posted on Sep, 26 2013 @ 01:40 PM
reply to post by Rodinus
They've been on an anti-piracy campaign in the area for years. Predators, and other long endurance aircraft are perfect for that mission, as they
can stay in the air a lot longer than any manned aircraft currently can, unless they carry multiple crews on board.
You can put an armed, or unarmed Predator in the area, on an overwatch mission over a ship that you think might be at risk of being attacked, and have
it follow their transit of the area.
As for determining the mission, you can't determine if they are hostile or not, until they shoot. But if you have an air asset in the area, and you
see two aircraft take off, flying a fighter profile (even numbers of aircraft [2, 4, 6, flying in close formation], and they head directly towards
your asset, you can pretty safely assume that they're at least going to intercept and look it over. If you have an escort in the area, then the
escort can join up on the incoming fighters, and let them know that they are there, and even follow along with them to make sure they don't try to
shoot it down. Most pilots, knowing there is something there that can fight back, aren't going to take a shot in that situation, even if they were