Nov 30, 2012 10:10 UTC
Desk Iron Dome. Make it happen.
Ash is going to be SO jealous!
If you throw pens at Leon Panetta’s desk, the small Iron Dome replica he received as a gift from Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak won’t shoot to intercept. Panetta hid his disappointment gracefully but he would not say whether the anti-rocket system (marketed at full size by Raytheon in the US) would end up on the FY14 budget request. Joint press conference transcript.
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Nov 19, 2012 17:12 UTC
RQ-7 launch, Mosul
RQ-7 Shadow UAVs can be launched via runway or catapult, and land on runways. They’ve become the mainstay tactical-class battalion/ brigade level UAS for the US Army and US Marine Corps, and have also been exported to a number of countries. Italy and Sweden picked it, and Australia bought it under their JP129 program when their original choice didn’t perform.
The RQ-7B offers a longer wingspan and larger tail than the initial RQ-7A, and can carry a payload of 27.2 kg/ 60 pounds. This usually entails IAI Tamam POP-200/300 or L-3 Wescam 11SST surveillance turrets, but add-on kits can insert useful capabilities like laser targeting, the TCDL datalink, communication relays, or other sensors. The US Marines are even investigating weapon options. Meanwhile, that large UAV fleet needs support.
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Nov 15, 2012 17:06 UTC
In November 2012, Battlespace Flight Services LLC in Arlington, VA received a maximum $950 million indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity contract for worldwide organizational level UAV maintenance support. Battlespace is the incumbent provider for the USAF’s MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper UAVs, and this program supports USAF Air Combat Command, the Air National Guard, and other major command and combatant command customers.
Work will be performed in Newport News, VA until March 31/14, which seems to add up to a lot of maintenance if they hit their maximum over just 17 months. USAF Air Combat Command’s AMIC/PKCA in Newport News, VA manages the contract (FA4890-13-D-0001).
Note that Battlespace is hiring, if you’ve been an MQ-1 or MQ-9 pilot or sensor operator.