Tag Archives: ISR

LOCKHEED SKUNKWORKS MAKES A PITCH FOR THE SR-72?!?!

Aviation Week’s Guy Norris dropped a pretty huge story Friday about a follow-on of sorts, but not really, to the legendary SR-71 Blackbird.  Lamely named the SR-72 for marketing’s sake, this machine will be unmanned, capable of mach 6 speeds, have about … 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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SYRIA SPLASHES A TURKISH RF-4E PHANTOM OVER ITS BEACHES: DOES IT ALL ADD UP?

It has been all over the news, a Syrian air defense unit literally “gunned down” an RF-4 Phantom right along the edge of that country’s northern coastline. I am going to save you the minutia surrounding the event or dare … Read the rest of this entry

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GLOBAL HAWK BLOCK 30 REPRIEVE?

I know that a lot of lawmakers are pissed at the USAF for buying aircraft and subsequently storing them due to budgetary realignment and less than satisfactory operational performance, which is more or less an omission of a total waste … Read the rest of this entry

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USAF SAYS IT KNOWS WHAT CAUSED THE DOWNING OF THE RQ-170 SENTINEL OVER IRAN

Sadly USAF Chief Norton Schwartz will not share exactly what went wrong but human error and major system failure are mentioned in the piece. Of further interest, the piece says there are more than a handful of the drones and … Read the rest of this entry

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New Details Emerge About The Doomed RQ-170 Sentinel Drone That Crashed Within Iranian Airspace

It seems to be a widely settled fact that an RQ-170 Sentinel was lost in Iranian airspace. Iran is claiming now that they hacked into the RQ-170’s navigational system and basically hijacked it from it’s American operators. This has about 1/4 of 1% … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL DRONE SHOT DOWN OVER IRAN?

*UPDATES AND LINKS TO ALL OF MY LATEST COMMENTARY ON THE TOPIC POSTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. PLEASE READ THROUGH IN ORDER. The RQ-170 Sentinel may have recently fulfilled one of it’s most important design objectives: to be lost over enemy or semi-friendly territory without giving up … Read the rest of this entry

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ON CHINA: Is Aviationweek.com Reading Aviationintel.com?

I hope so because I love their site! They do a great job of delivering basic information in a fast and clear manner, allowing the reader to connect the dots further if they like. Lots of stuff we have been chatting about recently sprung … Read the rest of this entry

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America Needs A Heavy Stealth Revolution

It’s a shame that all of our fighter aircraft that have been designed as “stealth” or low observable have very limited range. Take the F-22 for example, it has about a 550 mile combat radius when supercruising (flying +1 mach without … Read the rest of this entry

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Information surveillance & Recon Platform Wars Rage Over At The Pentagon

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/awst/2011/09/26/AW_09_26_2011_p30-373034.xml&headline=USAF%20Weighs%20Which%20ISR%20Programs%20To%20Cut&next=0

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drones, Drones, DRONES!

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/20/wapo/main20109195.shtml

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The Old Sea King Still Reigns!

http://www.thalesgroup.com/Press_Releases/Countries/United_Kingdom/2011/110701_Sea_King_radar_at_the_heart_of_anti-insurgent_operations_PR/?pid=16282

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CROP DUSTER TO TANGO BOMBER GAINS MOMENTUM!

The fact that a tail dragger is competing on an international basis for a robust COIN platform is just totally entertaining. The thing looks like the A-10’s bastard child! http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/awx/2011/06/22/awx_06_22_2011_p0-337887.xml&headline=Air Tractor Near Deal For More 802U Orders Here is a better look … Read the rest of this entry

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