Imagine a scenario where a cargo plane passes by a village suspected of harboring terrorists. The cargo plane, flying at 7km altitude, releases a swarm of disposable electric-powered nano vehicles who fly down an perch in predetermined locations. Some perch on rooftops and others in trees, but they are collectively able to observe all activities in the village. The nano vehicles recharge their batteries via solar cells during the day so they can run their EO, IR and acoustic sensors at night. One or two UAVs serve as communications nodes, collecting data from the rest of the swarm and relaying that data to "home". An intel operator at 'home" can control individual UAV sensors or order the UAV to relocate to provide better coverage of areas within the village. And the swarm is operational for days or weeks, not minutes or hours like a legacy ISR airplane.
Watch starting at 1:35 in the following link
Last edited by djcross; 27th April 2012 at 03:28.
A series of pictures of yesterdays incident taken by a Bulgarian plane spotter.
As seen on ΠΤΗΣΗ & ΔΙΑΣΤΗΜΑ's mags Blog site:
Superior tactics can always defeat superior numbers.
F-22s to UAE huh. So where exactly are the Barnes F-15s now ?
This one slipped under the radar from last weeks posts:
UOR for RAF GR4 crews sees new Helmet mounted cueing system deployed to Afghanistan.
-The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for a possible sale of an initial four F-35As with an option to purchase an additional 38 aircraft. The estimated cost is $10 billion.
Pentagon Contract Announcement
"That's very dangerous for the carrier because it makes the carrier irrelevant. They are not going to have first-day capability. I'm absolutely convinced that if you do not have stealth by the year 2022 to 2025 you will be irrelevant."
He says there will not be any money for F/A-XX, period.
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