Drones


Mike Osborn, second from right, program manager, Naval Research Laboratory, explains the Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative (MeRLIn) to Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research, during a visit to the Office of Naval Research exhibit at the 2016 Sea-Air-Space Exposition, on May 16, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by John F. Williams/U.S. Navy)

Navy Developing ‘Robot Squirrel’ as Scout

The next critter in the Defense Department’s menagerie of robotic prototype animals is designed to jump and climb and conduct scouting and reconnaissance missions for…








General Robotics DOGO. Photo: General Robotics.

General Robotics Unveils Newest Combat Robot

General Robotics Ltd., recently unveiled, DOGO, a lightweight tactical combat robot capable of carrying light weapons. Weighing roughly 26 pounds, DOGO was designed for Special…






AeroVironment’s new Blackwing unmanned aircraft system resulted from collaboration with the U.S. Navy’s undersea warfare community and the Special Operations community. (Image courtesy AeroVironment)

US Navy to Deploy Sub-Launched Spy Drones

The U.S. Navy has signed off on buying and deploying small reconnaissance drones that can be tube-launched from submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles. California-based AeroVironment…




Battelle’s DroneDefender is a shoulder-fired weapon that uses radio waves to cut the link between the drone and its controller. (Photo courtesy Battelle)

Homeland Security Seeks Drone-Killing Technology

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to evaluate technology capable of taking out drones flying above cities. Counter-unmanned aerial systems are among the emerging…


China's National Defense University has designed a security robot that wields a Taser or cattle prod that may be fired remotely by a human controller. Otherwise the system can operate as a surveillance and patrol -bot. It also has a system that citizens may use to summon police.

At Tech Fair, China Unveils Armed Robot

A Chinese company has taken a ground-patrolling robot idea developed by a Silicon Valley firm more than two years ago to the next logical step,…