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Thread: UCAV/UAV/UAS News and discussion 2015

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    The U.S. Army will buy 19 Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft from General Atomics for approximately $132 million.

    Pentagon Contract Announcement

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    Does anyone know what happened to BAE Herti?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli View Post
    Does anyone know what happened to BAE Herti?
    Since RAF trials in Afghanistan and the development of the armed variant in 2008 all has gone quiet...

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    From the link above:

    Notably, while the USA maintained the largest share of international exports, which increased by 23% between the time periods, it was also the eighth largest importer of arms, 44% of which consisted of aircraft.

    Predominantly this was made up of Alenia Aermacchi C-27J transports, Airbus Helicopters EC-145/UH-72As, trainers and maritime patrol aircraft, all from Europe.
    So long for the couplet regarding the phantasmed US protectionism...

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    Manned-unmanned operations using helicopters linked with unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, have been used by the Army for a number of years.

    First Unit Fields Apache-Shadow Combo

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    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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    Predator B with a maritime radar pod (From Stephen Trimble, Twitter)

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    X-47B Drone Set For Refueling Test Tomorrow

    NATIONAL HARBOR, MD: “Tomorrow, actually, the weather looks good,” said Capt. Beau Duarte, the Navy’s head of carrier-launched drone programs — at least, he added cautiously, as of “right now.”

    If the weather holds, the Navy’s experimental X-47B drone will refuel in mid-air — the first time an unmanned aircraft has ever done so. On previous tests, the X-47B has maneuvered to within 30 feet of a flying tanker, holding position just behind the trailing fuel hose called a drogue. Tomorrow, using a new optical sensor rather than the high-precision GPS that has guided it on previous flights and carrier landings, the X-47B will close the gap and insert its refueling probe into the drogue.
    http://breakingdefense.com/2015/04/r...test-tomorrow/

    NAVAIR: Aerial Refueling Will End X-47B Test Program, Salty Dogs Bound for Museums or Boneyard

    http://breakingdefense.com/2015/04/r...test-tomorrow/


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    Thursday: Wednesday afternoon, the X-47B successfully hooked up with the tanker. The actual transfer of fuel still hasn’t happened, but Duarte wanted to do analysis of the hook-up first.

    http://breakingdefense.com/2015/04/r...test-tomorrow/
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    slightly more information on the nEUORn trials here from the Aviationist:

    http://theaviationist.com/2015/04/16...tes-from-deci/
    and here is a nice shot from the article TangoIII posted:

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    I think you can drop the sophisticated cAPITALIzing here


    ... Especially when Northrop, once more, the same day, made history qUIETLYyyy
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    History will be made in a few days. They haven't yet transferred fuel .
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    hOLDIng on my breath, so...

    But wasn't making contact with the basket the real difficult part?

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    But wasn't making contact with the basket the real difficult part?
    Probably but they are going through the entire thing and then will eventually transfer fuel before shutting down the program.
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    I oNLy do wHAt im tOLd.

    Are we only to report on American developments now? Or should I repeat the refuelling story again and again. I'm not actually that impressed by the refuelling. Its just a developmental process and I'm sure NG have much loftier goals that will one day come to light.

    And it was a very nice picture of nEUORn

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    Didn't notice it at first, but it seems as if they made some rework on the underside (lately):


    First sortie Decimomannu

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    Picture of the early March:

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