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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

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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:
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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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