Friday Linkzookery – 18 April 2008

Six cities busted for shortening yellow light
So as to collect more fines. Not defending those who run red lights, but this is pretty low.

Warrior UAV likely to replace Predator
Air Force will likely transition during the next few years from its MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle to the Army’s MQ-1C Sky Warrior.

UPDATE: How do you all like the two-entry Linkzookery for this week? Pathetic.

If I were you, I’d demand my money back.


  1. BS! Everyone knows this monstrosity is being made by Cyberdyne Systems………….the model 100. I’m digging my fallout shelter deeper! LOL!

  2. In regards to the yellow light story; when I was living in Jerusalem………..we routinely encountered lights at intersections whose duration was grossly imbalanced, depending on the ethnicity of the primary traffic traveling in that direction. Jewish traffic got nice long lazy light periods to traverse the intersection; Arab traffic………….well, they didn’t exactly need a top fueler to get across in time, but a pro stocker wouldn’t have been out of line! I am not making this up. LOL!

  3. You missed this one: Lockheed Martin Corp has spent a significant amount to make its bid for a $15 billion contract for a fleet of combat search and rescue helicopters more attractive by making it less risky, a top official told Reuters this week. Industry bids are due on May 22 for the Air Force project, which was initially awarded in 2006 to Boeing Co for a variant of its twin-rotor Chinook helicopter. But the Air Force was forced to redo the competition after the Government Accountability Office upheld protests filed by losing bidders Lockheed and United Technologies Corp. Lockheed plans to offer a variant of the EH101 Merlin helicopter built by AgustaWestland, a unit of Italy’s Finmeccanica. It is the same aircraft that won the U.S. Navy’s VH-71 presidential helicopter competition in 2005. – Reuters Yeah, let’s stick it to US contractors by buying foreign made aircraft. That’s a great idea. It’s a great idea if you’re stupid enough not to realize that Lockheed takes its 10% off the top of the whole $15 billion whether they build a single piece of that helicopter or not. They would make 10% off that $15 billion just for stamping their FSCN number on the tail rotor. Hell, that’s all Northrop Grumman is going to do to those Airbus tankers they’re selling you. They’ll make 10% on $40 billion. Yeah, you’ve really stuck it to the US contractors then. They make free money. They add zero value and still make a fortune. In fact, they’ll add negative value. They’ll do all they can to drag out those programs so they can jack the price even higher. You people are too stupid to have any money. You deserve to be taxed into poverty. ‘A fool and his money are soon parted,’ and this is a country of fools. Go ahead and stick it to US defense contractors. They’d love to have you throw them in that briar patch, you morons. See if Finmeccanica will build you any helicopters when the chips are down. See if they give a crap about you, your loved ones, or your country when the dollar is worth less than a Peso.

  4. If you lengthen the yellow light duration, the number of red light violations go down to nearly zero. No light camera required. Only a drunk or a fool deliberately runs a red light. Everyone tends to push yellows a bit.

  5. Here’s an article from yesterday on the F-117, which is in the news a lot because of its retirement:

    F-117 development was awarded to Lockheed in 1978 and the program, codenamed Senior Trend, was the most secret project since the atom bomb. Although many new technologies and processes had to be invented, the first plane flew 31 months after contract award. The F-117 was larger than the Have Blue prototype, but thanks to its shape, sensors and coatings, the 64-foot-long, 54,000-pound plane shows up no larger than a golf ball on enemy radar screens. And it carried two 2,000-pound bombs that were steered to their targets by the most precise bombing system ever created. The program moved quickly thanks to lean management, a sense of purpose, common sense, trust and appropriate oversight. Requirements were defined by what was absolutely needed, not everything that was wanted. Requirements were traded to maintain schedule and cost. Security was the top priority. What didn’t have to be reinvented, wasn’t. Landing gear, flight controls and engines came from existing planes. The approach fielded revolutionary capability for a fly-away unit cost of $45 million -$100 million with R&D -about the same contemporary planes like the F-14. – Defense News (subscription only, no link)

    So if they could produce the first stealth airplane for about what a non-stealth airplane cost, can someone explain to me why they can’t do the same for the 3rd and 4th? The technology should be becoming cheaper, right? Isn’t the computer you’re using today better and cheaper than the one you used a decade ago? The truth of the matter is, stealth is an excuse the contractors have used for the prices they’ve jacked sky high. The excuse has nothing to do with reality. I’ll say again what I’ve said before, all new US military aircraft should have stealth to some degree. It should be as common as grey paint.