The Russian company behind the AK-47 assault rifle unveiled a new “suicide” drone that could have a major impact on future warfare.
The Kalashnikov Group’s miniature exploding drone, which is known as KUB-UAV, was on display at a defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi where global arms companies gather to display their latest technological inventions.
The drone, which is about four feet wide, is designed to destroy remote ground targets. The manufacturer claims it could revolutionize combat in much the same way the AK-47 did in the second half of the twentieth century.
“This complex is a step towards completely new combat operations,” said Sergey Chemezov, Rostec CEO, in a statement from Kalashnikov. “High-precision unmanned projectile flies up to 30 minutes at the speed of 130 kilometers (80.7 miles) per hour.”
According to the company’s statement, the drone’s advantages in combat include hidden launch, the overall accuracy of shot, noiselessness, affordability and ease of handling.
It was already been tested and is ready for use, Kalashnikov says.
One expert said the new drones will provide a very high degree of accuracy for bombing targets.
“I think of it as democratizing smart bombs,” Nicholas Grossman, a University of Illinois professor and author of the book “Drones and Terrorism, told The Washington Post. “It means disseminating smart bombs more widely. This would shrink the gap between the most advanced militaries and the smaller ones.”
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A teenage boy hid in thick bushes near the BART tracks in Fremont. He’d just run away from the California School for the Deaf, and police officers were searching for him in the dark with little luck.
The boy’s friends had started their own search party, and every so often they shined a flashlight up to alert the Police Department’s eye in the sky. Overhead, a drone was tracking their movements with an infrared camera in an effort to find the boy.
The search, which could have taken hours, ended in mere minutes thanks to the drone, police said. The heat given off by the boy’s body helped authorities locate him.
“The ability to quickly search a large area and then find the person greatly reduced the time it would have taken us to get that person help,” said Lt. Matt Snelson, administrator of the department’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Program.
The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 5, when the CHP asked Fremont police for help in finding the boy, Snelson said. Social media posts and interviews with the boy’s friends helped officers determine that he was probably hiding near the BART tracks.
“The whole area is very dark,” Snelson said. “It is wooded, overgrown tall grass, large bushes. It would have been really hard for people on foot at 8:30 at night to try to locate this missing person alone.”
The drone, a DJI Mavic 2 Pro, was purchased less than two months ago. It was the department’s 12th in a growing fleet.
The Mavic 2 Pro has a FLIR, a thermal-imaging camera system that can sense infrared radiation. The camera can tell the difference between a warm object (a person) and cold objects (grass, trees, etc.), Snelson said. He said the drone also has a spotlight, and a loudspeaker to “give announcements and commands.”
Four of the Mavic 2 Pros, and eight DJI Phantom 4 drones, which have color cameras that can shoot video and still photos, are now in use by the department.
Fremont police began a joint program with the city’s Fire Department in early 2017 to use drones in instances of barricaded suspects, rescues, hostage-taking, active shooters, mass casualty events and missing or lost people.
Eleven officers in the department, mainly within the patrol unit, are registered pilots, Snelson said.
“Once they are certified, they can take these UAVs in their vehicle,” he said. “It gives us a quick response.”
When storm water flooded Niles Canyon on Jan. 26, 2017, officers used a drone to track down a man who drove into the creek. The drone allowed them to check to see whether he was still inside the vehicle, Snelson said.
“You can’t do that with a helicopter,” he said.
The use of drones in police work is becoming much more common, raising privacy concerns. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office boasts a dozen drones that have been used in critical incidents.
“The camera is what makes it a great tool,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. “The drone basically flies the camera.”
The office used drones to search for missing people during the Ghost Ship fire that killed 36 people in Oakland in 2016. Drones have also helped create 3-D maps of the destruction from deadly California wildfires.
Burglary warnings: Drivers on Interstate 880 in Fremont will soon see digital billboards announcing steals, but not the kind shoppers are searching for.
The city plans to replace some advertisements along the freeway in a few weeks with stern warnings about locking cars and hiding valuables. The move comes after an eye-popping increase in car break-ins, said Geneva Bosques, a Fremont police spokeswoman.
Smash-and-grab thefts have been on the rise for years in Fremont, police said. But the beginning of 2019 has been especially bad for the East Bay’s second-largest city, with 319 reported auto burglaries between Jan. 1 and Feb. 12.
“The intensity of it in the first couple weeks of the year was like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on?’” Bosques said.
Half of the victims in the burglaries lived outside city limits, and most of the thefts occurred at shopping centers and gym parking lots along I-880. That, Bosques said, spurred the department to post roadside warnings.
Auto burglaries shot up 87 percent in Fremont from 2014 to 2017. The number dropped 16 percent last year, but police said 2019 has brought fresh concern.
The good news, police said, is that 11 suspected auto thieves were arrested in Fremont in recent weeks. Authorities say small crews of burglars can have an outsize impact when it comes to car break-ins.
Overall, Fremont is one of the safest big cities in the Bay Area. And it isn’t alone in seeing a sharp rise in auto burglaries. During the last month, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the San Mateo Police Department also issued community alerts about thefts from parked cars.
In January, San Francisco saw 1,750 car break-ins, according to police data — a big improvement from the previous two years.
Authorities around the Bay Area have stressed the same message that will be on the Fremont billboards, that vehicles typically won’t be targets if drivers don’t leave valuables in plain sight.
“We absolutely have control over making ourselves vulnerable,” Bosques said.
Biggest crime news of the past week
• San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, a champion for low-income defendants and a fearless critic of police and prosecutors, died Friday.
A San Francisco IRS analyst is accused of illegally obtaining documents involving President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, and providing them to porn star Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti as well as a reporter for the New Yorker.
• The man suspected in one of nine suspicious construction-site fires in the East Bay pleaded not guilty to a single count of arson.
• A 41-year-old victim had his prosthetic arm stolen in a car break-in last weekend, adding a disturbing new low to San Francisco’s auto burglary epidemic.
• A married couple in Vallejo was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of manufacturing and distributing meth pills that featured the Tesla logo, the Kool-Aid man and President Trump’s name and likeness.
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It caused a lot of disruption.
On Thursday, flights in Dublin Airport were suspended for 30 minutes after there was a report of a drone sighting in the area.
Two flights were diverted to Belfast and one to Shannon during that period and the suspension caused a knock-on delay for many flights throughout the day.
Gardaí have said they are investigating the alleged sighting of a drone around the area at Dublin Airport but no arrests have been made in relation to the incident.
A pilot reported to Air Traffic Control that they’d spotted a drone while they were approaching the airport, who took action by suspending flights and carrying out a search of the area.
You can listen to the conversation between the pilots and the authorities at Dublin Airport below.
Clip via Ultralight Aviation
There were no further sightings of the drone after 30 minutes, so flights resumed shortly after 12pm on Thursday.
Under the Irish Aviation Authority (Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets) Order, drones are not allowed fly in civil or military controlled airspace or within 5km of an aerodrome or airport unless the aerodrome operator has given permission, and no higher than 400 feet above ground or sea level.
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Since I’ve picked up Pixel 3, I get to enjoy wireless charging. Previously, my car charging setup was some weird 12V charger and a grip from Bestek I picked up ages ago. To make it all easy I have been using a magnetic cable from Dodocool as well. It’s time for some serious update – I got Dodocool DA188 wireless holster and DA111 super tiny USB/USB-C charger.
Dodocool DA188 & DA111
I played with the Pixel Stand (not impressed) and with a wireless charger from Choetech as well, so by now, I know what to expect. You know what? The 5 W charging limit imposed by Google actually isn’t that bad. I charge my battery at a slower pace, but the process is better for the overall battery health.
My commute is around 3h one way, so I can almost charge my phone to 100%. The reality is, that I barely jump to my car with a battery near 0%. This is where the Dodocool DA188 is greatly complimented by the
DA111 super tiny USB/USB-C charger.
Dodocool DA188 wireless charger/car holder
The grip comes with 3 mount types, but I concern myself with the windscreen mount only. It extends very far. Much further than my previous one, so I can touch the phone without getting my hand off the steering wheel. The mount is fairly stiff and there is not much wobble even if the road is less than even. The charger will set you back £21 on Amazon.
Other mounts include 2 adapters to attach it to the heating ribs. I’m not a big fan of that position, the smallest one isn’t great, but the other one keeps the holder where it supposes to be.
The only negative I have are the metal brackets around the sides. They go exactly where the “voice speaking” button is located. Something I will adjust with Tasker for sure.
Dodocool DA111 car USB & USB-C charger
This thing is seriously amazing. It fits inside the car 12V socket, and lets me close the cap too! Seriously this is great when not in use. You can’t tell it’s there! All that at the silly £11 price point!
It comes with your 2.4A USB charge (typical) and the USB-C for much faster charging. It’s a charger, I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I’m in the pinch I charge via USB-C otherwise, I get to enjoy the freedom of wireless charging.
Dodocool DA188 & DA111 is a great combo. I can charge the phone at a slower pace or get a quick charge when the time is crucial. All it’s left for me is to get rid of that awful wire that goes from between the seats all the way to the charging holster. I think I will add 2 12V sockets in my door pockets – one on each side. Then get 2 more Dodocool DA111 chargers!
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