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Europe Wants to Catch up With US, Israel on Combat Drones

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发表于 7-16-2014 13:51:48 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
本帖最后由 choi 于 7-16-2014 16:50 编辑

鲍勒, 观察:空战似科幻 欧加速研发无人战机. BBC Chinese, July 16, 2014
www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/scie ... combat_drones.shtml

Tim Bowler, Farnborough: Europe's Combat Drone Challenge. BBC, July 15, 2014.
www.bbc.com/news/business-28294239
(“Last year, even France opted to buy US Reaper drones as a money-saving measure. Individually, Europe's nations are too small to be an effective market for combat drones. Only if they can develop a multinational drone would such a system be economical”)

My comment:
(a) This report is inane. Skim it and that is enough.

(b) “Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, is easily BAE Systems' spookiest-looking aircraft.”
(i) Taranis
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taranis
(section 1 Etymology)  
(ii) The noun Taranis itself is Latin, “from the Celtic.”  Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

(c) “Sleek, with swept-back wings, the grey, wedge-shaped Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), or drone, is ‘the most advanced aircraft ever produced in the UK,’ says the firm.”

Compare
(i) variable-sweep wing
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable-sweep_wing
with
(ii) swept wing
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swept_wing
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