|Surprised this hasn't been posted
||[Aug. 3rd, 2007|01:16 pm]
Live armed drones in Iraq. http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/warfare/first-fully+armed-robots-patrolling-in-iraq-first-shots-imminent-285394.php|
OK, so they don't seem to require a rigger, though they look to be remote controlled. No nervous system link, though.
Still. Tracked drones with live ammunition. We're living in the future.
If these are the ones I heard about, they were put together in the field out of equipment that is readily available through standard channels already.
Which means, of course, that Quartermasters hate them. ;-P
2007-08-03 11:20 pm (UTC)
Isn't odd when you woke up one day, realized it was the 21st century, we use lasers to communicate, personal computers can fit in your pocket, we're one step away from being able to magnetically launch mortar rounds from battleships at a distance of 2,000 miles, and now we have robot warriors?
Goddamn the future rocks!
Still want my flying cars, damnit.
Oh yeah, this model. Saw it already. Was on an episode of "Future Weapons" about 5 months ago or so. Now for the scary part. It fired a 20 round burst, at around 600 or so rounds per minute. All 20 rounds fit in the 3 inch center ring. :)
Now you think this one is scary, you should see the plans for the new air drones that are about to go into testing. They are very small (about 10 feet in length total) with a package of 6 vertical launch variable warhead missiles (armor piercing shape charges with ball bearings. Can airburst above infantry like an aerial claymore mine, or impact into armored targets). It interlinks with other drones of its kind, AWACS, satellite, Predators, etc. The plan is to use a B-52 to air launch hundreds of these things, and then they swarm an area looking for targets. When they find one, they relay the information, a soldier gives the ok, and then these buggers will decide on their own how many drones are needed, the attack vector, and how many missiles to drop. If they run out of ammo, they are programmed to Kamakaze into targets. Total operational period is estimated at around 6-8 hours per drone. After that time, the remaining drones self-destruct as new ones are seeded into the operations area. IE, no need for attack helicopters or other such overwatch to clear out an area. Now sleep well at night. :)