“I’ve been told American drone strikes are “surgical” while attending Aspen Ideas Festival panels, interviewing delegates at the Democratic National Convention”
YEP, good place to get info…
Been reading your posts, you got a good routine that will play well down here in some bars in S Texas, always lookin for a really funny stand up comic.
We got chit that can shoot missiles not just thru the window of some bad guys car, but put it in his ear…hell he won’t hear for a week after that.
- “Then there is the fact that the movement shown on a drone pilot’s video screen has over the years been seconds behind what the drone sees – a delay caused by the time it takes to bounce a signal off a satellite in space. This problem, called ‘latency,’ has long bedeviled drone pilots, making it difficult to hit a moving target.”*
Lets see we are pinging an object at about 23,000 miles and back, signals at 186,283 mph, takes ohhh about .25 of a sec rd trip, then the distance to target, hum, wonder if I can hit that. Lets see, laser the target, laser it again, get its rate of speed input the .25…YOU THINK?
In Vietnam I called in Arty, so I got an Artillery battery several miles away from me and further from the bad guys, it goes something like this:
Redleg 36: this Inlaid Speeder 36 over
Redleg 36: fire mission, platoon sized element setting up mortars on berm in rice paddy, coord xyz over need spotter round, HE 1 rd
Speeder 36: roger, confirm, shot out, over
Redleg 36: roger confirm shot out
Redleg 36: UP 1350, RIGHT 750 battery of 6 HE fire for effect
Redleg 36: Thanks guys, will send patrol to establish KIA count, have a great night, out here.*
I can take US Artry the most accurate in the world and from a remote location with nothing but a map and a pair of binos, 1 spotter rd and I drop mean in their pockets and I do it all in a matter of minutes in the pouring rain, wind blowing, temp diffs and ALL that has to be calculated and is done so in a min or two. What we did then, they do today with computers, lasers and in split seconds.
Target acquisition is not the problem, but rather its knowing exactly what the target is. Do civilians get waxed in the process? Sure they do, that is why they call it war, its hell, but no one on the face of this planet is more concerned than we are about doing unneeded damage to person, place or thing. Wanna whine about unneeded damage, start somewhere else, like with the bad guys, they don’t play by rules, we do!
Inlaid Speeder 36 was my call sign in Vietnam