posted on Feb, 11 2007 @ 11:46 PM
Even if we disregard all other types of countermeasures another thing to keep in mind is the time delay in the video feed, as I presume such a drone
would have to be optically guided. Anyway, even the RGM-109E has a time delay of several seconds (I think something like 9 seconds) because of the
antenna and data rely system it uses. As such, depending on what type of hardware the Iranians use you're looking at a pretty complicated feat. Speed
of the drone, speed/maneuverability and size of the vessel in question would all then become interesting questions.
Then we have the questions of how much endurance, range and payload would such a "drone" have? To be anything more than a nuisance (you can forget
about sinking a carrier, it simply cannot be done this way) it would have to carry a substantial payload. However that would limit it's endurance and
range, as well as impact kinematics. Personally I think the combat effectiveness of such a system against the USN is very poor, but in terms of news
coverage, whatever sells.
[edit on 11-2-2007 by WestPoint23]