skylark UAV variant
Haifa, Israel (UPI) Aug 17, 2016
Elbit Systems reports its development of Skylark C, a highly autonomous miniature unmanned aircraft system for maritime use. Skylark C is based on the Israeli company's Skylark I Mini UAS, which is operational and used by dozens of international customers. The new variant Skylark C offers the extended operational capabilities of its land-based counterpart and provides the ability to inspect maritime activities from a safe distance, observe targets, perform reconnaissance over coastal are ... read more

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The U.S. Navy has deployed AeroVironment's RQ-20B Puma All Environment drone with a precision recovery system on a guided-missile destroyer, the company announced Thursday. ... more
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General Atomics gets $8.8 million Predator upgrade and training contract
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has received an $8.8 million U.S. Air Force contract for Predator drone work. ... more
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US releases redacted drone strike 'playbook'
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Germany's U.N. peacekeepers to use Heron 1 drones
Airbus Defense and Space is to provide surveillance drones to the German military for use in their deployment to Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission. ... more
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Facebook internet drone passes first full-scale test
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U.S. Army orders CyPhy Works tethered drone
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Thales launches Fulmar X drone
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