Discussion in 'Air Warfare' started by merlin phpbb3, Nov 8, 2007.
Thought perhaps you'd like to see this. New 'Reaper' just arrived in Afghanistan.
Is that a mod of the "Predator" uav?
Unless they're using a different airframe no.
the Preadator has no vertical stabaliser and the tailplane angles downward not up. Plus (unless that's somehting in the background) it doesn't have any projections like the one on the nose.
Gear looks to thin but over all a dangerous (if kinda cute) looking UCAV
Is it an an armed UAV?
its a modified version. different sizes and as noticed different control surfaces. it is designed as a weapons platform instead of being a recon craft. perhaps the first operational attack UAV.
Um, didn't the US use armed UAVs in Vietnam?
Not to MY knowledge.
They did some remote-sensor work on the Ho Chi Minh trail, but these were supposedly 'read' by highly-modified Lockheed EC-121 "Connies" IIRC.