Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In the News...New Era in Modern Warfare?

Los Angeles Times
January 11, 2011
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Drones Becoming Speedier, Deadlier
By W.J. Hennigan

Three drones being flown in the coming weeks are speedier, stealthier and higher-flying.

An experimental spy plane with a wingspan almost the size of a Boeing 747's took to the skies over the Mojave Desert last week in a secret test flight that may herald a new era in modern warfare with robotic planes flying higher, faster and with more firepower.

The massive Global Observer built by AeroVironment Inc. of Monrovia is capable of flying for days at a stratosphere-skimming 65,000 feet, out of range of most antiaircraft missiles. The plane is built to survey 280,000 square miles — an area larger than Afghanistan — at a single glance.


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