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The Military May Soon Buy the Same Drones You Do

WIRED

Tiny drones could scout high-rise buildings and underground tunnels for possible threats to US troops in cities of the future. But instead of spending years cooking up the necessary drone technologies in military research labs, the Pentagon might be better off shopping for the latest civilian drones coming soon to stores. US military leaders have discussed the need for a new generation of scout drones for some time. After all, kicking down doors is a dirty and dangerous business for US troops trying to clear enemy-held buildings. It would be far safer to deploy diminutive drone buddies to provide an initial peek inside, and identify any potential threats.


Russian Military Shows Drones It Says Came From Syria Raid

U.S. News

Maj. Gen. Alexander Novikov, who heads the ministry's drone department, said the drones used in the weekend's raid on the Russian bases differed from the rudimentary craft earlier used by rebels in Syria. The attack required satellite navigation data that aren't available on the internet, complex engineering works and elaborate tests, Novikov said.


A Russian military contractor is building huge drone tanks

Engadget

While it has yet to release a prototype, we can get a vague idea of what to expect from the company's previous work - the BAS-01G Soratnik. Weighing a fraction of the proposed new tank at just 7 tons, the Soratnik is a machine gun mounted infantry support vehicle equipped with anti-tank missiles. With a top speed of 25 miles, the mini-tank can be operated from a range of up to six miles and is even able to carry out certain tasks autonomously. Unfortunately, the firm is remaining tight-lipped on exactly what the tank can do without human orders. As the zippy 7-ton Soratnik is already on the market carrying similar weaponry, it raises the question of how useful the proposed tank would be if it's three times larger.


Images Of Russian 'Suicide Drones' Go Viral; Experts Say Kremlin Troops Closer To Kyiv

International Business Times

As Russian troops inch closer to Kyiv, reports have emerged that Kremlin used suicide drones or loitering munitions in Ukraine. Images of a downed ZALA KYB loitering munition, reportedly from Kyiv, had gone viral on social media recently. Going by the images, it is evident that the ZALA KYB aka "Kamikaze" drone did not explode. However, it is not clear whether the drone suffered a malfunction or was downed by Ukrainian forces. Social media posts from Ukraine also claim that the Kamikaze drone "contained a kilogram of explosives (plastids) with metal balls." The drone reportedly fell over the roof of a building in Podil neighborhood, setting the roof on fire.


Officials: US to send about 1,000 more troops to Poland

FOX News

WASHINGTON – The U.S. is expected to announce Wednesday that it will send about 1,000 additional troops and a squadron of Reaper drones to Poland to beef up the nation's ability to defend itself amid worries about Russian military activity, U.S. officials said. The final details were still under discussion Tuesday, but the decision to expand America's military presence in Poland comes after months of lobbying by Polish leaders who had hoped for a U.S. base in their country. Officials said Tuesday that the preliminary agreement avoids any permanent U.S. base or presence in the country and sticks instead to a rotational force. There are currently about 4,500 U.S. troops that routinely rotate in and out of Poland. The new plans call for the construction of a new combat training center in Drawsko Pomorskie and additional facilities in the future.