Tag Archives: Northrop Grumman

F-35’s DISTRIBUTED APERTURE SYSTEM GOES TO SEA AS “SILENT WATCH”

Possibly the most “popular” new capability featured on the highly controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the aircraft’s Distributed Aperture System, otherwise known as “DAS” for short. DAS is a unique system that pairs an array of cameras installed around … Read the rest of this entry

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: LARGE FLYING WING DRONE SPOTTED AT PLANT 42

This picture was taken from a pilot passing through Palmdale about a 16 months ago. What appears is a large flying wing type unmanned aircraft with a dorsal intake. The wingspan appears to be right around seventy feet. The aircraft … Read the rest of this entry

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X-47B LANDS ON AIRCRAFT CARRIER FOR THE FIRST TIME! -UMM SORT OF…

…2013 is just around the bend folks. If this baby is a success the Navy may get serious about reevaluating its F-35C plans. Super Hornets in “Block III” configuration and a fleet of advanced semi-autonomous UCAVs with over double the … Read the rest of this entry

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DRONE MARKET WILL RETRACT… BEFORE IT EXPLODES.

Boeing says that the unmanned aircraft market will shrink by 20% following 2014, around the time Afghanistan is supposed to wrap up for the US for the most part. Although I think this is probably true, I do believe that … Read the rest of this entry

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AMERICAN WARFARE’S NEW NORMAL: DRONE WAR IN YEMEN HEATS UP AS DRONE WAR IN PAKISTAN COOLS DOWN

Posted below are two separate and very worthwhile articles about the continued use of drone strikes in foreign lands to decapitate, cripple, or simply destroy terrorist and insurgent networks. Peter Bergen writes about how the drone war in Pakistan has … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP!: August 2nd, 2012

LOCKMART LOOKS TOWARD ITS EMPLOYEES TO CUT BALLOONING F-35 COSTS This is not only a good idea, it is a proven one. About a half decade or so ago the Joint Strike Fighter, namely the F-35B, was so over weight … 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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NAVY SUPER HORNETS & F-35C ARE NO MATCH FOR “FORTRESS CHINA”: BRING ON THE X-47B UCAV!

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-super-hornet-faces-emerging-anti-access-challenges-372393/ As I have been pounding away at for years now, the Super Hornet fleet is not survivable if a war were to break out with China or a bad actor who possess a modern integrated air defense system. Further, … Read the rest of this entry

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THE FUTURE IS WITHIN REACH: X-47B RETRACTS GEAR & CRUISES

The most promising and far reaching “white” drone program running in the US just took another leap in testing.

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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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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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THIS IS NOT A UFO, IT IS A NORTHROP GRUMMAN X-47B UCAS!

No need to worry folks! After almost 20 emails today I decided just to make a post on this. This is a Northrop Grumman’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System, a state of the art Navy drone that is in testing at … Read the rest of this entry

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Global Hawk Has A 27% Mission Capable Rate?

The Global Hawk has been in flight testing for well over a decade and it seems to be totally unreliable. I have always wondered about the mission for this program, it’s intended to replace the iconic U-2 Dragonlady, but like the U-2 it’s not stealthily really, so what … Read the rest of this entry

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