Black Dart - Part 1

Black Dart – Part 1

Military exercise Black Dart to tackle nightmare drone scenario Three images here of Outlaw G2 made by Griffon Aerospace. Photos provided by JIAMDO. For Sunday PostScript story on drones. Reprinted in the public interest From the New York Post By Richard Whittle – July 25, 2015 Sweat the small stuff. That’s the unofficial motto for this year’s edition of the military exercise Black Dart, a…

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Private jet plane crashes near military base in California


A small jet plane owned by a private company crashed on its approach to landing at a military base in Southern California on Wednesday, killing the pilot, officials said.
The Hawker Hunter aircraft went down in a strawberry field near Naval Base Ventura County, some 60 miles (97 km) west of Los Angeles, said Bill Nash, a spokesman for the county fire department.
The pilot on board was declared dead at the scene of the crash, which did not injure anyone on the ground or involve another plane, Nash said.

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The aircraft was operated by Airborne Tactical Advantage Company on contract with the U.S. military to simulate enemy planes for training purposes, said Naval Base Ventura County spokeswoman Kimberly Gearhart.
Gearhart said the Virginia-based company confirmed the pilot was a civilian and retired fighter pilot. Airborne Tactical did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Hawker Hunter is a type of plane first built in the 1950s and previously used by the British Royal Air Force and other nations such as India.
The Federal Aviation Administration was on scene on Wednesday night and investigating the crash, Gearhart said

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Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Jay Okonek, back, and Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class Jason Blase, both assigned to the Merlins of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, drop water from a 360-gallon capacity precision helicopter firefighting Bambi bucket on a fire near base housing at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu.

Defense Department Holding Black Dart 2015 Counter-Drone Exercise in California

August 2, 2015

DoD Officials Observe Counter-Drone Demo in California

By Lisa Ferdinando
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

POINT MUGU, Calif., Aug. 1, 2015 – Small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, are easy to obtain and launch and they’re hard to detect on radar, making them of particular concern to the Department of Defense, according to officials taking part in the Black Dart 2015 counter-UAS demonstration held here.

Black Dart 2015, which began July 26 and runs to Aug. 7, is DoD’s largest live-fly, live-fire joint counter-UAS technology demonstration, Navy Cmdr. David Zook, chief of the Capabilities Assessment Division with the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization, or JIAMDO, told reporters yesterday.

Zook briefed reporters at Naval Base Ventura County and Sea Range here. He said the demonstration is bringing together some 1,000 people, including industry personnel, observers from allied nations, and participants from four military branches.

Small drones can be launched from virtually anywhere and fly a significant radius, Zook said.

“Small manned and unmanned aircraft have always been hard to find,” he said. “It’s hard to tell the difference in the radar cross section from that and other small airborne vehicles or even birds.”

Black Dart 2015 provides “a unique and very valuable window for us to come together for two weeks here and practice in a littoral environment, a land-based environment and a deep-sea environment in many different scenarios,” Zook said.

Zook said the demonstration features cooperation and interoperability among military services in air and missile defense, while also assessing the anti-UAS capabilities of DoD, its agency partners and industry.

Previous Black Dart demonstrations have resulted in new systems or improvements in technology, tactics, and procedures that have helped the warfighter, he said.

Staying One Step Ahead

One only needs to look at recent news reports to see incidents involving members of the public using drones, including a quadcopter that landed at the White House, said Air Force Maj. Scott Gregg, Black Dart’s project officer.

Drones can easily be purchased over the Internet or at a hobby shop, Gregg said. Defense officials are focused on staying ahead of the threat, he said.

“If there is anything that the terrorists have shown, it’s that they’ll be innovative and use anything that they can at their disposal to do what they’re trying to do,” Gregg said.

“What we’re trying to do at Black Dart is make sure that we are staying ahead of the game and that we have a good understanding of their capabilities before those capabilities outpace ours,” he added.

The smaller class of drones is an “emphasis item” this year at Black Dart, in response to concerns from combatant commanders and interagency partners, including law enforcement agencies, Gregg said.

“It’s a problem for everyone,” he said.

More than 70 countries are using UASs, either in government or military application, Gregg said.

Gregg points out that radio-controlled model aircraft have similar performance and capabilities to some of the UASs that are considered to be threats.

“It’s a burgeoning market. The threat is expanding rapidly, proliferation is expanding rapidly and it’s not just a military threat,” he said. “Our allies are using them, our coalition partners are using them, but our adversaries are using them too.”

Military exercise Black Dart to tackle nightmare drone scenario

Black Dart is the US&

That’s the unofficial motto for this year’s edition of the military exercise Black Dart, a two-week test of tactics and technologies to combat hostile drones that begins Monday on the Point Mugu range at Naval Base Ventura County in California.

Few countries and no terrorist groups are likely to emulate the complex and costly US system of undersea fiber-optic cables and satellite earth terminals in Europe that allows crews in the United States to fly drones carrying missiles and bombs over Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

Former Northeastern University student Rezwan Ferdaus is now serving 17 years in prison for plotting to pack C-4 plastic explosives into 1/10 scale radio controlled models of F-4 and F-86 fighter jets and fly them into the Capitol and Pentagon.

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