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Weapon Wednesday – Drone’s Historic Transatlantic Flight

The SkyGuardian is currently winging its way across the Atlantic to RAF Fairford
The SkyGuardian is currently winging its way across the Atlantic to RAF Fairford(Credit: GA-ASI)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc’s (GA-ASI) SkyGuardian drone set out today on its historic transatlantic flight. At 12:48 pm CDT, the MQ-9B Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) took off from the company’s Flight Test and Training Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota and is on its way to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New MQ-9 Reaper Drone

An MQ-9 Reaper, assigned to the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, armed with four GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition parks on a flightline before a mission on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan Feb. 22, 2018. (U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Paul Labbe)
An MQ-9 Reaper, assigned to the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, armed with four GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition parks on a flightline before a mission on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan Feb. 22, 2018. (U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Paul Labbe)

Go out for strikes first, gather intel later. It’s the way officials are sending out the MQ-9 Reaper drone for a new, tailored multi-role mission to strike Taliban targets in Afghanistan. read more

Military Flying-Wing Tailsitter Drone

It is set to be the drone that can land anywhere, and turn any US Navy ship into an aircraft carrier.

Northrop Grumman has revealed its flying-wing tailsitter drone will take to the air in 2018 – and does not need a runway.

Instead, it simply lands on its tail – a design first tested in the 1950s.

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Darpa plans to build a full-scale demonstrator system of a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air system (UAS) designed to use forward-deployed small ships as mobile launch and recovery sites. Click on image below for high-resolution.
Darpa plans to build a full-scale demonstrator system of a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air system (UAS) designed to use forward-deployed small ships as mobile launch and recovery sites. Click on image below for high-resolution.

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