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US offers India armed version of Guardian drone: sources

FARNBOUROUGH: The United States has offered India the armed version of Guardian drones that were originally authorized for sale as unarmed for surveillance purposes, a senior U.S. official and an industry source told Reuters. If the deal comes to fruition, it would be the first time Washington has sold a large armed drone to a country outside the NATO alliance. It would also be the first high-tech unmanned aircraft in the region, where tensions between India and Pakistan run high. In April, President Donald Trump’s…

Saudi security shoots down recreational drone near royal palace

DUBAI/RIYADH: Saudi Arabian security forces said they had shot down a recreational drone in the capital on Saturday after online videos showing gunfire in a neighborhood where royal palaces are located sparked fears of possible political unrest. The Riyadh police spokesman, quoted by the official Saudi News Agency (SPA), said a security screening point noticed the flying of a small unauthorized recreational drone at 7:50 p.m. local time (1650 GMT), leading security forces to deal with it according to their orders and…

Israel intercepts Iranian drone, jet shot down by Syria

JERUSALEM: Syrian anti-aircraft fire shot down an Israeli jet on Saturday, the military said, after Israel intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria and struck an Iranian target there. Footage from northern Israel showed what appeared to be white aircraft debris scattered on the ground. It was one of the most serious incidents involving Israel, Iran and Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war almost eight years ago. “A combat helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian UAV that was launched from…

VIDEO: World’s first flying bathtub drone is here and it’s amazing!

Aviation technology has evolved ‘magically’ now. Two German brothers have created a flying drone in a bathtub and it is creating an internet stir. It's remote-controlled and uses the same technology as common drones. The brothers flew it around in a gym with a pilot inside. They needed permission from the German government to build it. The bathtub has to be flown at a height lower than 30 metres, which is why the project was approved. The brothers are also known as The Real Life Guys on social media. They started…

WATCH: Two swimmers saved by DRONE in world’s first such rescue

SYDNEY: A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas. Australia is leading the use of the technology in surf lifesaving, with dozens of drones being trialled on beaches around the country. In what is believed to be a world-first drone surf rescue, two boys on Thursday got caught in three-metre (10-foot) swells while swimming off Lennox Head in New South Wales, near the…

Wonder Woman sword, Spider-Man drone land on ‘Worst Toys’ list

BOSTON: A plastic version of comic-book superhero Wonder Woman’s sword and a Spider-Man drone showed up as villains on a U.S. child safety advocacy group’s annual list of potentially hazardous toys. The group, World Against Toys Causing Harm, released its “10 Worst Toys” list on Tuesday, around the start of the holiday shopping season, with the goal of alerting parents to playthings that could hurt their children. Besides the sword, which the group warned could cause “blunt-force injuries,” and the drone’s “potential…

Myanmar jails Turkish broadcast journalists for two months

NAYPYITAW: A Myanmar court jailed two journalists on assignment for Turkey’s state broadcaster, along with their interpreter and driver, for two months on Friday for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone. Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, were detained on Oct. 27 along with their Myanmar interpreter, Aung Naing Soe, and driver, Hla Tin. The four had been working on a documentary for TRT World, the English-language subsidiary of the Turkish Radio and Television…

Pakistan shoots down Indian spy drone

RAWALPINDI:  Pakistan Army on Friday claimed to have downed an Indian drone that intruded into Pakistani territory  ARY News reported on Friday. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), The drone was downed in Rakhchikri sector of the Line Of Control (LoC). "Indian quadcopter spying across LOC in Rakhchikri sector shot down by Pak Army shooters. Wreckage held," Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted. This is not the first time that Pakistan Army shot down an Indian drone. Last year in…

As Modi prepares for Trump meeting, US expected to OK India drone purchase

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: The United States is expected to authorize India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, two sources familiar with the situation said, ahead of a visit next week by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to try to revitalise ties in his first meeting with President Donald Trump. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones, worth more than $2 billion, is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump,…

Pakistan shot down Iranian drone: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has shot down an unmanned Iranian drone inside its territory in Balochistan province, Foreign Office said Wednesday. The Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) crossed over the border on Monday, the foreign ministry said in a statement. "The drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force as it was unidentified and was flying at around 3-4 kms (1 to 2.5 miles) inside Pakistani territory," it said. The ministry said Islamabad has informed Tehran of its action.