GAFA tax: Companies have received their tax notice

"Companies subject to this tax have received a tax notice for the payment of the 2020 installments," said Bruno Lemaire. Not to mention the possible wrath of the American authorities, the GAFA have already taken the lead. Here's how.   The negotiations on the digital tax at the OECD have come to naught. “We had suspended the collection of the tax until the OECD negotiations were concluded. This negotiation failed, so we will collect a tax on the digital giants next December, "explained Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy, in mid-October. "Companies subject to this tax have received a tax notice for the payment of the 2020 installments," the Ministry of the Economy said today. Facebook and Amazon "are among the companies" which have been notified "in recent days", assures for its part the Financial Times. So after firing the first ones, what should the French authorities expect from now on? Has

USA is developing "Gremlins", new drones that can be deployed directly in flight

The US agency responsible for the development of new military technologies (Darpa) announced in mid-January that it had successfully carried out the first tests of a new type of drone, capable of being dropped and recovered by an aircraft in mid-flight. The initial test would have taken place last November. After being dropped by a C-130A, the X-61A was said to have flown for just over an hour and a half.

This test is the third phase of a program called Gremlins, the objective of which is the development of a new range of unmanned drones, deployed in clouds, reusable and inexpensive to produce. Fleets could be deployed from aircraft away from theaters of operation, to provide better safety for operators. Once their missions are over, the "Gremlins" would be picked up directly in the air, before spending a day of repair and leaving.

The November test allowed the teams to collect enough data on the performance, operation and systems of aerial and ground command and control of the drones. One parachute failure resulted in the loss of one of the five aircraft. The other four, however, remain operational and available for further test runs planned for this year.

The next phase of the program will include a full assessment of the data collected, as well as an analysis of the failure to deploy the fifth drone’s parachute. A new test flight will follow in the spring at Dugway Proving Ground, a US military test site in Utah.

The X-61A "Gremlins" are developed by the Californian company Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, in collaboration with the company Dynectics, located in Alabama and specialized in computer systems.

Designed by Lockheed Martin, the C-130 is, for the time being, the only device used for Gremlins testing. But the services in charge of the program plan to adapt other planes for the transport of drones. The X-61A can carry up to 70 kg of sensors each, allowing them to perform a large number of different missions.