The new UAV is presented in the USA: what is it and what is it for


The United States showed the concept of a new unmanned aerial vehicle. The machine will be capable of aerial combat and refueling in the air, which will lead to large-scale changes for the US Air Force.


A new UAV called Defender was developed by General Atomics. The drone's tasks include, first of all, protecting control aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft, and refueling aircraft from attack by enemy aircraft. Interestingly, the drone concept was introduced almost immediately after the United States became aware of the cessation of procurement of MQ-9 Reapers.

The new drone will add an internal compartment for weapons, the front fuselage will be more streamlined, and the wing design will have less bending than its predecessors. Most likely, a Defender UAV will have an AESA radar, a radar receiver and a missile and approach warning system, radar / electronic support measures, as well as an infrared search and tracking system IRST.

Thus, the UAV will have four levels of data collection about the target and the situation, which will more effectively counter potential threats and form a flight strategy, avoiding these threats. It is also possible that UAVs will try to arm with a laser system that allows them to shoot down enemy missiles, reflecting the danger from escorted support aircraft.

The US military command rightly considers the Air Force support planes (tanker planes, control planes, etc.) to be the most vulnerable during armed conflicts, since they are not highly maneuverable, poorly protected and fly much lower than fighters. In turn, covering the support planes with fighters is quite difficult, and drones will help to solve the main tasks to ensure their safety.

An unmanned aerial vehicle with high endurance, capable of refueling in the air and developing a speed that allows keeping up with air tankers, control and reconnaissance aircraft, and even bombers, would significantly increase their security. For example, combat control personnel on one of the support aircraft could direct unmanned aerial vehicles through a semi-autonomous command interface to neutralize air threats from the enemy.

Defender itself could operate in the air without relying solely on satellite data lines outside the line of sight. The device could be controlled by one of the satellite channels of a tanker or another support aircraft. Accordingly, the use of new UAVs would improve the communications architecture used in the US Air Force.

The undoubted advantage of the device, like any drone, is the absence of a person in the cockpit. This allows you to perform complex and risky operations support aircraft support. Unlike the personnel serving the UAV, the pilots of fighter aviation there is no way to relax, they can’t even get up and straighten in the cab. And this makes impossible the continued use of fighters in the air. Also, fighters require constant refueling.

Apparently, the novelty of the American military industry is designed to increase the security of US Air Force aircraft from Russian and Chinese military aircraft. And first of all, Americans are afraid of the Chinese J-20 fighters, which pose a significant threat to the aircraft providing the US Air Force.
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  1. Mitroha 2 March 2020 10: 21 New
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    Title:
    Introduced a new UAV ....
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    We showed the concept .....
    And so in all the media
    For hype is needed, not information delivery
  2. svp67 2 March 2020 10: 22 New
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    The United States showed the concept of a new unmanned aerial vehicle. The machine will be capable of aerial combat and refueling in the air, which will lead to large-scale changes for the US Air Force.
    All the "step has been taken", the time of "Skynet" is just around the corner ...
    1. YOUR 2 March 2020 11: 07 New
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      He skynet us not afraid.
      For some reason, the development is complete, in service only small ones for the company level are a battalion-regiment. Reconnaissance, no percussion
    2. Mitroha 2 March 2020 11: 07 New
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      It seems that you are still ahead of events ;-) So far, the whole "aerial battle" of the UAV will come down to either self-sacrifice in the form of distraction of the missiles onto yourself, or to a counter-missile launch from the presence of existing weapons.
      But humanity has clearly accelerated on its way to Skynet
      1. KVK1 2 March 2020 12: 22 New
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        events in Syria yesterday and the day before yesterday showed the effectiveness of drones ...
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        three drones and 2 SU24
        although I don’t know, 1 drone = 1 SU24?
        it’s good that the pilots remained alive
      2. Whalebone 2 March 2020 14: 02 New
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        Of course, what do you think dogfight at low altitudes? I saw, rutted a rocket, recorded a downing and flies on.
  3. Yrec 2 March 2020 10: 32 New
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    Any drone has the most vulnerable part - the communication channel with the operator. Therefore, the "Ripper" is withdrawn from service, it is no longer suitable against the enemy with advanced electronic warfare. Along the way, the new drone is supposed to be autonomous or guided. It will have to independently carry out the knowledge base without an operator.
    1. Same lech 2 March 2020 10: 39 New
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      Any drone has the most vulnerable part - the communication channel with the operator.

      It’s logical then to strike at this decision center smile .
      True, the problem is that it can be located somewhere in Florida in the USA ... but you need to be ready for this already now ... in 25 years, such US drones will already be able to break into our sky in large numbers.
      1. A little more and the heroic image of a military pilot comes down to an ordinary gamer) And on the side there will be one hundred percent vision, the ability to withstand overload ...
      2. kupitman 2 March 2020 12: 03 New
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        Dudes with joysticks are sitting in Nevada, signals are broadcast through Germany, most recently in Germany there were protests near the base in Ramstein:

      3. Whalebone 2 March 2020 14: 00 New
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        In Nevada, there are Ripers operators who throw bombs in Afghanistan. In air-conditioned containers, almost with beer in hand. See the movie Good Kill.
    2. Whalebone 2 March 2020 14: 06 New
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      The ripper is not removed from service. It is being discontinued. Deprecated He’s already 20 years old. Another 30 will be partisans ironed from above. At 7-8 km it can not be reached without high-altitude air defense.
  4. Vasily Ponomarev 2 March 2020 10: 34 New
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    Title:
    Introduced a new UAV ....
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    We showed the concept .....
    And so in all the media
    For hype is needed, not information delivery [/ quote]
    this is the same UAV in appearance as avenger, they have already produced 9 pieces but did not massively
    1. Mitroha 2 March 2020 11: 17 New
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      As for me, the photo in the article is a completely different fuselage. And then of course they will be similar, take proven nodes and solutions and use in new models
  5. rocket757 2 March 2020 10: 50 New
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    The undoubted advantage of the device, like any drone,

    pepelats will either be dangerous for everyone, or little effective. In general, the concept Robotropolis or something similar, i.e. preparation for machine armageddon.
    Either fairy tales or horror ... options to choose from.
  6. remal 2 March 2020 10: 51 New
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    It is easier to make tankers and EW aircraft unmanned.
    1. Whalebone 2 March 2020 13: 59 New
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      AWACS unmanned are also requested.
      1. remal 2 March 2020 18: 01 New
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        AWAX is a conservative thing. Instead, just the other links will line up. Unmanned Mig-31 as a lamp. PAK FA / YES listen to the reflected signal and command. And some UAVs with satellite control, simple, without special radars, the task of which is to fly closer and throw a bomb on your head.
      2. g1washntwn 3 March 2020 07: 24 New
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        AWACS is more expensive than crew insurance, and the price of losing a tanker is a link to the "golden" stealth. An unmanned cover is requested, but the problem is that both AWACS and tankers need to be equipped with equipment and operators, remote control is unreliable, and they are neither technologically nor philosophically ready for autonomous AI.
  7. knn54 2 March 2020 10: 53 New
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    So many possibilities. The price will be very high.
    1. Whalebone 2 March 2020 13: 58 New
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      Cheaper Global Hawk. And pilots do not pay insurance.
  8. vic02 2 March 2020 11: 23 New
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    Defender UAVs will have AESA radar
    But in Russian instead of AESA you can’t say AFAR. For IRST, there is also our equivalent - OEPSS optoelectronic. syst. search and escorts. Or then it’s not UAVs but UAVs, or some compote from some terms.
  9. bar
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    The machine will be capable of aerial combat

    Already created artificial intelligence that can replace the pilot in aerial combat? Vague doubts torment me ... what
    Our "hunter" in the shock version seems much more real.
    1. bessmertniy 2 March 2020 12: 32 New
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      If there are no brains, then no artificial intelligence will help. Military aircraft will not be able to completely unmanned even in the distant future. But let's hope that over time we will have a good set of drones for various tasks. hi
    2. Whalebone 2 March 2020 13: 57 New
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      What for? This is an armament platform. The launch command will be given by an officer from the big side. The hunter has nothing to do with it; he is being done to replace front-line aviation. And this thing will fly 9 km at a speed of 900 km / h for 20 hours next to board number 1 and cover it from a possible attack. If anything, at the cost of his life.
  10. engineer74 2 March 2020 11: 58 New
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    “Military equipment of peacetime” - everything relies on a fully operational infrastructure, working communication lines, timely delivery of high-tech consumables and spare parts, service by highly qualified specialists, etc., that is, in peacetime everything is very beautiful ... And in the case of WW3, when, is it not a fact that the magnetic poles will remain in place and the factories with logistics will turn to ashes, and high-class personnel will die out from an “unknown” disease? recourse
    1. Whalebone 2 March 2020 17: 17 New
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      And then, like Berkem. Kalash and sapper shovel.
  11. Whalebone 2 March 2020 13: 54 New
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    Read-read and almost liked it. At 4- approximately. But the last paragraph took and crossed out everything. US support planes fly only over the UKM or what? Polonsky, remove your tendentiousness, do not shove hard thoughts about "geopolitics" into an article on technology!
    They wrote that UAV escort of large aircraft, but at least civilian aircraft in high-risk areas. What difference does it make whom they “fear” of Chinese, Russian, North Korean, Yemeni or Iranian aircraft? There is a cover function that F-15 performed. Drone to do it cheaper first. It is not a pity to substitute him under the rocket in a critical case. And the pilots will be whole.
    That's the whole story.
  12. Amateur 2 March 2020 13: 57 New
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    Previously, articles from a set of words were authored by E. Damantsev. Now, such articles went on behalf of I. Legat. Really in the editorial office of VO began to use the "Simplest generator of creative text"?

    Text generator - a computer program that generates texts (slang gene), correct from the point of view of most language norms, but usually devoid of meaning (in connection with which such programs are sometimes called "delusional generators", "schizophasia generators"). (Wikipedia)
    1. Whalebone 2 March 2020 17: 12 New
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      An anecdote from a deep childhood: "Dad, and what is 'similation of an annular gertrons?' “Where did you read it, son?” “I wrote it.”
  13. Ros 56 2 March 2020 15: 48 New
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    A figure can never beat the human brain. Theoretically, the program will be hammered into it and it will follow it, but the drone will not be able to catch the nuances of air combat.
    1. Whalebone 2 March 2020 17: 13 New
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      What are the nuances of air combat? I saw an enemy fighter on the radar for more than 100 km, missile mission, launch. Shot down, flying on. No, let the next one.
      1. g1washntwn 3 March 2020 07: 31 New
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        Quote: Whalebone
        I saw an enemy fighter on the radar for more than 100 km, missile mission, launch. Shot down, flying on.

        With such algorithms, the board covered by them should carry a small factory with 3D printers to print these drones and missiles in batches. All that is needed to neutralize is a volley of cheap simulators (in comparison with drones and a covered target).
  14. Dmitry V. 2 March 2020 15: 56 New
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    front fuselage

    And what is the "rear" fuselage? :)))
    Journalists ... either think with the front head or the back.
    1. Whalebone 2 March 2020 19: 42 New
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      This is called the upper and lower brain.
  15. itarnmag 8 March 2020 22: 54 New
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    Beautiful plane