Can France and Europe get back into the MALE drone race thanks to NEURON?

To say that France, and Europe in general, lacked flair regarding the arrival of drones, and in particular Medium Altitude Long Endurance or MALE combat drones, such as the MQ1 Predator, the MQ9 Reaper, or the Turkish TB2 Bayraktar, would be a profound understatement. Not only do they all have to equip themselves abroad, with the United States for the vast majority of cases, but today they still remain unable to agree on the functionalities and the financing of the Eurodrone program, which runs the risk of to see the light of day even as a new generation of combat drones, much more efficient than the one currently in service, will begin to…

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China presents the first combat drone dedicated to close air support

On the occasion of the Nanchang Airshow 2020, the Chinese aeronautical group Chengdu presented a new version of its MALE Wing Loong drone, dedicated to close air support missions. Unlike the other versions, the Wing Loong -10 has two characteristics making it particularly suitable for this type of mission. First, the drone saw its piston engine and propeller replaced by a ZF850 turbojet developing 1 ton of thrust, giving it a higher cruising speed and reduced fuel consumption at high altitude. Thus, the device sees its transit times between its departure base and its zone…

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Presidential decree to facilitate export of combat drones divides U.S. politicians

So far, exports by the United States of category 1 drone systems, i.e. with a payload capacity of less than 500 kg at more than 300 km, such as the MQ-1 Predator, the MQ -9 Reaper or the RQ-4 Global Hawk, were conditional on an explicit prior agreement from the American authorities, according to the “presumption of refusal” rule, being assimilated to missiles in the Missile Technology Control Regime, or MTCR, legislation. The acquiring country had to justify, by exceptional circumstances, its request, which generated a long procedure, and appreciably more cumbersome than for other equipment. According to the declarations of several industrialists…

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Could the Libyan civil war redefine modern air combat? Part 1/2

Since the Western intervention in Libya in 2011, and even more so since 2014, the country has been plunged into a protean civil war based on real geopolitical chaos. Over time, tensions have crystallized between two factions that both claim control of the entire Libyan territory: the Government of National Unity (GNA) based in Tripoli, and the Libyan National Army (ANL) of the Marshal Haftar, who is trying to seize the country's historic capital. In recent years, foreign interventions in support of one or the other of the two camps have multiplied and radically changed in scope. Force deployments...

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Chinese forces present their 2 new generation combat drones

It was on the occasion of the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of the People's Republic of China, that the military authorities presented two new generation combat drones which focused the attention of national and international observers. We already knew that the Chinese aeronautical industry had been able to develop a family of MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) and HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) combat and surveillance drones, such as the famous Wing Loong, widely exported around the world, even in Europe. But this parade was an opportunity for Beijing to mark the spirits with two new combat drones with the appearance and…

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