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View Photos of 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S Prototype

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View Photos of the 2020 BMW 2-series Gran Coupe Prototype

View Photos of the 2020 BMW 2-series Gran Coupe Prototype



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The U.S. Drone Shot Down by Iran Is a $200 Million Prototype Spy Plane

The U.S. Drone Shot Down by Iran Is a $  200 Million Prototype Spy PlaneBloomberg via GettyThe U.S. military drone Iran shot down over the Persian Gulf on Thursday was a high-flying prototype model belonging to the Navy.The Navy for years has deployed the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator, or BAMS-D, drones on an emergency basis, stationing the 737-size unmanned aerial vehicles to watch over Syria and Iran.The unarmed BAMS-D drone “was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system while operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz,” Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesperson, told The Daily Beast via email. “Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,” Urban added.Inside the U.S.-Iran Drone WarThe Pentagon’s decision to deploy the rare BAMS-D underscores the military’s urgency amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran. Prior to the shoot-down, the Navy possessed just four copies of the BAMS-D, which is a naval variant of the RQ-4 Global Hawk that Northrop Grumman builds for the Air Force.A single Global Hawk sells for more than $ 200 million, counting the cost of its sensors. Operators control the drone from work stations on the ground, beaming commands via satellite to the pilotless aircraft.The Pentagon began developing the Global Hawk and its variants back in the '90s, hoping to replace Cold War-vintage U-2 spy planes. The idea was that a drone, with no pilot aboard, could stay aloft longer and fly riskier missions than a U-2 could do.The Global Hawk and its variants can circle at up to 65,000 feet for as many as 30 hours while simultaneously carrying a camera, an infrared sensor, and a radar that can track moving targets. In the end, the Air Force decided to keep the U-2 and build up a force of dozens of RQ-4s. The giant drones with the 131-feet wingspan have flown over Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, the Navy paid Northrop more than $ 1 billion to begin developing a version of the Global Hawk with modifications for tracking ships.Iranian Revolutionary Guard ‘Shoots Down U.S. Drone’ in Gulf CrisisNorthrop built the four BAMS-D drones as prototypes while it worked on the definitive MQ-4C version. The Navy plans to buy as many as 70 MQ-4Cs. The first copy could deploy for front-line patrols as early as this year.But apparently only the BAMS-Ds were ready when tensions escalated between the United States and Iran this summer. A pair of the drones could, in theory, watch over the Persian Gulf around the clock, beaming intelligence imagery to ships and ground stations in near real time. For years, the Navy has paid Northrop to station probably two BAMS-Ds at Al Dhafra air base in the United Arab Emirates. The drones have flown front-line missions while also feeding data into Northrop’s test program. In 2013, as the war in Syria grew bloodier, the Navy upped the value of Northrop’s contract in order to fly the BAMS-Ds 15 times per month, up from nine.A BAMS-D would fly overhead, keeping an eye out for Iranian forces, each time a major Navy warship slipped through the Strait of Hormuz, which is just 21 miles wide at its narrowest point. “We use it on every strait transit,” Adm. Jon Greenert, then the chief of naval operations, said of the drone. “The theater commander loves it.”But the BAMS-D is not invulnerable. While flying at 65,000 feet, the drone is beyond the reach of most, but not all, enemy air defenses. Iran possesses Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missiles that can reach as high as 100,000 feet. Moreover, the BAMS-D is designed to descend periodically to low altitude in order to inspect ships.The Thursday shoot-down reduces the Navy’s fleet of high-flying drones to as few as three and could compel the service to change how it deploys the aircraft. But the loss of one BAMS-D is unlikely to compel the Pentagon to ground its spy planes. Now that Iran has directly attacked U.S. forces, American commanders need intelligence more than ever.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Spy Photos of the Ram Rebel TRX Pickup Prototype

Spy Photos of the Ram Rebel TRX Pickup Prototype



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Photos of the Ford Bronco Prototype

Photos of the Ford Bronco Prototype



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Photos from Our Prototype Drive of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat

Photos from Our Prototype Drive of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat



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McLaren Speedtail prototype named in honour of '90s F1

McLaren Speedtail prototype named in honour of '90s F1Named after the road the McLaren F1 was designed in, Albert is the most advanced Speedtail prototype to date. It will begin a year-long testing program this week



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Infiniti Prototype 10 Concept Imagines an Exciting Electrified Future

Infiniti Prototype 10 Concept Imagines an Exciting Electrified FutureThe follow-up to last year’s retro Prototype 9 is another single-seat speedster, but this one is forward-looking.



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Infiniti Prototype 10 Concept Is an EV Built for Indulgence

Infiniti Prototype 10 Concept Is an EV Built for IndulgenceElectric cars don't always have to be practical.



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Uber shows off its new flying taxi prototype

Uber shows off its new flying taxi prototypeUber is dead set on bringing its ride-hailing service to the skies, and the company showed off its latest flying taxi prototype on Tuesday. The prototype bowed ahead of Uber’s Elevate conference, which will bring the aviation, real estate, and infrastructure industries together with government regulators. Uber said its initial research found the stacked rotors provided better performance and quieter operation.



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