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China drone maker steps up security after U.S. Army ban

(Reuters) – Chinese drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd is tightening data security on its drones after the U.S. Army ordered its members to stop using DJI drones because of “cyber vulnerabilities,” a company official told Reuters on Monday. The privately held Shenzhen-based company is speeding deployment of a system that allows users to […]

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US firm reveals gun-toting drone that can fire in mid-air

Image copyright Duke Robotics Image caption A US firm has armed a drone with a machine-gun and a grenade launcher in order to fight terrorism A US technology firm has developed a drone that is able to aim and fire at enemies while flying in mid-air. The Tikad drone, developed by Duke Robotics, is armed […]

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Iranian drone comes close to U.S. fighter jet: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Iranian drone came within 100 feet (31 meters) of a U.S. Navy warplane as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the U.S Navy F/A-18E had to maneuver to avoid an Iranian QOM-1 […]

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Military can destroy drones over domestic U.S. bases: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon has given more than 130 U.S. military bases across the United States the green light to shoot down private and commercial drones that could endanger aviation safety or pose other threats. The number of uncrewed aircraft in U.S. skies has zoomed in recent years and continues to increase rapidly – […]

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Germany’s SPD rejects NATO 2 percent defense spending target

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats on Sunday rejected NATO’s target of spending 2 percent of economic output on the military, and blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservatives for kowtowing to the demands of U.S. President Donald Trump. With just over a month to go before national elections, SPD leader Martin Schulz and […]

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Chateau de Chambord: The garden that cost 3.5m euros

The gardens at France’s Chateau de Chambord have opened to the public after a major renovation which took 14 years’ historical research and cost 3.5m euros (around $3.9m, £3m). Video produced by Trystan Young Listen to World Service’s Weekend programme on the BBC iPlayer Main photo courtesy Drone Contrast Source: BBC BBC

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U.S. approves sale of drones to India: General Atomics
| Reuters

The United States government has approved the sale of a naval variant of the Predator drone made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc to India, the U.S.-based company said on Friday. Reuters reported earlier on Friday that the U.S. government was expected to authorize the sale of drones ahead of a visit next week by […]

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EU flexes military muscles with new defense plan
| Reuters

By Robin Emmott and Jean-Baptiste Vey | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS European Union leaders launched their the most ambitious defense plan for decades on Thursday, agreeing a multi-billion-euro weapons fund, shared financing for battlegroups and allowing a coalition of the willing to conduct more missions abroad. It comes as tensions with Moscow and an inward turn in […]

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