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Royal Navy's first ever remotely-piloted air system takes flight

Monday, June 23rd 2014 - 21:53 UTC
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Just 7 months after the British Ministry of Defense ordered the system from Boeing Defense UK, footage released today, 22 June, shows ScanEagle taking flight from HMS Somerset in the Gulf. Read full article

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  • BOTINHO

    When you step outside today and look up at the sky, be sure to smile.

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 02:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    Timerman will claim it is nuclear powered and another threat to peace in the Argentine Sea area - wherever that is¡

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 05:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BOTINHO

    Looking back historically, everything is a threat to Mr. Timerman.

    Including zipping up his fly.

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 06:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @2 gordo1

    This is the UK's response to Argentina militarising the South Atlantic with outdated and unseaworthy (potentially nuclear) submarines. ;P

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 07:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    I KNOW that this message of mine isn’t really relevant to the subject under discussion…

    However, not long ago someone used these pages as a medium with which to brand ALL Latinos as a racial group innately cruel to animals. Of course, such is by no means the case and a little of the TRUTH of the matter may be found here:

    https://www.change.org/es/peticiones/seprona-de-almer%C3%ADa-tomen-medidas-legales-contra-los-maltratadores-que-torturaron-y-apalearon-al-burrito-capit%C3%A1n?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=77170&alert_id=grvMuNyqHu_mFRpo%2FHmDwf%2BQDkchy%2BoMZJq7JlKPyWMwNPJ3RVwFqA%3D

    Ideally, those who’re REALLY interested in animal welfare will add her/his name to the 75,000 + Spaniards who’ve already signed the petition calling for the perpetrators of such grotesque brutality to be brought to justice.

    The message on the Webpage cited above is in Spanish but may easily be translated into REASONABLY readable English by Google Translate –anyway a mere glance at the caption photograph eloquently tells the pathetic, sickening story…

    Cheers!

    Jim, in Madrid.

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 08:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Royal Navy's first ??
    Another first,
    but it wont be the last,
    carry on royal navy..

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 09:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    I notice they ard keeping quiet about the nuclear penguins, this is just a distraction.

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 11:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    Very nice but would like to see some guns and missiles attached to it.

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 12:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    For: 8 Be serious

    Re: “Very nice but would like to see some guns and missiles attached to it.”

    Don’t be a silly girl, Darling! Such small aircraft cannot carry missiles of any great effect.

    The drone would presumably locate a target and send its coordinates back to the mother vessel by radio so that they could be used to programme automatically, a REAL, powerfully destructive ship-to-land missile’s trajectory and flight path.

    Seriously, this is yet another victory for a VERY MUCH FOR PROFIT, US controlled, death dealing military industrial complex, over the UNIVERSAL interests of the entire human race and yet another dangerous step on ever shortening path toward WWIII –and when THAT kicks off, EVERYONE will LOSE!

    Jim, in Madrid.

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 01:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    S0 what's wrong with military (commercial) satellites...?
    Hogged by the Yanks no doubt....

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 02:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @9 We see the TRUTH of Jimmy Handley. Anti-U.S. Probably either communist or fascist given living in spain. Anti-British. Then there's the BAE Taranis. Perhaps it will be able to deliver a nuclear weapon from each of its internal weapons bays. Supersonic. Now you see it, now you don't. Stealthy. Ditto. Just the sort of aircraft to persuade Madrid to see Gibraltar differently. An airburst at 1,000 feet.

    No-one needs a dago-lover. Fleet Air Arm and RAF pilots need to be able to wreak massive destruction without risk. And spain has such lovely targets!

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 03:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    supercilious Jimmy
    Just like to see more bangs for our bucks
    More bangs = more dead enemies.
    More dead enemies = Victory and a better World.

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 05:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    UK sent a frigate to Colombia to strengthen ties between the two armed
    The purpose of the visit is to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation existing between Colombia and the United Kingdom , and between the armed forces of both countries

    http://www.infodefensa.com/latam/2014/06/24/noticia-reino-unido-envia-fragata-colombia-consolidar-lazos-entre-ambas-armadas.html?aleat=935#googtrans(es|en)
    If not English just click on google translate…

    .And CFK will be mad lol

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 06:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BOTINHO

    Not to digress too much but VIVA URUGUAI !!!

    Gol de cabeça ! Great head shot goal !

    And now back to the drones, which I'm sure everyone here knows we are currently operating as I type this, all along our frontier.

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 07:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Oooooh!

    The Stealth Penguins are real!

    I knew it! Huzza Hurrah!

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 08:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    Comment removed by the editor.

    Jun 24th, 2014 - 09:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    the drones are the future weapon of choice, it seems.

    Jun 25th, 2014 - 10:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    Absolutely Briton. Makes sense to maximise killing ability while reducing risk to our own armed forces.
    I take the point about this being a surveillance vehicle but there was an argument a few years back that the UK had some nice expensive platforms but insufficient missiles and other weapon systems. That was addressed after the Falklands War and I would not want the RN to regress. The new Aircraft Carriers are desperately needed but the US built Aircraft that are intended to be their main attack potential are not currently instilling much confidence.

    Jun 25th, 2014 - 02:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    See
    the RAF’s menacing looking Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) has publicly demonstrated its ability to fly for the first time
    http://www.engineering.com/DesignerEdge/DesignerEdgeArticles/ArticleID/7099/Top-Secret-Drone-Takes-Flight-in-a-Very-Public-Way.aspx

    Although this is only a drone, the possibilities for future missiles and the likes of cruise will be formidable.

    .

    Jun 25th, 2014 - 05:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    It looks really good Briton and has to be the way forward for air power.

    Jun 25th, 2014 - 08:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @19
    Thanks for the link.

    Looks like a valuable, and very valid, bit of kit.

    Interesting!

    Jun 25th, 2014 - 09:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Cheers

    Jun 26th, 2014 - 11:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @5
    Jim-thanks for the link on the petition-I doubt you will like my other comments about Latins , but I am pleased that Catalonia banned Bullfighting.

    Generally on the subject of drones:

    Argentina has several long range drones-Timmerman, Filmus, CFK who have the range to go to New York and drone on and on and on about false history and a mis-interpretation of UN documents .

    Jun 29th, 2014 - 08:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JimHandley

    11 Conqueror

    Re: “ --- No-one needs a dago-lover. Fleet Air Arm and RAF pilots need to be able to wreak massive destruction without risk. And spain has such lovely targets!”

    12 Be serious

    Re: “supercilious Jimmy
    Just like to see more bangs for our bucks
    More bangs = more dead enemies.
    More dead enemies = Victory and a better World.”

    It’s so easy to see that neither of you two fellows have ever been remotely near a REAL war, otherwise, you wouldn’t trot-out such time warn totalitarian (Communist / Fascist) war-mongering propaganda.

    Thanks to my interest in military history I’m in contact with RAF Cranwell’s librarian –should you two distinguished gentlemen wish, I’ll send her your comments for evaluation by the alumni, although I must warn you that I don’t think they’ll go down terribly well with those who’re studying to become PROPER professional Airmen.

    Your rhetoric is every bit as bad as that of the incompetent villains who’re running Argentina!

    Incidentally, DAGO is an offensive term for an Italian. The only connection I can imagine that the insult has to the Hispanic World is that, when pronounced in English, DAGO sounds similar to the Castilian Spanish given name, DIEGO (one the several Spanish forms of JAMES) Other forms of James are: Santiago, Jaime, Jacobo and possibly others I’ve never heard of.

    The reason for these “Variations on the theme of James”, is the fact that, in the early Christina Era, the Bible was translated from/to several contemporaneously significant languages such as: Arabic, Aramaic (Jesus Christ’s mother tongue) Greek, Hebrew and Latin. And the different versions of James stem from different language translations of the Bible.

    Of course, such similarly caused given name variations exist in other European tongues, too.

    James, in Madrid.

    Jun 29th, 2014 - 11:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BOTINHO

    Nice video.

    A beautiful shape that would have made Oscar Niemeyer take notice.

    Does the UK have a desert region in the background of the flight, or was this filmed around Edwards Air Force Base, in the High Desert of California, USA ?

    Jun 30th, 2014 - 02:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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