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Usaf Wants Killer Drones Asap

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Old February 3rd, 2005   #1
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Air Force leaders want a new squadron of killer drones, and soon. So the generals are ready to spend $161 million to get the new robots and their weapons right away.
According to an Air Force document obtained by Defense Tech, the service is taking millions out of its maintennance budget for this fiscal year, and putting the money instead into 15 new Predator MQ-1 unmanned planes. The added cash will allow production of the drones to rise from one and a half to two planes a month.

$7.7 million will be used to fuel the integration of the laser-strike Viper Strike munition into the drones. Another $14.4 million wil buy 140 Hellfire missiles; those are the weapons that a Predator used back in November, 2002 to take out a group of Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen.

Since then, there hasn't been much talk about armed Predators on killing missions. But with the Iraqi insurgency dragging on, this new, hurried-up purchase could be a sign that the Air Force is looking to revive the drone's deadliest role.


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These are very good system to track down terrorrists and for spying.It will do alot beside the normal fighters and helicopters in Iraq.
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Yeah unmanned planes could be deadly caz there is no person sitting in it and its speed could be increased after introducing new technologies other countries must also do someting to overcome these kinds of threats from the enemies
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time and again, the insurgents manage to shot down several UAV. it's not the system can't be shot at, it's just much more expendable
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Its better then a Helicopter which costs more and still un-safe. There are different varities of UAVs. The larger ones like Predator are very effective for kills and can't be easily shot down.

Also the new Global Hawk is a very good SPY at high altitudes.
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Predator's are very efficient, when you compare the number (and effectiveness) of the missions performed, compared to the number shot down. They are slow, but they are small.

They fly too high (generally) to be shot down by small arms and yet are too small to be shot down by higher level AAA, MANPADS or SAM's. They are very good (for the goodies) but very bad (for the baddies) as they can carry a weapon (normally 2) with the same power as that of a dedicated strike aircraft or attack helo (ie: Hellfire)...

I hope Australia acquires a similar capability SOON...
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