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  • Tango III
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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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    • Tango III
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      US operating UAVs in Lebanon

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      • bring_it_on
        2005-year of the RAPTOR!!

        Global Hawk Coverage Maps

        https://www.scribd.com/doc/260326933...P6LLEI3g2GJfEb
        Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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        • Tango III
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          Singapore declares full operational capability for Hermes 450 UAV

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          • Tango III
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            Duck-like US Navy drone can fly or swim to hunt submarines

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            • djcross
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              Navy to conduct first aerial refueling of X-47B carrier drone

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              • Tango III
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                Air Force drone successfully hits boat in training

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                • bring_it_on
                  2005-year of the RAPTOR!!

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

                  Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                  • bring_it_on
                    2005-year of the RAPTOR!!

                    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/


                    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                    • Tango III
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                      LOCUST: Autonomous, swarming UAVs fly into the future

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                      • bring_it_on
                        2005-year of the RAPTOR!!




                        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/
                        Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                        • Tango III
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                          USAF study shows Global Hawk can carry U-2 sensors

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                          • Tango III
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                            Europe's combat UAV takes to the skies over Italy

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                            • mrmalaya
                              Generation 4.75+++

                              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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                              • TomcatViP
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                                I think you can drop the sophisticated cAPITALIzing here


                                ... Especially when Northrop, once more, the same day, made history qUIETLYyyy
                                Last edited by TomcatViP; 18th April 2015, 00:30.

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                                • bring_it_on
                                  2005-year of the RAPTOR!!

                                  History will be made in a few days. They haven't yet transferred fuel .
                                  Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                                  • TomcatViP
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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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                                    • bring_it_on
                                      2005-year of the RAPTOR!!

                                      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.
                                      Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                                      • mrmalaya
                                        Generation 4.75+++

                                        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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                                        • TomcatViP
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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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