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January 17, 2022

Kratos

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:36 pm
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This company has come from nowhere to be the huge player in the UAV market.  They are doing some amazing things, and I suspect that we don’t know the half of what they are really doing.  Latest here.

September 29, 2021

Everything old is new again

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:44 am
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This reminds me of the plan to use 747s as ACLM launchers.  Given the retirements of the 747s, I would not be surprised to see that idea revived.

September 25, 2021

The future of air combat

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:37 am
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Is this the future of air combat?  I suspect it will be a larger and larger aspect of it.  Interested to see where we will be in 20 years, if I make it that long.

June 7, 2021

MQ-25 first tanking

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:45 pm
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The USN announced that they had conducted the first aerial tanking to refuel a manned aircraft. (an F-18).  I am still puzzled by this use of a UAV.  It would seem much more useful in a combat role.  However, it may be that the MQ-25 may eventually become multi-role and this is the way to introduce it into service and gain experience with it.

April 19, 2021

UFOs?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:28 am
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Or are many of these recent encounters just enemy drones and balloons?  Read and judge for yourselves.

February 9, 2021

Arma Sukhoi S-70

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:23 am
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No, not that Arma.  But I am not to proud to admit, I need this kit in my life.

February 5, 2021

AI in the USAF

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:24 am
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Interesting story here about using an AI to fly a U-2.  The mission wasn’t unmanned but the AI controlled the flight.  An interesting step forward, especially with the “Loyal wingman” program advancing.

December 11, 2020

MQ-25A

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 5:43 pm
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The MQ-25A has flown with refueling equipment for the first time. The USN hope to eventually purchase 72 of these to replace the F/A-18s in the refueling role.

December 2, 2020

Losses

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:08 pm
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As some of you may know, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been fighting an undeclared war over the last few months.  Courtesy of Jeff “Inch High” Groves is an article listing the calculated losses for each side in equipment so far.  Given the small nature of the countries involved, these are some pretty significant losses.  Also, of note to me is how drones are changing the face of warfare, especially as it applies to the vulnerability of armored forces.

November 4, 2020

MQ-25A

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:49 am
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In the next year or so the USN plans to stand up the first unit operating the MQ-25A refueling drone. (VUQ-10)  Interesting article which confirms that the drones will have secondary use as a recon platform, and maybe more.

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