The Pentagon abandoned the project "Orion"

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In the United States closed the project to create the longest-flying drone Orion. The Pentagon said that they would not accept UAVs capable of spending several days in the air, since the army does not conduct such lengthy reconnaissance operations, reports Rossiyskaya Gazeta with a link to the Flightglobal resource.

The Pentagon abandoned the project "Orion"


The publication cites the words of the commander of the US Air Force, Robert Ott, who noted that "the drones currently in service with the Air Force may be in the air before the 24 watch and the military do not yet have the need for an extremely long UAV flight duration." Moreover, these devices "can not take on board a lot weapons and intelligence equipment, ”he added.

According to the resource, the Orion developed from the 2010 g of the UAV is designed for 120 hours of uninterrupted flight, “is capable of carrying a payload of up to 454 kilograms, and is intended for long-term monitoring and also for use as a signal repeater.”

Currently, a drone called Orion is also being developed in Russia. Earlier it was reported that its "mass is 1,2 tons, and the payload is about 300 kg." The device is made of carbon fiber, its first test flight is scheduled for the end of this year.
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  1. +11
    16 September 2015
    If you look at him well, then he is certainly not for the military, but for the Ministry of Emergencies or forest protection, that’s it! Monitor the forest, blow out fires.
    1. +8
      16 September 2015
      Airships would be more effective for the purposes that you lit. PLO, Ministry of Emergency Situations, transportation of oversized cargo on the road, geologists and cartographers.
      1. 0
        16 September 2015
        Quote: KBR109
        Airships would be more effective for those purposes

        All the same, UAVs are better in terms of mobility and most importantly speed, in some situations this is important. (In terms of identifying emergency situations).
        1. +2
          16 September 2015
          Here we can when we want. I'm glad that this year there will be a new Russian drone. still percussion design and build
          1. +5
            16 September 2015
            Quote: KERTAK
            Here we can when we want. I'm glad that this year there will be a new Russian drone. still percussion design and build

            Long wanted and how else could! This is the Tu-123 "Hawk" .1961, by the way ...
            1. -1
              16 September 2015
              Tu-123 "Hawk" .1961 by the way ... ,,
              well, as far as I remember, it was a reconnaissance drone.
              1. +2
                16 September 2015
                Quote: kotvov
                well, as far as I remember, it was a reconnaissance drone.

                Yeah. That's just created on the basis of an experienced unmanned attack aircraft Tu-121.
    2. 0
      16 September 2015
      Have you decided to put all the money into the finishing of the 35s?
  2. +3
    16 September 2015
    It is strange if the army does not conduct lengthy reconnaissance. operations then why ordered a long-playing drone? request Another drank, or what?
    1. +1
      16 September 2015
      I don't know why they ordered it, but they were scared that again they would have to "cut" more than a dozen lard (like the F-35).
    2. +1
      16 September 2015
      Quote: Nick
      It is strange if the army does not conduct lengthy reconnaissance. operations then why ordered a long-playing drone?

      -----------------------
      For reconnaissance in the Arctic, such shit would be useful most likely ... But not to the Arctic ...
    3. +1
      16 September 2015
      Judging by the article on f-35, it seems that there is simply not enough money, that's why funding is cut, and some just close ... for me it would be better to close two or three dozen military bases, but three or four aircraft carriers saw you saw and they’d save money.
  3. 0
    16 September 2015
    Can the US start saving? Which is unlikely.
    1. 0
      16 September 2015
      Yes, just the operators fall asleep, so they turned off the project. laughing
    2. +1
      16 September 2015
      Nobody buys new treasuries, but old merges smile
  4. +1
    16 September 2015
    Well, I didn't, I didn't. And I don’t need your happiness. Something too often at a mattress "rolls" engineering developments of a serious level. And where did the famous American engineers go? Have you changed to lawyers and financiers?
  5. +1
    16 September 2015
    I don’t know, I don’t know, it would be useful for guarding / monitoring the borders, and for environmental agencies, and for fishermen it would probably be suitable, but you never know why, if you think about it.
  6. 0
    16 September 2015
    The loot is mastered - the project is closed.
    The device, according to the claimed characteristics, is not bad.
  7. 0
    16 September 2015
    Firstly, 24 hours is not "several days"!
    Secondly, they would say bluntly: - "candy wrappers disappeared, the project failed."
  8. +3
    16 September 2015
    This, as I understand it, is another episode from the series:

    airborne laser; $ 6 billion written off. It turned out that the laser must fly along the borders of the DPRK or Iran, or generally over the territory of China or Russia, in order to bring down something there.
    giant centimeter-based sea-based radar; $ 2 billion written off. It turned out that he could not distinguish between real and false warheads, and the goal was this
    anti-missiles, which turned out to be larger (in size) than launchers; written off more than 1 billion dollars.
    project to defeat the taking-off ICBMs in the active area using shrapnel; written off more than 1 billion dollars.

    Creations of gloomy American geniuses. laughing
    1. +1
      16 September 2015
      You're right. The limit of laser damage so far is 11 km and only in clear weather. laughing
  9. 0
    16 September 2015
    That's the most useful thing in the national economy. We would be so ...
  10. +1
    16 September 2015
    They announced that they were not needed, but they would take it into service. In conflicts between developed countries, the satellite constellation will be attacked first. "Long-term" aircraft will be able to partially or completely replace WTCH satellites with GPS.
  11. 0
    16 September 2015
    You can foolishly and ..... break, but whether it is necessary.
  12. +2
    16 September 2015
    But we desperately need this for constant control of airspace over the Arctic
  13. +5
    16 September 2015
    Quote: askort154
    Firstly, 24 hours is not "several days"! Secondly, they would say directly: - "candy wrappers have disappeared, the project has failed."

    First, you should read carefully. Orion (American) is able to stay in the air for 120 hours. Which translates to FIVE DAYS per day. And the text says that the United States now has UAVs capable of being in the air for a day or more, they do not need "long-term" ones. Their Global Hawk can be airborne for 30 hours

    Quote: made13
    In conflicts between developed countries, the satellite constellation will be primarily attacked.

    Which is very, very problematic for both the United States and Russia (please do not remember the bucket of nuts)
    1. 0
      16 September 2015
      why count? It’s better to count US money and write another story about the collapse
    2. -2
      18 September 2015
      Which is very, very problematic for the USA and Russia.
      "Krona" and "Ishim", to help. The collapse of the bases in Kazakhstan is not the fault of the RF Ministry of Defense. The fact that in NORAD, there were already about the F-15 ACAD, is also not our problem.
      (a request for "do not remember the bucket of nuts"
      Yes, the VKO of the USSR, by order of the secretary general, could shoot down any spacecraft, remember the R-100 / R-500 and R-36 ORB. And now we are in the Russian Federation, with our "tame oppositionists - liberals" and military reformers from the 80th level Stool - "already made with a finger." "Torch" - we will do it for another 15 years, until the MiG-31M is not cut into metal .. Only the Chinese wanted to test the VKO and shot down their satellite with their own and spat on the entire world community. It is necessary - then it is necessary. It’s only he and the world guarantor can, to fire into space atomic bombs "Geronimo" and plutonium reactors.
  14. +4
    16 September 2015
    There is not enough money for all projects. Not so closed.

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