Lockheed unveils new carrier borne strike UCAV

#1
Looks like the future is going to be here rather sooner than later…

Good job we future proofed our carriers.


"Lockheed Martin is taking the wraps off its submission for the US Navy's prospective unmanned carrier launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) aircraft at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition in Washington DC."

Lockheed unveils unmanned surveillance and strike aircraft
 
#2
The world is truly fucked when the Americans reach their ideal of fighting a war without losing people. What will the do with the purple heart mountain? Had to watch a flickery screen man, gave me a migraine ooooraaaaa. Do I get the new Purple head medal.
 
#4
"As such, Lockheed's UCLASS proposal bears a strong family resemblance to the company's RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aircraft, which is being flown by the US Air Force."


So the Iranians will be able to bring down the entire USAF with a laptop then.
 
#5
Prediction ... Furture wars will be fought unmanned, land, sea and air and we will enbrace it wholeheartedly as there are no human casualties. Eventually, one side will strike at real people and inflict huge casualties to the pink quishys because there was no need for counter measures. Outrage, horror and rhetoric followed by another arms race to counter the threat to human life. Now.. I didn't say when this will happen but its on the cards.
 
#6
Prediction ... Furture wars will be fought unmanned, land, sea and air and we will enbrace it wholeheartedly as there are no human casualties. Eventually, one side will strike at real people and inflict huge casualties to the pink quishys because there was no need for counter measures. Outrage, horror and rhetoric followed by another arms race to counter the threat to human life. Now.. I didn't say when this will happen but its on the cards.

[video=youtube;g0KnJymkknU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0KnJymkknU[/video]

Just put a camera and a gun on it.
 
#7
#10
That is genuinely impressive, arguably better terrain capabilty than better wheels but are they just re-inventing the wheel?

This system had been around for a while, battle proven and cheaper.
I think you're missing other uses for the technology. They've managed to develop a walking robot that can go up steep terrain, stay upright on ice and not fall over when given a bloody hard kick.
 
#11
[video=youtube;g0KnJymkknU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0KnJymkknU[/video]

Just put a camera and a gun on it.
Lovely and quiet, you'd never hear it coming.


Man is the cleverest, most cunning and most resourceful being ever to walk the planet. If there's an infantry section anywhere in the world that couldn't come up with some way of defeating that thing (on its own) within a few minutes then they're a bunch of ******* mongs.



My first thought would be some sort of deadfall trap involving a big log. A soldier would (a) probably notice it, and (b) probably jump out of the way. That thing would just end up upside down wriggling its legs.
 
#12
Bearing in mind that's just the tip of the iceberg, what we're seeing here is no different from a ww1 biplane in the golden days of flight. What with the progress of technology getting faster I wager we'll see a far quieter and more deadly contraption within the next 30 or so years.

You'll probably be able to programme it to navigate through a number of waypoints and kill everything in sight, man might be able to kill one of them, but how about taking on 100+ of the next generation of designs?
 
#13
I still reckon that an army of ill-equipped peasants will be able to kick their arses.
 
#14
I don't get why people see the initial technology and dismiss it out of hand, in it's current incarnation it is only useful for carrying heavy loads around on its back. Forty years down the line? It could be upright, armoured and have some big ******* guns on it.
 
#15
I still reckon that an army of ill-equipped peasants will be able to kick their arses.


tbh in woods all you need to do is set the land on fire and try to encircle them, but if they've got a computerised weapons system and are better marksman than humans they could still do a bit of damage. You could get a production line going and send 500 after the Taleban and if they're solar/battery powered there's no need for water/food. The only thing they'd need is maintenance, it would be cheaper and more effective than trying to supply a division in the field. Robotic warriors are definitely the future. And if you lose 100 so what? Just send another 100 in. No funerals, no grief, no bad press and probably a more precise killing machine than a Tomahawk as you could programme them to engage via facial recognition.
 
#16
I don't get why people see the initial technology and dismiss it out of hand, in it's current incarnation it is only useful for carrying heavy loads around on its back. Forty years down the line? It could be upright, armoured and have some big ******* guns on it.
It could be, but how many times has the obsolescence of the infantryman been predicted?
 
#17
It could be, but how many times has the obsolescence of the infantryman been predicted?
Probably not many times since technology has not allowed any form of replacement. Many years down the line it's probably not too far fetched to be seeing robots wandering around the battlefield gunning anything down.
 

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#18
I don't get why people see the initial technology and dismiss it out of hand, in it's current incarnation it is only useful for carrying heavy loads around on its back. Forty years down the line? It could be upright, armoured and have some big ******* guns on it.
Like the one featured in here, from approx 1min onwards: [video=youtube;uK8V9jG7Wjg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK8V9jG7Wjg[/video]

I know, doesn't really add to thread, but it's a cool vid.
 
#19
Look how crude the first MGs were, now look at what is available. Mind you, the Gatling gun technology is from the 1860s it just got an electric motor bolted on and 6,000 rpm later ...
 

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