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Researchers prepare to conduct a mapping survey of a reforested area on a hillside near Chiang Mai, Thailand.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 18, 2023
In Thailand, drones help solve forest carbon capture riddle
Drones are part of an increasingly sophisticated arsenal used by scientists to understand forests and their role in the battle against climate change.
Palestinians walk among the rubble, as they inspect houses destroyed in Israeli strikes amid the temporary truce between Hamas and Israel on Monday.
Nov 28, 2023
Drones show how Israeli bombs turned Gaza into moonscape
Where schools, mosques and apartment blocks once stood are now covered with smoke and rubble.
A U.S. service member passes in front of an MQ-9 Reaper drone in 2018. The U.S. military in Japan has relocated its reconnaissance drone operations unit to Okinawa, despite local objection.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 25, 2023
U.S. spy drones relocated to Okinawa despite local objection
The shift is part of moves to strengthen surveillance of Chinese activities in nearby waters following a temporary deployment to the Kyushu region.
U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa
Nov 12, 2023
U.S. spy drone unit leaves Kagoshima for move to Okinawa
The U.S. drones are set to be used to strengthen surveillance of Chinese military ships in the East China Sea.
U.S. President Joe Biden toasts with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during an official state dinner at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.
Oct 26, 2023
U.S. and Australia seek military drone cooperation with Japan
The moves comes as the nations aim to maintain an edge in the face of China's growing military might.
A U.S. military MQ-9 Reaper unmanned reconnaissance drone at a Maritime Self-Defense Force air base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, in November last year
Oct 6, 2023
U.S. spy drones may be relocated from Kagoshima to Okinawa
The move is part of efforts to strengthen surveillance around the Nansei island chain.
A Ukrainian drone pilot, call sign Darwin, operating a first-person-view, or FPV, drone on a test flight near Kupiansk, Ukraine, on Aug. 5.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 1, 2023
Ukraine’s war of drones runs into an obstacle: China
Ukraine's latest fight is one over global electronics supply chains that run through China.
Selcuk Bayraktar, chairman of Turkish defense firm Baykar and son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, attends the presidential swearing-in ceremony after Erdogan's election win in Ankara on June 3.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 28, 2023
Erdogan’s son-in-law makes Turkey a world leader in lethal drones
Baykar's new generation of unmanned combat aircraft will fly faster and farther, while carrying more weapons than its existing models.
The U.S Navy's Ranger unmanned vessel docks at Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture. The ship is one of two U.S. Navy unmanned prototype vessels that were recently dispatched to Japan as part of a long-range deployment exercise.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 21, 2023
Unmanned U.S. Navy vessels make Japan debut
The U.S. Navy debuted the unmanned prototype vessels as it prepares to increase both the number and use of drones amid growing tensions with China.
A U.S. Marine shows off a Grp I UAS Black Hornet drone as part of the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise at Camp Pendleton, California, in July 2016.
Sep 13, 2023
U.S. allies and partners critical for Pentagon’s drone swarm strategy
Questions remain about how much technology Washington will be willing to share without the risk of compromising security.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks speaks during a meeting of the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington on Aug. 28. Hicks has said the Pentagon's "Replicator" initiative is meant to help the U.S. overcome China’s biggest military advantage: mass.
Sep 6, 2023
Pentagon drone swarm strategy aims to counter Chinese military
The U.S. is looking to field thousands of cheap, smart and autonomous war drones across multiple domains within 18 to 24 months.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Naval Command of the Korean People's Army on the occasion of Navy Day in this picture released Tuesday.
Aug 29, 2023
North Korea's Kim says nuclear weapons to be deployed to navy
Pyongyang is believed to be accelerating efforts to deploy nuclear-tipped submarine-launched missiles as well as underwater drones carrying nukes.
A giant screen broadcasts news footage of a Chinese fighter jet taking part in a "combat readiness patrol" around Taiwan, at a shopping area in Beijing, in April.
Aug 26, 2023
Taiwan says Chinese combat drone flew along island's east coast
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry also said the Chinese aircraft included J-10 and Su-30 fighter jets, as well as anti-submarine and reconnaissance aircraft.
A rescue worker stands next to a damaged building of the Moscow International Business Center following a drone attack in the Russian capital on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 26, 2023
Ukraine’s drone strikes on Russia are message for its own people
U.S. officials say they expect Ukraine to continue its attacks because they send a strong message: Kyiv can still strike back.
A maritime drone shows the silhouette of a Russian naval ship near the port of Novorossiysk in this screenshot obtained from social media video released on Friday.
Aug 5, 2023
Ukraine drone attack damages Russian tanker in Kerch Strait
The latest attack came a day after Ukraine said it had carried out a seaborne-drone strike on a Russian navy ship at a naval base in southern Russia.
Chinese drone maker DJI holds a demonstration to display an app that tracks a drone's registration and owner, in Montreal in November 2019.
Aug 1, 2023
China curbs exports of drone equipment amid U.S. tech tensions
Beijing said it hopes to safeguard "national security and interests" amid escalating tension with the United States over access to technology.
A drone used by the International Committee of the Red Cross is shown in a demonstration flight in a Geneva suburb on June 7.
Jul 27, 2023
Red Cross looking to use Japan AI to detect landmines in Ukraine
In a three-year collaboration with a Japanese expert as well as electronics giant NEC, the Red Cross has developed a system involving drones and AI-aided equipment.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2023
Inspired by Ukraine war, Taiwan launches drone blitz to counter China
Taipei's aim, according to a government planning document, is to build more than 3,200 military drones by mid-2024.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 10, 2023
Ukraine envoy to Japan sees major role for Tokyo in reconstruction
The ambassador expressed his hope of tapping into Japan’s vast experience in rebuilding after natural disasters like the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2023
Russia blames U.S. and NATO allies for enabling 'terrorist' drone attacks
The Russian military said it had downed five drones near Moscow on Tuesday and that there was no damage or casualties from the early-morning attacks.


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