Re: New Northrup UCAV

Message posted by Andre' M. Dall'au on February 23, 2001 at 09:37:08 EST:

Between the problem of integrating manned and unmanned aircraft into the air traffic control system, and the delicate nature of continuous, accurate, and secure radio links to UCAV's, the pilotless aircraft still has far to go. Image finding the link freq of a combat UCAV, and overriding it's commands and have it bomb it's own base, or a bunch of friendlies. Recce birds are quite common, the Buffalo Hunters in Vietnam having an impressive operational record with up to and including individual drones flying tens of missions flawlessly. In today's cost conscious environment, to fulfill a mission to recon or strike a target half a would away, the thought of sending one or two long range UCAV's instead of a Recon of srtike package with it's attendent tankers, SEAD, and CSAR assets is obvious. The UCAV's will end up like the helicopter, not replacing anything, just augmenting and diversifing our tactical and strategic warfighting abilities.

In Reply to: Re: New Northrup UCAV posted by Magoo on February 22, 2001 at 08:30:39 EST:


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