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Unread post16 Jan 2017, 03:06

So basically a Firebee.

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Unread post16 Jan 2017, 19:27

arian wrote:So basically a Firebee.

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LOL. That pic is from one of my unit's test programs not long before I was transferred in. The first UAV guided weapons launch success. When the Predator launched its firdt Hellfire, I had to remind the shimy AF Lt PAO that what she wrote up as a 'first time' was the first operational use, but not allbtogether that new. And now the world has forgotten we used to have enlisted UAV controllers right up to the early 1990s. History in America is a black hole whereby we constantly relearn old lessons. :D
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Unread post16 Jan 2017, 23:19

What's that black round thingy atop the vertical tail? Also, notice the different nose jobs.
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Unread post16 Feb 2017, 00:45



Something like it flew last year.
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Unread post16 Feb 2017, 03:04

Somewhat intriguing they're using a Harrier to control the drones. Marines must be keen on the thing.

Edit - turns out the ALQ 231 Intrepid TIger Pod is a USMC piece of kit and testing it on the drone is in support of their efforts to deliver a distributed, networked EW capability.
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Unread post19 Jun 2017, 02:49

Smsgt. Mac's baby has all grown up and is ready to play. :D


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Kratos to show low-cost Valkyrie and Mako "wingman" combat drones

Defense company Kratos has announced that it will show two low-cost combat drones at the Paris Air Show next week, offering an insight as to what military conflicts might look like in the foreseeable future – a manned combat jet leading dozens of 1,000 km/h lethally-armed unmanned companions.

The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie and UTAP-22 Mako drones offer fighter-like performance at between US$2 and $3 million apiece, compared with $100 million for each manned fighter. The Valkrie and Mako will initially function as wingmen to manned aircraft in combat, but they are the most likely key component of the first military unmanned combat swarms...

Attritable doesn't quite mean disposable, but expendable if necessary. Hence the drones might be used to shield the manned aircraft nominally controlling the swarm, and take risks that manned planes and very expensive Unmanned Systems cannot...

The smaller Mako with its 10-ft (3-m) wingspan is the faster of the two at 0.91 Mach (1,125 km/h), while the 22-ft (6.7-m)-wingspan Valkyrie is slightly slower at 0.85 Mach (1,050 km/h). Both drones can operate independently in combat and both have considerable range, with the Mako capable of flying to 50,000 ft and covering 1,400 naut mi (2,600 km) and the XQ-222 Valkyrie (below) capable of 45,000 ft and 1,850 naut mi (3,425 km).
"If you team up a bunch of these aircraft with an F-35 or an F-22, or some of our surveillance assets, you'd basically be able to cover more space at a lower cost point," Bill Baron of the United States Air Force Research Laboratories told the Dayton Daily News last month. "In a lot of cases, we don't have enough airplanes and as you look to the future, most likely our fleet sizes are going to continue to be more limited so this is a way to provide a force multiplier."
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Unread post19 Jun 2017, 07:55

Somebody call Dale Brown; I think the Flighthawk is here. Is it time to convert some B-52s into 'aerial battleships' yet? :devil: :devil:
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Unread post13 Jul 2018, 01:43

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... 8a-450091/

Flying soon! But its payload is pretty limited. Just 600lbs. Thats 1 GBU-38 or 2 SDBs. It can't even carry 2 AMRAAMs.
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Unread post13 Jul 2018, 02:33

gc wrote:https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/afrl-sets-first-flight-date-for-xq-58a-450091/

Flying soon! But its payload is pretty limited. Just 600lbs. Thats 1 GBU-38 or 2 SDBs. It can't even carry 2 AMRAAMs.


If they can mass produce them at $2-3M apiece then a swarm of these things will pack quite a punch in aggregate and be a nightmare to defend against.
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Unread post13 Jul 2018, 13:13

Much less capable than Minion. (UCAV which was supposed to be carried by the F-22. One under each wing, 8 SDB payload, 1000 mile range, and landing gear.)

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Unread post13 Jul 2018, 22:45

sferrin wrote:Much less capable than Minion. (UCAV which was supposed to be carried by the F-22. One under each wing, 8 SDB payload, 1000 mile range, and landing gear.)

So tell me then o big mighty oracle, why is that thing not in mass production if it's much more capable?

You know every design is a compromise of many aspects right?

Digging up past projects that did not come to fruitation and pretending they were the holy grail is a tad out of reality.
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