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The 'Poo Hunt': In an unconventional war, creative use of air power
BY: David Wood, Newhouse.com*
Well before dawn one night in January, several dozen U.S. troops were creeping into position around an insurgent stronghold outside Baghdad when the commander's radio crackled to life: Four Iraqi men were escaping from a house several doors down, carrying weapons. The urgent voice on the radio gave the grid coordinates and a curt message: "I'm watching these guys."
That was the pilot of an F-16 streaking in a whisper thousands of feet overhead. Through his infrared targeting system, he could see the insurgents clearly. And he could talk directly to soldiers on the ground: Go down the block, turn right, 50 meters ahead of you ....
Originally posted by Netchicken
I wonder if the increasing numbers of UAV's will bring the costs down, cheap to make, fly and lose.