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The Military Is Replacing Humans with Giant Drone Surge

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posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 09:30 PM
I'm no expert but I would expect if the Drone ever dropped comms it would automatically fly back to base via GPS or other ?

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 09:35 PM

Originally posted by THE_PROFESSIONAL
Read the book "wired for war."

It just makes more economic sens to use robots: Robots don't have to get paid, don't need food, don't need medical, salary etc..

I guess if you really loved the USA, you can fight to defend it for free.

I totally agree!! In fact, I feel the same way about many jobs, and am glad that robots are becoming more and more integrated in our lives...

no more long lines at the bank- go to ATM, internet or automated system

no more long check-out lines in the stores- self-scan check you out

no more waiting forever on hold for lots of customer service- the automated system can pay your bills, answer FAQ's, even fix your cable when its messed up!

Again, I agree with you because robots do not have to be paid, take time off, or 'go ask their supervisor'.

I welcome it.

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 09:35 PM

Originally posted by rebellender
.they are not just trying to cut a human out of a job and leave heart, bravery and decision out of the picture.

Really? You sure about that?

[color=limegreen]Whats Next? Robot Soldiers?

You guessed it!
All you Area 51 watchers had better be on the lookout. No more worrying about outsmarting those underpaid Camo Dudes...

[color=limegreen]Robots Now Guarding Nevada Nuke Site

Citizens of Nevada, you can now relax. The Nevada National Security Site, home to tens of millions of cubic feet of low-level radioactive waste — and location of over a thousand Cold War nuclear weapons tests — is now being guarded by robots. The first of a planned trio of Mobile Detection Assessment Response Systems, or MDARS, is currently patrolling some of the more remote sections of the 1,360 square mile facility.

The camera-equipped MDARS can scoot around pre-determined paths on its own, alerting flesh-and-blood guards when it encounters an intruder or a broken lock. In development by the Navy and General Dynamics since the early 1990s, the diesel-fueled sentry bot can operate for up to 16 hours, and reach a top speed of 20 mph. The U.S. military has experimented with using the MDARS machines to patrol some of its Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. The bots have even been tested with automatic weapons — though I doubt that’s the plan at the nuke site.

Robots Now Guarding Nevada Nuke Site

24 More Armed Robot Sentries for Base Patrol

Since 2004, a series of robotic security guards have been roaming the perimeter of the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada — part of a pilot program, to see if unmanned systems can help maintain security at military installations. After 8,000 hours on patrol, the Army has been impressed, apparently. The service is ordering up to 24 more of the "Mobile Detection and Assessment and Response System," or MDARS, at a cost of $40 million.

The diesel-powered robots, in development since 1989, operate "at speeds up to 20 miles per hour and can run for 16 hours without refueling," according to its manufacturer, General Dyanmics. "Using radio frequency identification tags, MDARS keeps track of inventory, as well as gates, locks and other barriers."

Next-gen models could include "improved response speed of at least 30 mph… intruder detection while MDARS is moving, and intruder detection out to 1500 meters," as opposed to 300 meters, today.

The machines could also be armed. MDARS has been tested with automatic rifles and non-lethal weapons. And General Dynamics is boasting that they new versions will have "non-lethal weapons with an engagement range of at least 30 meters."

24 More Armed Robot Sentries for Base Patrol

edit on 26-1-2012 by zorgon because: Gremlins did it :shk:

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 09:41 PM
Robot + Super Gun = ‘Crowd Control’

What do you do with a robot armed with a million-round-per-minute gun? "Crowd control," naturally. For several months, Metal Storm, the troubled electronic gun developer, has been working with iRobot — the makers of military machines and cute, semi-autonomous vacuum cleaners — to arm some of their new, 250-pound unmanned ground vehicles. Last week, at a defense trade show, the two firms showed off the results of their joint venture.

Metal Storm’s weapons fire bullets electronically, instead of with firing pins and primer. The ammunition is stacked, rather than mechanically reloaded. And the only moving parts in the weapon are the ammunition itself. Which means the weapon can fire at a rate of thousands of rounds per minute — maybe even up to a million, theoretically.

Metal Storm’s 40mm weapons mount, the company tells us, can deliver both high-explosive and less-lethal rounds. Which makes it perfect for everything from urban assaults to "border patrol" to "infrastructure protection" to "crowd control."

Robot + Super Gun = ‘Crowd Control’

Armed Robots Pushed to Police

Armed robots — similar to the ones now on patrol in Iraq — are being marketed to domestic police forces, according to the machines’ manufacturer and law enforcement officers. None of the gun-toting ‘bots appear to have been deployed domestically, yet. Both cops and company officials say it’s only a matter of time, however.

"Other than some R&D with the shotgun mount, we haven’t used it operationally," Massachusetts State Police Trooper Mike Rogowski tells DANGER ROOM. "But they’re on the way. They’re coming,"

Foster-Miller, maker of the armed SWORDS robot for military use, is also actively promoting a similar model to domestic, civilian police forces. The Talon SWAT/MP is a "robot specifically equipped for scenarios
frequently encountered by police SWAT [special weapon and tactics] units and MPs [military police]," a company fact sheet announces. It "can be configured with the following equipment:

• Multi-shot TASER electronic control device with laser-dot aiming.
• Loudspeaker and audio receiver for negotiations.
• Night vision and thermal cameras.
• Choice of weapons for lethal or less-than-lethal responses
– 40 mm grenade launcher – 2 rounds
– 12-gage shotgun – 5 rounds
– FN303 less-lethal launcher – 15 rounds.

Armed Robots Pushed to Police

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posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 09:43 PM
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This is a real occurrance happening....the human soldier/sentry (who can get wounded or killed) is being slowly phased out....we will have to integrate with the machine until the machine no longer needs us.

remember the soldiers in AVATAR, where the human marines got in an armored shell and had to integrate with the robot???

edit on 26-1-2012 by ButterCookie because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 09:51 PM

Originally posted by ButterCookie
I welcome it.

Until its YOUR job that is replaced by that robot...

If we leave it up to the Japanese soon we won't need women anymore either

They don't eat, they don't rob your wallet and they don't argue... well mostly
At least they have an OFF switch

And you know how everyone thinks of Silicon Lifeforms as made of rock? Well you forget that silicon is what makes our skin resilient..

THIS is a silicon life form... a Real Doll that runs around $6,000.00

Can't show the rest
but combine that with those mechanisms and voila!

I figure maybe 10 years tops and women will have serious competition

edit on 26-1-2012 by zorgon because: I didn't do it... it was Pancho Villa

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 09:56 PM

The Navy's new drone being tested near Chesapeake Bay stretches the boundaries of technology: It's designed to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, one of aviation's most difficult maneuvers. What's even more remarkable is that it will do that not only without a pilot in the cockpit, but without a pilot at all. The X-47B marks a paradigm shift in warfare, one that is likely to have far-reaching consequences. With the drone's ability to be flown autonomously by onboard computers, it could usher in an era when death and destruction can be dealt by machines operating semi-independently.


posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 09:57 PM
reply to post by zorgon


Well, this just means humans are gonna have to step it up...become very proficient



posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 10:09 PM
reply to post by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi

Su-34. Now that is a sexy piece of hardware

no sport, its just a double ended dildo

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 10:13 PM
reply to post by iforget

Ah yes the X-47 I kinda like that one... they gave it a catchy name

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 10:18 PM
Boeing Testing Drone Swarming Tech

It’s been quite a week for UAV related news; we found out that the Navy will replace its big EP-3 Aries SIGINT planes with drones around 2020, then the Air Force announced that a midair collision occurred between a C-130 and a drone in Afghanistan and the Navy is arming its Fire Scout drone choppers. Now, Boeing is experimenting with a concept of drone warfare that’s been around for a while; swarming.

Basically, you throw a ton of drones at an enemy and through sheer numbers overwhelm any defenses.

Last month, the Chicago-based defense giant flew two Insitu Scan Eagle UAVs and a Procerus Unicorn from The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory over Oregon and had them talk to each other autonomously. A key ability for remotely piloted aircraft to have if they are to attack targets together.

Many see swarm tech as the key for overwhelming modern air defense systems. Who knows, maybe someday in the not too distant future hundreds of relatively cheap but lethal drones will seriously reduce the role played by the F-22s, F-35s, J-20s and PAK FAs of the world.

From a Boeing announcement:

Swarm technology is similar to how insects communicate and perform tasks as an intelligent group. The UAVs worked together to search the test area through self-generating waypoints and terrain mapping, while simultaneously sending information to teams on the ground. A broader demonstration is planned for the end of September.

“This is a milestone in UAV flight,” said Gabriel Santander, Boeing Advanced Autonomous Networks program director and team leader. “The test team proved that these unmanned aircraft can collect and use data while communicating with each other to support a unified mission. This swarm technology may one day be used for search-and-rescue missions or identifying enemy threats ahead of ground patrols.”

edit on 26-1-2012 by zorgon because: ATS Bugs lots and lots of bugs

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 10:30 PM
In a few years the leaders of this country and their buddies will have the technology to stage wars without soldiers and won't need us regular people anymore. They can allow us to consume untested toxins in our foods and meds till we all die off. With their nuclear power and a small drone army they will be able to defend themselves from the security of their own homes. This is not a serious comment but it would make a good movie

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 10:34 PM
reply to post by zorgon
That off switch will be the first thing to fail.

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 10:49 PM

Originally posted by rickymouse
That off switch will be the first thing to fail.

That reminds me of this one.

I guess there are always disadvantages to everything

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 11:06 PM
The drones will be used to enforce civilian NWO acceptance and behavior. It has nothing to do with their illegal false wars they operate.

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 11:35 PM
As a former member of the Armed Forces, I say bring on the drones. Our next enemy may be so advanced that our planes are going to need to pull some serious G's; so high in fact a human pilot would not have a chance in a fight. Drones can aslo be used in a Nuclear/Biological/Chemical environment where humans could not.

posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 11:47 PM

Originally posted by govspy911
As a former member of the Armed Forces, I say bring on the drones.

Thanks for your service!

Now can you guarantee us that the drones WON'T be turned on the populace if someone feels the need? Like when they shot the students at Kent State?

A military pilot is not likely to turn on his own people (some cops I am not to sure about) but the drones only have commands, no judgement. A simple command to quell a riot some where or some pimple faced kid at a joy stick who just got dumped by his girlfriend and had his dog run over by a car...

Or those Annonymous hackers that are already accessing the drones and drone control at Indian Springs

posted on Jan, 27 2012 @ 12:12 AM

Originally posted by THE_PROFESSIONAL
reply to post by PhoenixOD

Watch when they replace the entire airforce with drones and then fighter pilots come and shoot the drones down like the Russian Mig shot down the Georgian drone..

The Georgian Drone that was shot down...wasn't that just a piece of crap pusher prop reconnaissance remote control plane?

Not a turbine powered stealth Drone with any jamming/weapon capability?

posted on Jan, 27 2012 @ 12:20 AM
reply to post by mazzroth

So soon we might be able to get our own plane that flies it's self. just jump in and take off for anywhere and the plane does it all.Very nice.

posted on Jan, 27 2012 @ 12:30 AM
these drones are a very big threat, time to invest in more anti aerial weapons and hacking technology

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