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Military Drones Present And Future: Visual Tour

The Pentagon's growing fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles ranges from hand-launched machines to the Air Force's experimental X-37B space plane.
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The Persistent Threat Detection System is battle tested. Equipped with multi-purpose sensors for long-endurance intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications, the PTDS has been used in support of military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Its components include an aerostat, tether, mooring platform, mission payloads and power generators.

Image credit: Lockheed Martin

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1/3/2013 | 6:42:33 PM
re: Military Drones Present And Future: Visual Tour
Phantom Ray looks exactly like a 1950s cartoon of a UFO. Perhaps they've been test flying these things prior to last year!
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1/3/2013 | 3:55:35 PM
re: Military Drones Present And Future: Visual Tour
It might alarm you to learn that the use of surveillance drones has been authorized by executive order over U.S. skies. It's all part of the post-9/11, police-state mentality that gave rise to the Patriot Act and other tramplings upon personal freedoms and privacy that could easily be abused...
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