Issue 17 Counter-UAS Newsletter

Counter-UAS News from Around the World

The Mercury News: Editorial: Coming soon — a weaponized drone terrorist attack near you, unless we act

“Silicon Valley needs to work with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Pentagon and defense industry experts on countermeasures. The challenge is to adequately protect the public without eliminating the wide range of beneficial applications of drones.”

BBC: Gatwick flight drone near-miss ‘put 130 lives at risk’

“A UK Airprox Board report said the drone was “flown into conflict” with the Airbus 319 on 9 July and said there was a high risk of a collision. It said: “A larger aircraft might not have missed it and in the captain’s opinion, it had put 130 lives at risk.””

UAS Vision: Swedish Drone Ban Lifted

“In the autumn of 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court ruled that a camera mounted on a drone is considered a CCTV camera for purposes of the Swedish Camera Surveillance Act (2013:460). The judgment meant that using a drone equipped with a camera, where the camera will be directed at a place to which the public has access, requires a license from the County Administrative Board.”

The Cipher Brief: Will China Start Selling the ‘AK-47’ of Drones?

“What are the geopolitical implications of China becoming the primary alternative supplier of drones to countries both hostile and friendly to the United States? How does this proliferation differ from China simply incorporating its drone technology into its own military doctrine? Will China’s drones become the AK-47s of tomorrow?”

The Denver Post: Colorado to hunters: Leave your drones at home

“Officials say drones are illegal on Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands for non-hunters and hunters alike. They are allowed in state parks with designated areas for model aircraft use, but cannot be used to harass wildlife.”

CNET: Drone hits commercial aircraft over Canada

“In a statement issued on Sunday, Marc Garneau revealed that on Thursday, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone as it approached Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City.”

Aviation Today: Drone Hits Passenger Airplane in Canada

“A Skyjet Aviation flight collided with an unmanned aircraft system while the passenger airplane was on approach to Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City. Marc Garneau, Canada’s minister of transport, called it a “first” in North America.”

Janes 360: Arms and Security 2017: Ukrainian Armor unveils combat UAV system

“At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, the Deputy Director of Ukrainian Armor, Dmytro Polyakov, explained the company’s new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept. This uses four UAVs controlled from Varta 4×4 vehicles to attack enemy positions.”

The Seattle Times: Surge in drone safety incidents prompts ‘emergency’ action at FAA

“Reports of safety incidents involving civilian drones have surged to an average of 250 a month, leading to a federal “emergency” action to streamline the processing of authorizations to fly drones in restricted areas, according to a government notice seeking new procedures for the craft.”

Politico: A pilot for non-piloted aircraft

“An FAA pilot program to allow state and local governments to test out different models of regulating drones could be unveiled as soon as this week. The idea is similar to bills proposed in both the House (H.R. 2930 (115)) and Senate (H.R. 2930 (115)), and is intended to let states and localities regulate drones at very low altitudes without being big-footed by the feds.”

AZO Sensors: RADA’s MHR Used in Testing Lockheed Martin’s High Energy Laser

“Recently, RADA Electronic Industries reported that its Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) took part in tests which confirmed that the system can deliver decisive lethality against unmanned aerial vehicle threats.”

Janes: ADEX 2017: Rafael offers South Korea laser from Drone Dome counter-UAV system

“Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is offering to integrate the laser ‘kill’ system it has developed for its Drone Dome counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system onto South Korea’s own domestically built solution.”

Defense Blog: Israeli company UVision strengthens its presence in South Korea

“A global pioneer in the area of lethal aerial loitering systems of all sizes, strengthens its presence in South Korea, signing a follow-on agreement with FIRSTEC Co., Ltd. for the local marketing and supply of its loitering munition systems. The companies signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) according to which FIRSTEC will market and supply the short-range Hero-30 systems to the local market.”


“A few Islamic State operatives have been contacting sympathetic prospective jihadis abroad via the internet to supply them with instruction and practical advice for carrying out terrorist acts. Some analysts have called this a “game-changer.” However, the cybercoaching enterprise is fraught with difficulties. Above all, cybercoaches have little or no control over their charges who are very often naïve, voluble, incautious, gullible, incapable, and/or troubled. Moreover, the advice of the cybercoaches has often been anything but sagacious, and law enforcement operatives have often been able to enter the plot to undermine the effort entirely.”

The Mercury News: Firefighters say drones interfered with their work — one pilot cited

“As fire crews continue their battle to contain the blazes, the California Highway Patrol has made it clear that amateur operators pose a serious threat to the firefighting efforts. The drones can hamper fire operations, especially those using retardant-dropping aircraft.”

Defense Systems: Air Force Research Lab tests high power electromagnetic EW & cyber weapons

“Air Force officials at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. are working with microwave experts from companies including Raytheon and Booz Allen Hamilton to conduct experiments with high power electromagnetic (HPEM) technology. The work offers the potential to enhance missile defense and electronic warfare capabilities.”

Fortune: CNN Just Got Approved to Fly Drones Over Crowds of People

“CNN said Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration approved the news network to fly drones over crowds of people. Although CNN has similar FAA waivers that allow it to fly drones in unpopulated areas and inside closed enclosures, the new waiver represents a bigger step for the company as well as for the use of drones for commercial purposes.”

Drone Life: DJI to Pay Out Thousands of Dollars After Successful Bug Bounty Reports

“No money has yet been paid out, but several researchers have confirmed their bug reports have been successful and that they have handed over bank details to DJI for payment. That total includes at least one ‘top bounty’: $30,000 – the reward for a security flaw judged to be of the highest possible threat level.”

Cape May County Herald: Drone Developers Swap Ideas; UAS Detection Is Firm’s Focus

“Linda Ziemba, chief executive officer (CEO) of Drone Go Home is an example of this new segment of the UAS industry. Ziemba explained that her firm, a New Jersey-based, woman-owned small business, provides a legal, passive drone detection service that will discover, locate and then alert clients of the UAS threat for their further action.”

Daily Mail: British ‘zapper’ destroys 500 ISIS drones on the frontline in Iraq and Syria by jamming

“A British ‘zapper’ has helped American troops destroy at least 500 ISIS drones on the frontline in Iraq and Syria, it has emerged. The zapper – a £1.5million Anti-UAV Defence System technology – can detect and jam drone signals, essentially taking control over the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the ability to send it crashing to the ground. “

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s ‘kamikaze drone’ is ready for action

“The three drone models, named with traditional terms from Turkish defense history, include the tactical striking, fixed-wing drone “ALPAGU” and two rotating-wing striking drones “KARGU” and “TOGAN.””

Engadget: The rise of drone crime and how cops can stop it

“We are likely seeing the start of a new kind of arms race — one that pits limited law-enforcement resources against a growing armada of increasingly inexpensive UAVs. Counter-drone measures are still exceedingly expensive compared to the devices they’re designed to detain and are often constrained by outdated regulations and rules. Don’t expect that to last for much longer, however, as governments continue to incorporate the new measures into their existing enforcement apparatuses.”

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