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Northrop Grumman exposes two new UAVs

The inadvertent revealing of two new aircraft design concepts offers proof Northrop Grumman is plotting an aggressive new push deeper into the UAV market. These images of MQ-X and MUVR appeared on a 10-month-old presentation by a Northrop executive to aerospace suppliers in California. The briefing is posted online (see slide 4).The designs show that […]

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Inside Phantom Works

I wish the photo above came from inside Boeing’s Phantom Works facility in St. Louis, which I toured yesterday morning. The image actually comes from inside the next building we toured, where the C-130 avionics modernization program (AMP) was briefed.But you can’t take cameras, cell phones, tape recorders, laptops and possibly even in hearing aids […]

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DARPA calls for an unmanned A-10 — literally, perhaps

Since the moment on November 4, 2002, when a Hellfire-armed MQ-1 Predator whacked a car full of terrorists in Yemen, the idea was planted. It wouldn’t be long before armed, remotely piloted aircraft would be doing more than striking high value targets. They would be hovering somewhere over a gunfight, backing up the good guys […]

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RQ-170 not intended to replace Predators and Reapers

Okay, no more MQ-X talk about the RQ-170 Sentinel.I interviewed USAF Col Eric Mathewson this morning after he spoke on a panel for an Army unmanned aircraft system (UAS) conference. Mathewson is the USAF’s director of the UAS task force. His job is to bet the ball rolling on the MQ-X program, which could start […]

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Skunk Works unveils MQ-X UAS concept at #AFA09

Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works today division unveiled this aircraft concept at the Air Force Association’s annual convention in Washington DC. The USAF plans to buy the MQ-X to augment and replace the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems (UAS). I snapped this picture of the Skunks’ MQ-X concept on display in their exhibit […]

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AUVSI: Boeing displays vision for MQ-9 Reaper replacement

WEBSTER FIELD — Boeing kindly rendered a reconnaissance by this reporter to a sweltering southern-Maryland swamp — er, UAV demonstration area — worthwhile by offering this peak at their strategy for the US Air Force’s MQ-X contract. I expect to hear more tomorrow about Boeing’s plans for this MQ-9 replacement concept at the AUVSI convention. […]

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US Air Force looks beyond the Reaper

The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc MQ-9 Reaper will rule the US Air Force fleet of medium-altitude unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) through the middle of the next decade. The USAF’s newly-released UAS flight flight plan shows the Reaper’s capability will steadily expand with the arrival of new payloads, such as the Gorgon Stare sensor in […]

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