Can you think of anything more ironic than this?
“In three years, Cyberdyne will become the largest supplier of military computer systems. All stealth bombers are upgraded with Cyberdyne computers, becoming fully unmanned. Afterwards, they fly with a perfect operational record. The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes online on August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware 2:14 AM, Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.”
Skynet fights back.Posted 4 years ago
Can’t wait for someone to bring out a scaled down RC version
Given the endless out-sourcing fug-ups of MOD (Crapita running recruitment being a recent & shining example…), I can’t help but think that much of it would be better (& more conscientiously) done by Airfix. The detail will be bang-on – just up-scale the procurement.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
But over the past few years there has been no publicity surrounding its development.
Really? That’s astonishing, considering I saw pictures of it, and read about it last year sometime, possibly even earlier, and it was called Taranis then. It was probably a secret to the article’s author, ‘cos they were playing Drone Wars™ © ® on their PS3
Ah, yes as it says further down:
Taranis – named after the Celtic god of thunder – was first unveiled BAE Systems in 2010.
It was a glitzy ceremony in an aircraft hangar, with moody music and flashing lights. Rather odd given that it is supposed to be a “classified” or top secret programme, partly funded by the Ministry of Defence.Posted 4 years ago
They’re hardly going to be posting up daily reports on it’s Facebook page, are they?
Another non-news feature, really.JoeGSubscriber
In order for it to be considered “advanced” it must meet the following criteria:
1. Waaayyy over budget. A multiple of 3x or more is considered the minimum.
2. Waaayyy behind schedule. Advanced things take at least 2 to 3 times as long to develop as originally projected.
3. Cannot meet original performance specifications, it is so cutting edge.
It is a little known fact that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was actually started during WW II! 😉 Now that’s advanced!Posted 4 years agomrmonkfingerMember
wikipedia – development of UAVs was a key part of the UK’s Defence Industrial Strategy, which was announced in December 2005
wikipedia – A scale model of the Taranis UCAV on display at the 2008 Farnborough Airshow.
Hasn’t been secret, ever.
It just makes me wonder how “the most advanced aircraft ever built in Britain” compares to the the most advanced aircraft built in other countries.
pretty comparable to other UAVs I’d guess.
wikipedia again Northrop_Grumman_X-47B…
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and eraPosted 4 years ago
AVIC Sharp Sword
Boeing Bird of Prey
Boeing Phantom Ray
General Atomics Avenger
Lockheed Martin Polecat
McDonnell Douglas X-36
Northrop Grumman RQ-180clubberMember
I think you fail to understand the term ‘secret’. You know that MI6 exists but could you tell me what specifically they’re working on?
The delta wing/stealth shape concept is common knowledge. You try and google the specifics of the control systems/etc that Taranis runs.
But I do like the ‘secret nuclear bunker’ 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Both I believe. But they don’t like to let people know it may be the former because of Terminator and legal implications.
Is it just me or is the front ‘window’ like something out of a sci-fi film? Can’t place it, was either a plane or a robot or something with a triangular ‘face’
They do seem to have copied an awful lot from the f117 and B2, especially the undercarriage flaps.Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
rickmeister: I’ve been there – it’s worth a visit – very interesting place.Posted 4 years ago
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