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"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

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"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Nearly a Quarter of a Billion Dollars For One Radio-Controlled Airplane

That is about what the Air Force is paying for each new "Global Hawk" surveillance drone.

The usual cost-overruns and Air Force gold-plated procurement is to blame. The boys in the redyed-army uniforms, like the rest of their compatriots at Fort Fumble, have yet to figure out how to make shit without breaking the bank. The defense contractors know how to play the game; they bring in their bids at a low-ball estimate and figure that they can make their money with the inevitable change orders. And they do.

This fucking drone will end up costing more than a F-22.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is the command link hackable?

Just askin' . . . ;-)

Comrade Misfit said...

You might want to ask the Russians or the Chinese.

Oldfool said...

"We have met the enemy and he is us." -Pogo

Unknown said...

Home-built drone for elint:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/men-build-small-flying-spy-drone-that-cracks-wi-fi-and-cell-data/

I'm guessing a quarter mil would buy about 50,000 of them.

Frank Van Haste said...

...at least, unlike the F-22's, the Predators are flying.

(I guess that if you don't have a pilot, there's no way to poison him/her.)