Tag Archives: Global Hawk

IT LOOKS LIKE CHINA’S JOINED WING “HALE” UAV IS FINALLY ABOUT TO FLY

It is widely assumed that this unique “joined wing” unmanned air system, or a follow-on scaled up version of it, will attempt to fulfill a similar mission set as the American Q-4 Global Hawk series of airframes and the craft has only been seen … Read the rest of this entry

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SKYNET COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU?: WIDE AREA AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE WILL BE A GAME CHANGER OVER THE WAR ZONE & THE HOME FRONT

I have talked about Wide Area Aerial Surveillance (WAAS) before here on Aviationintel, but after being asked about it in multiple interviews, readers’ emails and consulting engagements I think it is time to really explain why this technology matters and … Read the rest of this entry

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UNMANNED GAME CHANGER: AUTONOMOUS AERIAL REFUELING IS A REALITY

The emerging capability to refuel drones in flight will make even more of an impact than the ability to do so with manned platforms, a practice that began at the dawn of the jet age some 60+ years ago. Nowhere … 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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US TAXPAYER MEET THE TRITON: NORTHROP GRUMMAN OFFICIALLY ROLLS OUT THEIR MQ-4C BAMS SYSTEM

What a wild week it has been for the folks working on the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program. With the crash of a demonstrator earlier in the week to the unveiling of the system to the public yesterday at … Read the rest of this entry

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US NAVY LOSES GLOBAL HAWK BAMS-D TESTBED ON THE SAME WEEK NORTHROP-GRUMMAN PLANS TO UNVEIL IT’S PRODUCTION CONFIGURATION MQ-4C

Not the best news for the good men and women over at Northrop Grumman. The Global Hawk program has been through a tumultuous 2012 so far with the USAF opting to hangar it’s fleet of Block 30 Global Hawks, instead … Read the rest of this entry

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ATLANTIC COUNCIL: GIVE MOTHBALLED BLOCK 30 GLOBAL HAWKS TO NATO

Jorge Benitez over at the Atlantic Council highlights a fantastic concept that would see at least a portion of the USAF’s soon to be stored Global Hawk Block 30 fleet given to NATO. It is widely known that NATO has … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP JANUARY 24th, 2012!

USAF HAS GIVEN UP ON GLOBAL HAWK: http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/awx/2012/01/24/awx_01_24_2012_p0-417750.xml&channel=defense This is big news, something not only predicted here at Aviationintel but it also satisfies the opinion stated here almost a year ago. Global Hawk has been in development for well over … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS: DARKSTAR HAS GROWN UP

                  Since the “Sentinel Down” escapade began I have wanted to do a piece about the probable origins of the RQ-170, in an attempt to answer many of the looming questions as … Read the rest of this entry

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US DRONE PILOTS EXPERIENCING HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS

Many think the wiz-bang nature of fighting a war with a joystick and a computer screen, thousands of miles away from the battlefield, would be a relatively stress free dream job for most would-be warriors. This is not necessarily the case. As much … Read the rest of this entry

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HOW THE RQ-170 SENTINEL DRONE COULD HAVE FALLEN 50,000+ FEET AND SURVIVED RELATIVELY INTACT

http://youtu.be/byS2UcA1QKk Although long or medium endurance and higher altitude cruising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are not high performance in the sense of an F-22 or SU-30, they are in fact extremely high performance when it comes to maximizing their design’s potential for … 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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Information surveillance & Recon Platform Wars Rage Over At The Pentagon

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Global Hawk Proved Its Worth In Making The Bin Laden Raid Happen…

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/asd/2011/09/01/02.xml&headline=More Secrets Of Bin Laden Raid Are Revealed

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Good News From Global Hawk

You have to be a bit weary of these positive reports, as similar systems that were just being deployed under operational auspices usually had priority for parts and people from the contractor and the service they belong to in an attempt to … Read the rest of this entry

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