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Thread: UCAV/UAV/UAS News and discussion 2015

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    Can we all PLEASE agree to do one of two things:

    1. Stop referring to "kamikaze drones" as "kamikaze drones"

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    2. Start referring to all guided missiles as "kamikaze drones"
    Regards, Ivan

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    That is the title of the news from the source. We can't change that?.

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    Northrop Grumman pulls out of MQ-25 competition
    Smart decision by Wes Bush. High risk programs are a good only if they fit into your core competencies. An efficient unmanned tanker with little to no survivability requirements or other combat duties doesn't really fit into theirs. Better to let others take the risk on a fixed price contract and focus on the more challenging programs that are likely to strain company bottom line and talent over the next few years (B-21, TERN, and the strategic programs). Their strength lies in low-observable designs, and integrated across their companies core competencies such as mission systems, and other electronic systems, the original UCLASS was tailor made for them but an unmanned tanker really doesn't allow them to differentiate their capability form say a Boeing or Lockheed both companies with much deeper pockets.
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    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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    nEUROn finished a test campaign in order to check RCS along time. Next starting soon, delivery of GBU

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    interesting but still, manoeuvrability at alt is dictated by the amount of lift you can generate. A larger drone will outmanoeuvre a micro drone and probably given range of detection abd tie to coast (think balloon operating time, time to climb and then the time needed for the drones to deploy) and you have a spread pattern that can be outflanked by an appropriate re-routing.
    It's an interesting concept but very similarly outmatched from inception like was the point defense rocket fighter.

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    After a deep though,it came to me that buoyancy is the way to go here. A semi-rigid kamikaze high alt drone would do it according to the(little red) book. High alt means less dynamic pressure and with gas encapsulated at much lower alt in a semi rigid hull, there is enough lifting power, low weight to carry both enough explosive and guidance hardware to target, hit and damage a drone. Take into account the soaring acceleration and you'll probably could discard any power engines with some sort of controlled ballistic trajectory.
    I once made a note on something like that but you can reach a speed compatible with a kinetic kill (remember that high alt planes are fragiles with light structures, large wings and unstable balance of forces in their cruise altitude)

    If they did that,hats off!
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    Intersting

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    DARPA's Bay Area SDR Hackfest:


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    China’s Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology unveils TYW-1 strike-capable UAV


    China’s Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology unveiled its TYW-1 strike-capable
    reconnaissance UAV (seen here) on 13 November.

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