In November 2019, the Dutch parliament demanded the Ministry of Defence to investigate whether four MQ-9 Reapers, which the Netherlands will receive in early 2021, should be armed. In January 2020, State Secretary for Defence Barbara Visser wrote in a letter to parliament that the armament of the Reapers is “currently not on the agenda.” However, the Ministry of Defence does...

This month, the European Commission announced the new selected European defence research projects and opened calls for new defence research proposals. The development of uncrewed systems plays a significant role in both the selected projects and call for proposals, which will all be funded by the European Defence Fund (EDF). A new selected research project, which should be finished within 2...

Yesterday, a Polish Warmate suicide drone showed up in Libya, despite the UN-backed arms embargo against Libya which has been in place since 2011. Although the images have not been verified, sources indicate that the photos are indeed taken in Libya. The Warmate suicide drone is a type of light loitering munition which provides “precisely targeted strike and observation capabilities...

Airwars broadens their focus by releasing their new Somalia monitoring of US counter-terrorism operations and the associated civilian harm. With the new monitor, Airwars shows that the US conducts airstrikes in Somalia since 2007. From 2009, however, there has been a significant increase in airstrikes in Somalia under the Obama administration. Airways has found far higher levels of both declared US...

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. In January 2020 the most frequent topics discussed in drone news were the use of drones in Middle East and Africa and the widening of the drone race. You can find the publication here....

Though the European Parliament has long been aware of problematic use, development, and proliferation of armed drones, a host of new developments has necessitated an update on where we are. To inform both current and newly elected Members of the European Parliament, a lunch meeting was organised by the Greens/European Free Alliance on December 5th, 2019, to discuss recent developments...

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. In December 2019 the most frequent topics discussed included the use of drones by Turkey in Cyprus and Libya, the first French drone strike taking place in Mali, and the US' continued use of drone strikes.  You can find the publication...