Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.
Capable of launching multiple warheads at the push of a button thousands of miles away they pack devastating power, destruction and death on our enemies.
Their payload can be delivered from sea, land and air.
We have all heard about them, seen them but not this up close and personal.
The footage below shows the devastation they bring to the enemy all while following strict rules of engagement.
This is a photo of the Global Hawk UAV that recently returned from the war zone under its own power. (Edward’s AFB in Ca. to Iraq and back again ) – Not transported via C5 or C17.
Note the mission paintings on the fuselage, It’s flown over 250 missions. (And I would suppose has collected 25 air medals.)
That’s a long way for a remotely piloted aircraft. Think of the technology as well as the required quality of the data link to fly it remotely from a source thousands of miles away. Not only that, but the pilot controls it from a nice warm control panel at Edwards AFB, Ca.
It can stay airborne for 2 days at altitudes above 60 thousand feet.
The Global Hawk is controlled via satellite. Basically, the UAV’s dive into the fight at a high Mach using full thrust power, fire their ADVANCED MEDIUM AIR TO AIR MISSILE SYSTEMS: (AMRAAMS), and leave.
No one ever sees them, and they have no radar signature.
There is no radio chatter because all the UAV controllers in the flight are tied together electronically, and can see who is targeting what, and they have AWACS aircraft
(Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems) direct input, as well as 360° situational awareness from satellites, and other sensors.
The enemy cannot see them, cannot hear them, they are to air superiority what the jet engine was to aviation.
The UAV’s can taxi out, take off, fly a mission, return, land and taxi back to their hangar on their own. They can recognize familiar landscapes, other aircraft, and ships at sea.
They can fly through storms, in daytime, and in total darkness. They suffer no blackouts, no pilot fatigue, no relief tubes, no ejection seats, and best of all, no dead pilots.