For the US Air Force, the $ 130m RQ-4 Global Hawk drone is obsolete

Are the current MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) and HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) drones already obsolete for electronic intelligence missions, even though many armies are just beginning their conversion to this tool? In any case, this is what the US Air Force seems to think, which, as part of the preparation of the Pentagon's 2022 budget, requested the mothballing of its HALE RQ-4 Global Hawk block 20 and block 30 drones, i.e. 24 devices, each having cost more than $130 million to American taxpayers, even though they have only been in service since the beginning of the 2010s.…

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Israel claims attack on Iranian freighter MV Saviz in response to Iranian attacks

On March 25, the Lori, a container ship flying the Israeli flag, was hit by an Iranian missile in the Arabian Sea, causing no injuries or casualties. It is in response to this new attack against its merchant ships that the Jewish state organized the attack on the Iranian cargo ship MV Saviz, a ship identified for several months by the American secret services as a naval action platform. for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. According to information communicated by the New York Times quoting an American official, the Israeli services would have positioned a naval mine under the waterline of the ship before making it...

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Presidential decree to facilitate export of combat drones divides U.S. politicians

So far, exports by the United States of category 1 drone systems, i.e. with a payload capacity of less than 500 kg at more than 300 km, such as the MQ-1 Predator, the MQ -9 Reaper or the RQ-4 Global Hawk, were conditional on an explicit prior agreement from the American authorities, according to the “presumption of refusal” rule, being assimilated to missiles in the Missile Technology Control Regime, or MTCR, legislation. The acquiring country had to justify, by exceptional circumstances, its request, which generated a long procedure, and appreciably more cumbersome than for other equipment. According to the declarations of several industrialists…

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