Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - Video Report

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    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - Video Report

    Interesting video on the capabilities of UAVs and the operators of them. I especially liked seeing the quality of the images delivered from 2 miles up.

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    Looked into it as a re-up option with the Army Guard. No unit near me. The school is long and aircrew wings(think crew-chief)are awarded upon completion. Cool stuff! Go "Poser Pilots" !!
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    Very cool but I think I'd missing feeling the G's.
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    But ... but ... but the interview conducted in the car took his eyes off the road! (Referring to the silly comments on that page about FoxNews condoning bad driving.)


    Definitely cool technology, for a battlefield.

    Consider the usefulness in situations where police helicopters are used now, for situations where long-term monitoring over an area is required in order to identify criminal activity, cross-border incursion, etc. Seems to me that you could park a handful of these over the southern USA/Mex border and effectively target each and every caravan of people. Or, monitor a suspected drug kingpin's ranch and prove the activity that's going on.
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    I can see how it would be hard to do this job and go home everyday and act like nothing happened at work today.
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    Seems to me that you could park a handful of these over the southern USA/Mex border and effectively target each and every caravan of people.
    I would not dismiss the idea that a unarmed UAV doesn't fly the border area.

    Once in a while we see them land at the SIerra Vista/Fort Huachuca Airport. This is about 15 air miles or less from the US/Mex border.

    This is alledgely a Civilain airport that is Physically connected to Fort Huachuca and access past the office is restricted "by order of the Commanding General"

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    Pretty amazing stuff.
    Next year they will buy more pilotless aircraft than piloted aircraft, wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beans View Post
    I would not dismiss the idea that a unarmed UAV doesn't fly the border area.
    I wouldn't be surprised if several are being used right now. They should be, IMO. Kudos to the commanders, if they are. By God, I hope it's helping. It really should, if they've tightly woven the tool into the tactics for responding quickly to incursions. Though, there are ~5000 sq miles of territory to cover, from San Diego to Harlingen. That's an area the size of Connecticut, nearly the size of Hawaii. A serious challenge, unless the gloves come off. Tough, even then.
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    Kinda reminds me of an Air Force funny,there was a fighter jock and a C 130 cargo plane,the jet pilot was bragging about all the stuff his jet could do and he hit the afterburners and went into a vertical climb,then barrel rolled around the C 130 showing off,then he asked the C 130 pilot if he could top that and the pilot said yep,after awhile the C130 just kept flying at the same speed and on course,so the jet pilot said hey I thought you were gonna top my stunt ,and C130 pilot said I did,Jet pilot said when,C130 pilot said I got up made a cup of coffee and went to the bathroom,top that
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrioticRick View Post
    I can see how it would be hard to do this job and go home everyday and act like nothing happened at work today.
    At least doing this job, your not going to get shot down, become a P.O.W. or be killed in the crash. More like a top notch video game. It wouldn't bother me.
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    I have had the pleasure of seeing a few of them over here. really amazing piece of equipment

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    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    "Poser Pilots" !!
    I've not heard that term before. I suspect it's a reason why the Air Force uses actual pilots as drone pilots.

    I'm a pre-drone military pilot who last flew in 1985.

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    Actually, these 'piloted' UAVs are going to be obsolete very soon. Work is continuing on autonomous UAVs, which wil perform all needed functions without human intervention and much more efficiently.

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    Robots will take over the world.,.. Hmmmm.... What ever happened to good old America?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TucAzRider View Post
    Robots will take over the world.,.. Hmmmm.... What ever happened to good old America?
    Good old America makes the robots! The technology is nascent but there is no doubt the direction of future warfare.

    It is certainly not the idea of warfare Patton enjoyed but in the last two wars American causalties have been minimized due to the use of high technology weapons.

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