The U.S. develops its own "Klingon Bird of Prey."

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  1. Jack Briggs

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    Stealth technology for use in advanced interceptors and fighter-bombers is being developed in truly exciting new ways. And now the Pentagon is paying homage to the world of Star Trek with its breathtakingly slick and sleek new aircraft, the "Bird of Prey."
    "Fascinating."
    http://www.startrek.com/news/news.asp?ID=126217
     
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    Hmmm. Should I close this thread, I wonder? You be the judge! [​IMG]
     
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    Of course, the U.S. military does realize that it will have to decloak before it can fire. [​IMG]
     
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    Side note - a friend is an aeronautical engineer for the US Navy, and he thinks this is too similar to the upcoming unmanned drones under development. The "cockpit" seems added on as an afterthought, probably for some testing purpose. The new F-22 appears to be the last manned fighter under development, the rest are combat drones.

    From CNN: The U.S. fired a Hellfire missile from an unmanned drone to kill six suspected al Qaeda members in Yemen.

    Welcome to the future.... Why put pilots at risk when an unmanned plane can outmaneuver SAMs and AAMs ?
     
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    I like the idea of being in an aircraft, though. Not being logical here.

    The F-22 won't be the last serious manned fighter airplane, I don't think. Though UAVs are mighty slick.

    Yes, it appears a UAV (or the person at the souped-up "remote") was the cuplable party in this interesting development costing the lives of suspected terrorists.
     
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    Off topic, but what the hell, it's a repost. [​IMG]
    I find it quite interesting that everywhere that this event has been reported, the US is basically taking credit for firing a missle at "suspected" terrorists.
    You'd think we woulda made sure...
     
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    Um, this is called "spin," Chris. It's a little game of international payback. You say what you have to say and quietly go back to the business of war.
     
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    Jack Briggs wrote:

     
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    I understand that. I just don't think thats quite the way I would have spun it right now.

    Its not so much that we did it. Nobody really knew what happened to the car until we said "we fired a missle at it".
     
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    damn it! we're the "bad guys"? I hated the Klingons (in the JT Kirk era, natch)! Why couldn't we have developed something the good guys use? Like phasers you could set to stun?
     
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    A timely topic indeed, Jack, considering the CIA assassination via unmanned aircraft yesterday.

    This is only an observation of an occurrence, not a judgment one way or the other.
     
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    can anyone name the last dogfight between combat aircraft? i mean an old-fashioned, fighter against fighter dogfight? i would bet it hasn't happened in a looonnngg time...
     
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    The Falkland War comes to mind. And there have been occasional skirmishes since. Today's fighters are working within the framework of a long-distance kill-what-you-can't-see-with-your-eyes doctrine.
     
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    i like the idea of unmanned craft(s). why put a human life to risk if you don't have to?

    i'm sure there will always be a need for a human in the pilot seat, but this is a technology worth checking out.

    did anyone catch the recent special on tdc (or tlc) about stealth technogy. pretty interesting...
     

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