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20-ton attack drone under development in Russia
NBC News ^ | 10/7/2013 | Denise Chow LiveScience

Posted on 10/08/2013 6:06:58 AM PDT by jmcenanly

Russia is developing a new 20-ton attack drone that may be used to carry out strikes on stationary and moving targets over land and sea, according to news reports.

Sukhoi, a Russian aircraft manufacturer, is building the massive drone, whose prototype could be ready by 2018, reported Pravda, a political Russian newspaper based in Moscow. The specific capabilities of the new vehicles have not been discussed publicly, but are expected to rival similar American attack drones.

The developments signal Russia's commitment to establishing a strong drone program, Russian officials said.

"From the point of view of theory, engineering and design ideas, we are not in the last place in the world," Vladimir Anokhin, vice president of the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Issues, told Pravda in this translated quote.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: drone

1 posted on 10/08/2013 6:06:58 AM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: jmcenanly

they’re cloning Helen Thomas??


2 posted on 10/08/2013 6:11:18 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Either her or Ethel Merman.


3 posted on 10/08/2013 6:11:53 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: jmcenanly
we are not in the last place in the world," Vladimir Anokhin, vice president of the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Issues

Close but no banana vlad ... lol.

4 posted on 10/08/2013 6:14:07 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: jmcenanly

A remote piloted version or semi-autonomous version of the TA-50.
Didn’t we build that option into the F-35?


5 posted on 10/08/2013 6:19:07 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: jmcenanly
Today's USSR...a Fourth World nation with oil,natural gas and thousands of nukes.My God do I wish that Hitler *and* Stalin had been crushed during WWII.
6 posted on 10/08/2013 6:21:04 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: no-to-illegals

Yeah, those stooped no talent Russians. They won’t ever catch up.


7 posted on 10/08/2013 6:24:23 AM PDT by IDFbunny
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To: jmcenanly

Did they remember it has to fly?


8 posted on 10/08/2013 6:26:29 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: jmcenanly; All

(Perhaps Russia should shoot for a 21-ton droner...20 just isn’t enough for targets)


9 posted on 10/08/2013 6:33:55 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

Kill moose and squirrel......


10 posted on 10/08/2013 6:39:25 AM PDT by slapshot ("Were not gonna take it anymore" Twisted Sister)
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To: jmcenanly

In WW2, strategic bombing (at least in Europe) was a failure because the damage caused by the bombs was much less than the cost in labor, material and lives of those carrying out the strike.

Likely the same here, short of nuclear weapons.


11 posted on 10/08/2013 6:43:08 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: cicero2k

The european WW2 strat bombing campaign was not a success in a direct sense. But it was vital in making the Luftwaffe come out and fight. We decimated them.


12 posted on 10/08/2013 6:47:40 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: jmcenanly
oh, yeah? Well we have this...


13 posted on 10/08/2013 6:49:08 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: central_va

No, we did worse to them than decimate them. In fact we did the opposite of decimate them, only about one in ten of them finished the war alive.


14 posted on 10/08/2013 7:01:54 AM PDT by OKSooner (What's the NCAA gonna do, suspend OSU from the first half of its first game next season?)
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To: OKSooner

Think of a 20 ton drone, immune from grenade and rockets, can maneuver over rough terrain, is armed to the teeth, cannot be breached and it just entered your town looking to kick some serious Muzzies butt.

And when it is finished, it can move to a shoreline, go into the ocean and swim out to its mother ship.

Now picture 20 of these things being offloaded by a ship offshore and landing in, let’s say for arguments sake, Somalia.


15 posted on 10/08/2013 7:59:57 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Been done.

16 posted on 10/08/2013 8:16:58 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: corkoman

Is that Gigantor the space aged robot?


17 posted on 10/08/2013 9:10:33 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: jmcenanly

“reported Pravda, a political Russian newspaper based in Moscow.”

Anyone who would call Pravda a “political newspaper” either never read it or is a liar. Pravda is Russia’s answer to the Weekly World News and has been for a number of years.

Bigfoot’s Descendants Live Among Humans for Over 100 Years
http://english.pravda.ru/science/mysteries/06-04-2010/112878-bigfoot-0/

‘Bird-boy’ found in Russia
http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/27-02-2008/104245-birdboy-0/

Grigory Rasputin predicted end of the world on August 23, 2013
ttp://english.pravda.ru/news/society/23-08-2013/125480-rasputin_end_of_the_world-0/

Young cannibal kills and eats 11 people to impress his girlfriend
http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/crimes/14-12-2012/123186-cannibal-0/


18 posted on 10/08/2013 10:34:33 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

“Pravda’ is the Russian equivalent of those tabloids you see at the supermarket checkout.


19 posted on 10/08/2013 10:48:26 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

He’s at your command.


20 posted on 10/08/2013 11:04:55 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: jmcenanly

“Truth” is quite the name for a tabloid.


21 posted on 10/08/2013 11:18:26 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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