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Unmanned

History

The first proper UAV in UK service (accepting the 1939 Queen Bee target system) was the MQM57-Falconer bought into service by 94 Locating Regiment Royal Artillery in 1964, which then comprised three Batteries with 57 (Bhurtpore) being the…

Just Because You Can

Is there a point with technology systems in defence where you have to ask, should we. This is the Lockheed Martin Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) An unmanned load carrier, it is designed for autonomous and even beyond line of…

Swarming

A few years ago 'swarming' was all the rage as efforts to combat saturation attacks against shipping stepped up a gear. More recently, attention has turned to small unmanned aircraft with many solutions introduced by manufacturers that use…

How much for a Triton

In our recent discussion on maritime patrol the subject of Australia's purchase of the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft came up. The subject of its cost came up and there was some confusion as to what exactly was the cost of…

Drone Secrecy

We all know that the RAF's Reaper, Defender/Islander and Shadow R1 aircraft do secret stuff in secret places, but so does the RC135W Rivet Joint. In the recent PQ on aircraft numbers the MoD listed the forward and depth fleet numbers for…
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