Pilotless QF 16 The Unmanned F 16

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    First pilotless F-16 flies first remotely controlled mission at Tyndall Air Force Base


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    The first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flew on Sept. 19 at Tyndall Air Force base in Florida, demonstrating the next generation of combat training and testing.

    The aircraft has joined the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron to serve as an aerial target for testing against potential adversaries, radars, surface and air-to-air missiles.


    The Aviationist » [Photo] First pilotless F-16 flies first remotely controlled mission at Tyndall Air Force Base
     
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    Why is it used only as target? Is it difficult to use it for combat roles?
     
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    Turning F16s into Drones.

    Boeing has revealed that it has retrofitted retired fighter jets to turn them into drones.

    It said that one of the Lockheed Martin F-16 made a first flight with an empty cockpit last week.

    Boeing suggested that the innovation could ultimately be used to help train pilots, providing an adversary they could practise firing on.

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    Boeing said the unmanned F16 was followed by two chase planes to ensure it stayed in sight, and also contained equipment that would have allowed it to self-destruct if necessary.

    "It flew great, everything worked great, [it] made a beautiful landing - probably one of the best landings I've ever seen," said Paul Cejas, the project's chief engineer.

    Lt Col Ryan Inman, Commander of the US Air Force's 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, also had praise for how the test had gone.


    Boeing said that this was the first time an F-16 jet had been flown without a pilot
    "It was a little different to see it without anyone in it, but it was a great flight all the way around," he said.

    However, a spokesman for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots warned of the temptation to use them in warfare.

    "I'm very concerned these could be used to target people on the ground," said Prof Noel Sharkey.

    "I'm particularly worried about the high speed at which they can travel because they might not be able to distinguish their targets very clearly.

    "There is every reason to believe that these so-called 'targets' could become a test bed for drone warfare, moving us closer and closer to automated killing."

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    Unmanned QF-16 takes flight at Holloman


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    An unmanned QF-16 aircraft launches for a graduation exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 14. The graduation exercise tests the aircraft’s capabilities and connectivity to the White Sands Test System at White Sands Missile Range. The unmanned QF-16’s were converted to remotely piloted aircraft from retired F-16 Fighting Falcons. This is the second unmanned QF-16 to launch in history and the first to launch at Holloman AFB.


    http://www.eglin.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123411709
     
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