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May 20, 2020

The future is coming

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:14 pm
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and fast.  I expect within 5 years the USAF will have these systems entering service.

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.

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 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.

October 1, 2019

China

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:42 pm
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China held a military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the communist revolution.  Lots of interesting photos of drones and missiles and stuff.

 

September 20, 2019

Sharp Sword

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:59 am
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Looks like the Chinese are testing a drone to operate off their first indigenously produced aircraft carrier.  We need to stop dumping our money into China which only ends up in the state coffers for weapons development.

August 28, 2019

Su-70 UAV

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 12:07 am
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The Russians have released video purporting to be the first flight of their Su-70 heavy UAV.  See this article for the details. (BTW, notice all the errors in the article.  Makes you wonder if this was a result of being rushed or was it because The Avationist isn’t as infomred as they purport to be.)

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