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April 3, 2020

I still find it very interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:56 am
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that the USN’s first autonomous aircraft are going to be refueling aircraft.  There is more here than meets the eye.

March 4, 2020

Syria heating up

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:53 am
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I noted here the Russian and Syrian aircraft and helicopter losses in the Syrian civil war.  Well, in a timely addition to that information, it appears that someone shot down a Turkish drone/UAV which allegedly led Turkish F-16s to down two Syrian Su-24s as well as destroy a SAM site.

UPDATE: And apparently the Turkish Air Force has now downed a Syrian L-39.

January 24, 2020

The changing battlefield

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:45 am
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The USAF is developing a UAV that is capable of being launched and recovered by a large airborne transport aircraft. The X-61A is planned to be configurable to any number of missions from recon to SAM suppression.  If the technology pans out, and there is no reason to think it won’t, the number of manned aircraft over the battlefields of tomorrow will shrink dramatically. Also, modern air defense will get a ton more complicated.

January 17, 2020

Underwater spy drones

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:26 pm
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We are apparently using them.  Other countries are apparently catching them occasionally.  Glad to see the USN out there.  More please.

January 11, 2020

Well, this is interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:03 am
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Story here.  If this laser works as advertised, it could really change things in a number of arenas, such as air and missile defense, anti-anti-tank defense etc.  Of course, we need to wait and see.

January 9, 2020

Like a scene from the new Top Gun movie

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:44 pm
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I love this story so much.  Can you imagine being one of the Iranian pilots?  You’d need to go home and change your flight suit.

December 23, 2019

I want this

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:54 pm
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Yes, I know I say this too much.  I want this.

October 23, 2019

Ain’t technology great

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:39 pm
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I suspect we will be seeing many more stories like this in the future.  The average citizen has amazingly powerful technology at their fingertips now. It won’t always be used for good, but it will be capable of a lot of good.

October 10, 2019

X-61A

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:36 am
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I had never heard of this program before now.  Interesting technology, though sometimes I think that the defense industry does some things just to prove it can rather than being a real increase in capability.

October 2, 2019

China’s high speed recon drone

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:11 pm
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Article here.  The recent Chinese military parade celebrating the PRC’s 70th anniversary is revealing a lot of interesting military equipment.  One of the most interesting is a rocket powered drone that is somewhat reminiscent of the US air-breathing DR-21.  I’d love to build one of these when someone inevitably comes out with a kit.

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