Drones to manage Ramadan crowd in Makkah

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Drones will be used for the first time in the Grand Mosque in Makkah to manage the crowd in Ramadan, local daily Al-Madina reported on Wednesday quoting deputy commander of the Umrah forces Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Ahmadi. The Umrah crowd management plan involves security, organizational and humanitarian aspects, said Al-Ahmadi. Pilgrims or visitors who show any sign of distress will not be allowed to enter the Grand Mosque for their own safety and that of others, he said. Al-Ahmadi said visitors ...

Israeli drone crashes in southern Lebanon overnight

Saturday, 31 March 2018

An Israeli drone crashed in southern Lebanon overnight between Friday and Saturday, the Israeli military and Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV reported. “An unmanned Israeli spy plane crashes between the villages of Beit Yahoun and Baraachit,” al-Manar reported. A statement from the Israeli military said the drone had crashed because of a technical malfunction. “The incident is currently being reviewed. There is no risk of leaked information,” the statement said. Israel and ...

Shark-spotting drones on patrol at Australian beaches

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

High-tech shark-spotting drones are patrolling dozens of Australian beaches this summer to quickly identify underwater predators and deliver safety devices to swimmers and surfers faster than traditional lifesavers.As hundreds of people lined up in early morning sun to take part in a recent ocean swimming race at Bilgola beach north of Sydney, they did so in the knowledge the ocean had been scanned to keep them safe.“I think it is really awesome,” 20-year-old competitor Ali Smith ...

Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights: army

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday. The drone was intercepted by a Patriot missile in the demilitarized zone between the Israeli- and Syrian-controlled parts of the Golan, a military spokeswoman said in a statement. Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the armistice line on the Golan Heights had remained largely quiet for decades until civil war erupted in ...

Saudi Arabia to host Drone racing’s World Championship

Friday, 27 October 2017

The Drone Racing League is heading to the Middle East — taking its fast-flying, mad-cornering FPV drones to Saudi Arabia, the first professional drone racing ever in the Kingdom.According to Gearbrain, for the 7th and final race in September 2018 Allianz World Championship, DRL will bring the final eight FPV pilots to race their custom built drones.The league held its first spectator race in 2017, with the 2017 DRL Allianz World Championship finale in London's Alexandria Palace. WATCH: ...

Report: GCC drones market to reach $1.5 billion by 2022

Monday, 24 July 2017

The market for drones in the GCC is expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2022, presenting a massive opportunity for regional telecom operators, according to Strategy&, formerly Booz & Company, and part of the PwC network. By leveraging their capabilities and resources, these companies can play a central role in the development of the regional drone industry. Much of this will come from oil and gas, and utilities — which respectively are projected to constitute 43 percent and 32 ...

US shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The US led coalition said on Tuesday it had shot down an armed pro-Syrian drone that had been advancing on its forces near a garrison close to the border with Iraq in southeastern Syria. In a statement, US forces said the drone was shot at after it “displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces.” The location was close to where another “pro-regime UAV” drone, which Western intelligence sources said was Iranian, was shot down on June 8 ...

US shoots down pro-Syrian regime drone firing on coalition forces: official

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The United States shot down a pro-Syrian regime armed drone that was attacking US-led coalition forces in Syria on Thursday, a US military spokesman said, the first time the regime had attacked coalition forces. US Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, who is a spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, said the MQ-1 like armed drone was destroyed after it fired upon coalition forces carrying out a patrol outside a deconfliction zone in southern Syria. Dillon said there were no coalition casualties. ...

Jordan downs a drone north of the kingdom

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

An F-16 jet belonging to the Royal Jordanian Air Force has downed a drone north of the kingdom Wednesday evening near Syria. Investigation is currently undergoing to know from where the drone came from, Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent reported. The incident took place after Jordan and the United States kicked off their annual military exercises on Sunday. The drill known as “Eager Lion” saw the participation of 7,400 troops from more than 20 nations.  

WATCH: ‘Air taxi’ passenger drone debuts in Dubai

Monday, 13 February 2017

The first single passenger drone that is capable of transporting a passenger at 11,000 ft. is to operate in July

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