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Wednesday — Fire for Effect

by paisley on September 3, 2008

“I dont care which tanker wins, I just need a new tanker.“
At last: A robotic tuna fleet for the Navy
Sweetman: Making sense of the next gen bomber
Italian sportscars warships
British badasses just massacring terrorists in Iraq

Via Ares: Stanford’s robotic whirlybird

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Foreign.Boy September 3, 2008 at 6:27 pm

I was just thinking. With so much V22 Osprey coverage, why do something that is Osprey vs. “compound helicopter” like the X-49 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piasecki_X-49)


Andre September 3, 2008 at 7:04 pm

It is amazing how far robotic technology has come.
The interesting thing to note is that it takes years for a human to become this proficient.
Once a robot has learned how to control a vehicle, it takes what seems like infinitely less time for another robot to adopt the same skills.


Tim September 3, 2008 at 8:48 pm

“American first guy”
puh-leeze. Can you say “non-native speaker” ?


Noncom September 3, 2008 at 11:19 pm

From the link: “The SAS is part of a highly secretive unit called ‘Task Force Black’ which also includes Delta Force”
That has to be the ultimate kick-ass group. I can imagine there are some truly incredible stories we’ll never hear resulting from the combined SAS and Delta Force missions. Brave men.


pjk September 4, 2008 at 11:49 am

Nice, but “taking terrorists off the street” is in other contexts known as a “death squad” (see: El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, subsequent social/political/legal system disasters thereof). also, ya think these guys and their flawless Arabic/cultural knowledge are 100% accurate when they pick a target?
The price of freedom!! yay! kill ‘em all, etc.


John September 5, 2008 at 10:53 pm

pjk: to answer your question, no one is 100% accurate. Not in war. And especially not in an urban war.
‘Kill em all?’ Terrorists — hell yes. Civilians, hell no. And yes, there is a difference.
Though nice thing about being a member of the civilized west is that we at least make the effort to keep it above the belt.
The other guys? Forgeddaboutit.


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