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Robot Plane Drops Smart Bomb

Tuesday's X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) weapons separation test marks the first time that an unmanned aircraft has released a weapon from an internal bay, and the first time that a weapon has been released from a high-speed, high-performance, unmanned aircraft with a stealthy shape.

The weapon release used an inert (non-explosive), unguided 250-pound Small Smart Bomb. In the coming weeks, an X-45A will release a guided, inert Small Smart Bomb in a joint demonstration at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif. That release will mark the first time that a GPS-guided weapon has been released from an unmanned system.
don't blame me the robot did it
don't blame me the robot did it
UAV NEWS

X-45A UACV Demonstrator Drops Inert Bomb

Edwards AFB - Apr 13, 2004

The Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) program conducted a weapons separation test of an inert bomb from a X-45A technology demonstrator, marking the first time that an unmanned aircraft has released a weapon from an internal bay, and the first time that a weapon has been released from a high-speed, high-performance, unmanned aircraft with a stealthy shape.

On March 20, during its fourth flight in 10 days, X-45A air vehicle 1 took off from the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The release went flawlessly and the separation was clean, smooth, and stable. The jettison, at 0.67 Mach and 35,000 feet, was conducted over the Edwards Precision Impact Range Area.

The weapon release used an inert (non-explosive), unguided 250-pound Small Smart Bomb. In the coming weeks, an X-45A will release a guided, inert Small Smart Bomb in a joint demonstration at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif. That release will mark the first time that a GPS-guided weapon has been released from an unmanned system.

The weapons separation test demonstrates the potential of the J-UCAS to complement manned aircraft in some of the most dangerous lethal missions expected in the 21st century, such as suppression of enemy air defenses and precision strike.

"This demonstration is part of the J-UCAS program's look at the challenges of designing a system to penetrate the heaviest defenses, deliver weapons, and keep the human-in-the-loop where required for rules of engagement," explained DARPA's X-45 program manager, CAPT Ralph Alderson, USN.

The J-UCAS program is a joint DARPA/Air Force/Navy effort to demonstrate the technical feasibility, military utility, and operational value of a networked system of high performance, weaponized unmanned air vehicles to effectively and affordably prosecute 21st century combat missions.

The Boeing X-45A vehicles are tools for demonstrating the initial technical feasibility of the J-UCAS concept. Boeing and Northrop Grumman are now developing the next generation of vehicles (the X-45C and X-47B, respectively) to demonstrate the military utility and operational value of the JUCAS concept.

SEE ALSO:  http://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/ucav.htm

homepage: homepage: http://www.spacedaily.com/news/unmanned-combat-04a.html

oops 15.Apr.2004 06:30

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March 20 was a SATURDAY - not Tuesday.

This is part of our Plan 15.Apr.2004 09:11

PNAC

It is so gratifying to see our plans being enacted. One by one, little by little Americas defenses are being transformed to meet the challenges of the 21 century. Thank God that the Bush administration has the moral clarity to see it through.

The beauty of such systems is that the 21st century warfighter might be a young mother working 9 to 5 and doing her killing from a safe workstation in Langley, perhaps while nursing her youngest.

In case you missed it, here's a longish quote from our paper titled, "Rebuilding Americas Defenses".

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Although it may take several decades for the process of transformation to unfold, in time, the art of warfare on air, land, and sea will be vastly different than it is today, and "combat" likely will take place in new dimensions: in space, "cyber-space," and perhaps the world of microbes. Air warfare may no longer be fought by pilots manning tactical fighter aircraft sweeping the skies of opposing fighters, but a regime dominated by long-range, stealthy unmanned craft. On land, the clash of massive, combined-arms armored forces may be replaced by the dashes of much lighter, stealthier and information-intensive forces, augmented by fleets of robots, some small enough to fit in soldiers' pockets. Control of the sea could be largely determined not by fleets of surface combatants and aircraft carriers, but from land- and space-based systems, forcing navies to maneuver and fight underwater. Space itself will become a theater of war, as nations gain access to space capabilities and come to rely on them; further, the distinction between military and commercial space systems - combatants and noncombatants - will become blurred. Information systems will become an important focus of attack, particularly for U.S. enemies seeking to short-circuit sophisticated American forces. And advanced forms of biological warfare that can "target" specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.
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Full text of this document can be found at  http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

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And please remember that this is not some empty prediction, not some science fiction writer's fantasy. This is our PLAN. A plan that the Bush administration is following faithfully. We already have the predator and other UAVs both large and small are under development, we are on our way to Mars and just wait until you see the the effectiveness of our new line of genetic weapons.