posted on Nov, 17 2004 @ 04:30 PM
UAV's are really coming of age and the Iraqi theater of operations is serving as the field test lab for their development; learning what works, what
doesn't and what as yet untried concepts would best serve the troops, commanders and battle planners.
There are several UAV's currently being used in Iraq, some (but not all) that come to mind are the Pioneer, Desert Hawk, Shadow, the BAE Phoenix and
the Predator... Those of you who know or have time to scour the internet feel free to add more to the list.
By reading some of these posts there seem to be a few questions - I can try to answer those to the best of my ability but it may not be totally
accurate as I am primarily familiar with the Predators.
1. How visible are the UAV's?
Most UAV's in the Iraqi theater of operations are relatively small aircraft and yes, they are visible. Some of the slower, louder prop driven craft
make excellent target practice for the enemy combatants, while some of the more sophisticated ones such as Predators operate above 20,000 ft. and are
not that obvious to eyes and ears on the ground.
2. Do any have a gatlin gun?
I know of no UAV's with gatling guns on them. If any of you do feel free to post your info.
"...hopely it has very good optics and stuff to remove civililian casualtys, still saves lot of bombs to shoot something living instead empty shags
This gives nice superiority on land but urban areas those guerilla fighters might learn to avoid em, unless drones fly like 10km high totally
Optics: Depending which UAV you're talking about, some have very good optics on them, good enough to not only see that the individual
combatants are armed, but what they are armed with. For instance on a Predator the video unit is a Versatron Skyball electro-optical/infrared sensor
with digital zoom (really sweet) and can give variable contrasts as well as "white hot - black hot" imaging.
Avioding UAV's: Yes, avoiding UAV's is something that would be good for the health of enemy combatants. The problem with avoidance is that at
some point in time the combatant must be mobile, and the loiter time for most UAV's is rather long - Predators for instance can hang around for over
Also consider that the sounds of war tend to drown out the muffled buzz of a rotax powered propeller craft plus one must consider that at any
given moment there may be numerous units looking down on an area of interest - especially at night when the enemy cannot see what's lurking about and
staring down at them.
Intelgurl "has taken a leave of absence."
Yes, but I'm back for a few weeks until I have to go back out west...