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Death from above: Video of drones fitted with machine guns that could transform battlefield
Mail Online ^ | 4-23-2012 | Ted Thornhill

Posted on 04/25/2012 10:29:58 AM PDT by cowboybeebop

In the clip ‘FPSRussia’, whose Call of Duty videos and real-life weapon demonstrations have earned him a cult following, shows off a quadrotor – a mini helicopter with four rotors - outfitted with a machine gun.

The machine is controlled by a tablet computer and FPSRussia explains that a camera on front of the quadrotor gives him a ‘birds’ eye view’ of the target.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; technology; weapons
The future looks bright. I'm just kidding.
1 posted on 04/25/2012 10:30:02 AM PDT by cowboybeebop
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To: cowboybeebop

I love that guy’s videos.


2 posted on 04/25/2012 10:32:39 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: cowboybeebop
I want one!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNPJMk2fgJU

3 posted on 04/25/2012 10:40:00 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (You mean we have a choice between M.R. and B.O.?)
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To: cowboybeebop

Is this guy really from Russia or is he faking the accent?


4 posted on 04/25/2012 10:42:27 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Travis McGee
Over here.

Shades of "Foreign Enemies and Traitors"...

5 posted on 04/25/2012 10:51:19 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: cowboybeebop

That guy is a character. Now that’s what I call a RED-neck, pun intended, but without malice at this time. With his sense of humor, he seems like a good ole boy from the U. S.

I’ll admit, it did make me rather nervous to see him flying that thing pointed in his direction at times.


6 posted on 04/25/2012 10:54:41 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Okay, now lets see if the RNC, Rove, and Card can get him elected without their core base. Game on!)
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To: Travis McGee

Logical next step.


7 posted on 04/25/2012 10:56:01 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: cowboybeebop

Only a matter of time before that thing can fly itself ant target enemies without help.


8 posted on 04/25/2012 10:58:22 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: cowboybeebop

Looks fake to me. Cool idea, though.

A few months ago I read about the installation of .50-cal Barrett rifles on UAVs for long-distance precision shots. I don’t know if it ever got implemented.


9 posted on 04/25/2012 11:04:32 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Come now, it’s not that hard to build. Large quadrarotor, solenoid, remote control electronics, M16 minus stock & grip, done. Nothing fake looking about the video (explosions obviously from planted tannerite) or concept.


10 posted on 04/25/2012 11:07:49 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Future Snake Eater; Travis McGee
Total fake. Just zoomed in on the firearm portion. FAKE AS HELL. It's a short Ar-15 upper. No receiver, no area for the bolt, no place for feeding ammo, no linkage to any ammo at all. The only mount is a rail-mount that puts the device on the bottom of the 'rotor.

Look for yourself.


11 posted on 04/25/2012 11:09:05 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: ctdonath2

Check my photo, then stand behind this as real.


12 posted on 04/25/2012 11:09:55 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: cowboybeebop
Video of drones fitted with machine guns that could transform battlefield
How long before - Video of drones fitted with machine guns that could transform Tea Party meetings.
13 posted on 04/25/2012 11:10:29 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Lazamataz; ctdonath2; Travis McGee

That plus the instant takeoff capability, the choppy shadows, the slight shake of the copter that’s a hallmark of a not-quite-good-enough matchmover solution (though it is pretty good). I did notice the rotors swirling in the smoke at one point, so he may have had an actual copter there for some of the shots, or he just used a little smoke simulator and physics simulator action to fake it—I’m not sure which.

It’s clear from his intro graphic that this guy knows a thing or two about CG, and he’s applied it here for an entertaining video.


14 posted on 04/25/2012 11:15:41 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: oh8eleven

Most TP guys I know are a better shot at much greater distance. Myself included


15 posted on 04/25/2012 11:17:03 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Lazamataz; ctdonath2; Travis McGee

Oh, and the unrealistic muzzle flash was a dead giveaway, too.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 11:17:05 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: Lazamataz

It’s not even an upper, but a picatinny rail fore end some tubing and a flash hider.


17 posted on 04/25/2012 11:17:50 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Lazamataz

SKYNET.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 11:28:46 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: Lazamataz

Tragic, ‘cuz it’s so easy to make a real one.


19 posted on 04/25/2012 11:34:54 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Right. Should have noticed the lack of matching upper components. It’s a foregrip with rails, some barrel, and a flash supr.


20 posted on 04/25/2012 11:43:05 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: ctdonath2

It is tragic. It is tragic WE DO NOT HAVE THEM IN THE CIVILIAN WORLD. Perhaps we need them.


21 posted on 04/25/2012 11:46:53 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Lets make one.


22 posted on 04/25/2012 11:47:23 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: cowboybeebop
Hard to stop laughing!

I really, really hate to do this as what he does is often priceless. Yeah, it's fake and so is he.

He does many videos and most are quite real regarding the firearms. Occasionally they've been "augmented" with video effects. And, he's not really "Russian". It's a gimmick.

But this one takes it to a new level and it's hysterical that the DailyMail picked it up and reposted it as real.

This is as good as the time a Democrat politician thought Birdman's "HoMeBoy Night Sights" were real and tried to make a political/racial issue out of them.


23 posted on 04/25/2012 11:50:29 AM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: sjmjax
EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET IS REAL.

When will you ever learn?

24 posted on 04/25/2012 11:54:45 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: cowboybeebop

Practically speaking a UAV carrying a gun would need to use electrically fired or rocket cartridges, and be as recoil-less as possible. Perhaps using something like a rocket pod to fire .50 caliber rockets.


25 posted on 04/25/2012 11:57:22 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("It is already like a government job," he said, "but with goats." -- Iranian goat smuggler)
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To: Lazamataz

I’m old school, I’m working on an ornithopter carrying a .416 Rigby double.


26 posted on 04/25/2012 11:57:49 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: cowboybeebop; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; PhilDragoo; smoothsailing; Lady Jag; 50mm; BIGLOOK; All
Watch out for flying objects!

 



27 posted on 04/25/2012 12:04:52 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I’m all about mounting ballistas to pterodactyls.


28 posted on 04/25/2012 12:15:58 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: cowboybeebop

Of course the special exploding targets give if a nice touch too.


29 posted on 04/25/2012 12:16:54 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Lazamataz

I think a ptrebuchet is more alliterative.


30 posted on 04/25/2012 12:20:34 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: potlatch

Where’s the flying unicorn?


31 posted on 04/25/2012 12:21:42 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Lol, actually have an image intended for that but haven’t got to it yet!!


32 posted on 04/25/2012 12:25:54 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: potlatch

HA! That’s hilarious! :)


33 posted on 04/25/2012 12:45:30 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: ctdonath2
Tragic, ‘cuz it’s so easy to make a real one.

Hardly. I know someone who tried. He put a rifle sans stock onto an Xheli quadcopter and fired one round through it. If he'd thought about the physics a bit more, he might have predicted that it would spin in the air like a top and crash to the ground out of control. Which is exactly what it did. Quadcopters work because they're light and have little mass. When you discharge a weapon from an unanchored lightweight flying platform, the whole "equal and opposite reaction" thing kicks in, and your copter goes flying in the opposite direction. If your firarm isn't discharging in perfect alignment with your aircraft center of mass and direction of thrust, the off center discharge will cause the aircraft to spin on its centerline.

He didn't try it again.
34 posted on 04/25/2012 12:46:42 PM PDT by Arthalion
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To: Arthalion
"If your firarm isn't discharging in perfect alignment with your aircraft center of mass and direction of thrust, the off center discharge will cause the aircraft to spin on its centerline."

I suspect that software will quickly be developed that can/will compensate for the recoil. Seems like that should be fairly simple, given all the complexities that exist.

35 posted on 04/25/2012 1:08:03 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Arthalion

I would imagine there would be some twist from the
rifling too. Maybe a blow back action would cut some
of it and a smaller caliber like .22 would cut down
on the weight but still.
Perhaps a recoilless rocket or something like that.


36 posted on 04/25/2012 1:19:52 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Future Snake Eater
A few months ago I read about the installation of .50-cal Barrett rifles on UAVs for long-distance precision shots. I don’t know if it ever got implemented.

That's the application that I like. Covert precision fire would make a huge difference.

37 posted on 04/25/2012 1:21:55 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: Crawdad

Get’em while they’re hot.

http://data.cnbc.com/quotes/avav


39 posted on 04/25/2012 1:31:05 PM PDT by Crawdad
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
perhaps the 1970's era Gyrojet? ;-)
40 posted on 04/25/2012 3:54:48 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Interesting. I was unfamiliar with the gyrojets. But a lot of 1960s technology failed solely because they lacked more advanced materials. I imagine if a similar system was tried today it would likely have a lot more success.

I know that the XM-25 grenade launcher and rounds are pretty astounding in either offense or defense. Not a weapon I would want to go up against. Lots of rave reviews from Afghanistan. When I first heard of the 25mm grenade I was very skeptical, comparing them with the old classic 40mm which I was quite fond of.

Something like that mounted on a UAV, maybe even a larger round, could be a real nightmare against surface forces.


41 posted on 04/25/2012 5:18:22 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("It is already like a government job," he said, "but with goats." -- Iranian goat smuggler)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Three big problems with the Gyrojet:

1. It took a couple of feet to accelerate to speed, so a hand placed against the muzzle could stop a round.

2. Inaccurate at distance. Groups reported of 8 inches at 10 yards.

3. Expensive to produce ammunition.

It is possible that to-days technology could overcome these issues, but it is hard to beat conventional ammo.

Your idea of something like 25mm grenades launched from a UAV has promise.

42 posted on 04/25/2012 5:28:58 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: potlatch

Heh, heh! Love your graphics!


43 posted on 04/25/2012 8:57:46 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: smoothsailing

Hey, thanks Smoothsailing!


44 posted on 04/25/2012 9:27:29 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: Arthalion

But I’m sure he had a blast trying it.

I still think it’s very doable. Precision computer controlled motion stabilization has reached amazing heights, well within reach of the hobbyist. I’m sure a bunch of people are inspired to try it now, and we’ll see hyperventilating news stories about the results in a few months.


45 posted on 04/26/2012 5:38:07 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Lazamataz





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46 posted on 04/26/2012 9:23:10 PM PDT by devolve (---- --------what`s that in your pocket? $4000 less than in 2008----------)
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