Unofficial reports indicate that Israeli companies deliver over 60% of military drones worldwide. Drone manufacturers from Israel lead in commercial use as well.
The major known drone companies do not always allow or desire to have their products known to the public. The earliest innovations were often hijacked and until technology can be secure from industrial espionage and theft, it will remain a hidden art. The Chinese have a storied reputation for stealing technology and unauthorized use of developments done by others. Likewise, the non-Western industrialized countries, headed by Russia and sadly by India, also have been taking (stealing) technology.
But as the list of suppliers increases and competition rationalizes, you will need to be looking at trade publications and attending trade shows to keep updated and current. If you are unable to do so, here is a brief update of what’s new, what’s developing, and where the leading drone companies are showing and doing.
- Flight plan overrides
- Auto disposition or “dropping” of payloads of contraband
- Reverse communications to locate on-ground, or in-air, controllers
- Auto self destruct and disruptive technologies to intercept or abort drones
- Hold and hover command overrides, video interrupts and overrides as well as computer virus transmittals back to the controller systems.
U.S.-originated technology is coming from DARO (Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office), MIT and Rochester Institute of Technology (with their Pictometry Partnership) military laboratories. The U.S. Defense Department has and continues to outsource development of military technology and drone research and most, if not all of that, requires Top Secret clearance to obtain information and contract holders. Northrop Grumman is and has been an innovator and has reportedly integration systems using drones as advance coordinators prior to air strikes from Grumman military aircraft. No this is not a Snowden leak blog page.