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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Pic of the Day

An RQ-4 Global Hawk from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam is towed down the taxiway at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 24, 2014. The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system with an integrated sensor suite that provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, capability worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

I knew drones came in different sizes but I didn't realize how big some of these are until I saw this photo. That thing's a friggin' monster.


Anonymous said...

Do these drones have any defence mechanisms?

How do they avoid other aircraft?

Charles Pergiel said...

I don't think they have much in the way of defense, though flying at high altitude makes them hard to shoot down. Mostly they are for surveillance. Some are armed with offensive weapons.

I think they probably use radar to detect and avoid other aircraft.