USAF Predator, Reaper and classified UCAV Programmes

#2
I know a little about the surge in building. Rumsfeld visited GA a couple of years ago and asked what it would take to double output of the basic Predator version.

Answer : About 800 more employees and $300M investment

Rumsfeld: Do it then!

Source - a senior GA manager who was present.

TB - take note!
 
#3
Would it be so difficult to build an unmanned dog-fighter plane? The benefits would be a lighter aircraft that was far more agile and far better at seeing and dealing with targets.

Imagine a fighter that was half the size and weight of current ones, 3-4 times more agile and had 6 or 7 operators for the different functions.

G forces would not be a limitation and because 'pilot' space would not be an issue, you could have a larger number of operators taking care of different functions, such as 4 people watching the 360deg visual sensors, flying, watching the radar and controlling the weapons.

You could also make it much more stealthy due to the smaller frame size.

Am I breaking opsec?
 
#4
No the programme is so well advanced with DARPA et al in Spamland that some people there say that the latest fighter (JSF) may be the last manned jobber.
 
#5
Giblets said:
Would it be so difficult to build an unmanned dog-fighter plane? The benefits would be a lighter aircraft that was far more agile and far better at seeing and dealing with targets.

Imagine a fighter that was half the size and weight of current ones, 3-4 times more agile and had 6 or 7 operators for the different functions.

G forces would not be a limitation and because 'pilot' space would not be an issue, you could have a larger number of operators taking care of different functions, such as 4 people watching the 360deg visual sensors, flying, watching the radar and controlling the weapons.

You could also make it much more stealthy due to the smaller frame size.

Am I breaking opsec?
Before OIF USAF did try to shoot down an Iraqi MiG using a Predator/Stinger combination butit didn't work.
 

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