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    for combat flight?

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070715/D8QD61V80.html

    I guess we can dogfight other bots. If anyone can get something into the air?
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    Good-bye Top Gun, heh heh:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MQ-9_Reaper
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    Anyone else notice that the predator pilot in the picutre was a woman? I would love to be married to a chick that, when she got home and I asked her, "Hey babe, kill any bad guys at work today?", could answer, "Yep."

    My current wife hardly ever kills anyone at work these days.

    --Outlaw.
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    Bye bye Maverick (won't need the joystick babes either---the future is autonomous)

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    Originally posted by WhtBoy:
    Anyone else notice that the predator pilot in the picutre was a woman? I would love to be married to a chick that, when she got home and I asked her, "Hey babe, kill any bad guys at work today?", could answer, "Yep."

    My current wife hardly ever kills anyone at work these days.

    --Outlaw.
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    the END began when they introduced the side-mounted stick on cockpits BE SURE!
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    The future is no where near autonomous yet, those things crash 100 times more often than manned or remotely piloted aircraft.

    Secondly they're going to be ******ed in any quick thinking situation for the next 50 years.

    Then also...one word....Hacker.

    Imagine how pzwned any airforce would be if it relied on autonomous or remotely operated UAVs, which have no REAL autonomy or independence like a manned arcraft...If it got hacked.

    In this world of electronic warfare, machines that are still directly operated by humans indpendant of any possible hacking by 3rd parties will still have their place.

    This whole UAV is the future thing is a stupid idea, its much like the idea of turret fighters in WWII. Great on paper, but will get owned in any real war.

    Any country could pretty much own a first world heavily electronic military, if it put its resources to training legions of hackers and electronic warfare specialists. If a big war ever breaks out, people will be relying on radios and enigma machines again.

    There is also a new G suit being developed in Switzerland, which allows a pilot to pull 13Gs.
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    Originally posted by waffen-79:
    the END began when they introduced the side-mounted stick on cockpits BE SURE!
    A truer word was never spoken!
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    And also, Im betting we'll be able to modify human bodies to take more than 13gs, before UAVs make manned vehicles obsolete.
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    What will make UAVs indispensible will be the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The West has clearly demonstrated its refusal to accept casualties without a huge political price---a price no government will likely be willing to pay again. The Army is busily working on robotics. The Navy loves the UAV bomber because it solves the problem of the carrier-borne strike aircraft since WWII---a range of little more than 200 miles from the carrier---tops. The naval UAV bomber promises to give the carriers a strategic reach. The UAV is here to stay for a number of reasons. Probably the biggest will be: no more Hanoi Hiltons and U.S. policy held hostage to captured airmen.
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