posted on Feb, 14 2007 @ 07:26 AM
Originally posted by Rotoplooker
It seems that many of the UFO videos we see are probably some sort of flares designed to loiter and descend at a very slow rate.
even i would disagree - certainly a few % are missidentified flares
but what you have to remember is that militarties have rules N` regs for exercises with flares - and regs on where / when they can be used
ie - on a designeted test range / exercise area - during an ex .
dropping flares over a city woukd be potentialy grounds for a courts martial . [ negligenant behaviour ]
so only sightings in certain areas CAN be flares [ of a military origin ]
Why does the military test these?
Why so often?
few flare drops are tests - most are practice / crew training
pluss - like all umnitions flares have a shelf life - and must be " stock rotated "
end of life ordnance must be used or destroyed - destroying it is wastefull and pointless
so a few months before thier expery date they are released for training prurposes and used in exercises .
I would think that these are pretty much low technology and theres not much more to do in the way of R & D.
au-contraire , the principle of flares may be lo tech - but scientist strive to build brighter , longer burning flares that have longer shelf lives
and are safer in storage
all changes must be tested - to ensure that they actualy work as theorised .
What military value do these sort of flares have?
either illumination - ussualy in support of ground forces
or decoy - to spoof IR guided SAM and AAM missiles fired at the A/C