Sensors & Guidance Articles

P-8 Poseidon MMA: Long-Range Maritime Patrol, and More

P-8 Poseidon MMA: Long-Range Maritime Patrol, and More

P-8A Poseidon (click to view full) Maritime surveillance and patrol is becoming more and more important, but the USA's P-3 Orion turboprop fleet is falling apart. The P-7 Long Range Air ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Capable Aircraft program to create an improved P-3...

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P-3 Orion’s SMIP Program Keeps on Rolling

P-3 Orion’s SMIP Program Keeps on Rolling

P-3 Orion, armed - note Sidewinder (click to view full) The P-3 Orion remains the USA's main maritime patrol aircraft, and is also finding use in overland surveillance roles despite the fleet's age. Earlier DID articles have noted the extra effort required to preserve...

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MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export

MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export

0 Reaper, ready... (click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called "Predator B," is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It's called "Reaper" for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear,...

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CH-53K: The U.S. Marines’ HLR Helicopter Program

CH-53K: The U.S. Marines’ HLR Helicopter Program

CH-53K concept (click to view full) The U.S. Marines have a problem. They rely on their CH-53E Super Stallion medium-heavy lift helicopters to move troops, vehicles, and supplies off of their ships. But the helicopters are wearing out. Fast. The pace demanded by the...

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Trident II D5 Missile: Keeping Up with Changing Times

Trident II D5 Missile: Keeping Up with Changing Times

Trident II D5 Test Launch (click to view full) Nuclear tipped missiles were first deployed on board US submarines at the height of the Cold War in the 1960s, to deter a Soviet first strike. The deterrence theorists argued that, unlike their land-based cousins,...

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