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  • U.S. Buys Yemen a Fleet of Spy Planes for Growing Shadow War

    WIRED
    BY SPENCER ACKERMAN11.27.1212:00 PM

    After a brief pause prompted by Arab Spring instability, U.S. defense assistance returned to Yemen this summer in a major way. But while the U.S. has been generous — $112 million this year, or about as much as the U.S.’ post-9/11 military assistance totaled by 2010 — it’s not bought Yemen many high-end systems. Small Raven drones, radios, night-vision goggles, rifles and ammo, ruggedized “raiding” boats and other hallmarks of unconventional, commando-style tactics have been the norm. Manned spy planes are certainly good for unconventional wars, and they also represent something of an upgrade.
    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012...en-spy-planes/
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    Fleet of Spy Planes great headline but lets face it a light observation aircraft with these requirements as stated in the solicitation --

    *High Wing
    *Tail Dragger
    *Max cruise 108kt (200km/h)
    *Normal cruise 100kt (185km/h)
    *Minimum patrol speed 65kt (120km/h)
    *Initial climb 1085ft/min (330m)/min

    would not be considered by most people to be much of a "spy plane". Heck the O-1 Bird Dog used in WWII would come close to matching those requirements.

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    • #3
      True. There are a number of items on the included shopping list more 'high tech' than the referenced airplanes.
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