A bit of a twist on the usual relationship between USAF and Navy, when it comes to UASs:
The Air Force’s effort to field a brand new tactical drone, known as MQ-X has effectively been cancelled the service’s top intelligence officer said today.
“At this point we do not see a need, or we [...]
Poway-based General Atomics has made a killing – I say that with admiration – by anticipating DoD’s needs, and providing a solution prior to requirements definition. Which kind of turns the entire JCIDS process upside down, but saves an enormous amount of time, keeping in mind that when the federal bureaucracy is involved, time [...]
US cyber experts are cautious about Iranian claims in yesterday’s CSM that they jammed the GPS signals of the RQ-170 drone and inserted new geolocation data to lure the asset to a crash landing:
First, Iran would need to spot the stealth drone. Second, it would need to jam the encrypted GPS signal. Third, [...]
An unlikely scenario:
A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.
The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in [...]
It now comes with a launch bar and hook, set to a house/trance theme.
And soon it will launch off electromagnetic catapults.
NGC and Team N-UCAS have successfully tested navigation and control systems to be used in the tailless UAV’s carrier variant using an FA-18D from NAS Patuxent River:
“What we saw here today is cutting edge technology for integrating digital control of autonomous carrier aircraft operations, and most importantly, the capability to automatically land an [...]
The president has sent in the drones to enforce the Libyan no-fly zones:
The U.S. said it is starting to use armed drones to carry out missile strikes against Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s troops in Libya, despite the Obama administration’s vow to leave such offensive missions to its allies.
Defense officials said the airstrikes—which will [...]
All het up about the PLAAF’s J-20 5th generation fighter, are you?
Stuff and nonsense says David Axe, writing in the pages of the Diplomat – it’s all about the UAVs:
China is some distance behind the United States and other countries in bringing unmanned aircraft into military service. Why? ‘One possible obstacle is [...]
The USAF is all set to roll-out a new UAS that carries not one, but nine full motion video cameras – enough to task an entire city:
The development of Gorgon Stare began about 18 months ago. It is based on the work of Air Force scientists who came up with the idea of [...]