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February 26, 2015
UN report urges drones for peace missions
United Nations, United States (AFP) Feb 24, 2015
A UN report is calling for drones to be deployed in most peacekeeping missions as part of a major technological leap needed to help the United Nations confront world crises, the lead expert of the study said Monday. The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN's largest peace force, has been using surveillance drones to monitor rebel groups in the east. "This is essential technology for missions on the ground. Most missions should have it," said Jane Hotte Lule, head of the five-me ... read more

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Northrop Grumman to start building Global Hawks for Korea
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Chinese company limits US drone use after White House crash
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Exelis producing more bomb racks for MQ-9 Reapers
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Advocates pressure US Congress to let small drones fly
Letting small drones fly for profit in US airspace would give a big lift to the development of unmanned aerial vehicles of all sizes, a Congressional committee heard Wednesday. ... more
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UN saw drones before Israeli air strike on Syria
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US Air Force moves to stem shortage of drone pilots
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