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RAF ISTAR watch: a Shadowy arrival, and saving Sentinel

Punchily described as being the UK Royal Air Force’s intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) hub, the service’s Waddington base in Lincolnshire is a bit of a paradox. Located on a hilltop not far from the cathedral city of Lincoln, it’s currently home to three types: the Boeing E-3D Sentry airborne warning and control […]

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UK drone moan reaches home

As expected, the UK Ministry of Defence’s confirmation last week that some of its Reaper UAV missions in Afghanistan are now being piloted by personnel located at the Royal Air Force’s Waddington air base hasn’t pleased the anti-drone lobby. Saturday 27 April saw a first “Ground the Drones” protest march conducted near the Lincolnshire base, […]

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Drone stats: how the UK has adjusted Reaper weapons use

Thanks to Chris Cole at the Drone Wars UK website for providing The DEW Line with the most detailed stats we’ve seen so far about the Royal Air Force’s use of armed Reapers in Afghanistan over the last half-decade. Here’s a Crown Copyright image showing one of the type on the ground at Kandahar airfield, […]

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Predator/Reaper chaos and Creech power outages

So I’m reading Esquire’s new thumb-sucker of a feature article with the typical — and increasingly mandatory — “UAVs are changing war as we know it” angle, and my eyes stumble on this gem of a paragraph. Can somebody put some MILCON in the next budget for a few spare power generators at Creech AFB, […]

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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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Thomas Cassidy fires back at GA-ASI’s critics

US Air Force photo As the maker of the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, Thomas Cassidy wants to make it clear that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc’s (GA-ASI) production system isn’t broken. “We have never have had a production problem,” says Cassidy, president of GA-ASI. “We sometimes have a problem delivering the airplanes.” But those […]

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General Atomics may a have customer relations problem

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has grown very quickly into a powerful force within the US defense industry. Their stable of products based on the Predator/Reaper/Sky Warrior family have dominated almost every competition they’ve entered.Almost, but not all. The US Navy passed over the Lockheed Martin/GA-ASI team offering the Mariner version of the Predator […]

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