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Air Force Shelves $3B Worth of Brand New Drones

Discussion in 'Military News' started by CJIS, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. CJIS

    CJIS MassCops Member

    ABC News
    Air Force Shelves $3B Worth of Brand New Drones
    ABC News - ‎1 hour ago‎

    Far from spying on terrorists, more than a dozen high-tech surveillance drones, which together cost the US government more than $3 billion, could soon be sitting in a storage facility gathering dust after top Air Force officials admitted this week the ...
  2. corsair

    corsair Guest

    All of these drones are compromised so what else could they do with them and their technology. Unfortunately they donated a fully operational drone to the Iranians and to anyone who is willing to pay the Iranians for the technology. This is a huge set back to Drone progam and to some extent to guided missle technology. We just handed our enemies a perfect way to deliver weapons remotely. The consequences of this set back will be felt for years to come.
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  3. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    3 billion...that's only the cost of 20 F-22 Raptors, yet the line had to be shut down.
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  4. Killjoy

    Killjoy Zombie Hunter

    Interesting that we still depend on the manned, 60-year old U-2, now renamed the TR-1. Kinda makes you wonder if the SR-71 was retired prematurely.

    BTW its the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the SR-71 (actually the CIA version, the A-12).


    Probably the most incredible aircraft ever built, still a wonder of technology 50 years after it first flew.
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  5. ShmitDiesel

    ShmitDiesel Radio

    They have one of those at the Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport. The thing is massive. Definitely a strange looking aircraft.
  6. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    Of all of Obama's fuck-ups (and there are plenty), probably the biggest one so far is his not destroying that drone with an air strike or cruise missiles.
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  7. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    The crazy thing about the U-2 is that the stall speed at operating altitude (70,000 feet) is only 10 knots less than its maximum speed. One of the main arguments for getting rid of the SR-71 was that satellites were cheaper to operate, yet the U-2 has remained in operation even after the SR-71 was retired.
  8. Killjoy

    Killjoy Zombie Hunter

    Probably the only aircraft that looks completely different depending on what angle you look at it from:


    Surveillance satellites are great, but they lack tactical flexibility; satellites have fixed, semi-permanent orbits that are highly predictable. Re-tasking a satellite to change its orbit basically requires a presidential order and takes away from its useful service life. The SR-71 could be over any hotspot in the world, literally within hours, and take IR, radar, conventional film or the last version, digital pictures. The SR-71 could scan 100,000 square miles in a single flight. It was never touched or even seriously threatened by either fighter-interceptors or SAM's despite hundreds of flights over some of the most heavily protected airspace in the world like North Vietnam or China. The SR-71 actually became more fuel-efficient the faster it flew; one SR-71 flew from New York to London in 1 hour and 54 minutes. To put that in perspective, the Concorde took 2 hours and 52 minutes to fly the same distance, and a 747 took about 6 hours 15 minutes.

    The SR-71 was retired because it cost a lot of money to operate, particularly its refueling birds, which had to be specially modified KC-135's to carry its specialized, high-flash point fuel, JP-7.
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  9. OfficerObie59

    OfficerObie59 Public Trough Feeder

    +1. Any jet that's fast enough to get up to ram-jet speeds is an amazing feat of technology.

    This was always my favorite capability of the SR-71...
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