Tag Archive: Predator


See Why Sailfish Are Considered One Of The Ocean’s Top Predators

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A new study shows how sailfish use their deadly sword-like bills to hunt and capture schooling prey fish. Any angler who pursues sailfish knows that they are one of the fastest and deadliest apex predators in the seas.

  Sailfish, along with marlins and swordfish, are equipped with a long sword-like bill that they use to hunt prey. A study published earlier this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B provides a unique look at how sailfish use their deadly bills to hunt and capture schooling prey.”

 

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Drone Crashes Into Navy Ship Injuring 2 In California

 

 

 

 

” An American drone has malfunctioned and crashed into a guided missile cruiser off the coast of Southern California, causing two injuries, say officials. The incident happened while the vessel was testing a combat weapons system.

Lt. Lenaya Rotklein of the US Third Fleet told AP the two sailors injured in the crash were being treated for minor burns. The remotely-controlled craft reportedly veered out of control during an operation to test the USS Chancellorsville’s combat weapons system on Saturday afternoon. Rotklein said the drone was being used to test the ship’s radar. “

 

 

 

 

” The guided missile carrier is now heading back to the San Diego Naval Base, where officials will assess the extent of the damage. In response to the accident, the Navy says it is opening an investigation to examine the possible causes. 

This is the second drone crash to occur this week in the US after an unmanned craft malfunctioned and came down over Lake Ontario on Tuesday, prompting the suspension of all drone flights in the Central New York area.

 

 

  Two down in one week , this time with injuries … it’s only a matter of time before a drone crash wipes out an innocent family asleep in their beds or heading to Grandma’s house in the family wagon . No doubt when that happens the authorities will wring their hands apologetically and say that this is the price we must pay for “freedom” .

 

 

“One of the notorious things about drones and Reapers is their high accident rate,” Ed Kinane a Syracuse-based peace activist told syracuse.com on Tuesday. “A general concern is that because the military is so in love with drones and the Reaper, it appears they have rushed these things into production.”

 

 

 For those readers who are unaware of exactly how frequently drone crashes occur Global Research has compiled a list that is very informative reading . This is a problem that is sure to grow as the domestic use of these spying machines becomes ever more commonplace .

 

 

” Our database primarily contains details of crashes of  Class 2 and Class 3 UAVs (i.e. medium and large drones – see here for explanation of drone class and size) since January 2007.  However  there are a few occasions when small drone crashes have been included for some notable reasons (i.e. crashed with another aircraft).  We continue to maintain this database  as, although safety and reliability is a key issue in the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles, nobody appears to be publicly compiling  drone crash information.   We are not claiming that our database is complete.  Given the secretive nature of drone operations and development, it is highly likely that other drone crashes have occurred and not been publicly reported.

So far this year we have recorded 14 crashes involving 15 drones (yep, one crash involved two drones colliding).  However it should be noted that one key source for our data –  the USAF Aerospace Mishap Website –  has not been updated since December 2011 and this may well have impacted upon the figures  (see Table 1: Drone Crashes by Year).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Both in US and in Europe corporate interests continue to pressurize governments to open up civilian airspace to unmanned systems.  Without a real improvement in reliability and safety however,  legislators should remain sceptical, else we really will be living in the Century of drone crashes.”

 

 

 

 

   We had better start spending our time with one eye towards the sky as the domestic drone warfare program is bringing new meaning to “death from above” by accident if not by design . As drone use proliferates with the continued militarization of our local law enforcement organizations these types of accidents are only going to become more frequent and sooner or later fatal .

    The military , which one would hope is trained to a higher standard than your local Barney Fifes has even managed to crash two drones into each other on the runway . 

 

 

” Army officials are investigating after two remotely piloted aircraft collided on the runway in El Mirage, causing damage to both pricey planes.

The unmanned aerial vehicles were of different variations operated by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of San Diego, a U.S. Army spokesman said in an email. The enhanced Predator-type UAVs were undergoing individual flight tests at El Mirage Flight Test Facility on July 25, he said.”

 

 

Like we said , heads up … have good day .

To keep up with the latest in Drone news check these sites here , here and here .

 

HT/The Resistance Journals

 

 

 

 

 

Border Guards Caught Only 49% Of Migrants

 

 

 

 

” Drone-mounted radar found U.S. border guards caught fewer than half the migrants who illegally crossed into one area of Arizona, internal reports indicate.

The Vehicle Dismount and Exploitation Radar, known as Vader, operated from a Predator surveillance drone 5 miles in the sky, shows U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 1,874 of 3,836 people who illegally crossed into a 150-square-mile stretch of the Sonora Desert in southern Arizona from Oct. 1 to Jan. 17, the reports cited by the Los Angeles Times indicate.

This means the radar system, developed to track Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, spotted an additional 1,962 people in the same area who evaded arrest and disappeared into the United States, the Times said.

The 49 percent capture rate contrasts with the Government Accountability Office’s January estimate the Border Patrol caught 64 percent of those who illegally crossed into the Tucson sector in 2011.

The drone’s tally could cause difficulties for White House efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform after Congress returns from recess next week, the Times said.”

 

 

 

Predator Kill Filmed With The iScope

 

US ‘Too Slow’ To Act

… As Drone’s Cam Captured Libya Horror

 

 

  ” The United States had an unmanned Predator drone over its consulate in Benghazi during the attack that slaughtered four Americans — which should have led to a quicker military response, it was revealed yesterday.

“They stood, and they watched, and our people died,” former CIA commander Gary Berntsen told CBS News.

The network reported that the drone and other reconnaissance aircraft observed the final hours of the hours-long siege on Sept. 11 — obtaining information that should have spurred swift action.

But as Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were killed by terrorists armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Defense Department officials were too slow to send in the troops, Berntsen said.”

 

 

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