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Thread: UCAV/UAV/UAS News and discussion 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopsalot View Post
    If this is true then we are likely at the beginning of a new era for combat aircraft.

    You might as well cut and paste the article into the 6th generation fighter and next generation bomber threads as well.
    What's the range and damage capability though? 3,000lbs is a hefty weight, weren't they aiming for half that?

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    Lt. General Heithold, was speaking just a few minutes ago at the AFA panel about a Non-Kinetic Directed energy system that the SOCOM is considering for the Future AC-130J. The plan is to replace the M102 so the weight class isn't too different from the system that it is replacing. This particular system developed by General Atomics is different from the Program development under Hellads which GA is the lead in as well. I think the AC-130J would be the platform of choice unless they want to fund 2 programs in which case the Avenger may be considered. If the SOCOM is seeking to take out an in-service aircraft and have it permanently mount the system then it would be a tactically significant capability, otherwise you could simply keep testing the thing and maintain the S&T effort until you get to those. The whole point of HELLADS is to deal with tactically relevant products for all three services and having the scalability option depending upon the platform.

    He also btw, spoke of a Microwave weapon launcher for the AC-130J because he considers targets out there in the future they they do not necessarily want to kill but just shut off.
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    The export version of General Atomics' Predator UAV, the "XP" model, conducted a 40-hour test flight, the company announced Thursday. During the flight, Predator XP validated its long-endurance capability by flying at 10,000 feet for greater than 40 hours, the company said. The flight began Feb. 6 and ended Feb. 8, at the company's Castle Dome Flight Operations Facility at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona.



    http://www.defensenews.com/story/def...r-xp/23348947/

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    India is to begin manufacturing an indigenous derivative of AeroVironment’s family of small unmanned air systems, dubbed the “Cheel”.

    The Cheel will be co-developed by AeroVironment and Indian company Dynamatic Technologies in a production facility in Bangalore that was inaugurated on 17 February

    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...onment-409142/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango III View Post
    India is to begin manufacturing an indigenous derivative of AeroVironment’s family of small unmanned air systems, dubbed the “Cheel”.

    The Cheel will be co-developed by AeroVironment and Indian company Dynamatic Technologies in a production facility in Bangalore that was inaugurated on 17 February

    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...onment-409142/
    Raven is a great drone. Only issue (to me) is that it doese not fit into a paratrooper bag.

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    The US government has opened the door to exporting armed unmanned air systems (UAS) to foreign governments in new policy announced by the State Department on 17 February.

    The policy removes an outright ban on sales of weaponised UAS to foreign customers and places new controls on how such armed systems can be used.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...xports-409156/

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    Outright ban? But the UK has armed Reapers! It's used them in Afghanistan.
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    Is that kinda vehicle able to give a warning if someting is really happening before land based radars ?
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    The Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) plans to increase the flight range of its domestically-made drones, Deputy Director of the IAIO Brigadier General Abdolkarim Banitorfi announced on Saturday.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20...#ixzz3SO7T9oNX

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    Lockheed Martin has tweaked the design of the flying wing-shaped Fury unmanned air vehicle (UAV) as it pursues contracts from US special operations forces and the international market.

    The Block 10 update of the five-year-old Fury design adds a wider-chord and longer-span airfoil to increase endurance, especially when flying at low speeds, says Jay McConville, a Lockheed business development director.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...ry-uav-409285/

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    Le ridicule ne tue pas.... An unmanned with a frontal section sized to hold a... 6pax cabin.

    What next in line... an A380 UAV ?

    Don't take me wrong, I like the Avanti design (ant its fuselage with its application of Natural laminar flows fuselages NASA's theory) but... an UAV made out of it... Seriously ?

    We made a compa earlier (range, payload, alt etc Vs the Pred)... and it's disastrous.

    Money for nothing ... Again.
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    The new trend in Paris nightlife ?


    Five drones were reportedly seen flying over sensitive and well-known areas of Paris overnight -- sightings that authorities are investigating, the city prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

    The unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted over the Eiffel Tower, the Bastille, Place de la Concorde, Les Invalides and the U.S. Embassy, according to Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office. The drones were seen between midnight and 6 a.m.

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    DARPA's Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program aimed to make optionally manned A-10's controllable by soldiers in the field
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persist...se_Air_Support

    the idea of making it optionally manned has since been dropped, but the program has survived as a way for soldiers to use modern technology to guide in air strikes, rather than use just voice radio and maps as it has been since WWII. first live fire tests are said to take place this month, operational fielding as soon as May

    even if it's not optionally manned, it still brings the idea of unmanned legacy aircraft and JTACs controlling UCAVs a step closer


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    I didn't think it would be possible to make the A10 looker scarier!!!!!!

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    TomcatViP will be ecstatic to know that the Italian Air Force has become the launch customer for the Hammerhead UAV:

    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...ad-uas-409488/

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    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...ad-uas-409488/

    Bearing in mind the racket this aeroplane creates, I can't help but wonder just how useful it will be to the Italian military.

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    That seems to be a broader problem. I was stunned at how noisy the Watchkeeper is and that is much smaller than the Hammerhead.

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    Perhaps an issue with pusher propellers.

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    In which case, we'd expect it to affect the Predator & Reaper. I've never heard either. Does anyone know how noisy they are?
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    I have to admit that UAVs have developed a lot...even the funfliers ( R/C planes ).

    Flying wing flier without the rudder and has a gyro based computer on board.

    Can be flow 12 km away with goggels using onboard tv camera.

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    France transfers UCAV tests to Italy:

    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...-round-409925/

    nEUROn completes signature testing and moves toward Italy for its next phase of flight tests.

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    An informative short review of the Neuron demonstrator dev


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    Notice also the advanced project rendering (pre-Neuron?) wich suggest Plasma usage but show wht seems to be a fluidic control:


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    Nice link.


    Without the """ it would be better.

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