Cyber Warrior Drones of War

 gAtO wAs – looking into the modern Air/Sea cyber warfare and came across these pictures from – this is really some cool shot and we can only imagine the future. In 5 to 10 years these cyber warriors may well be autonomous air warriors not just guided by man but under computers control. From Nato to the U.S everyone is getting into the remote killing machines. I think of SkyNet in the Terminator movie and we are not far off the mark.

Now add state actors hackers to terrorist hackers if they get their hands on these babies well the mayhem and destruction they will cause will make your head spin. The sad fact is as more and more of these remote killers are used, we will become more desensitize to the horror of war. The only reason gATo hates war is because I been at the killing field, I was in it and did my share and after the battle and the buzz wears off , the horror that I had just committed will haunt me forever. These machines will not. When it’s all a video game we will just go for the high score and go to the next level– gAtO oUt

Drone Photos

[Image]In this March, 28, 2012, photo, an Arcti Copter 5 drone flies over a waterfront
park in Berkeley, Calif. Interest in the domestic use of drones is surging
among public agencies and private citizens alike, including a thriving subculture
of amateur hobbyists, even as the prospect of countless tiny but powerful
eyes circling in the skies raises serious privacy concerns. (Eric Risberg)
[Image]In this March, 28, 2012, photo, Mark Harrison, left, and Andreas Oesterer,
right, watch as a Ritewing Zephyr II drone lifts off at a waterfront park
in Berkeley, Calif. Interest in the domestic use of drones is surging among
public agencies and private citizens alike, including a thriving subculture
of amateur hobbyists, even as the prospect of countless tiny but powerful
eyes circling in the skies raises serious privacy concerns. (Eric Risberg)
[Image]A quadrocopter drone equipped with a camera stands on display at the Zeiss
stand on the first day of the CeBIT 2012 technology trade fair on March 6,
2012 in Hanover, Germany. CeBIT 2012, the world’s largest information technology
trade fair, will run from March 6-10, and advances in cloud computing and
security are major features this year. Getty
[Image]A drone equipped with cameras and sensors flies over a simulation of a
contaminated area during a training exercise of a nuclear accident following
an earthquake in the region of the nuclear site of Cadarache, January 17,
2012. Reuters
[Image]Israeli soldiers dismantle the Skylark drone during a drill on January 16,
2012 near Bat Shlomo, Israel. The Skylark can carry a camera payload of up
to 1kg, has an operational calking of 15,000ft and allows users to monitor
any designated point within a 15km radius. The Skylark unit consists of a
ground control element and three drones, which provide battalion-level commanders
with real-time information. Getty
[Image]A TV drone flies beside Canada’s Erick Guay during the second practice of
the men’s Alpine skiing World Cup downhill race at the Lauberhorn in Wengen,
January 12, 2012. Reuters
[Image]Advanced Defense Technology Centre engineer Fumiyuki Sato demonstrates his
spherical observation drone at the opening of the annual Digital Contents
Expo in Tokyo on October 20, 2011. The Japanese defence researcher has invented
a spherical observation drone that can fly down narrow alleys, hover on the
spot, take off vertically and bounce along the ground. Getty
[Image]President of French far-right party Front national (FN) and candidate for
the 2012 French presidential election Marine Le Pen looks at a drone helicopter
at the stand of French company Eden as she visits on October 19, 2011 in
Paris, at the the France’s Milipol global security trade fair on October
18, 2011 in Paris. Milipol Paris 2011, welcoming more than 1,000 exhibiting
companies from 43 countries, runs until October 21. Getty
[Image]This Sept. 2011 photo provided by Vanguard Defense Industries, shows a ShadowHawk
drone with Montgomery County, Texas, SWAT team members. Civilian cousins
of the unmanned military aircraft that have been tracking and killing terrorists
in the Middle East and Asia are being sought by police departments, border
patrols, power companies, news organizations and others who want a bird?s-eye
view. AP
[Image]A Pakistani villager holds a wreckage of a suspected surveillance drone which
is crashed in Pakistani border town of Chaman along the Afghanistan border
in Pakistan on Thursday, Aug 25, 2011. Suspected US surveillance drone crashes
in Pakistan military area near border with Afghanistan. (Shah Khalid)
[Image]A maple seed is seen on the hand of Craig Stoneking, bottom, project manager
at Lockheed Martin Advance Technology Laboratories, as engineer David Sharp
holds the company’s new drone, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Southampton,
N.J. The unmanned, one-winged flight machine is based on the flight of maple
seeds that twirl down from trees during the spring. AP
[Image]Pakistani officials collect remains of a Pakistan Navy unmanned aerial vehicle
(UAV) which crashed outside an oil refinery in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday,
July 19, 2011. According to a Pakistan Navy official, the accident was caused
by a bird hit. No casualties were reported. (Shakil Adil)
[Image]Dr. Gregory Parker, Micro Air Vehicle team leader, holds a small winged drone
that resembles an insect, in the U.S. Air Force Micro Air Vehicles lab at
Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, July 11, 2011. The Micro
Air Vehicles unit of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson
AFB is developing small military drones, with the goal of making them so
small that they resemble small birds and insects, including some that will
have moving wings. The mission is to develop MAVs that can find, track and
target adversaries while operating in complex urban environments. The engineers
are using a variety of small helicopters and drones in the lab to develop
the programs and software. Testing takes place in a controlled indoor lab
where the team flies the MAVs and then gathers data to analyze for further
development. Reuters
[Image]A model of an insect size U.S. Air Force drone is held by a member of the
Micro Air Vehicles team of the Air Force Research Laboratory, which is developing
small drones at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, July 11,
2011. Reuters
[Image]A computer controlled U.S. Air Force drone prepares to lift off for a test
flight of in the Micro Air Vehicles lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
in Dayton, Ohio, July 11, 2011. Reuters
[Image]This product image provided by Parrot, shows the AR.Drone. Parrot, a company
known more for its Bluetooth hands-free car speakerphones, has launched a
small, unmanned aircraft that can be controlled using an iPhone or another
of Apple Inc.’s Wi-Fi-enabled gadgets, including the iPod Touch and the
[Image]This undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows a MQ-9 Reaper,
armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire
missiles, piloted by Col. Lex Turner during a combat mission over southern
Afghanistan. (Lt. Col.. Leslie Pratt, US Air Force)
[Image]This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an
unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border. The planes, which
are based out of North Dakota, are now venturing as far as Eastern Washington
on their patrols. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Christian Riddle, left, and Boatswain’s
Mate 2nd Class Dante Galati secure a recovered Air Force BQM-74C Chukar III
aerial target drone to a crane aboard USS Tortuga (LSD 46) after an at-sea
exercise for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2011 in the
South China Sea June 11, 2011. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held
annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force
readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katerine

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) completes its first
flight at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 4, 2011. The UCAS-D program
will demonstrate the capability of an autonomous, low-observable unmanned
aircraft to perform carrier launches and recoveries. (DoD photo courtesy
of Northrop Grumman/Released). Date Shot: 2/4/2011


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U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Curd, and Spc. Nicholas Boxley, both combat engineers,
from Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist
Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, prepare the RQ-16A Tarantula Hawk unmanned
aerial vehicle, for operation, at Basra province, Iraq, Dec. 1, 2010. Although,
T-Hawk requires a great deal of maintenance, the capabilities it provides
are well worth the time spent. (U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Matthew
Fumagalli/Released). Date Shot: 12/1/2010[Image]

Engineers, from left, Daniel Braun, Eric Sanchez and David Barney, with Space
and Naval Warfare Systems Command Systems Center Pacific, perform pre-deployment
inspections on Littoral Battlespace Sensing Unmanned Undersea Vehicles aboard
the oceanographic survey ship USNS Pathfinder (T-AGS 60) while portside in
San Diego, Calif., Oct. 21, 2010. Each vehicle hosts a payload suite of sensors
that will measure the physical characteristics of the water column as it
routinely descends and ascends in the ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Rick
Naystatt/Released). Date Shot: 10/21/2010[Image]

U.S. Navy Aerographer’s Mate Airman Alex Boston, left, and Aerographer’s
Mate 3rd Class Ryan Thuecks, right, both assigned to the Naval Oceanography
Mine Warfare Center, and Ana Ziegler, with the Office of Naval Research,
deploy an unmanned underwater vehicle during exercise Frontier Sentinel in
the northern Atlantic Ocean June 9, 2010. The annual joint maritime homeland
security exercise involved the Canadian navy, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard,
and federal, state, and local agencies in the detection, assessment and response
to maritime security threats. (U.S. Navy photo by Wayne Stigstedt/Released).
Date Shot: 6/9/2010[Image]

U.S. Navy Sonar Technician Surface 1st Class Bryson Menke and Mineman 3rd
Class Michael Darcy, both stationed with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile
Unit (EODMU) 1, prepare to deploy an unmanned underwater vehicle April 22,
2010, in the Persian Gulf. EODMU-1 and USS Dextrous (MCM 13) are conducting
drills. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ja’lon
A. Rhinehart/Released). Date Shot: 4/22/2010[Image]

Danielle Bryant, right, an oceanographer from the Naval Oceanographic Office
(NAVOCEANO), establishes a satellite connection to the Glider Operations
Center at NAVOCEANO before launching the seaglider unmanned underwater vessel
from the Military Sealift Command oceanographic survey ship USNS Henson (T-AGS
63) March 24, 2010, in the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel is designed to collect
physical oceanography data in deep water. Henson is under way off the coast
of Fortaleza, Brazil, for Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station 2010
conducting survey demonstrations with the Brazilian Directorate of Hydrograph
and Navigation. Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station is an oceanographic
surveying and information exchange program between subject matter experts
with partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lily
Daniels/Released). Date Shot: 3/24/2010[Image]

U.S. Navy Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Brad Goss, right, and Sonar
Technician (Surface) 1st Class Anthony Craig, left, from the Littoral Combat
Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare (LCS ASW) Mission Package detachment, operate
an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) in the waters of the Narragansett Bay,
R.I., Feb. 16, 2010. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport is
developing the USV for future LCS ASW operations. (U.S. Navy photo/Released).
Date Shot: 2/16/2010[Image]

U.S. Navy Mineman Seaman James Raper pushes the mine neutralization vehicle
(MNV) of the mine countermeasures ship USS Defender (MCM 2) into its cradle
Nov. 24, 2009, in the Yellow Sea. An MNV is a remote-controlled, unmanned
submarine that uses a video camera to confirm the presence of underwater
mines. Defender is participating in exercise Clear Horizon, an annual exercise
conducted with the Republic of Korea Navy, that is one of the largest
international mine counter-measures exercises in the world. (U.S. Navy photo
by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin/Released). Date
Shot: 11/24/2009[Image]

The U.S Air Force Academy’s Viking 300 aircraft, an unmanned aerial system,
flies over Camp Red Devil at Fort Carson, Colo., July 22, 2009. The Air Force
Academy is the first military service academy to begin integrating unmanned
aerial systems into its curriculum. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike
Kaplan/Released). Date Shot: 7/23/2009[Image]

An Unmanned Little Bird helicopter, a smaller version of the manned A/MH-6M
Little Bird helicopter, is tested and evaluated by personnel from the U.S.
Marine Corps’ Warfighting Laboratory at Marine Corps Combat Development Command,
Quantico, Va., June 16, 2009, in Bridgeport, Calif., during Javelin Thrust-09.
Marine Forces Reserve, headquartered in New Orleans, is conducting Javelin
Thrust-09 at six locations throughout the Western United States. The combined
arms exercise showcases a range of combat and logistics capabilities and
allows leaders to assess the operational readiness of participating units.
More than 2,000 reserve- and active-component Marines, Sailors, Soldiers
and Airmen are training simultaneously in support of the exercise. (U.S.
Marine Corps photo by Chief Warrant Officer Keith A. Stevenson/Released).
Date Shot: 6/16/2009[Image]

Dirk D. Reum, a robotic systems engineer, conducts a systems check of a robotic
unmanned ground vehicle (RUGV) June 13, 2009, in Hawthorne, Nev., before
making it available for test training with U.S. Marine Corps infantrymen
of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division,
during exercise Javelin Thrust 2009. The RUGV has a payload capacity of 1,400
pounds. Javelin Thrust showcases a wide range of combat and logistics
capabilities, and allows leaders to assess the operational readiness of
participating units. More than 3,000 reserve and active component Marines
and members of the Navy, Army and Air National Guard will train during the
combined arms exercise at six locations throughout the Western United States.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Keith A. Stevenson/Released).
Date Shot: 6/13/2009[Image]

The Heron TP medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle takes
off from Comalapa International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador, May
21, 2009, during a counter drug operations support mission. The Heron is
part of an unmanned aircraft system deployed to El Salvador to support Project
Monitoreo, a month-long evaluation initiative to assess the suitability of
using unmanned aircraft for counterdrug missions in the United States Southern
Command area. (U.S. Army photo by Jose Ruiz/Released). Date Shot: 5/21/2009[Image]

The U.S. Navy and Spatial Integrated Systems Inc. demonstrate a fully autonomous
Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) near Fort Monroe, Va., Jan. 14, 2009. The
USV uses its autonomous maritime navigation systems to patrol and detect
intruders. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice
Joshua Adam Nuzzo/Released). Date Shot: 1/14/2009[Image]

U.S. Navy Lt. Timothy Stanford, a graduate student at University of Wisconsin,
tests his Autonomous Unmanned Vehicle (AUV) prior to competing in the Association
for Unmanned Vehicle Society International’s (AUVSI) 11th annual competition
in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 1, 2008. AUVSI, in cooperation with the Space
and Naval Warfare Systems Center, hosts the event to encourage young engineers
and scientists to consider careers developing AUV technologies for the U.S.
Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian
Gaines/Released). Date Shot: 8/1/2008[Image]

Fox News reporter Phil Keating interviews U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Dishman,
the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office 262 Program
Manager, in front of the Skyship 600 blimp at Naval Air Station Key West,
Fla., July 10, 2008. The lighter-than-air vehicle is in Key West for six
weeks to conduct a series of maritime surveillance evaluations. The joint
airship experiment between the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard emphasizes the
cooperative strategy for 21st century seapower among the sea services. (U.S.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rachel McMarr/Released).
Date Shot: 7/10/2008[Image]

An unmanned aerial vehicle’s Predator Hellfire missile is shown on a simulator’s
virtual camera at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, Calif.,
June 25, 2008. As the U.S. military scrambles to get more robotic warplanes
like the Predator drone aloft, it is confronting an unexpected adversary:
human error. (Damian Dovarganes)[Image]

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates learns how to operate an unmanned ground
vehicle during a tour of the future combat systems facility at Fort Bliss,
Texas, May 1, 2008. (Department of Defense photo by Cherie Cullen/Released).
Date Shot: 5/1/2008[Image]

A Condor unmanned aerial vehicle sits on top of its carrying case before
flying during Atlantic Strike V at the air-ground training complex in Avon
Park, Fla., April 17, 2007. Atlantic Strike is a U.S. Central Command Air
Forces initiative and the only joint, tactical-level, urban, close air support
training event dedicated to supporting the war on terror. (U.S. Air Force
photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Otero) (Released). Date Shot: 4/17/2007[Image]

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) show
the US Navy (USN) Sailors aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship
USS BOXER (LHD 4) the “Silver Fox” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The 15th
MEU and the BOXER are part of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5 which is
currently participating in their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX)
off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
Specialist Third Class Noel Danseco (RELEASED). Date Shot: 7/16/2006[Image]

Engineers check the structure after the test flights of the Navy-built Guardian
Griffin unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The flights demonstrated its capability
to support U.S. joint forces with missions ranging from convoy escort and
port security to combat patrol. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. John Joyce (RELEASED).
Date Shot: 5/18/2006[Image]

The Proteus aircraft takes off from Mojave Airfield near Edwards Air Force
Base, Calif., on May 9, 2006. It carries the pod that eventually will contain
the radar that will be used on the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle. A
year of testing, that will be conducted by the 851st Electronic Testing Group,
will begin in September once the radar is installed on Proteus. (U.S. Air
Force photo) (Released). Date Shot: 5/9/2006[Image]

Northrop Grumman’s RQ-8A Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) test fires the second of two Mark (MK) 66
2.75-inch unguided rockets during weapons testing at Arizona’s Yuma Proving
Grounds. The Fire Scout has the ability to autonomously take off and land
from any aviation-capable warship and at unprepared landing zones, with an
on-station endurance of over four hours. The Fire Scout system is capable
of continuous operations, providing coverage at 110 nautical miles from the
launch site. Utilizing a baseline payload that includes electro-optical/infrared
sensors and a laser rangefinder/designator the Fire Scout can find and identify
tactical targets, track and designate targets, accurately provide targeting
data to strike platforms, employ precision weapons, and perform battle damage
assessment. Photographer’s Name: TIM PAYNTER, CIV. Date Shot: 7/25/2005[Image]

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Patrick Vasquez, a Force Protection Airborne
Surveillance System (FPASS) operator from the 99th Security Forces Group,
prepares to release a Desert Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle during an urban
warfare training at Indian Springs Auxiliary Air Field, Nev., on May 4, 2005.
The Desert Hawk gives real-time video surveillance to FPASS operators who
in turn are able to instantly relay enemy force locations to the troops in
the field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert W. Valenca) (Released).
Date Shot: 5/4/2005[Image]

A U.S. Air Force BQM-167A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is launched from
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., on Dec. 22, 2004. The BQM-167A is powered by
a ventrally mounted turbojet engine. It can be air or ground launched, and
can carry the full range of current target payloads, including radar enhancers,
countermeasures, scoring devices, and towed targets. (USAF Photo by Bruce
Hoffman, CIV) (Released). Date Shot: 12/22/2004


A Boeing ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sits on top of a table during
a demonstration at Indian Springs Auxiliary Field, N.V., on Dec. 18, 2004.
The U.S. military uses the four-foot-long UAV as a forward observer to monitor
enemy concentrations, vehicle and personnel movement, buildings and terrain
in Iraq. (USAF Photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin J.Gruenwald) (Released). Date Shot:
12/18/2004 [Engine and propeller unit is rotated 90-degrees for service.]


Mark LaVille, the Scan Eagle Project manager from Boeing Corporation, and
Brett Kelley, a support engineer with the Insitu Group also from Boeing,
uses an electronic blower to cool the engine of a Scan Eagle unmanned aerial
vehicle during an urban warfare exercise at Indian Springs Auxiliary Air
Field, Nev., on May 4, 2005. Scan Eagle flies at low altitudes while taking
video surveillance and it feeds images directly to security forces personnel
in the field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert W. Valenca) (Released).
Date Shot: 5/4/2005[Image]

U.S. Air Force maintenance personnel prepare to push Global Hawk Air Vehicle
Number 3 (AV-3) into its hanger after its 400th mission at an undisclosed
location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on Nov. 8, 2004. The Global
Hawk is an unmanned aerial vehicle designed for surveillance and reconnaissance.
(USAF Photo by Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson) (Released). Date Shot: 11/8/2004[Image]

An AGM-114 Hellfire missile hung on the rail of an US Air Force (USAF) MQ-1L
Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is inscribed with, “IN MEMORY OF HONORABLE
RONALD REAGAN.” Photographer’s Name: TSGT SCOTT REED, USAF. Date Shot: 6/10/2004[Image]

Tracked and wheeled versions of the Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicles
(TUGV) take a forward position to determine security of the area. The Gladiators
are taking part in a live fire exercise with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines (1/2),
Bravo Company (B CO), Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
(NC), at Range 400 aboard Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command
(MAGTF-TC), Twentynine Palms, California (CA). Photographer’s Name: LCPL
PATRICK GREEN, USMC. Date Shot: 1/14/2004[Image]

Lt. Col. George Biondi, Director of Operations for the 82nd Aerial Targets
Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, flies this QF-4 “Rhino” as a safety
chase on the wing of a remote-controlled unmanned QF-4 “Rhino” full-scale
aerial target drone after a Combat Archer Air-to-Air Weapons System Evaluation
Program mission over the Gulf of Mexico. The QF-4 Phantom II, affectionately
known as the “Rhino”, is used as a threat-representative unmanned target
for live-fire test and evaluation missions. It maintains the basic flight
envelope capabilities of the original F-4, and can also be flown manned for
workup and remote controller training missions. United States Air Force QF-4’s
are flown by the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron from Tyndall Air Force Base,
Florida and Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo Tech.
Sgt. Michael Ammons) (Released). Date Shot: 9/16/2003[Image]

A VMU-2’s Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) is ready for launch off a Pneumatic
Launcher on the desert floor. Photographer’s Name: LCPL RICHARD W. COURT,
USAF. Date Shot: 3/9/2003[Image]

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Vern Clark listens to Steve Castelin
of NAVSEA Coastal Systems Station, as he talks about the future of unmanned
aerial vehicles (UAV) such as the Blue Fin currently displayed on Nov. 26,
2002. The CNO is in Panama City, Fla., to see new technology hardware and
to visit with local area community leaders. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief
Photographer’s Mate Johnny Bivera) (RELEASED). Date Shot: 11/26/2002[Image]

A RQ-1L Predator UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) from the 57th Wing Operations
Group, Nellis AFB, NV sits in a maintenance bunker at a forward operating
airbase in the ENDURING FREEDOM area. The Predator is a medium-altitude,
long-endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle system used for reconnaissance,
surveillance and target acquisition and is in Afghanistan in direct support
of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Photographer’s Name: CWO2 William D. Crow,
USMC. Date Shot: 2/14/2002[Image]

Operations Specialist 1st Class Guy Hurkmans of Escanaba, Mich., assigned
to Destroyer Squadron 50 (DESRON50), Naval Support Activity, Bahrain manually
launches an Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) during a flight test that is being
conducted in support of Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) on Jan. 6,
2002. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Ted Banks) (Released).
Date Shot: 1/6/2002[Image]

Army personnel walkout and position the Hunter UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)
for takeoff at Petrovec Airfield, Skopje, Macedonia, in support of TASK FORCE
HARVEST. The role of TASK FORCE HARVEST is to collect arms and ammunition
voluntarily turned over by ethnic Albanian insurgents, and thereby helps
to build confidence in the broader peace process suggested by the President
of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Hunter UAV plays a key role
in helping NATO troops by surveying and looking for any changes in the local
area that might hinder the peacekeeping mission. Photographer’s Name: SSGT
JOCELYN M. BROUSSARD, USAF. Date Shot: 9/13/2001[Image]

The new Dragon Eye Unmanned Arial Reconnaissance Vehicle sits partially
disassembled prior to a demonstration given to commanders during Kernal Blitz
Experimental aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., on June 23, 2001. The Dragon
Eye is controlled line of site via computer and can transmit real time video
imagery back to the operator. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. John Vannucci)
(Released) Date Shot: 6/23/2001[Image]

The Global Hawk heads back towards its hanger after doing preflight checks
before going on a twenty four hour mission out of Edinburgh Air Force Base
in Adelaide, South Australia, in support of Exercise Tandem Thrust. The Global
Hawk is a jet powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) designed as a Reconnaissance
and Surveillance vehicle with a wing span equal to a Boeing 737, flying at
altitudes of up to 65,000 feet for more than 24 hours and capable of searching
an area of more than 40,000 square miles. The Global Hawk is deployed to
Australia from April to June 2001, flying more than a dozen missions. These
missions will include sorties in support of Tandem Thrust as well as maritime,
littoral, land surveillance and stand off reconnaissance capabilities. The
Global Hawk completed its first successful maiden flight in February 1998.
Currently there are five U.S. Air Force Global Hawks which have logged over
60 flights and have clocked more than 600 hours, with it’s biggest challenge
to date the non-stop Trans-Pacific flight from Edwards AFB CA to Edinburgh
AFB South Australia. Exercise Tandem Thrust 2001 is a combined United States
and Australian military training exercise. This biennial exercise is being
held in the vicinity of Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia.
More than 27,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are participating,
with Canadian units taking part as opposing forces. The purpose of Exercise
Tandem Thrust is to train for crisis action planning and execution of contingency
response operations. Photograph CLEARED FOR RELEASE by Lt. Col .Pat Bolibrzuch,
Australian Deployment Commander, Global Hawk Program Office and Wing Commander
Brett Newell, Deputy Director Emerging Systems, Aerospace Development Branch.
U.S. Navy Photo by PH3 J. Smith (Released). Photographer’s Name: PH3 JENNIFER
A. SMITH. Date Shot: 5/13/2001[Image]

The Broad-area Unmanned Responsive Resupply Operations (BURRO) is used in
conjunction with the Slice Multi-Task Boat (only flight deck is seen) for
providing over the horizon sea-based logistics. The BURRO (also known as
the KAMAN K-1200 K-MAX Helicopter) is also used for resupplying ships at
sea. It is currently on the flightdeck of the Slice Boat (Prototype) at Coast
Guard Island in Oakland, California, due to its participation in Fleet Battle
Experiment Echo. Also seen in the frame is a right side front view of the
U.S. Coast Guard High Endurance Cutter, USCGC SHERMAN, (WHEC-720). This mission
is in direct support of Urban Warrior ’99. Photographer’s Name: LCPL Christopher
L. Vallee. Date Shot: 3/19/1999[Image]

The Navtec, Incorporated Owl MKII Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) glides stealthly
through the waters of Mile Hammock Bay, New River during a demonstration
to highlight it’s marine reconnaissance capabilities to the Riverine Insertion
Operation Exercise (RIOEX) ’98 participants. The Owl MKII is funded by the
Office of Naval Research (ONR) and is remote-controlled from a small shoreline
control station by Brad Dowling, a Navtec, Inc. electronics engineer, at
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, during the Riverine Insertion Operation Exercise
(RIOEX) ’98. Photographer’s Name: LCPL T.A. Pope, USMC. Date Shot: 5/14/1998[Image]

The Dragon Drone Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was on display at the MOUT (Military
Operations in Urban Terrain) facility during LOE 1 (Limited Objective Experiment
1). Urban Warrior is the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory’s series
of limited objective experiments examining new urban tactics and experimental
technologies. Photographer’s Name: Sgt. Jason J. Bortz. Date Shot: 1/23/1998[Image]

US Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC). A “Night Owl”, or RQ-2A
Pioneer, surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is launched from its
twin rail catapult mounted on a 5-ton truck. This launch is conducted by
the Cherry Point Marine Base, Squadron-2, part of Combined Arms Exercise
(CAX) 5-97 at Airfield Seagle. Photographer’s Name: LCPL E. J. Young. Date
Shot: 4/14/1997[Image]

A close up front view of the fuselage section from the wreckage of a Predator
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) laying on a hillside in the Russian sector
of the Multinational Division North (MDN) area of operations. Photographer’s
Name: SSG Edward W. Nino. Date Shot: 10/1/1996[Image]

A civilian contractor tests the unmanned submersible Deep Drone aboard a
US Navy ship. The sonar device is being used during salvage operations for
downed Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (KAL 007). The commercial jet was shot
down by Soviet aircraft over Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Japan on August
30, 1983. All 269 passengers and crewmen were killed. PH1 Fel Barbante, USN


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  1. The fact is that there will always be a way to jam or crack the signal they use. If we could find a way around this it would be unstoppable. But for the time being, it’s a tool only most effective against the less technologically advanced – or those who have not figured out how to disable them. I recall reading about a drone of ours that Iran captured. How can we design a drone with 100% uninterruptable communication? Perhaps going beyond electromagnetism, perhaps future technology will be capable of transmitting in neutrinos instead of photons.

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