This writer enjoyed a nice bit of banter recently when having posted a story about the French Patroller UAV, a question was posed on social media asking why a more pugilistic nom de guerre was not chosen to boost potential exports.
It’s an interesting point and makes you wonder just what hidden meanings are being kept in the naming of an unmanned system.
Some go for the avian theme because, you know, UAVs fly and stuff. Some examples and in no particular order includes the ScanEagle, Desert Hawk, Heron and Global Hawk. China took this a step further with its Wing Loong family, translating into something like Pterodactyl. Apparently.
(Pictured) Bdr sam Fletcher104 Regt Royal artillery 211 Bty Artillery aiming for the future with training for Afghanistan and beyond. Artillery aiming for the future with training for Afghanistan and beyond Regular and Reserve Army units preparing for Afghanistan and for future contingency operations working alongside French military teams. With the restructuring of the Army and a new strategic alliance with the French, training with Regular and Reserves operating alongside French military units will be increasingly important to prepare our troops for future operations. Around 1500 personnel are taking part in the exercise over two weeks, and media will be able to see live firing and the team working between fire support teams and artillery firepower. The Artillery already integrates Reservists into Regular units on operations, and this will become increasingly important as the contribution of the Reserves to our fighting force increases. French Fire Support Teams, who work alongside their infantry units calling in artillery support, will be learning to work with the Royal Artillery to call in heavy firepower from their British allies. Female personnel already work in all areas of the Royal Artillery, and media will be able to meet women playing their part in this vital frontline combat support capability. Units taking part include: 7 (Para) RHA ñ based Colchester. Equipped with 105mm Light Gun. 26 Regt RA ñ based Germany. Equipped with AS90. 29 (Cdo) Regt RA ñ based Plymouth. Equipped with 105mm Light Gun. 39 Regt RA ñ based Newcastle. Equipped with MLRS. 47 Regt RA ñ based Thorney Island (Hants). Equipped with Mini UAV. 101 Regt RA(V) ñ based Newcastle. Equipped with 105mm Light Gun. 104 Regt RA ñ based Newport (Wales). Equipped with Desert Hawk 3. 105 Regt RA ñ based Edinburgh. Equipped with 105mm Light Gun.
Abstracts are also well represented as well as names that infer protection, security, destruction and oblivion. Again, in an order chosen entirely by rolling a dice, we have the Reaper, the Shadow, Predator and one of the newest reported on last month at the Paris Air Show, Nightwarden.
Watchkeeper is another rather banal three-syllaballed naming effort from those with no imagination.
British Army Watchkeeper
Let’s not forget the Guardian series either which between sea and sky looks to watch over as many domains as it sensorial fingers will allow. The UK meanwhile seems to have taken a decision to lean away from killer-drone PR and named the successor to its MQ-9 Reapers, inspirationally, as Protector.
Then you have the Triton which in a doff of the cap to ancient antiquity refers to the son of Poseidon (the mythical sea-God, not the MPA) as a messenger of the sea. Quite apt. The UK’s Taranis demonstrator aircraft also riffs off the deitic theme.
We can conclude this missive with the Net Ray. No, me either.
AR3 Net Ray