Found this over on another site. It's a Google Earth image taken from China, showing what appears to be the Divine Eagle UAV, under development,
sitting on a runway. The Divine Eagle is supposedly designed to carry multiple AESA and UHF radars, including the JY-26 long wave radar, which
supposedly tracked F-22s flying off Korea during exercises.
Cool find, I have seen some odd stuff on google earth before too, one of these days they are gona accidentally catch a pic of something really cool
though. hmm maybe they already did and it got redacted.
It's surprisingly (for China) a rather innovative design despite it's RQ-4 nuances.
I wonder if they are using the two AESA's in either nacelle to take advantage of any Interferometry effect between the two. It would seemingly also
increase the 3D effect if they combine the images from any onboard sensors that were mirrored from left to right.
edit on 14-8-2015 by
Sammamishman because: (no reason given)
It's interesting that they seam to be building this thing as a sort of stealth early warning system. The problem is that these have no stealth
capabilities them selves and can be seen from great distances. If a real shooting match ever broke out, these Divine Eagles won't last too long to
warn anyone the stealth are coming much less be able to direct counter air assets to the region of interest.
That could work in their favor though. Unless a package can hit them from extreme long range, and hit more than one, if they spread them out in
different areas, and suddenly lose just one, that's like a huge sign saying "Here we come!"
with the new robust autonomous missiles coming out and the new AMRAAMs and what HAVE DASH programs i think matching those BVR assets will make quick
of pretty much any thing China could put in the air on on the ocean.
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