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Keyword: reconnaissance

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  • Obama to Cut Key Reconnaissance Fleet By 25 Percent Planes being used to monitor Ukraine crisis

    03/10/2014 9:44:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/10/14 | Adam Kredo
    A key fleet of U.S. reconnaissance planes used to detect enemy aircraft in hostile settings will to be cut by 25 percent under President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget, according to multiple sources familiar with the budget proposal. A fleet of 31 AWACs, or Airborne Warning and Control System planes, will be reduced to 24 by 2015 under Obama’s budget proposal. The situation has prompted concern in defense circles and elsewhere, where sources have pointed out that AWACS are currently deployed in Poland and Romania in order to help monitor the standoff in Ukraine. AWACS are a highly advanced type...
  • Largest Rocket Ever Launched From Vandenberg AFB Makes Lift-Off

    08/28/2013 12:49:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | August 28, 2013 11:05 AM
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (CBSLA.com) — The largest rocket ever to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base had a succesful lift-off Wednesday. The Delta IV Heavy rocket was launched with a $1 billion spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) “in support of national defense,” according to aerospace engineering firm United Launch Alliance (ULA). Once it reaches orbit in about two days, the classified payload is expected to be able to distinguish details back on Earth as minute as the make and model of an automobile. ULA officials alerted the public about the launch through its Facebook and...
  • Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes

    08/15/2013 11:52:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 45 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 8/15/2013 | Alan Boyle
    A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission — which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes. The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: the U-2 and Oxcart Programs." The document was approved for release in June, with just a few remaining redactions, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by George Washington University's National Security Archive back in 2005.
  • How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane (Declassified Flight Manual for Secret Reconnaissance Aircraft)

    01/08/2013 3:17:20 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Jan 8, 2013 | Jason Torchinsky
    How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane Got your eye on a sweet used '59 U-2 spy plane you saw on Craigslist? Would you go ahead and take the plunge if you just, you know, knew how to fly it? Then boy, are you in luck. That's because a couple days ago an entire flight manual for the U-2 from 1959 was declassified and released by the CIA. You can tell it's declassified because on each page where the word "secret" appears, someone has carefully drawn a line through it. We've got a copy here for you. The U-2 is,...
  • An SR-71 Blackbird Tail Fin Is For Sale On eBay For $1 Million

    06/02/2012 6:42:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | June 1, 2012 | Benjamin Preston
    An SR-71 Blackbird Tail Fin Is For Sale On eBay For $1 Million A tail rudder from the fastest airplane in the world could be yours — for a cool $1 million. The seller didn't say if it was a spare part, or if it was once part of a functioning SR-71 Blackbird, which is an important distinction given the cost. When it debuted in 1964, the SR-71 Blackbird — the mean looking surveillance aircraft that cruised high above the Soviet Union at speeds of up to mach 3.5 — cost the U.S. Air Force $34 million per air frame....
  • Taking The Pressure Off U-2s

    03/06/2012 11:18:23 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/6/2012 | The Strategy Page
    Last year the U.S. Air Force decided to extend the life of its U-2 fleet and cut back on the use of large UAVs for strategic reconnaissance. One of the many upgrades U-2s will now receive will be better cockpit pressurization. Currently, pilots operate in a cockpit pressurized to conditions found at 9,600 meters (30,000 feet). This puts more strain on the pilot's body. That, and the fact that they breathe pure oxygen while up there, means they tend to be completely exhausted after returning from a long mission. So pressuring the cockpit to the level of a lower altitude...
  • The Rafael in The Afghan Operations: Reconnaissance Pods Used Effectively

    10/11/2011 10:14:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Rafael in The Afghan Operations: Reconnaissance Pods Used Effectively 10/11/2011 During the French operations in Afghanistan, the reconnaissance pods on the Rafael provided to be a key asset. The tactical aircraft provided dynamic targeting data and were able to work with the sea-bases to work an intervention and strike picture to guide the entire French air operation. This was the first time these new assets were used off of the Raphael. During a recent visit to Paris, Second Line of Defense sat down with Vice Admiral (Retired) Richard Wilmot-Roussel, now the naval advisor to the head of Dassault Aviation....
  • Rafale F3 and AREOS Reco NG: The 21st century reconnaissance team

    02/09/2011 9:46:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Dassault Aviation ^ | February 9, 2011
    Rafale F3 and AREOS Reco NG: The 21st century reconnaissance team The Rafale F3 will take over recce duties, using the AREOS Reco NG pod developed by Thales. (Photo: Dassault Aviation) 15:10 GMT, February 9, 2011 The AREOS Reco NG pod, an integral part of the F3 standard for Rafale fighters, brings France into the world of all-digital reconnaissance. As a veritable “omnirole” fighter, the Rafale has already replaced several types of warplanes in the French air force and navy. This trend is set to continue in the coming years with the retirement of France’s last Mirage F-1 fighters, the...
  • Navy to Begin Initial Production of P-8A

    01/25/2011 10:15:15 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    U.S Navy via Defense Talk ^ | 1/25/2011 | Defense Talk
    The U.S. Navy announced today the award of a $1.6 billion contract to Boeing for P-8A Poseidon aircraft Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of six aircraft. This first LRIP contract also includes spares, logistics and training devices. Production of the first LRIP aircraft will begin this summer at Boeing’s Renton, Wash. facility. “In 2004, the U.S. Navy and the Boeing Company made a commitment to deliver the next generation maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft to support a 2013 Initial Operational Capability (IOC),” said Capt. Mike Moran, PMA 290 Program Manager. “This contract and these aircraft keep that commitment on track.” Three...
  • Northrop joins race for next SIGINT aircraft fleet for US Army

    07/07/2010 11:22:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 7/8/2010 | Flight Global
    Northrop Grumman has formally entered the race to win a US Army contract to deliver a new fleet of signals intelligence aircraft. The announcement adds the company to a growing list of declared rivals - including Boeing and L-3 Communications - bidding for the enhanced medium-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance system (EMARSS). The army wants a prime contractor to integrate a small but sophisticated suite of multiple SIGINT collectors on to Beechcraft King Air 350ERs. Payloads include an electro-optical camera and low-band communications interceptors. Northrop has not revealed details about the proposal submitted to the army before the 25 June deadline....
  • Small, Quick And Combat Ready

    06/20/2010 9:56:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 6/20/2010 | Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force is moving rapidly in developing and testing smaller reconnaissance and communications satellites. These birds weigh a ton or less (down to 100 kg/220 pounds). The smallest ones have limited usefulness and endurance. But when you get to half a ton or more, you have a very useful bird. It is believed these smaller satellites will be needed to replace wartime losses. Usually, the U.S. has four KH-11s and four Lacrosse radar satellites in orbit, plus several smaller, and more secret birds. Often, these satellites last longer than their design life of eight years (some have gone...
  • Downed U-2 pilot's son on own mission in Russia

    05/01/2010 3:45:39 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 504+ views
    MOSCOW — Fifty years ago Saturday, U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union, a dramatic episode of the Cold War that pushed the rival superpowers closer to confrontation. Now his son has come to Moscow on a mission of his own: By telling his late father's story, he hopes to help preserve Cold War history and prevent future generations of Russians and Americans from ever again facing the threat of nuclear war. On May 1, 1960, Powers was in the cockpit of the world's highest-flying plane, concentrated on keeping...
  • Solving A 37-Year Old Space Mystery

    03/16/2010 9:10:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 38 replies · 2,151+ views
    SPX via Space Travel ^ | 3/16/2010 | SPX via Space Travel
    A researcher from The University of Western Ontario has helped solve a 37-year old space mystery using lunar images released yesterday by NASA and maps from his own atlas of the moon. Phil Stooke, a professor cross appointed to Western's Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Geography, published a major reference book on lunar exploration in 2007 entitled, "The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration." Yesterday, images and data from Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) were posted. The LRO, scheduled for a one year exploration mission about 31 miles above the lunar surface, will produce a comprehensive map, search for resources...
  • Canadian astronomer spots Soviet rover on moon

    03/17/2010 1:31:32 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 58 replies · 1,940+ views
    CBC News ^ | 3-17-10 | John Bowman
    An astronomer at the University of Western Ontario has found a Soviet moon rover in recently released images from a NASA satellite. Phil Stooke combed through data and images of the moon's surface from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that NASA released Monday. Stooke compared the images to his own recently published reference book on moon geography, The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration, and pinpointed the location of the Soviet rover Lunokhod 2. "The tracks were visible at once," said Stooke, in a statement. The location of the rover was already known through laser ranging experiments, but there's no telescope on...
  • The Man Upstairs

    12/27/2009 10:53:12 PM PST · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 629+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | December 25, 2009
    The U.S. Air Force is pushing the idea that manned reconnaissance aircraft, like its new MC-12, are preferred, by ground troops, to UAVs. The pitch is that troops feel more comfortable if the recon aircraft overhead has some people in it. This is odd, since troops on the ground often have no idea where the people they talk to, via radio, are, and don't much care as long as they get the help they need. The real problem is that there not enough people on the ground who know how to talk to an aircraft overhead and get a smart...
  • Japanese Eyes On High

    12/03/2009 5:33:31 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 449+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/01/2009 | The Strategy Page
    Japan has successfully launched another optical (picture taking) spy satellite. This one joins two other optical birds and one radar satellite. This most recent satellite launch cost $109 million. The satellite cost quite a bit more. In early 2007, Japan lost the use of one of its two radar satellites. The "No. 1 radar satellite", which went into orbit in March 2003, was supposed to last for five years. But the bird has been having electrical problems, and had to be written off. Nearly three years ago, Japan launched its fourth spy satellite into orbit, using a Japanese made rocket....
  • Elderly Russian Bombers Falling Out Of The Air

    11/09/2009 5:35:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 1,218+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/09/2009 | The Strategy Page
    A Russian Tu-142M3 reconnaissance aircraft recently crashed twenty kilometers off the Pacific coast, during a training mission. The Tu-142 is an unarmed maritime patrol aircraft that, in the last few years, have resumed long range patrols. Such activity had been halted in the early 1990s. The Tu-142, which was introduced in the 1970s, is the patrol version of the Tu-95 heavy bomber. This aircraft entered service 51 years ago, and is expected to remain in service, along with the Tu-142 variant, for another three decades. But these elderly aircraft are increasingly expensive to maintain, and prone to developing unexpected problems....
  • Into the Mushroom Cloud

    08/08/2009 10:51:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1,719+ views
    Air and Space Magazine ^ | 08/01/2009 | Mark Wolverton
    He wasn’t supposed to do it, but on May 15, 1948, Lieutenant Colonel Paul H. Fackler, commanding officer of the U.S. Air Force 514th Reconnaissance Squadron Weather, flew his airplane into the seething mushroom cloud of an atomic bomb detonation. As part of Zebra, the final shot of America’s second series of atomic tests at Enewetak atoll in the Pacific, Fackler had the job of tracking the atomic cloud from at least 10 miles away, hoping that special filters attached to the airplane would catch samples of the radioactive debris. But as he pulled away from the enormous roiling cloud...
  • Eavesdropping craft critical for monitoring terrorists

    01/28/2009 12:48:03 PM PST · by gandalftb · 9 replies · 641+ views
    SPACEFLIGHT NOW ^ | January 17, 2009 | CRAIG COVAULT
    The NRO payload on the Delta 4-Heavy is a 5-to-6 ton eavesdropping spacecraft with a high tech deployable antenna as wide as 350 feet. The spacecraft is to enhance the capability for the U.S. to listen in on communications in hostile governments like Iran and terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda. The satellite is likely an "Advanced Mentor" design. Earlier versions were designated Orion. These spacecraft provide the kind of information the White House, State Dept. and Pentagon need to make military and national foreign policy decisions. It is also likely a "broad spectrum" satellite that can update key frequency information...
  • NASA Spacecraft Photographs Avalanches on Mars

    03/03/2008 5:02:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 177+ views
    NASA.gov ^ | 3/3/08 | Nasa
    A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars has taken the first ever image of active avalanches near the Red Planet's north pole. The image shows tan clouds billowing away from the foot of a towering slope, where ice and dust have just cascaded down. The High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took the photograph Feb. 19. It is one of approximately 2,400 HiRISE images being released today. Ingrid Daubar Spitale of the University of Arizona, Tucson, who works on targeting the camera and has studied hundreds of HiRISE images, was the first person to notice the...
  • Sources: U.S. spy planes watching Iraqi-Turkish border

    10/31/2007 11:44:15 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 11 replies · 154+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- American U2 reconnaissance planes have been flying over the Turkey-Iraq border to observe military movements, said three U.S. military sources Wednesday.Word of the flights comes a day before top-level meetings between U.S. and Turkish government officials and prior to a regional conference aimed at easing tensions between Ankara and Kurdish rebels across Turkey's border with Iraq. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell confirmed Wednesday that U.S. military and intelligence communities are sharing information with Turkey to help them fight members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, who have made cross-border attacks. "We are assisting by supplying them, the...
  • With MiG 25’s gone,Su-30s to become India's eye in the sky

    09/30/2007 10:18:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 153+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | October 01, 2007 | Manu Pubby
    With MiG 25’s gone, Sukhois to become eye in the sky Manu Pubby Bareilly, September 30 : The Indian Air Force (IAF) would soon be getting new snooping capabilities along the eastern border with a squadron of Su-30 MKI fighters being prepared for special reconnaissance missions. A year after the mighty MiG-25 spy planes were phased out of service at the Bareilly airbase, the latest fighters in IAF’s inventory are being fitted with Israeli reconnaissance systems that will help them look more than 300 km inside Chinese territory without crossing the border. A team of experts from Israel Aerospace Industries...
  • Hunter: Pentagon failed on ISR needs

    06/20/2007 10:12:55 PM PDT · by familyop · 19 replies · 491+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- A GOP presidential candidate has slammed the Pentagon for failing to develop effective intelligence and surveillance technologies. "The U.S. armed forces continue to need urgent upgrades in their capabilities for high quality intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, or ISR," Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and a conservative candidate for the GOP's 2008 presidential nomination, said in a statement Wednesday. "In the current threat environment, where our enemies hide among indigenous populations and in which targets may be fleeting, the importance of integrated, timely...
  • Expensive new U.S. spy satellite not working: sources

    01/11/2007 3:01:28 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 23 replies · 1,241+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | January 11, 2007 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials are unable to communicate with an expensive experimental U.S. spy satellite launched last year by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), a defense official and another source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. Efforts are continuing to reestablish communication with the classified satellite, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but "the prognosis is not great at this point," said the defense official, who asked not to be identified. ~ snip ~
  • German radar spy satellite launches into space [France has access to data]

    12/20/2006 9:44:18 AM PST · by Unmarked Package · 31 replies · 1,081+ views
    SpaceFlight Now ^ | December 19, 2006 | Stephen Clark
    The first of a fleet of five identical all-weather German spy satellites was launched Tuesday aboard a Russian rocket to collect high-resolution images of the ground 24 hours a day. Called SAR-Lupe 1, the 1,587-pound craft is Germany's first reconnaissance satellite. It is fitted with a large radar dish antenna that can pierce darkness and thick clouds to resolve targets. The radar data can be analyzed and turned into images. The spacecraft launched atop a Kosmos 3M rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in far northern Russia a few seconds after 1400 GMT (9:00 a.m. EST) Tuesday. The rocket released SAR-Lupe 1...
  • Gotta See This! WC-135 "Command Phoenix" Takes Off From Japan to Monitor N.Korea Nuke Test (Clip)

    10/05/2006 8:09:15 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 70 replies · 4,136+ views
    NNN TV Network (Japan) today, video stream (1 minute) ^ | 5 October 2006 | NNN TV Network, Japan (in Japanese)
    Here is the link, this 300K Windows Media Player video stream from Japan should be up for 12 more hours or so: http://meta.cdn.yahoo-streaming.jp/cgi-bin/yahoo/news.asx?cid=20061005-00000040-nnn-soci-movie-000&media=wm300k
  • KCNA: U.S. Strategic Bombers Practicing Nuclear Attack Against N. Korea

    09/30/2006 8:49:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 1,066+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/30/06
    /begin my translationU.S. Strategic Bombers Practicing Nuclear Attack Against N. Korea N. Korean Central News Agency reported on Sept. 30, "American imperialists are frantically practicing aerial nuclear attack against our targets by their cutting-edge strategic bombers in September. On Sept. 6th and 8th, B-52H bombers from Guam flew all the way to bombing range near Taebaek City, S. Korea, and practiced nuclear attack against us, as a way of training for long-distance navigation and bombing.  American imperialists practiced aerial nuclear attack against us six times in Korean Peninsula and neighboring waters. Over 10 bombers were involved." The agency also blasted...
  • Mars spacecraft settles into orbit around Red Planet - MRO - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    09/12/2006 6:30:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 666+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/12/06 | AP
    PASADENA, Calif. - The most powerful spacecraft ever sent to Mars has settled into a nearly circular orbit, a move that allows scientists to begin studying the planet in unprecedented detail, NASA said Tuesday. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter fired its thrusters for 12 minutes Monday to adjust to its final position six months after it arrived at the planet. Its altitude ranges between 155 to 196 miles above the surface. "Getting to this point is a great achievement," said Dan Johnston, deputy mission manager at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages the $720 million mission. Over the next...
  • Coast to Coast AM: Art Bell SETI has received alien signals, being jammed by NRO

    07/30/2006 10:09:36 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 196 replies · 5,620+ views
    Coast to Coast AM ^ | 7/30/06 | me
    On now....550 stations in the US, and XM165
  • Vandenberg AFB Delta IV launch visible tonight. (8:14PM PST)

    06/27/2006 7:34:43 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 280 replies · 4,106+ views
    Since this launch is just after sunset, weather permitting and no scubs, it will be visable over a wide area, best views of powered stage of launch, Southern Nevada, Arizona, southeastern California. Cheer the Delta IV on! her first west coast flight with a secret payload that are the eyes and ears of our nations defense in the high frontier. Another bird to watch the bad guys. Updates here..... http://www.spaceflightnow.com/delta/d317/status.html
  • Possible amazing Light Show (Vandenberg AFB Delta IV Launch Tuesday — update, 8:14PM PDT)

    06/25/2006 9:11:27 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 51 replies · 1,403+ views
    Space Flight Now ^ | SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2006 | JUSTIN RAY
    The final piece of Boeing's new generation Delta 4 rocket fleet makes its long-awaited debut this week when a booster blasts off from the U.S. West Coast for the first time, punctuating the company's work to develop a line of launchers and build pads in Florida and California. Conceived in the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program to field new American rockets to carry government payloads for the next two decades, the Delta 4 has flown five times in its medium- and heavy-lift configurations from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Now, the maiden mission from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base is...
  • North Korea accuses US plane of spying

    06/16/2006 4:51:56 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies · 858+ views
    Mail & Guardian Online ^ | 16 June 2006 | AFP
    North Korea's air force on Friday accused a United States reconnaissance plane of intruding into its territorial waters to spy on strategic targets. Its Air Force Command said that a US RC-135 plane being refuelled in the air had spied on strategic targets for hours after flying over its waters off the north-east coast. "The ceaseless illegal intrusions of their strategic reconnaissance planes on spy missions have created an imminent danger of military clash in the sky above those waters," it warned in a statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency. It was North Korea's second warning in...
  • Saudi Men Who Rode School Bus Arrested (Tampa, FL)

    05/20/2006 3:52:09 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 348 replies · 8,106+ views
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | May 20, 2006 | Keith Morelli
    Two Saudi men were arrested Friday after they boarded a school bus and rode to Wharton High School in New Tampa. Students on the bus became alarmed, as did the bus driver, who called ahead. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies met the bus at the school and detained the men. No one was injured and nothing out of line occurred on the bus, deputies said. Mana Saleh Almanajam, 23, who lives in Apt. 302 in The Point apartments, and Shaker Mohsen Alsidran, 20 Monticello Gardens, Apt. 304-A, each were charged with trespassing on school property. Both remained in Orient Road Jail...
  • China radar at South Pole could sabotage U.S. spy satellites

    02/02/2006 10:23:51 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 28 replies · 1,055+ views
    Beijing announced plans last week to build a high-frequency radar on the South Pole. Analysts say the radar could be used to disrupt U.S. intelligence satellites. China's Zhongshan Station in Antarctica on Jan. 24. AP Photo /Xinhua, Zhang Zongtang The radar will be built at China’s Zhongshan Station, where Beijing has set up of a space environment lab. National security analysts say the South Pole site, because of its remoteness, could be used by China to develop anti-satellite lasers capable of blinding or disrupting U.S. reconnaissance satellites, most of which pass over the pole. The station will consist of 20...
  • Unmanned Shadow Watches From Above (UAV Eyes in the Sky)

    01/23/2006 3:30:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 828+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Jan 23, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski
      U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy Keenan, a Troy, N.Y. native, rolls the "Shadow" out of the hangar to its flightline at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq. Keenan serves with A Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski Unmanned Shadow Watches From Above By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski / 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BAQUBAH, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2006 – Troops on the ground in Iraq face many risks - the insurgents and anti-Iraqi forces are devious when it comes to placing improvised explosive devices and hiding weapons caches....
  • New Global Hawk set to fly from nest

    12/27/2005 7:59:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies · 963+ views
    http://www.avpress.com/n/27/1227_s3.hts ^ | December 27, 2005 | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - A bigger and better version of the unmanned Global Hawk reconnaissance aircraft is preparing to leave the nest at Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Palmdale assembly facility. This second production version of Global Hawk, dubbed the RQ-4B, is significantly larger and able to carry 50% more payload than its predecessor, the RQ-4A. The RQ-4B is basically a redesigned Global Hawk, said Mike McCormack, production manager. Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial reconnaissance system designed to provide military field commanders with high-resolution, nearly real time imagery of large areas. It is designed to fly at more than 60,000 feet...
  • Russia - Iran's first Sina military reconnaissance satellite launched

    10/27/2005 12:44:56 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 337+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | October 27, 2005
    Russian rocket launched with eight satellites on board MOSCOW, October 27 (RIA Novosti) - A Kosmos-3M carrier rocket with a Russian Mozhayets-5 educational satellite and seven foreign minisatellites on board was successfully launched from Russia's Plisetsk Space Center at 10:52 Moscow time, a spokesman for the Russian Federal Space Agency said Thursday. "The launch went smoothly, and all the satellites are set to undock from the Russian carrier rocket at 11:27 Moscow time one by one with an interval of a few seconds," the source said.
  • From the Belly of the Beast

    09/02/2005 2:48:12 PM PDT · by Austin_snoop · 3 replies · 652+ views
    Power Line ^ | 29 Aug 2005 | Curt Loftis
    Interesting story from someone who went inside Camp Casey. I don't think there is anything we haven't already heard, or known about professional anti-America protesters. I pulled this from a courageous soul's post who dared to put it on an Austin community listserv. From the Belly of the Beast Reader Curt Loftis spent two days in Crawford, Texas, carrying out a first-hand reconnaissance of the anti-American forces assembled there. He writes: I arrived at the original Camp Casey at 2:30 in the afternoon. It was hot and dry and the assembled demonstrators were in a melancholy state. I quickly made...
  • Huge spy satellite set to launch to Mars

    07/24/2005 12:59:59 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies · 908+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/22/05 | Kelly Young
    NASA is preparing to launch the largest spacecraft ever sent to Mars. The behemoth will skim relatively close to the Red Planet's surface - beaming back more data than all previous missions combined - and scout out landing sites for future Mars missions. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is scheduled to begin its six-month journey to Mars on 10 August 2005. It will blast off on an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US. "MRO is really the gateway to the future of Mars," says Jim Garvin, NASA's chief scientist. "It is a reconnaissance engine...
  • U.S. Had 170 Recon Flights over N. Korea in June(NK is mad)

    07/01/2005 7:49:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 932+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/30/05
    /begin my translationU.S. Had 170 Recon Flights over N. Korea in June KCNA, Pyongyang (via Yonhap News) 2005/06/30N. Korean news agency KCNA claimed on June 30 that the number of U.S. reconnaissance flights over N. Korea in June amounts to 170. Quoting military sources, KCNA denounced, "Although many threads of dialogues between the North and the South(Korea) are in progress, with exchange and cooperation picking up, American imperialists are viciously redoubling reconnaissance flights against our republic(note:N. Korea.)  It continues, claiming, "Various kind of tactical and strategic reconnaissance aircrafts which took off from American airbase in S. Korea or outside were involved in surveillance activities. They...
  • Justice Reviews Request for Probe Of Satellite Reports

    12/16/2004 5:09:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 394+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2004 | Dan Eggen and Walter Pincus
    The National Reconnaissance Office has asked the Justice Department to consider opening a criminal investigation into recent disclosures about a highly classified satellite program that has prompted criticism in Congress because of escalating costs, two administration officials said yesterday. The Justice Department and the FBI are reviewing the request to determine whether classified information was leaked and whether there is enough evidence to support a criminal probe, officials said. The request from the NRO, which manages spy satellite programs, comes after reports in The Washington Post and other publications about a stealth satellite program under debate in Congress. The Post...
  • Marines Train a Secret Weapon on Babil Province

    11/27/2004 8:33:51 AM PST · by saquin · 15 replies · 1,345+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/27/04 | Bruce Wallace
    JABELLA, Iraq — The Cobra attack helicopters thumping overhead disrupt the predawn stillness of this rural town, agitating the roosters and the dogs. Through the cacophony and a cold rain, troops wearing the signature uniforms of the U.S. Marine Corps' Force Reconnaissance platoon race down potholed streets, balaclavas hiding their faces. The tan masks not only make the raiders appear menacing. They also disguise the fact that the men behind them are not Americans, but Iraqis. This is the embryonic Iraqi SWAT team in action, rousing families from their sleep and rounding up men for questioning about the deadly insurgency...
  • Powell's departure gives Bush a fresh chance

    11/15/2004 5:10:20 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 15 replies · 658+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 11/16/04 | Leader
    Colin Powell, veteran soldier and bureaucratic infighter, had the makings of an outstanding secretary of state. Notice of his potential came with the handling of the spy plane incident with China a few months after the new Republican administration had taken office. The mid-air collision between an EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft and an F-8 fighter over the South China Sea threatened a major confrontation between a President who had spoken of strategic competition with Beijing during the election campaign, and a Communist Party only too happy to bang the nationalist drum to shore up its legitimacy. In the event, despite the...
  • First Czech soldiers are in Afghanistan

    03/28/2004 4:44:20 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 10 replies · 229+ views
    PRAGUE- The first group of Czech reconnaissance troops, who left the military air base in Prerov, north Moravia, for Afghanistan on Thursday under conditions of top secrecy, are already there, Defence Ministry spokesman Ladislav Sticha told Nova television. "I can confirm that Czech soldiers assigned for the Enduring Freedom operation have already arrived at the place of the operation and are fulfilling tasks there," Sticha said on Nova. The soldiers, the first combat forces deployed by the Czech military since World War Two, are to assist the American-led Operation Enduring Freedom in searching the Afghan mountains for members of the...
  • Look at what Saddam had hidden in the sand!

    03/24/2004 11:37:02 PM PST · by johnmorris886 · 52 replies · 746+ views
    Military Magazine | April 2004 | Lawrence H. Boteler
    An Iraqi jet, an advanced Russian MiG-25 Foxbat, was found in August 2003 buried in the sand after an informant tipped off U.S. troops. The MiG was dug out of a massive sand dune near the Al Taqqadum airfield by U.S. Air Force recovery teams. The MiG was reportedly one of over two dozen Iraqi jets buried in the sand, like hidden treasure, waiting to be recovered at a later date. Contrary to what some in the major media have reported, not all the jets found were from the Gulf War-era. The Russian-made MiG-25 Foxbat being recovered by U.S. Air...
  • Dragon Lady ~ A Defend America Photo Essay

    02/21/2004 2:02:15 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 15 replies · 436+ views
    Defend America ^ | Feb. 21, 2004 | photos by Staff Sgt. Suzanne M. Jenkins
    Dragon Lady Maj. Mark Mount from the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron begins to taxi a U-2 "Dragon Lady" out to the flightline at an undisclosed forward operating base in Southwest Asia, Feb. 10, 2004. The Dragon Lady is a high altitude reconnaissance platform that provides near-real-time surveillance imagery in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Suzanne M. Jenkins   ~~~~~~~~~~   Physiological technicians, Staff Sgt. William Nicholson and Senior Airman Courtney Flowers, suit up Maj. Mark Mount into a full-pressure suit much like an astronaut wears for his flight on a...
  • At 50, EPG cog in U.S. military testing

    02/01/2004 6:03:33 AM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 261+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA - A new high-technology life began for this Southeastern Arizona Army post when the Electronic Proving Ground came here and re-activated the fort on Feb. 1, 1954. A half-century later, much of the post's missions are in the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, the military's C4ISR arena. EPG is still the major leader in the testing and developing of critical systems for the Army and all of the nation's armed services. Col. Jerome Payne sits at the EPG's helm. And he is the only soldier now with the organization, that includes 130 civil service employees...
  • Reconnaissance Mission to Bring ANA to Faryab

    01/09/2004 5:40:31 PM PST · by Calpernia · 9 replies · 197+ views
    Special to American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 9, 2004 | By Staff Sgt. Johnny A. Thompson
    The Afghan National Army took a step closer to building its strength with a reconnaissance mission here Jan. 4. The mission, conducted by the U.S. Recruiting Assistance Team, part of the Office of Military Cooperation - Afghanistan, was an attempt to select a prominent site and secure land to build an ANA volunteer center in the province. "Today, we are here to bring Afghanistan closer to its desire to be an independent nation," said Lt. Col. David Francavilla, director of the recruiting assistance team. During the mission, the recruiting team, along with an Afghanistan Ministry of Defense representative and a...
  • Restarting of EA-6B Component Production Line

    12/23/2003 8:37:17 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 8 replies · 328+ views
    Navy Newsstand ^ | 12/23/2003 10:50:00 AM | Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs
    PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) -- Shortly after Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced the restarting of the Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems EA-6B outer wing panel production line in St. Augustine, Fla, a ceremony was held to commemorate the occasion on Dec. 17. The production line, which was formerly in Bethpage, N.Y., befire closing in 1987, is expected to produce 54 shipsets. Delivery of the first shipset is scheduled for July 2005. Once completed, the outer wing panels will be installed on Prowlers at fleet sites or at Navy depots. NAVAIR EA-6B Program Manager Capt. Ken Smolana who was on hand...
  • Wrights Saw Plane As Instrument of Peace (Barf alert!)

    12/16/2003 7:16:14 AM PST · by anymouse · 20 replies · 207+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mon Dec 15, 2003 | WILLIAM L. HOLMES
    KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - The Wright brothers envisioned early on that their flying machine would have a place in the machinery in the war. Their hope was that it would result in peace. A century later, military aviation has a mixed legacy, giving nations the ability to level cities from miles away while protecting troops from deadly close combat. "It's an integral part of how we operate," said Navy Cmdr. Rich Dann, a military historian. Orville and Wilbur Wright suspected their invention could be. The first potential buyer they contacted immediately after their first flights on Dec. 17, 1903,...