posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 08:54 AM
The F-16's, while technically a drone, are outfitted to be targets for air to air engagements. They are not weapons at all anymore. Just expensive
targets. Could they be used as a weapon? Of course but the cost to make it such would not be worth it.
There seems to be efforts here to deflect the possibility of the F-16s to be used as drone fighters/bombers. Why try to whitewash what is or can be
the obvious? The concepts of drone fighters/bombers has been around for a long time. This "target drone" announcement is pure PR, breaking the
way for future enlightenments even if they will be use in that way.
As far as expensive to convert...? Hardly ever has the military looked at a promising situation in that manner. Still, the cost of training and
maintaining a pilot is far more expensive than equipping a vintage plane into being a robot. The concept of kamikaze warfare has now reached a new
level. Deal with it.
What effort? Just pointing out the facts. The USAF needs hard targets to shoot at once in a while. They've pretty much burned through all the flyable
If we ran out of guided munitions, cruise missiles, armed drones, etc, etc. Then I could see using these target drones as weapons. But they would not
be as effective as you may think. And if we have to start using these things as weapons, then you know that the # has really hit the fan and the U.S.
I could see these as being used in electronic warfare. Send up a flight to cross someones border and while they are reacting to that, the B2, F22 and
F35's could be crossing somewhere else. It would make a great diversionary tactic without to much risk.