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This is a discussion on UAS developments and/or issues within the Air Force & Aviation forum, part of the Global Defense & Military category; I suspect that RAAF GH's were going to end up doing a bit more than BAMs under Plan Jericho anyway... ...


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Old March 7th, 2017   #31
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I suspect that RAAF GH's were going to end up doing a bit more than BAMs under Plan Jericho anyway... but the improvements as per below would seem to make that even more likely

E7, P8, Link16 in the KC-30's. 550's Growler, JSF, King Air's... the upgrades to JORN, that's a very big situational appreciation footprint

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not military related, but hilights the utility benefit

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Hopefully some of the new anti-drone devices prove themselves shortly. It appears some allies may bankrupt themselves if they continue with their current approach.

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I recall seeing a TV report, CBS 60 Minutes , where some Iraqi General was pleading for some effective drone jamming tech. I guess someone in authority saw the same report.

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Hopefully some of the new anti-drone devices prove themselves shortly. It appears some allies may bankrupt themselves if they continue with their current approach.

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I read that earlier today and thought may have been an over zealous air defence officer with a new toy. They might've got a rather terse please explain afterwards from the Treasury Could be a promotion killer
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I read that earlier today and thought may have been an over zealous air defence officer with a new toy. They might've got a rather terse please explain afterwards from the Treasury Could be a promotion killer
In all seriousness though ... you could completely overwhelm an enemy's defences with several hundred drones purchased from toys 'r' us.
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All those armies which got rid of light AAA may be thinking "Oh shit!" right now. Looks like exactly the right sort of weapon for shooting down cheap little UAVs, especially if there's some sort of flechette or fragmentation round available. Nothing too expensive & fancy, mind you.
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All those armies which got rid of light AAA may be thinking "Oh shit!" right now. Looks like exactly the right sort of weapon for shooting down cheap little UAVs, especially if there's some sort of flechette or fragmentation round available. Nothing too expensive & fancy, mind you.
CLAWS would make an absolute mess...
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certainly some lateral thinking

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Not too pricey for shooting down dirt cheap commercial drones?

I'd like something that doesn't cost a thousand times as much per round than the targets.
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Not too pricey for shooting down dirt cheap commercial drones?

I'd like something that doesn't cost a thousand times as much per round than the targets.
funnily enough I worked on a private recoiless weapons project, one of our prposals way back in 2004 was to have recoiless shotguns mounted on UAVs to go out and kill other UAVs.

at the time we were told that UAVs would never hit that capability level.

maybe time to dust it off again
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Interesting. I think that control could be the biggest problem.
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Interesting. I think that control could be the biggest problem.
finesse in final handling on contact was always the biggest headache

hence also the reason why shotguns were then the most viable on board weapon due to area of effect issues

the alternative was to use strengthened radio controlled fixed wing models to ram (which is interesting when you look at recent german solutions of using raptors to grapple them down)
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Cheap and low-tech approach, The range on this thing may not be that great though.

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