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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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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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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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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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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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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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THE NAVY’S HIGHLY VALUED & CLANDESTINE EP-3 ARIES WILL BE REPLACED BY…

YEP! You guessed it: DRONES. The EP-3 Aries is an a humble machine, yet it is packed with the most advanced surveillance gear America has to offer. These old grumbling tanks will be replaced by unmanned systems such as the … Read the rest of this entry

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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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USAF: When The Going Gets Tough Cut Production And Pay More For a Smaller and Less Effective Fleet!

The Global Hawk saga hit a low note today as procurement of the latest block variant got chopped by 11 units out of a planned 42. So we don’t replace a much-needed but troubled asset, instead we just cut their production numbers, thus the … 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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