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Usaf Cancels Global Hawk, Extends U2 To 2023?  
User currently offlineLimaNiner From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 400 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7058 times:

Breaking rumors about the Air Force cancelling the Global Hawk program, and extending the service life of the U2 until 2023:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...p-globalhawk-idUSTRE80N2EM20120124

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User currently onlinemffoda From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1051 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7001 times:

Not unexpected... For the USAF its makes sense because they have a cheaper alternative (U-2).

On the other hand, it will still be a viable option for other countries that have no space based or high altitude substitute...



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29790 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6987 times:

Well the U2 won't be susceptable to Iranian jamming

One had to wonder if that loss plays into this



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User currently offlineArniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6982 times:

Could this be the result of the drone fiasco which happened over or nearby Iran whereby it seemed
that an adversary force was able to take over control fairly easy of what was believed to be an unhackable remote
command link ?

Maybe UAV and UCAV drones are not just yet mature and secure enough to replace the human in the cockpit
just yet.



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6948 times:

Could this pose a threat to the Euro Hawk project? After all Northrop Grumman is of course involved,and the system pretty much bases on the Global Hawk.


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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5414 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6925 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 4):
Could this pose a threat to the Euro Hawk project? After all Northrop Grumman is of course involved,and the system pretty much bases on the Global Hawk.

Not that I can tell. It of course adds pressure to the program but should not "pose a threat". Global Hawk production and development continues across the other orders for it (including Euro Hawk of course).

This is just one order, though at 55 (reduced from 77) units it is/was a very big order, and while it will have an impact it needs to be noted that the AF has mentioned instead utilizing the BAAMS (US Navy) version of the Global Hawk instead and leveraging savings by havign an essentially combined order rather than a separate but similar plane.

Tugg



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User currently onlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7415 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6365 times:

Question is firstly, how many are still flying/flyable. and secondly how many will be in 2023, I understand that 77 were built.

http://wiki.scramble.nl/index.php/Lockheed_U-2


User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5414 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6328 times:

OK, I think I now better understand what is happening:

What actually happened is the USAF cancelled the last 10 of the "Block 30" Global Hawk's that were to be purchased during the 2013 budget year.

The Air Force originally ordered 77 units, reduced that to 55 and is now reducing it further. That should mean they will still have 45 Global Hawks delivered/on order.

AND the Air Force is instead requesting to buy the "Block 40" Global Hawk's. How many and when I don't know.

Tugg



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User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2061 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6309 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 2):
Well the U2 won't be susceptable to Iranian jamming

One had to wonder if that loss plays into this

LOL, but the U2 is susceptable to SAM's. Maybe Iran's air defense in 2012 is not as good as Russian Air defense in 1960, but do you want to risk that?

Quoting tugger (Reply 7):

AND the Air Force is instead requesting to buy the "Block 40" Global Hawk's. How many and when I don't know.

Business as usual, let's move on . . .



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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2897 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

Quoting bikerthai (Reply 8):
LOL, but the U2 is susceptable to SAM's. Maybe Iran's air defense in 2012 is not as good as Russian Air defense in 1960, but do you want to risk that?

And the RQ-4 isn't?



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29790 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6162 times:

Quoting bikerthai (Reply 8):

LOL, but the U2 is susceptable to SAM's. Maybe Iran's air defense in 2012 is not as good as Russian Air defense in 1960, but do you want to risk that?

Yeah, that's why they don't do overflights generally anymore, just stand-off from "safe" airspace


BTW: Word on the street is the soviets shot down three of their own migs in the process of shooting down Powers



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User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2061 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6026 times:

Quoting Spacepope (Reply 9):

And the RQ-4 isn't?

Not the point. Losing a secret air craft is politically less damaging than losing a pilot (or worst, having a pilot captured and paraded in front of media).

Quoting L-188 (Reply 10):
Yeah, that's why they don't do overflights generally anymore, just stand-off from "safe" airspace

But for the interiors, you would have to rely on satellites then.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 10):
BTW: Word on the street is the soviets shot down three of their own migs in the process of shooting down Powers

   Didn't know about that. Guess the cost was worth the prize for them.

bt



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User currently onlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2564 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5979 times:
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Quoting L-188 (Reply 10):
BTW: Word on the street is the soviets shot down three of their own migs in the process of shooting down Powers

Incorrect. Only one was shot down, a MiG-19


User currently offlinerc135x From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5889 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 10):
BTW: Word on the street is the soviets shot down three of their own migs in the process of shooting down Powers

The MiG-19 pilot is reported as Sergey Safronov.


User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1669 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5466 times:

Quoting Arniepie (Reply 3):
Could this be the result of the drone fiasco which happened over or nearby Iran whereby it seemed
that an adversary force was able to take over control fairly easy of what was believed to be an unhackable remote
command link ?

No. The Global Hawk program has been in trouble for a very long time prior to this. This is a program that is not considered a priority for the USAF, especially with the major issues they are facing with it.


User currently offlineGyreaux130J From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5244 times:

Later Global Chicken    (more flying for REAL pilots)!!!
What's the word on the block 40's?

[Edited 2012-01-29 00:58:09]

[Edited 2012-01-29 00:58:56]


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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5414 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5120 times:

Quoting Gyreaux130J (Reply 15):
Later Global Chicken (more flying for REAL pilots)!!!

Sorry, that's not happening. At least not in the USA.

UAV's are not coming, they are here and their use is expanding not shrinking. Many "pilots" of the future will be flying while sitting on the ground.

Tugg


Edited to add quotes around pilots as I know some here take huge issue with including drone pilots as pilots.

[Edited 2012-01-29 14:04:56]


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User currently offlineGyreaux130J From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4985 times:



Quoting tugger (Reply 16):
UAV's are not coming, they are here and their use is expanding not shrinking

I'm aware... just happy to see UAV's take a hit
Quoting tugger (Reply 16):
Edited to add quotes around pilots as I know some here take huge issue with including drone pilots as pilots.

Those "pilots" are winged Air Force officers... to hell with what people here take issue with. Anonymous geeks on A.net have no right to judge Air Force UAV pilots(They're already eating a shit sandwich, they don't need internet criticism).

[Edited 2012-01-30 00:39:43]

[Edited 2012-01-30 01:20:14]


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