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2009-03-12 Home Front: WoT
USMC developing UAV to re-supply combat forces
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Posted by tu3031 2009-03-12 14:16|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [444 views ]  Top

#1 It will be interesting to see the reasoning as "large, low and VERY slow" means target practice for even the AK-47. I assume (?) they are talking remote controlled Lighter Than Air though the article is very vague. If so, the winds over that terrain should be a real challenge even without someone trying to pot the engines or controls.
Posted by tipover 2009-03-12 18:30||   2009-03-12 18:30|| Front Page Top

#2 It's about time. Rather than the tollroad through Khyber, the way the crow flies is vastly prefereable.

Tipover - any idea how low these would be? And if within range of ground fire, how about mounting a gun or two and firing back.

Heck deploy a fleet of decoy blimps and fly in convoys. Swarm them.
Posted by Halliburton - Mysterious Conspiracy Division 2009-03-12 20:34||   2009-03-12 20:34|| Front Page Top

#3 Probably a helicopter UAV like the Hummingbird.
Posted by ed 2009-03-12 20:59||   2009-03-12 20:59|| Front Page Top

#4 Thanks ed - there's he fighter escort. One of those could probably cover several blimps with semi-trailer size loads.

UAV Military Intermodal Command (UMIC) - a new command?
Posted by Halliburton - Mysterious Conspiracy Division 2009-03-12 21:06||   2009-03-12 21:06|| Front Page Top

#5 In that situation, I would opt for high altitude blimps. They have enormous cargo capacity, and could drop GPS parachutes right on target. At the same time, they could provide superior ground intelligence.
Posted by Anonymoose 2009-03-12 21:35||   2009-03-12 21:35|| Front Page Top

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