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Reaper Question

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RAB

posted on Nov, 24 2015 @ 05:20 AM
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Hi Guys and girls,

A quick question about Reaper et al, Why no gun?

In my mind at least having a gun that can be tied to the target system makes some sense.

And not to put a fine point on it a few dozen 25mm round to kill a truck is cheaper than a couple of Hellfires at $160K a pop.

Just find it interesting that it never happened.

Best regards

RAB




posted on Nov, 24 2015 @ 06:09 AM
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They operate too high an altitude to effectively utilize a gun. They remain at higher altitudes so people on the ground can;'t hear their engines. A single impact with a large warhead at supersonic speed is far more effective than some spray of smaller calibre rounds. When talking about "Drones" its about stealthily dispatching the "enemy".



posted on Nov, 24 2015 @ 06:25 AM
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Guns are pretty hard on an airframe when they fire. A fairly large airframe like an F-15 or F-16 has enough weight and airframe strength behind it that they can absorb the vibration. A UAV is light weight and fairly fragile.

It also has to deal with making a strafing run. It would be exceedingly easy for a UAV operator to fly into the ground. They aren't able to get the external cues the way a manned aircraft pilot can.



posted on Nov, 24 2015 @ 06:26 AM
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Also firing rounds of ammo causes the body of the craft to shake possibly making the rounds hit other unwanted targets.



posted on Nov, 24 2015 @ 12:28 PM
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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: RAB

They operate too high an altitude to effectively utilize a gun. They remain at higher altitudes so people on the ground can;'t hear their engines. A single impact with a large warhead at supersonic speed is far more effective than some spray of smaller calibre rounds. When talking about "Drones" its about stealthily dispatching the "enemy".


bingo.



posted on Nov, 24 2015 @ 12:38 PM
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a reply to: MAVERICKANDGOOSE

Welcome to ATS…



posted on Nov, 24 2015 @ 04:14 PM
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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: MAVERICKANDGOOSE

Welcome to ATS…


Thanks dude. I've spent a little bit of time around the A, B and C models and you're absolutely right in your assessment.



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