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2020-10-12 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Azerbaijan using obsolete airplanes in un-manned mode to get Armenia radar to light up.
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Posted by 3dc 2020-10-12 09:09|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6463 views ]  Top
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#1 An old tactic? I've never heard of sending unmanned planes to light up a defense before. It sounds innovative to me.
Posted by Muggsy Hapsburg5230 2020-10-12 10:17||   2020-10-12 10:17|| Front Page Top

#2 Single-engine biplane. Who retrofitted them for auto/remote piloting? Ima call hijinx?
Posted by Frank G 2020-10-12 10:39||   2020-10-12 10:39|| Front Page Top

#3 Probably not much to it if you don't need FAA approval...
Posted by M. Murcek 2020-10-12 10:52||   2020-10-12 10:52|| Front Page Top

#4 I've never heard of sending unmanned planes to light up a defense before.

I seem to remember the IDF doing this.
Posted by Skidmark 2020-10-12 10:53||   2020-10-12 10:53|| Front Page Top

#5 The US used drones equipped with radar reflectors to activate air defenses in both Vietnam and Desert Storm.
Posted by Ebbising Hupoth8296 2020-10-12 11:21||   2020-10-12 11:21|| Front Page Top

#6 ADM-160 MALD
Posted by M. Murcek 2020-10-12 11:26||   2020-10-12 11:26|| Front Page Top

#7 Oh. A purpose-built drone, not an unmanned airplane. Carry on...
Posted by Muggsy Hapsburg5230 2020-10-12 11:45||   2020-10-12 11:45|| Front Page Top

#8 There was earnest work to turn conventional aircraft into radio controlled, but I think they were used mostly as ground attack 'guided missile' operations.

Conventional aircraft have been converted to radio control as target drones to test out anti-air systems.

If someone has done this before in an actual war situation, I can't think of it and they haven't bragged about it.
Posted by swksvolFF 2020-10-12 13:37||   2020-10-12 13:37|| Front Page Top

#9 I thought about this,
Posted by Vinegar Spolusing6485 2020-10-12 18:48||   2020-10-12 18:48|| Front Page Top

#10 If someone has done this before in an actual war situation

The US in WWII converted bombers into remote control suicide drones to go after hard targets. It's how Joe Kennedy Jr. was killed. Operation Aphrodite
Posted by Ebbising Hupoth8296 2020-10-12 21:24||   2020-10-12 21:24|| Front Page Top

#11 Yes; I believe the Germans were playing around with the technology as well.

IIUC, the limited technology of the time didn't allow for 'wild weasel' type missions.

I'd look at late 40's to 50's for a conventional aircraft turned drone cold war tactic.

I also looked at other theaters such as Israel/Middle East, Iran/Iraq, India/Pakistan and didn't immediately come across a wild weasel conventional aircraft turned drone.

In the 60s, it seems the technology was there for purpose built drones for wild weasel missions; why I looked at not-cold-war locations.

Its clever, really, and would be no surprise if North Korea would have drone planes to cover an airborne operation.
Posted by swksvolFF 2020-10-12 23:45||   2020-10-12 23:45|| Front Page Top

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