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August 13, 2019

Drones and naval warfare

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:13 am
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This story of China using a drone to keep tabs on US Navy ships passing through the Taiwan straight raises an interesting question of how drones (UAVs) will affect naval warfare in the future.  I am not sure anyone knows.

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July 30, 2019

Cool tech

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:56 pm
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The proliferation of drones is hard to keep up with.

July 18, 2019

Heating up

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:26 pm
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Iran looks like it is pushing to pick a fight. Note at the end of the story the bit about the drone.

June 19, 2019

XQ-58A

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:00 am
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I’ve posted on this thing previously.  It seems to have come out of nowhere.  I can see where something like this will be very valuable as a force multiplier, which the US really needs if China is our biggest strategic threat.

May 24, 2019

Skyborg

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:22 pm
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Interesting article on the integration of UAVs as wingmen/force multipliers for our manned fighter aircraft.  I have little doubt that this is the wave of the future in air warfare.  My question is how quickly it can be accomplished, and can any other countries develop such technology fairly quickly.

January 31, 2019

RAF drone gets new missile

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:04 am
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The RAF version of the the MQ-9B is going to be armed in the future with the British-built Brimstone missile.

September 21, 2018

Air to Air UAV kill

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:53 am
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Yes, it was only practice.  However, I suspect that we will see more of this over the next 20 years.

September 19, 2018

Navy UAV

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:59 am
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I find it interesting that the USN chose to go with a refueling mission for their first aircraft carrier drone aircraft.  I would have thought fighter or bomber.  I am wondering if they are hoping to eventually build off the same platform for other missions.

July 28, 2018

Well, this was bound to happen

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:35 am
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Middle Eastern terror groups using drones to attack airports.  I predict something like this in the US or Europe in the near future.

June 15, 2018

Hypersonic weapons

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:07 pm
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The two areas I really expect to see develop in the military over the next ten years are UAVs (in the form of actual combat vehicles, as opposed to recon drones) and hypersonic weapons.  Keep an eye on these areas.

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