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Low-tech might trump High-tech

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posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 12:45 PM
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The Western World absolutely has the coolest and most high-tech weaponry, and it just gets better and better.

One problem: How does a satellite-guided cruise missile lock onto a little rubber suicide-bomber raft in the pitch of darkness? How does a multi-million dollar helicopter that is capable of tracking and attacking 64 independent targets avoid dumb-fire RPGs?

There is something that has to be said for low-tech weaponry - sometimes the dumbest equipment is the kind that is hardest to fight.




posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 01:09 PM
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No single weapon can counter every type of attack, thats why they work in teams. That helicopter flying low is usually doing so in support of ground troops, who are all too adept at killing people wielding RPG's.

And as far as that raft is concerned, look at any US warship very closely next time you see it. You will see many .20-.50 caliber machine gun stations about, manned 24/7 I might add after the Cole incident.

But lets not forget a few facts here:

For the types of fights that these systems were designed for, they are amazingly capable, if not the very best. And as the nature of war changes, old systems will adapt and new ones will be created. As a nation, the USA has little to worry about from a single guy holding an RPG or a raft of terrorists 5000 miles from mainland USA, these are only threats to certain military assets under certain situations.

And that helicopter and cruise missile are VERY effective killing the RPG mans boss and any organized support he may have. And thats more important.



posted on Apr, 29 2006 @ 08:51 PM
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That's true from different perspectives but a nuke is a advance weapons. One side with a nuke, other side have a hundred thousand soldiers armed with Ak-47. Who will win??



posted on Apr, 29 2006 @ 09:20 PM
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Originally posted by Ralph_The_Wonder_Llama
One problem: How does a satellite-guided cruise missile lock onto a little rubber suicide-bomber raft in the pitch of darkness?


It doesnt. Cruise missiles are made for an entirely different task. There are other weapons that can take care single boat.


How does a multi-million dollar helicopter that is capable of tracking and attacking 64 independent targets avoid dumb-fire RPGs?


It avoids them by not exposing itself to them. For example the over 15 hours of Littlebird fire support given during Operation Gothic Serpent without losing a single helicopter prove that with the right combination of height, distance and speed you are more or less safe from ground fire.


There is something that has to be said for low-tech weaponry - sometimes the dumbest equipment is the kind that is hardest to fight.


Yes, but that is not a feature of "low tech weapons", but rather evidence that every piece of technology has its downfalls, restrictions and tradeins, and that you can never plan everything ahead.




[edit on 29/4/2006 by Lonestar24]



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