Monday, September 14, 2009

Drones


The new way to fight a war is here: unmanned medium to high altitude, long endurance aircraft (armed with a suite of weapons)

The Predator MQ-1B (photo above) has as its primary mission the interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets. When the MQ-1 is not actively pursuing its primary mission, it acts as the Joint Forces Air Component Commander-owned theater asset for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of the Joint Forces commander.

The Reaper MQ-9 is a larger and more capable version of the MQ-1B and carries synthetic aperture radar which will enable it to target joint direct attack munitions (JDAM).

The video demonstrates how they are flown and the methods used to attack ground targets:

video

5 comments:

Opus #6 said...

I kept waiting for the punch line. You sneak in joke videos on posts like this. Cool video, even without a joke.

LL said...

Sorry Opus #6 -- There will be a punch line next time.

Coffeypot said...

That is one cool piece of equipment that can do some serious damage. The future is here. And the pilot is HOT, too.

LL said...

Technology that is distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.

darlin said...

Amazing, it is like Star Trek has come to life. I am shaking my head in disbelief, a person can be taken out (or a large body of people) with the click of one red button. Unreal.

I wonder if they can find my ex? hmmmm back to the papers here, I am getting nasty thoughts!

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