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Manhunter Drone UAV Equipped With Directed Energy Weapons

 
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X-47B manhunter drone could fly next year, to carry laser weapons and more

The manhunters are coming. Air Force pal and defense contractor Northrop Grumman has been tinkering with this X-47B drone since early in this century, but now things are getting serious. How serious? The sophisticated radio-controlled jet might be flying off aircraft carriers as early as next year. Besides calling the beast a “manhunter,” the company plans to equip the unmanned plane with air-to-air missiles, laser and microwave firepower (called “directed energy and rechargeable weapons”) that can take out enemy missiles.

Sure, there have been drones before, many armed with missiles, but none as big and dangerous as this 19-foot craft that can carry a 4500-lb. payload. As long as the plane's not autonomous, it looks like a great way to put the hurt on those who hate America while keeping our own guys out of harm’s way. Besides that, it’s one stealthy monster (check out the gallery of artists’ renditions below), which we certainly wouldn't like to see bearing down on us. Looks dangerous. Who knows what other secret weapons will be aboard?

Although currently only a design proposal, the prospects of seeing a fly by wire drone seem to be nearing completion. The X-47Bis a sophisticated radio-controlled jet, that can be flying off aircraft carriers as early as next year. Besides calling the beast a "manhunter," the company plans to equip the unmanned plane with air-to-air missiles, laser and microwave firepower (called "directed energy and rechargeable weapons") that can take out enemy missiles.


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 Quoting: murnut

Thanks! flower

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"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air--however slight--lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
--Justice William O. Douglas

"There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first is excellent, the second good, and the third useless."
--Niccolò Machiavelli

"I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep"
--Robert Frost

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You sure as hell don't want to use the drone to put the hurt on those who hate America, because that would mean using it on the powers that be.

That would be a big mistake.
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I wonder what is on the drawing board, that we don't see.

For instance....I see very little of advanced Naval type projects.

Might the Navy be the one running the show wrt space vessels?
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I wonder what is on the drawing board, that we don't see.

For instance....I see very little of advanced Naval type projects.

Might the Navy be the one running the show wrt space vessels?
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The Navy runs some serious stuff...
including the main backbone of Military Intelligence.
"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air--however slight--lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
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"There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first is excellent, the second good, and the third useless."
--Niccolò Machiavelli

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That drone is awesome no wonder it can take out enemy missiles it is stealth technology, cool.
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Ready for flight...
How long before it kills it's first civilian? Any bets?

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Ready for flight...
How long before it kills it's first civilian? Any bets?

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Namely, Americans.
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Likely to target Americans and bombard them with microwaves.

The range is already competitive with or exceeds most piloted fighters, however this has recently been retooled for in-flight refueling, and when combined with the Global Hawk (recently overhauled to provide such mid-air refueling) no pilot will be necessary at all.
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Op how much do you know about this? do you know if it has that new blue beam weapon that can take out a state the size of Ohio?
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I cannot believe we put our military in the hands of Obama?
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Stew Webb said his intel source said they would have the death ray on drones by June 2013 that could turn you to dust!

It's not something to be happy about!
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OP was perma-banned shortly after this post, along with his then GF / now Wife, MornaMoonrae. Apparently the two had tried to instigate a GLP revolution of sorts, trying to overthrow a couple of the more powerful Mods; even went so far as offering to buy-in to partnership with Trinity. Just what I heard elsewhere, and remember from my lurker days.
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Not one bit happy about it; but ain't it instressin' how it's comin' full circle?
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Just suppose the full might of the military was turned on US citizens. I mean, how do you prep for that? Not like we all have AKs and RPGs lying around the house. Or a Free American Army. Or weapons and cash flowing to us from 'foreign interlopers'.

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i don't get it, why all the time someone would claim we have anti gravity aka UFO technology already, while at the same time we have those upcoming expensive latest and greatest planes and drones all still based on old jet propulsion system

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Maybe they do it to keep the real goodies secret and still justify to Joe Plumber how his money is spent.
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Meet ADAM, Lockheed's newly revealed directed energy weapon...

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