Monday, June 11, 2012

BAMS Goes Boom

It was only a matter of time.
A huge unmanned aircraft operated by the Navy crashed Monday along Maryland’s eastern shore, ... The crash, at about 12:11 eastern time, ... in a marshy area of the Nanticoke River, near Bloodsworth Island in Dorchester, Md.
The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft, a modified Air Force Global Hawk RQ-4, is operated from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, ... The jet-powered plane, one of the largest unmanned vehicles operated by the U.S. military, has a wingspan of more than 130 feet, although it is only about 47 feet long. The Navy operates at least five BAMS demonstrators, some of which have been deployed to Afghanistan and the Middle East.
These things happen ... but one thing I would like to see in all our UAV/S discussions - could we please make sure we budget in known loss rates in our long range projections?

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