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  • Israel, Germany jointly develop UAV arms system

    09/06/2011 8:20:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/09/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Israel, Germany jointly develop UAV arms system By YAAKOV KATZ 07/09/2011 Loitering weapons system combines drones developed by both nations. A rare look into Israel’s unmanned weapons capabilities was revealed on Tuesday with an announcement by Germany’s Rheinmetall that it had jointly developed with Israel a loitering weapons system based on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The system, called WABEP, which in German stands for “Weapons system for standoff engagement of individual and point targets,” was developed by Rheinmetall together with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a world leader in the development of UAVs and loitering weapons. The WABEP is a...
  • Southampton Engineers Fly the World’s First ‘Printed’ Aircraft

    08/15/2011 9:07:55 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 10 replies
    ECN Magazine ^ | August 11, 2011
    Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft, which could revolutionise the economics of aircraft design. The SULSA (Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft) plane is an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) whose entire structure has been printed, including wings, integral control surfaces and access hatches. It was printed on an EOS EOSINT P730 nylon laser sintering machine, which fabricates plastic or metal objects, building up the item layer by layer. No fasteners were used and all equipment was attached using ‘snap fit’ techniques so that the entire aircraft can be put together without tools...
  • DARPA's Maple leaf Remote Control drone takes first flight (video)

    08/14/2011 6:32:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Engadget ^ | 8/11/11 | Lydia Leavitt
    After five years behind locked doors, researchers at Lockheed Martin's Intelligent Robotics Laboratories in New Jersey have emerged with a working prototype of the "Samarai," a tiny DARPA-commissioned surveillance drone. The nano air vehicles (NAVs), modeled after falling Maple leaf seeds, are designed to be super light weight and agile for vertical lift off, hovering, and navigation in tight spaces. Like your favorite $5 Subway sammie, these surveillance bots are a foot long, but instead of being shoveled in your mouth, they're thrown like boomerangs into flight and controlled using a tablet app or a basic remote. These eyes in...
  • First Russian strike UAV to be showcased at Moscow air show

    08/10/2011 6:01:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 10/08/2011
    First Russian strike UAV to be showcased at Moscow air show Lutch, Russia's first unmanned air vehicle (UAV) designed to carry out air strikes, will be shown at the Moscow air show next week, according to its producer, Vega. "Vega will show a full-scale mock-up of the Lutch medium-range UAV at MAKS 2011," a Vega representative said. "Lutch is designed for optical reconnaissance, radar, radio-relay and electronic reconnaissance missions," he added. Lutch can also carry guided weapons on fuselage pylons or in a fuselage weapons bay. "Up to 150-170 kilograms of ammunition and weapons control systems can be carried," Vega...
  • Wireless drone sniffs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, phone signals(war flying?)

    08/05/2011 7:25:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    CNET ^ | 08/04/11 | Declan McCullagh
    Wireless drone sniffs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, phone signals By: Declan McCullagh August 4, 2011 11:19 AM PDT LAS VEGAS--Forget Wi-Fi war driving. Now it's war flying. A pair of security engineers showed up at the Black Hat security conference here to show off a prototype that can eavesdrop on Wi-Fi, phone, and Bluetooth signals: a retrofitted U.S. Army target drone, bristling with electronic gear and an array of antennas. "Nobody's really looking at this from a threat perspective," said Mike Tassey, a security consultant who works for the U.S. government intelligence community. "There's some pretty evil stuff you can do from...
  • 3D printing: The world's first printed plane

    08/03/2011 4:32:10 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    The promise of 3D printing has finally taken off with the development of a drone that takes just a week to createUnder darkening skies on a grass airstrip in the UK's Wiltshire Downs, north of Stonehenge, I am watching half a dozen aeronautical engineers rushing to assemble an uncrewed aircraft before the weather takes a turn for the worse. They are hoping to show how 3D printing will revolutionise the economics of aircraft design – by flying the world's first fully "printed" plane. Led by Andy Keane and Jim Scanlan of the University of Southampton, the team believes that 3D...
  • France Ends Ban on Arms Trade with Israel

    07/24/2011 10:54:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/11 | Chana Yaar
    After more than 40 years, France has ended its ban on weapons trade with Israel. Paris has decided to purchase the Heron TP (Eitan) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Israel Aerospace Industries. With a wingspan just about as wide as a Boeing 737 (26 meters), the Eitan flies up to an altitude of 40,000 feet and can remain airborne for up to 36 hours. The drone is able to carry a wide variety of equipment with which to conduct its reconnaissance missions due to its size – possibly even missiles. The Eitan went into service in Israel approximately 18 months...
  • Chinese firms developing armed drones; eyes Pakistan for sales

    07/08/2011 5:56:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Chinese firms developing armed drones; eyes Pakistan for sales WASHINGTON: China has ramped up its research in drone technology and is in the process of building armed, jet-propelled unmanned planes, which it plans to sell to countries like Pakistan. Though much of this work remains secret, the large number of drones at recent exhibitions underlines not only China's determination to catch up in that sector -- by building equivalents to the leading US combat and surveillance models, the Predator and the Global Hawk -- but also that its desire to sell this technology abroad, a media report has said. "No...
  • Mueller on anthrax,

    07/19/2008 3:41:59 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 10 replies · 232+ views
    ABCNews ^ | July 19, 2008
    I never give time frames, because you never know where you'll have sufficient evidence to go public with a prosecution, " Mueller said.
  • Global race on to match US drone capabilities

    07/05/2011 5:06:25 PM PDT · by indthkr · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/04/11 | By William Wan and Peter Finn
    At the most recent Zhuhai air show, the premier event for China’s aviation industry, crowds swarmed around a model of an armed, jet-propelled drone and marveled at the accompanying display of its purported martial prowess. In a video and map, the thin, sleek drone locates what appears to be a U.S. aircraft carrier group near an island with a striking resemblance to Taiwan and sends targeting information back to shore, triggering a devastating barrage of cruise missiles toward the formation of ships. Little is known about the actual abilities of the WJ-600 drone or the more than two dozen other...
  • PICTURE: China's Global Hawk counterpart breaks cover

    06/30/2011 9:30:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 30/06/11 | Greg Waldron
    PICTURE: China's Global Hawk counterpart breaks cover By Greg Waldron China appears ready to reveal another of its developmental military aircraft, with new images having emerged showing what appears to be a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle. Posted on the China Defense Mashup website, the aircraft was photographed at Chengdu airfield, where the J-20 stealth fighter also emerged late last year, shortly before making its surprise flight debut from the site in January. China Defense Mashup speculates that the newly-spotted vehicle is the Xianglong: an intended counterpart to the USA’s Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk.
  • Japan: Stalking Sphere (ball-shaped UAV)

    06/09/2011 9:37:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/09/11
    Click the following link to see the video Stalking Sphere
  • Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill 18 in Pakistan

    06/06/2011 9:29:10 AM PDT · by robowombat · 14 replies
    VOA ^ | June 6, 2011
    Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill 18 in Pakistan Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 4:00 pm UTC Posted 13 minutes ago Pakistani intelligence officials say three U.S. drone strikes have killed at least 18 militants in the country's northwest tribal region. All of Monday's strikes were in South Waziristan, near the Afghan border. Officials say missiles hit a compound, an Islamic seminary and a vehicle near the main town of Wana. Foreign militants, including Arabs and Uzbeks, were said to be among those killed. The attacks come just days after the reported death of senior al-Qaida operative Ilyas Kashmiri in a...
  • US drone attack kills eight militants in Pakistan

    05/06/2011 4:44:16 AM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies
    France24 ^ | 6 may 2011 | AFP
    US drones fired a salvo of missiles into a compound in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan on Friday, killing eight suspected militants, local security officials said. The attack came just four days after US commandos shot dead Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's garrison city of Abbottabad, hundreds of kilometres from the tribal belt and just two hours' drive from the capital. "A compound and a vehicle were targeted by US drones in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan killing eight militants," a senior Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. "Eight missiles were fired on the...
  • Boeing Completes First Test Flight of Phantom Ray Stealth UAV

    05/05/2011 6:32:03 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | May 5, 2011 | Brandon Hill
    Additional test flights to take place of the next few weeks Boeing first unveiled a near-complete version of its Phantom Ray unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) nearly a year ago. This week, the company announced that its Phantom Ray has completed its first flight. > "Autonomous, fighter-sized unmanned aircraft are real," said Phantom Ray program manager Craig Brown. "The UAS bar has been raised. Now I’m eager to see how high that bar will go."
  • US drone 'kills two in attack on Saudi Qaeda chief' (Yemen)

    05/05/2011 4:51:16 AM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies
    France24 ^ | 05 May 2011 | AFP
    A US drone attacked a Saudi Al-Qaeda leader in southern Yemen on Thursday, but missed and killed two local Al-Qaeda members, a security source and witnesses told AFP. The drone had targeted the Saudi as he drove to the home of local Al-Qaeda men, the security source said, asking not to be identified. When the two local Qaeda men rushed out in their own car, they were hit and killed by the drone. The security source did not specify that the unmanned aircraft was American and there was no official word from the Yemeni authorities on who carried out the...
  • Mystery plane kills two in Sudan air raid

    04/05/2011 6:38:29 PM PDT · by SCPatriot77 · 13 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | April 5, 2011 | AFP
    Mystery plane kills two in Sudan air raid Posted 4 hours 53 minutes ago An air strike on a car on Sudan's Red Sea coast killed its two passengers and destroyed the vehicle, the head of the state assembly said. "A plane bombed a small car which was coming from Port Sudan airport to the town... There were two people in the car and both were killed. The vehicle was completely destroyed," Mohammed Tahir said. The unidentified plane, which struck about 10:00pm (local time), flew in from the Red Sea to which it then returned, Mr Tahir added. There was...
  • We've built a flying saucer, boasts Iran (even if it does look like....)

    03/17/2011 11:31:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 108 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/18/11 | Michael Theodoulou
    We've built a flying saucer, boasts Iran (even if it does look like it belongs in a 1950s B-movie) By Michael Theodoulou Last updated at 1:36 AM on 18th March 2011 It's not clear how far or how high it can fly – or even how big it is and what makes it take off. But an aircraft created by scientists in Iran is, they claim, the world’s first flying saucer. Called the Zohal - or Saturn in English - it said the unmanned spaceship is designed for 'aerial imaging' but added it can be used for 'various missions'. The...
  • Drone attack kills 22 in North Waziristan

    03/17/2011 5:00:56 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    DAWN ^ | 17 March 2011 | Wire
    MIRAMSHAH: A US drone strike on Thursday killed at least 22 militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, DawnNews reported. There were conflicting accounts about the target of the attack in the Dattakhel region of North Waziristan. The area is a stronghold of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a Taliban commander who harbours and sends militants across the border to fight western forces in Afghanistan. One official said the missiles targeted a house as elders loyal to Bahadur were trying to mediate between two warring militant groups inside. Another official said the drone attacked a vehicle in the area that was passing...
  • Can the Kaman KMax Help Japan? ( Vanity )

    03/15/2011 11:02:05 AM PDT · by taildragger · 9 replies
    none | 3/15/2011 | taildragger
    Freeper Rotorcraft Pilots...Kaman has been working on an UAV version of the KMax and their is a fire / water delivery version of it. Can American ingenuity combine the 2 and get a few to Japan to help cool the Reactors ASAP?Do we as a Nation "Still Have it"?I look forard to your responses....
  • BAE Systems signs up for UK-French drone

    03/14/2011 4:57:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 14 Mar 2011 | Amy Wilson
    BAE Systems signs up for UK-French drone BAE Systems has signed an agreement with French defence company Dassault to build a self-piloting drone which will be used by both countries' air forces, as part of the Government's plan to cut defence costs by purchasing more kit with other nations. By Amy Wilson The memorandum of understanding between BAE and Dassault, builder of the Rafale fighter jet, will see the two companies fund a development programme. They hope that will lead to an order from the two governments within the year, to build a demonstrator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the...
  • South Korea To Buy Global Hawk

    03/11/2011 9:02:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Mar 11, 2011 | Robert Wall, Amy Butler
    South Korea To Buy Global Hawk Mar 11, 2011 By Robert Wall, Amy Butler The U.S. and South Korea have reached a handshake agreement for the sale of the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft, according to program sources. The sale, which could take place as soon as this year, will include four of the high-flying UAVs. Though the Global Hawk is designed to carry a variety of payloads, including imagery sensors, radars and signals intelligence collectors, South Korea has been approved for the Block 30I version, which includes an electro-optical/infrared system. Seoul eventually would like a signals intelligence capability; but...
  • Al-Qaida figure believed killed in US drone strike

    02/21/2011 12:35:58 PM PST · by MissesBush · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/21/11 | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – An Iraqi al-Qaida operative was believed to be one of 15 militants killed in two U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border Monday, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The officials said the man, identified as Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, handled the terrorist group's finances in Pakistan. He was not known to be on any published U.S. lists of wanted al-Qaida leaders, and U.S. officials do not normally acknowledge the existence of the CIA-led missile program or talk about who is being killed. The two strikes, coming roughly 24 hours apart, were the first...
  • X-47B Sorties Ramping Up

    02/11/2011 4:33:49 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies
    Aviation Week And Space Technology ^ | 2/11/2011 | By Guy Norris, Amy Butler
    The U.S. Navy is building on the successful first flight of the stealthy, tailless Northrop Grumman X-47B demonstrator as a pivotal step toward the long-held goal of marrying persistent, autonomous unmanned intelligence and strike aircraft with the reach of its fleet of aircraft carriers. “We’re celebrating the centennial of Naval aviation, and if we fast-forward 100 years, then we’ve added three words—unmanned, autonomous and LO [low-observable] relevant,” says Capt. Jaime Engdahl, the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) project director. The X-47B flight-test program, which began with a 29-min. flight at Edwards AFB, Calif., on Feb. 4 will answer questions...
  • US Drones Trump China Theatrics

    02/09/2011 9:59:24 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 2/7/2011 | David Axe
    Call it China’s ‘Christmas surprise.’ In a series of grainy photos given a pass by government Internet censors starting December 25, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force unveiled the country’s first stealth fighter prototype, the Chengdu J-20. For alarmists, the Pacific balance of power seemed to shift in an instant. Armed with hundreds of fast, elusive J-20s in coming years, the PLAAF could dominate the South China Sea, reaffirming China’s rise as a global power and elbowing aside less audacious, tech-savvy rivals. ‘(The) Asia-Pacific’s political landscape will be changed as China’s military capability can win over countries in this region,’...
  • U.S. Drone Crashes in Yemen, Al Qaeda Steals Wreckage From Police

    02/08/2011 3:25:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 2/8/2010 | Defense Tech
    A suspected U.S. drone apparently crashed in Yemen, was recovered by local police and then stolen by al Qaida, according to AFP. The plane was an MQ-1 Predator being used to support ongoing special operations missions against terrorists there. U.S. special ops troops have been in the country for quite some time, helping to train local security forces in fighting al Qaeda. Yes, drones crash quite frequently in combat zones for a variety of reasons. What’s interesting here is the Yemeni government’s inability to secure the wreckage, even when it can get its hands on it. The drone crashed in...
  • Northrop Grumman Fields RC-12X Aircraft, Provides Highly-Capable SIGINT Systems to the Warfighter

    02/08/2011 3:09:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Northrop Grumman ^ | 2/8/2012 | Northrop Grumman -
    Northrop Grumman Corporation will field the first systems in the upgraded RC-12X Guardrail fleet, providing the U.S. Army with unparalleled signals intelligence (SIGINT) capability, under a recent task order awarded by the U.S. Army. This is a critical step toward making this mission-critical capability operational, scheduled for second quarter of this year. The RC-12X Guardrail is the Army's premier airborne SIGINT sensor and ground processing system, providing instantaneous precision geo-location and identification of threats to enable the Brigade Combat Team's Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze and Disseminate (F3EAD) battle command process. The RC-12X Guardrail Modernization program extends the life of...
  • US cables reveal Boeing UAV project in Brazil

    02/07/2011 9:24:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 2/7/2011 | Stephen Trimble
    Newly-leaked diplomatic cables provide evidence that Boeing partnered with a Brazilian company to work on a previously undisclosed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project. The dispatch from the US embassy in Brasilia dated 15 January 2009 came during the most intense period in the competition for the F-X2 fighter contract, which involved the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. On 13 January 2009, US Ambassador Clifford Sobel met with Nelson Jobim, then Brazil's minister of defence, to discuss Boeing's position in the competition, the cable says. The issue of technology transfer prompted Nelson to praise Boeing's work with an undisclosed Brazilian company.
  • X-47B First Flight

    02/04/2011 6:51:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/4/2011 | Guy Norris
    Northrop Grumman’s X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS-D) demonstrator successfully completed its long-delayed first flight at Edwards AFB, Calif on Feb 4. The stealthy, single-engine UCAS took off early in the afternoon Pacific time and landed some 29 mins later, having achieved an altitude of 5,000-ft. Aimed at gathering air vehicle management system data, the first flight also marks the start of a roughly 50-flight, year-long Block 1 envelope expansion test campaign at Edwards AFB. Initial flight rate is expected to be once per week, rising to twice a week later in 2011. Northrop and U.S. Navy officials passed the...
  • General Atomics gets $148 million UAV contract

    02/04/2011 2:33:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 2/4/2011 | Gary Robbins
    The Defense Department has awarded $148.2 million to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of Poway to provide 24 of its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles to the U.S. Air Force. The delivery date was not announced. The Reaper, which was earlier known as Predator B, is a medium-to-high altitude UAV that is widely used for reconnaissance and surveillance. But it also can be outfitted with many types of weapons, including Hellfire air-to-ground missiles and the Paveway II, a laser-guided bomb. GAAS has more than 3,200 employees in San Diego County, more than half of whom work on UAV programs.
  • US unmanned systems have more than budget problems to overcome

    02/03/2011 4:59:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Flight Global ^ | 2/3/2011 | By Gayle Putrich
    Though most experts hold a grim outlook for the Pentagon's budget, the unmanned aerial vehicle community remains in a positive mindset - at least about funding. Unmanned systems are competing well with other varied defence interests, says Dyke Weatherington, deputy director for the Pentagon's unmanned aircraft systems at the Association for Unmanned Vechicle Systems International's (AUVSI) 2011 Unmanned Systems Program Review 2 February in Washington DC. But UAVs face other challenges in securing their permanent position in defence arsenals, Weatherington and a panel on the future of unmanned air programmes say, particularly perception problems. As UAVs go up against large...
  • The 'Beast of Kandahar' Stealth Aircraft Quietly Resurfaces in New Pics

    01/25/2011 10:52:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 1/25/2011 | Clay Dillow
    All of a sudden it was there, but then like any good stealth aircraft it vanished. Now the “Beast of Kandahar” has resurfaced in new photos, spurring aviation and defense wonks to once again speculate about the function and purpose of such a stealthy-looking unmanned aerial system. The Beast, also known as the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, first appeared in 2009 in the skies over Kandahar in Afghanistan. It was later revealed to be a product of Lockheed’s Skunk Works and property of the U.S. Air Force, but that’s about all that was revealed. What the RQ-170 is designed to...
  • USAF: Some Gorgon Stare Problems Fixed

    01/25/2011 10:41:01 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 1/24/2011 | Defense Tech
    The Air Force says three of the problems with its Gorgon Stare UAV camera system, according to DoDBuzz. Apparently, reports that the system suffered from numerous problems “was a draft memo that was later revised in January,” Buzz cites an Air Force spokesman as saying. The problems identified by Pentagon weapon testers are not likely to delay the fielding of the system, according to the service. Still, the project won’t be fielded until commanders downrange accept that it will work as promised: “The January memo includes three issues that we have identified and have fixes in place. The first was...
  • Three US drone strikes kill 13 in Pakistan

    01/23/2011 2:21:46 PM PST · by csvset · 10 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | Hasbanullah Khan (
    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A series of unmanned US drone strikes in a lawless district of Pakistan on Sunday killed at least 13 militants, officials said, as tribesmen took to the streets to protest the aerial campaign. The first two attacks took place in Datta Khel, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of North Waziristan's main town of Miranshah. The third was in Mando Khel, around 60 kilometres south of the town. In the first strike two missiles were fired on a vehicle seconds after it stopped outside a house in Datta Khel, officials said. "The US drone hit a car...
  • Britain Looks To Plug Intel And Carrier Gaps

    01/19/2011 9:52:00 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/19/2011 | Robert Wall
    .K. military officials are preparing plans to bridge capability gaps that have emerged out of last year’s Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) even as they brace for further cuts to plug remaining funding shortfalls. On the agenda for a Jan. 25 meeting are issues such as how to transition carrier strike capability in the absence of a fully operational aircraft carrier, and whether the planned Scavenger medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft program can take on missions associated with the canceled Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol aircraft and R1 Sentinel. The latter is due to be withdrawn from service once Afghanistan operations...
  • U.S. denies Turkey's request for combat UAVs

    01/08/2011 7:14:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    World Tribune ^ | January 6, 2011
    U.S. denies Turkey's request for combat UAVs ANKARA — The United States has banned a range of advanced weapons for export to Turkey. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has rejected a Turkish request for combat unmanned aerial vehicles as well as advanced munitions. They said the administration's decision came after consultations with Congress late last year. "There has been deep suspicion of Turkey in the United States, especially by Congress," an official said. So far, the Senate has blocked a Turkish request for the MQ-9 Reaper combat UAV by General Atomics. Ankara first relayed the Reaper request...
  • Pakistan negotiating drone deal with US

    01/07/2011 7:14:17 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Pakistan negotiating drone deal with US From the Newspaper (14 hours ago) Today WASHINGTON: Pakistan is still negotiating a deal with the United States to acquire its own fleet of surveillance drones, and hopes to get six systems of the aircraft, diplomatic sources told Dawn. The drone system that the two countries are negotiating about is known as Shadow-200 and is currently used by the US Navy and the Marine Corps. It is launched from a trailer-mounted pneumatic catapult and is recovered with the aid of arresting gear similar to jets on an aircraft carrier. It is equipped with an...
  • The Army Does It Differently

    12/24/2010 10:27:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 36 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/24/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army is now receiving UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) similar to those used by the air force, but flown under different conditions, by a quite different type of crew. While air force Predators and Reapers are flown by officers, assisted by sergeants operating sensors, the army operators are mostly sergeants, with some warrant officers. The air force operators control their UAVs via satellite link from a base in the United States. Only the ground crews go overseas. But army operators and ground crews not only go overseas, but are assigned to a specific brigade, which they are a part...
  • Record breaking Zephyr offers 24/7 cost effective military surveillance and communications

    12/24/2010 10:18:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    ASDNews ^ | 12/23/2010 | ASDNews
    Tracking pirates in the Gulf of Aden, detecting bush fires in Australia, and improving battlefield communications and surveillance in Afghanistan are all potential uses for the solar powered unmanned aircraft, Zephyr, which has now officially been awarded three World Records - including one for the longest flight ever by an aeroplane - two weeks - and one for altitude higher than any current surveillance aeroplane in its class. These records were achieved on the first flight of the all-new Zephyr aircraft. Experts at QinetiQ say that because of Zephyr's unique ability to fly higher and longer than any other current...
  • Inside Boeing's Phantom Eye

    12/22/2010 10:05:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/22/2010 | Graham Warwick
    A glimpse inside Boeing's Phantom Eye hydrogen-fueled unmanned aircraft has been provided by the Phantom Works' Keith Monteith, in a presentation to September's High Altitude and Near Space conference. The company-funded high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) demonstrator is planned to fly next year. The design is dominated by two things: the slender 150ft-span wing and the two 8ft-diameter liquid-hydrogen tanks that result in a bulbous fuselage. Both are driven by the requirement to demonstrate an endurance of at least four days above 60,000ft, to prove the technical readiness of hydrogen propulsion.
  • IAF Opens New "Eitan" UAV Squadron to Operational Use

    12/22/2010 9:53:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Israeli Air Force ^ | 12/21/2010 | Israeli Air Force
    The "Eitan" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Squadron opening ceremony took place on the Tel-Nof IAF base yesterday, December 20th 2010. The "Eitan" UAV was developed by the IAF and the Israel's Homeland Security Industry, and was officially integrated by the IAF in February 2010. This new development signifies yet another breakthrough in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles for the IAF, and constitutes an improvement in operational capabilities responding to threats, be they near or far, routine or emergent. The inauguration of the new squadron is yet another step for the new system in becoming operational. The Tel-Nof IAF Base...
  • Mexican unmanned drone crashes in backyard of El Paso home

    12/16/2010 8:59:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies · 1+ views
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  • UAV is latest Air Force plane tested to run on alternative fuel

    12/08/2010 11:07:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 12/3/2010 | Anna Mulrine
    That's the latest from the Air Force, which has been running tests to see how its aircraft perform burning something other than straight jet fuel. The initiative is aimed not only at shrinking its carbon footprint and spurring alternative fuels development, but also at strengthening national security. Monday's alternative fuel test of the Global Hawk UAV was considered one of the most challenging yet for the Air Force. The drone that flies at high altitudes and low temperatures was one of the last that the Air Force needed to test in its current spate of trial runs before its fleet...
  • Army unmanned aircraft soar in battle

    12/07/2010 11:29:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 12/7/2010 | Defense Talk
    Milestones seem to be all in a day's work for the employees who develop and sustain the Army's unmanned aircraft fleet. First, there was a celebration last spring with Army and congressional officials at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to commemorate reaching 1 million flight hours of unmanned aerial vehicles. Of those hours, about 89 percent were combat flight hours
  • Mystery Space Plane Coming Home, Still No Clue What it Does

    12/01/2010 8:42:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 12/1/2010 | Defense Tech
    So, the world’s most mysterious UAV is set to return to Earth after spending nearly eight months in space where it did lord only knows what. Courtesy of the LA Times: The X-37, an unmanned spacecraft that resembles a miniature version of the space shuttle, is set to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base as early as this week — more than seven months after it was launched into orbit. The Air Force, which has been developing the X-37 pilotless space plane, has kept the ultimate purpose of the program hush-hush. It was launched April 22 from Cape Canaveral, Fla....
  • 412th TW tests Global Hawk with alternative fuel for first time

    11/30/2010 12:22:43 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Edwards Air Force Base News ^ | 11/29/2010 | Kenji Thuloweit
    An RQ-4 Global Hawk completed a 32-hour flight test using an alternative fuel mixture, Nov. 23. The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force's Block 20 Global Hawk took off at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and became the first remotely piloted aircraft to fly using the Fischer-Tropsch Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene fuel and regular JP-8 jet fuel blend. The Fischer-Tropsch process is a set of chemical reactions that converts carbon-based materials into liquid hydrocarbons. Typically utilizing coal, natural gas, or biomass as a feedstock, the resulting synthetic liquid is utilized as a petroleum substitute. "The RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft is...
  • Boeing Phantom Ray Completes Low-speed Taxi Tests.

    11/27/2010 9:47:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies
    The Planenews ^ | 11/22/2010 | Gil
    The Boeing Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system successfully completed low-speed taxi tests on Nov. 18 at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. “Phantom Ray did exactly what it was supposed to do,” said Craig Brown, Phantom Ray program manager for Boeing. “It communicated with the ground control station, received its orders and made its way down the runway multiple times, allowing us to assess its performance and monitor the advanced systems on board.” The tests were the first for the Phantom Ray following its rollout ceremony in May. Boeing now will prepare Phantom Ray to travel to Edwards Air Force...
  • US Seeks Expansion of Drone Operations in Pakistan

    11/20/2010 8:33:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 11/20/2010 | Voice of America
    A leading U.S. newspaper says the U.S. wants to expand the area within Pakistan where Central Intelligence Agency drones can operate. The Washington Post, citing unnamed U.S. and Pakistani officials, reported late Friday the U.S. appeal is focused on the areas surrounding the Pakistani city of Quetta and tribal areas. The newspaper says U.S. officials believe Quetta is not only a Taliban sanctuary, but also serves as a base for sending money, recruits and explosives to Taliban forces inside Afghanistan. A Pakistani official said Saturday Islamabad will not allow an expansion of drone attacks beyond tribal areas, and only tolerates...
  • China's New Drones Raise Eyebrows

    11/18/2010 7:38:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 19, 2010. | JEREMY PAGE
    China's New Drones Raise Eyebrows By JEREMY PAGE ZHUHAI, China—China is ramping up production of unmanned aerial vehicles in an apparent bid to catch up with the U.S. and Israel in developing technology that is considered the future of military aviation. Western defense officials and experts were surprised to see more than 25 different Chinese models of the unmanned aircraft, known as UAVs, on display at this week's Zhuhai air show in this southern Chinese city. It was a record number for a country that unveiled its first concept UAVs at the same air show only four years ago, and...
  • China's Armed Predator

    11/17/2010 3:48:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 11/17/2010 | Robert Wall
    China's Armed Predator Posted by Robert Wall at 11/17/2010 3:10 AM CST China has developed a Predator-like armed unmanned aircraft: the Pterodactyl I medium-extended long-endurance system. Avic says it unveiled the air vehicle for the first time two years ago at the Airshow China, but a colleague who was here at the time says that was not the case -- it may have been on of the programs that was made to disappear last minute, as is often the case here. But one of the key developments for the UAV since then is that authorities in China have given the...