Posts Tagged drone

MQ-4C Triton in Flight Testing Over U.S.

From ArsTechnica:

The drone is just the first piece in what the Navy calls Broad Area Maritime Surveillance, or BAMS. The MQ-4C Triton will be used to keep tabs on a wide area using “radar, infrared sensors and advanced cameras to provide full-motion video and photographs to the military,” according to The Washington Post. Eventually, a network of these drones could be deployed to fly around the world and provide 24-hour, 7-day-a-week coverage of a given area.

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New DARPA Drone Has 1.8 Billion Pixel Camera

From Washington Free Beacon:

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Unmanned Naval Fighter Operates With Manned Aircraft

From Defense Media Network:

The Navy’s unmanned X-47B returned to carrier operations aboard RooseveltAug. 17, with the X-47B team focused on perfecting deck operations and performing maneuvers with manned aircraft in the flight pattern.

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Triton UAV

From Wired.com:

With its 130-foot wingspan, Triton will provide high-altitude, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) from a sensor suite that supplies a 360-degree view at a radius of over 2,000 nautical miles, allowing monitoring from higher and farther away than any of its competitors.

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New Stealth Drone Uncovered

From Foreign Policy:

The RQ-180 is likely flying from the secret Air Force test facility at Groom Lake, Nevada, widely known as Area 51. Its exact specifications, including such crucial details as the number of engines, is unknown, but Aviation Week suggests a wingspan of over 130 feet, based on hangar construction at Northrop’s Palmdale, California facility. The number of aircraft built is also unknown; however, a flight test program, relatively quick entry into service and open budget documents suggest a small fleet are flying routinely.

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Black Hornet British Drone

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First Drone Carrier Landing

From Military Times:

If all goes as planned, a successful landing of the X-47B experimental aircraft will mean the Navy can move forward with its plans to develop another unmanned aircraft that will join the fleet alongside traditional airplanes to provide around-the-clock surveillance while also possessing a strike capability. The aircraft’s success would pave the way for the U.S. to launch unmanned aircraft without the need to obtain permission from other countries to use their bases.

Update (16:51):

First Carrier Arrested Landing:

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Government Can Kill You If It Thinks You May Commit A Crime In The Future

From Time’s Battleland Blog:

For now, the only club whose membership can earn you such a “pre-crime-sentence” is al-Qaeda, but how many dangerous organizations (you tell me where to put the sarcastic quotation marks on that phrase) will be added to this list in the years and decades ahead?

Ask yourself that, Mr. Obama.

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First Flight of Boeing Phantom Eye

From Military Times:

Boeing said Monday that the 28-minute flight of the Phantom Eye began at 6:22 a.m. Friday. The aircraft reached an altitude of 4,080 feet and a cruising speed of 62 knots before landing at the California desert base.

From Wired’s Danger Room:

The Phantom Eye’s size means the drone can be loaded up with a whopping 450 lbs. of sensors and cameras — which will come in handy for toting the military’s forthcoming spy gear, like Gorgon Stare, designed to spy on “city-size” areas, or the Army’s ARGUS sensor, which collects the equivalent of 79.8 years of video footage each day. Combine that capacity with a lengthy loiter time, and you’ve got a high-flying spy system that can peek on entire cities for days at a time.

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Yemen: Fallout from the al-Awlaki Airstrike

Yemen: Fallout from the al-Awlaki Airstrike is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

By Scott Stewart

U.S.-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an ideologue and spokesman for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al Qaeda’s franchise in Yemen, was killed in a Sept. 30 airstrike directed against a motorcade near the town of Khashef in Yemen’s al-Jawf province. The strike, which occurred at 9:55 a.m. local time, reportedly was conducted by a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and may have also involved fixed-wing naval aircraft. Three other men were killed in the strike, one of whom was Samir Khan, the creator and editor of AQAP’s English-language magazine Inspire.

Al-Awlaki has been targeted before; in fact, he had been declared dead on at least two occasions. The first time followed a December 2009 airstrike in Shabwa province, and the second followed a May 5 airstrike, also in Shabwa. In light of confirmation from the U.S. and Yemeni governments and from statements made by al-Awlaki’s family members, it appears that he is indeed dead this time. We anticipate that AQAP soon will issue an official statement confirming the deaths of al-Awlaki and Khan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Northrop Grumman Announces New Drone Aircraft

Northrop Grumman

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The Eyes in the Sky

Sgt. Richard Knuth (left), Sgt. Winston Chin (middle) and Pfc. Anthony McCormack, all assigned to "A" Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, load an unmanned aerial vehicle on to a launcher, Jan. 25, at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq. UAV's are so heavy they require three Soldiers to load them.

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Boeing’s Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS)

Boeing’s Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS) is an in-house “one off” technology demonstrator that will serve as a flying test bed for multiple, new, advanced technologies including:

— intel / surveil / recon
— locate / neutralize enemy air defenses
— hunter / killer missions
— electronic warfare
— autonomous aerial refueling

Boeing in-house project:
— designed and developed by Boeing’s Phantom Works division
— uses technologies Boeing pioneered in prototype for Joint-Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS)
— funded and built by Boeing Defense, Space & Security in St. Louis
— no tax dollars used

Length …………………. 36 ft ……….. 10.9 m
Wingspan …………….. 50 ft ……….. 15.2 m
Gross Weight ……….. 36,500 lbs .. 16,556 kg
Operating Altitude …. 40,000 ft ……12,192 m
Cruise Mach … 0.8 … 614 mph ….. 988 km/h
Engine …………………. F404-GE-102D

Project started in 2008
– taxi tests (est): Summer 2010
– first flight (est): December 2010

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U.S. Confirms It Shot Down one of Iran’s Drones

Last month, a U.S. fighter aircraft tracked and shot down an Iranian drone. Details — first reported by Danger Room — have been elusive, but the U.S. military has now confirmed the incident.

Multinational Forces Iraq spokesman Col. Scott Maw tells Danger Room that coalition fighters intercepted an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle over Iraqi airspace on Feb. 25. The UAV, an Ababil-3 (pictured here), was “tracked as it crossed the border.”

Coalition aircraft were sent up to visually ID the drone. Finally, they did, and then shot it down “over 25 miles from the Iraq-Iran border.” All told, the UAV was tracked “for an hour and 10 minutes before it was shot down.”

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/03/confirmed-us-do/#ixzz0xTscW8Dm

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad skipped onto a stage yesterday, drew back a blue curtain, unveiled a shiny gold drone, and pronounced it an “ambassador of death” to Tehran’s foes.

Since 2004, a small number of those unmanned aerial vehicles have made their way into Hezbollah’s hands. This, however, would be Iran’s first armed robo-plane. In so doing, state television crows, “Iran broke the military advantage of America” — and prepped the country for the looming days of all-robot warfare.

According to the official word from Tehran, the 13-foot Karrar (’striker”) drone is capable of carrying four cruise missiles. That’s really unlikely. Even smaller-sized cruise missiles, like the Russian Kh-135s, weigh a more than a thousand pounds and are about nine feet long; it’s tough to imagine a relative pipsqueak like the Karrar lugging such a hefty package.

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Iranian President Ahmadinejad announces Iran’s first domestically built drone bomber.

This photo released by the Iranian Defense Ministry, shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as he speaks during a ceremony of inauguration of the Karrar, or striker in Farsi, which the Iran claims is the first domestically-built, long-range, unmanned bomber aircraft, at the Malek-e Ashtar University, 22 Aug 2010

“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is hailing the country’s first domestically built drone bomber.  The unmanned aircraft, unveiled Sunday, is the latest in a series of Iranian announcements of military advances.

The Iranian military displayed the drone, dubbed the Karrar – or “striker” – at a ceremony attended by top officials.  State media say it can carry out long-range attacks up to 1,000 kilometers carrying a 200-kilogram bomb.

President Ahmadinejad called the Karrar a symbol of death to Iran’s enemies.”

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/Iran-Shows-Off-Unmanned-Long-Range-Bomber-101251954.html

First of all, does it seem strange to anyone else that they had this big unveiling at a University? Not making any inferences, just thought that was weird.

I certainly am glad that they have assured us that their nuclear plants are going to be used for peaceful purposes only [taqiyya] and they would never think of attacking anyone with nuclear weapons, even if they happened to accidentally make some [taqiyya] and really, they just want to get along, we don’t need to be at all anxious about them getting new missiles, new drones, all that stuff [taqiyya].

Once that new Cordoba House mosque is built, we will all learn how tolerant [taqiyya] and peaceful [taqiyya] Islam is. They just want to be part of the American Dream [taqiyya] and have no intention at all of trying to change or overcome or tear down our culture [taqiyya].

Anyone who thinks that or says anything negative is just an ignorant bigot who is willing to trash Freedom of Religion in America [taqiyya].



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