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Flying Launch and Recovery System or FLARES – photo Insitu

Flying Launch and Recovery System or FLARES – photo Insitu

 

November 6, 2015 Robert Beckhusen – War is Boring

 

Say goodbye to the ScanEagle's 4,000-pound ground catapult

 

Here’s one way to find a new use for an old drone — stick it underneath another drone which serves as a flying mothership. Insitu, a Boeing-owned company which manufactures the tiny ScanEagle surveillance drone, recently showed off a video of a quadcopter carrying the ScanEagle into the air and launching it … like a flying aircraft carrier. The ScanEagle then heads back to its quadcopter and snags a retrieval line. The whole system, known as the Flying Launch and Recovery System or FLARES, is a drone-carrier drone.

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A U.S. Air Force transport fires counter-measures to infrared missiles. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd.

A U.S. Air Force transport fires counter-measures to infrared missiles. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd.

 

DULLES, Va., Oct. 14 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

A new pyrotechnic system to help protect aircraft from infrared missiles has been ordered by the U.S. Air Force.

 

A low-rate initial production contract has been issued to Orbital ATK by the U.S. Air Force for a pyrotechnic missile counter-measure system for aircraft. The new spectrally matched aircraft counter-measure, MJU-73/B, imitates the heat signature of an aircraft to lure infrared missiles away from the aircraft. The Air Force will use the system as part of a suite of protective measures on its special operations aircraft. Orbital ATK, which developed the system using its own funds, will use it as the technology baseline for several other counter-measure development efforts.

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