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FAST HISTORY: LONG BEFORE THE MQ-8 FIRE SCOUT THERE WAS THE QH-50 DASH

In the new era of unmanned combat aircraft so many “new ideas” are actually far from fresh. In fact, it is stunning to examine unmanned technologies from decades ago, and realize just how far ahead of their time they truly were. … Read the rest of this entry

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TYLER’S 10 THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF DRONE WARFARE

1.) Drones will grow up to become droids- That’s right, autonomy is not only on the way, in many ways it exists today. Over the last decade or two, drones have been like infant children, requiring hand holding and constant … Read the rest of this entry

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THOUGHTS ON THE F-22 RAPTOR & F-15 GOLDEN EAGLE AIR DOMINANCE TEAM

Since only 187 examples of the F-22 had been procured by the Bush and Obama administrations the USAF had to look toward its own tired ranks for bolstering of America’s air superiority capabilities. This led to the F-15 “Golden Eagle” … Read the rest of this entry

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THE RQ-170 SENTINEL’S SOFT RETURN TO EARTH REMAINS A MYSTERY TO THE CIA, MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF DATA COULD HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED

It would appear that the CIA cannot recreate the incident that doomed the RQ-170 Sentinel that was patrolling high over the skies of Iran late last November. Apparently the Sentinel’s three separate data streams all began sending back erroneous information … Read the rest of this entry

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ENTER THE MICRO-UAV SWARMS: THE FUTURE OF LAND WARFARE MAY BE IN THE AIR

The uber-nerds over at University of Pennsylvania have created this swarm demonstration of tiny remote controlled aircraft that is pretty damn stunning to watch, as it’s relevancy to the battlefield is really limitless. Sure this appears to be a set-piece … Read the rest of this entry

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CHINA’S ANTI-SHIP BALLISTIC MISSILE & THE LOST RQ-170 SENTINEL DRONE

China’s mysterious Dongfeng 21D anti-ship ballistic missile program, supposedly able to take out American aircraft carriers and other capital ships at distances of up to some 2,000 miles. The DF-21D uses a ballistic delivery concept to send its deadly payload … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS PART II: THE GRANDSON OF “TACIT BLUE”

PLEASE READ RQ-170 ORIGINS PART I FOR FULL CONTEXT BEFORE CONTINUING ON: My first piece on the ancestry of the RQ-170 Sentinel, America’s secret unmanned stealthy sensor truck of choice, got a lot of traffic and was the topic of … Read the rest of this entry

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“Sentinel Down” Update & Commentary!

President Obama says that the US has asked Iran for the drone back. This is so ridiculous I don’t even want to address it, but it does at least validate that Iran has a US drone. The DoD has yet to say … Read the rest of this entry

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The Social Divide Between Pilots Of Aircraft And Pilots Of Drones

http://www.npr.org/2011/11/29/142858358/drone-pilots-the-future-of-aerial-warfare Interesting little read. The funny thing is, when the media calls the Predator and Reaper an “unmanned drone,” they are right and they are wrong. The aircraft have no aircrew onboard BUT they are very much manned. It takes a village … Read the rest of this entry

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BACN Global Express & Global Hawk Get Official Designations, Their Abilities Are Game Changing

Battlefield communication nodes, like the newly designated E-11 and EQ-4B, are absolutely vital to modern aerial warfare. Being able to fuse all the different data link “languages” from various platforms into a common picture, then rebroadcasting it out to the … Read the rest of this entry

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