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CUTAWAY: RQ-4 Block 40

Flightglobal artists Giuseppe “Joe” Picarella and Tim Brown have published in this week’s magazine a new cutaway revealing the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 40. The cutaway is the centerpiece of our special report on unmanned aircraft systems, which is timed to preview next week’s annual convention of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) […]

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GA-ASI attracts customer for a high-altitude Avenger, says supplier

Lockheed Martin briefed reporters yesterday about the targeting system for the F-35 and dropped somehow two bombshells about the General Atomic Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Avenger.The Avenger apparently has a customer, and that customer wants “Global Hawk-like” or “U-2-like” sensors for the high altitude surveillance mission, Lockheed says. Unfortunately for Lockheed, that also means that […]

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Report: Shrinking USAF fighter fleet gets even smaller? [Updated]

Big news this morning from InsideDefense.com. EXCLUSIVE: Air Force Plans Massive, Early F-15, F-16 Retirements to Save $3.4 Billion DefenseAlert, Oct. 14, 2008 — The Air Force is planningdramatic cuts to its fighter force in fiscal year 2010 in an attempt tofind $3.4 billion to bolster other combat aircraft, munitionsinventories, ISR and manpower efforts, InsideDefense.com […]

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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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NASA goes Global Hawk

NASA will finally be able to play with the two RQ-4s that the agency received back in November. Don’t expect these two airframes to be the last RQ-4s transferred to a civil government customer. Also, pay attention to the last sentence of the second paragraph of the NASA press release excerpted below: “… expanded markets, […]

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