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    #61
    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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      #62
      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.
      Last edited by bring_it_on; 13th February 2015, 19:34.
      Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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        #63
        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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          #64
          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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            #65
            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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              #66
              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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                #67
                Outright ban? But the UK has armed Reapers! It's used them in Afghanistan.
                Juris praecepta sunt haec: honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere.
                Justinian

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                  #68
                  Is that kinda vehicle able to give a warning if someting is really happening before land based radars ?
                  If it looks good, it will fly good !
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                    #69
                    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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                      #70
                      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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                        #71
                        General Atomics drone sale to UAE poised for US approval

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                          #72
                          HammerHead UAV prototype makes maiden flight

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                            #73
                            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.
                            Last edited by TomcatViP; 25th February 2015, 04:00.

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                              #74
                              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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                              Last edited by TomcatViP; 25th February 2015, 06:42.

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                                #75
                                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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                                  #76
                                  I didn't think it would be possible to make the A10 looker scarier!!!!!!

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                                    #77
                                    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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                                      #78
                                      Paris police arrest Al-Jazeera journalists over drone

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                                        #79
                                        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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                                          #80
                                          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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