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(Fox News)   US Navy unveils its first full drone squadron, three of which are already on suspension for buzzing the tower   (foxnews.com) divider line 14
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2013-05-02 10:39:13 AM  
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Recalling, once again, the original Star Trek episode where two countries fight with computer simulations to preserve their infrastructure (roads, buildings, libraries, schools, etc). So humans get a warning their area has been hit, then all affected walk into an incinerator.

SPOILER

Kirk, at the end, blows up one of their computers. The leader says, now the other side will think we are really attacking! There will be destruction, mayhem, horror!

To which Kirk replies, then you will know war and knowing war, you may choose to end it.

And this is where we are heading -- we are preserving the US soldiers but using drones means it doesn't cost us anything to kill. At least when we put our own people in harm's way, we might consider not fighting at all. Now we can accidentally obliterate children with impunity.
2013-05-02 10:32:54 AM  
2 votes:

Fizpez: PunGent: On a serious note, any Navy guys want to explain why the went with helicopter drones, rather than fixed wing?

For tending sonar buoys?

My guess is anything the Navy would be tracking and attacking can't outrun even a helicopter so why have something that needs to fly orbits around a target instead of something that can just hold station and fire away.


And the logistics and trust invovled with landing something unmanned on a cleared helipad on the back of a frigate vs. trying to catch a arrestor cable coming in at 100kts with a billion dollars of assets on a carrier deck.
2013-05-02 10:20:06 AM  
2 votes:
He says most Navy drones now are operated by contractors overseen by military personnel.

Ok, this is farking creepy.
2013-05-02 12:54:28 PM  
1 votes:
What I would love to see is some of this drone technology in the hands of the Coast Guard. Someone swept overboard? Pleasure craft lost at sea? Deploy a set of high-speed drones that fly programmed search patterns that can locate them within a matter of minutes.
2013-05-02 11:30:59 AM  
1 votes:
Why would we want to put meat inside of warplanes any more? It's expensive and reduces efficiency.
2013-05-02 11:18:57 AM  
1 votes:
Meanwhile over at the Marine Corps:

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 Testing Unmanned Helicopter in Afghanistan

The K-MAX is able to carry up to 3.5 tons of supplies and munitions up to 250 miles, and has the ability to auto drop cargo in varying environments. During a "brown out" simulated dust storm -- aimed at replicating Afghanistan's harsh work environment -- cargo was still able to be delivered, according to test personnel.

The Marine Corps and Navy wanted the K-MAX to surpass 6,000 pounds of cargo drops per day for five days, with one mission successfully dropping 3,500 pounds.

cmsimg.marinecorpstimes.com
2013-05-02 11:17:46 AM  
1 votes:

meanmutton: Drones dramatically reduce civilian casualties.


I'm not entirely convinced of that  check out the best representation that i've found so far.
2013-05-02 11:04:15 AM  
1 votes:

lymond01: Recalling, once again, the original Star Trek episode where two countries fight with computer simulations to preserve their infrastructure (roads, buildings, libraries, schools, etc). So humans get a warning their area has been hit, then all affected walk into an incinerator.

SPOILER

Kirk, at the end, blows up one of their computers. The leader says, now the other side will think we are really attacking! There will be destruction, mayhem, horror!

To which Kirk replies, then you will know war and knowing war, you may choose to end it.

And this is where we are heading -- we are preserving the US soldiers but using drones means it doesn't cost us anything to kill. At least when we put our own people in harm's way, we might consider not fighting at all. Now we can accidentally obliterate children with impunity.


Drones dramatically reduce civilian casualties.
2013-05-02 11:01:49 AM  
1 votes:

DarkSoulNoHope: He says most Navy drones now are operated by contractors overseen by military personnel.

Ok, this is farking creepy.


Not really - the equipment is still in testing. When they roll it out, Navy personal will be operating it.
2013-05-02 10:51:56 AM  
1 votes:
Replacing military helicopters and fixed wing aircraft with drones = good idea

Arming the CIA with weaponized drones = bad idea
2013-05-02 10:42:03 AM  
1 votes:

LemSkroob: DarkSoulNoHope: He says most Navy drones now are operated by contractors overseen by military personnel.

Ok, this is farking creepy.

Privatizing the army. There is no way that can turn out bad!


This will wind down once a pipeline is established to provide military operators.
2013-05-02 10:30:57 AM  
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PunGent: On a serious note, any Navy guys want to explain why the went with helicopter drones, rather than fixed wing?

For tending sonar buoys?


Not Navy, but I'd imagine it was so they wouldn't have to build drone carriers. You can land a helo anywhere.
2013-05-02 09:07:25 AM  
1 votes:
The Navy also gave reporters a look at HUQ-1's drone command system:

www.txis.com
2013-05-02 08:44:08 AM  
1 votes:
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