Watch a F-16 shoot down a drone in the air

Here’s a video showing an F-16 shooting down a drone in the air and popping off flares in a live fire exercise. One day, the drones will probably start fighting back as revenge for all these training exercises but until that day comes, let us enjoy the amazing powerful flying machines controlled by humans that allows… » 7/01/15 9:13am Wednesday 9:13am

Watch a 10-engine drone transform from a helicopter into a plane

NASA’s Greased Lightning GL-10 is a beast of a drone (it has 10 engines!) that’s the closest thing we have to a Transformer in real life. It can flip itself into a helicopter and then fly like an airplane and then revert back to helicopter mode. It’s awesome seeing the wings tilt back and forth as it changes gears.
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China Tries To Jam U.S. Global Hawks While Busy Developing Their Own

China has reportedly been trying to jam U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk flights flying over the increasingly volatile South China Sea. Meanwhile, they are busy perfecting their own High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft, with new pictures of a twin fuselage design emerging on the internet. » 5/29/15 1:15pm 5/29/15 1:15pm

Russia's Huge "Robot" Firefighting Tank Is Being Put Into Army Service

Russia’s innovative “Special Firefighting Vehicle” is being thrust into operation with the Russian Army. It will supposedly go where no fire truck or human can and will be assigned missions including everything from search and rescue, to putting out fires at weapons depots, to creating fire-lines for forest fire… » 5/26/15 9:23am 5/26/15 9:23am

Is This Proof That The US Air Force Can Aerially Refuel Stealth Drones?

The RQ-170 Sentinel went from “Beast of Kandahar” enigma to Bin Laden-catching fame to crashing into Iranian hands, all in about half a decade. Since then, there have been few photos and little official talk as to its existence. Yet these pictures may prove that the RQ-170, or an enhanced version of it, is capable of… » 5/04/15 3:30pm 5/04/15 3:30pm

Watch this insanely fast drone fly at impossible speeds into the clouds

Holy crap. Once this drone decides to go, it just guns it like a warp speed rocket ship into the air. It’s so fast that I can’t believe it’s real. But Quadmovr has been showing iterations of its super fast drone for months now and everything else in the video seems to be moving at a normal speed so my God, this is… » 4/30/15 11:58am 4/30/15 11:58am

Snowgoose Is The Pentagon's Low-Cost Resupply Drone Of Dreams

In a scene right out of Call of Duty, your special forces unit is surrounded on a plateau deep in enemy territory and your ammo is running low. The area is hot with small arms fire, and even if a helicopter crew were to risk it, there are none available. Not to worry, a CQ-10 Snowgoose stuffed full of supplies is on… » 4/25/15 1:27pm 4/25/15 1:27pm

Why the CIA Is Allowed to Run America's Deadliest Drone War 

“As President and Commander-in-Chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations,” President Obama said at a press conference yesterday about killing an American and an Italian hostage in a US drone strike on Pakistan. What Obama failed to explain: Why the Central Intelligence Agency is allowed… » 4/24/15 3:31pm 4/24/15 3:31pm

Bask In The Awesome Of The Bat-Winged X-47B Sipping Gas From A Tanker

The Navy’s unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator, the X-47B, not only plugged into a refueling basket trailing behind an Omega KC-707 tanker, but it also sipped gas from it for the first time. This historic mission is slated to be the X-47Bs last in what has been an incredibly successful test program with huge… » 4/22/15 10:00pm 4/22/15 10:00pm

X-47B Demonstrates Unmanned Aerial Refueling For The First Time

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle demonstrator has added yet another huge feat to its long list of incredible accomplishments, which includes operating from an aircraft carrier. This time, it has demonstrated the first step in autonomous aerial refueling, plugging into a aerial refueling basket behind an … » 4/16/15 5:18pm 4/16/15 5:18pm

F-16 Pilots Lament Their Predator Drone Flying Fate In This Rap Video

The moral and social ambiguities of fighting a war from inside an air-conditioned trailer and what it means to be a combat pilot are hot issues again as the action drama Good Kill gets closer to widespread release. Yet these F-16-turned-Predator pilots took to their creative side to describe how much they hate their… » 4/11/15 11:50am 4/11/15 11:50am

Drones In Afghanistan Have The Most Advanced Aerial Surveillance Ever

The huge pods slung under this USAF MQ-9 Reaper represent the most game-changing aerial surveillance technology of at least the last decade. Known as Gorgon Stare Increment II, it features two massive sensor balls packing 368 cameras, and is one of the most advanced forms of Wide Area Aerial Surveillance to date. » 4/06/15 10:02am 4/06/15 10:02am

DARPA's Unmanned Submarine Stalker Could Change Naval Warfare Forever

In 2010, DARPA announced that it wanted to create a surface dwelling unmanned sub hunter stalker, otherwise known as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV for short. Fast forward five years and the prototype is about to set sail. What comes next could be a revolution in naval warfare. » 4/04/15 2:20pm 4/04/15 2:20pm

Hollywood Gives Drone Crews The American Sniper Treatment With Good Kill

The trailer for Good Kill, a movie featuring Ethan Hawke and January Jones that dives into the peculiar existence of USAF drone pilots, particularity the shooting kind, dropped today and it looks... interesting. This will be first of a whole slew of films coming out post-American Sniper that will deal with soldier's… » 3/30/15 5:39pm 3/30/15 5:39pm

The Navy Wants To Fight Future Fires With This Gangly Android

The Office of Naval Research has spent years developing a robot to take on every sailor's worst nightmare — fire aboard their vessel. The bipedal Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), has a human form so that it can navigate the tight spaces of a ship. One day it may lead damage teams into shipboard… » 2/10/15 9:45am 2/10/15 9:45am