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.
meanmutton: Drones dramatically reduce civilian casualties.
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.SPOILERKirk, 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.
DarkSoulNoHope: He says most Navy drones now are operated by contractors overseen by military personnel.Ok, this is farking creepy.
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!
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?
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