Tag Archives | UAV

Military UAV flights in the UK – the numbers

The DEW Line and Flightglobal bring you a lot of coverage about what are variously referred to as UAVs, UASs, RPAs, RPASs, or even – and I’m including this word just for the opponents – “drones”. A goldmine of information, the UK parliament’s Hansard information service has provided details on the number of military UAV […]

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After Iran; an aircraft model that really could fly

The emergence of Iran’s new “stealth fighter”, the Qaher 313, has got us all talking about ludicrous designs and crazy performance claims, so how about this as a follow-on? One of our Moscow-based correspondents sent us news of a reported gaffe by the republic of Tatarstan, which published an image of Russia’s developmental Altius UAV […]

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PHOTO OP: F-16 SMASH!

The US Air Force sacrificed one of its beloved Lockheed Martin F-16s on 19 August to test the flight termination system for the unmanned version of the aircraft that is being developed by Boeing to serve as an aerial target drone. The QF-16 will convert scores of retired F-16A/Bs into targets for live missile tests.Photo […]

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VIDEO: Former USAF officer blows whistle on “illegal” anti-airship move?

US combat troops are “needlessly” dying because culturally-biased US Air Force officers rejected readily available lighter-than-air technology four years ago, says Ed Herlik, a former Air Force Space Command officer.Now the managing director of the Market Intelligence Group (MIG), Herlik has gone public on YouTube with his frustration about what he calls an “illegal” move […]

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VIDEO: Introducing the BAE Systems Coyote micro-UAV

BAE Systems has shown the latest product flown by Advanced Ceramics Research, a newly-acquired rapid protoyping shop for UAVs. The Coyote is its first electrically-powered micro-UAV air-launched from a P-3 sonobuoy. Read more about the system here.

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PHOTO: RQ-170 half-frontal view

Militaryphotos.net has posted the clearest frontal view yet of the RQ-170, courtesy of the latest issue of Combat Aircraft monthly magazine. The US Air Force still refuses to release official photos of the Skunk Works project, so we have to rely on these shots from the aviation paparazzi. This particular shot appeared in the latest […]

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That other stealthy, jet-powered UAV from Palmdale

When General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) unveiled the Avenger last spring, it seemed the entrepreneurial outfit that has made a fortune selling Predators and Reapers to the US Air Force had once again beaten the competition to a lucrative new market: stealthy, jet-powered, tactical-level unmanned aircraft systems.Well, now we know the US Air Force […]

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Questions raised by full text of USAF RQ-170 statement

As reported first on Ares and later here, the US Air Force has confirmed the existence of a stealthy unmanned aircraft system called the RQ-170.Below is the full text of the statement emailed to journalists on Friday evening. The United States Air Force is developing a stealthyunmanned aircraft system (UAS) to provide reconnaissance and surveillancesupport […]

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Ares blog identifies Kandahar UAV [Update]

Update 8:17: USAF Fact Sheet says the 30th RS was re-activated on September 1, 2005. Update 8:11pm: The USAF identifies the RQ-170 belonging to the 30th Reconnaissance Squadron. I have found an Associated Press story, dated March 22, 2006, that says the 30th squadron was established in August 2005. It’s not clear how long it […]

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AAI jumps into cargo UAS market with slowed rotor/compound helo

RQ-7 Shadow and Aerosonde-maker AAI Corp. wants to develop a new slowed rotor/compound aircraft as a cargo-carrying unmanned aircraft system, my colleague John Croft reports today. Read the full article here: AAI Grabs technology stake in fledgling Carter The aircraft shown above could be pursued under a 40-year agreement signed between AAI and Carter to […]

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