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April 07, 2005

WarPorn Orgy

Noah from DefenseTech just blitzed me with updates. So many of them are good. Here's a few.

It's a scrapped program, but from 1992-1998 the Pentagon was developing a man-portable (i.e., backpack) flying saucer -- I mean, Unmanned Aerial Reconaissance vehicle -- for the troops. We'll see it one day, I'm sure. I'm told they also gave up on Tang their first six tries.

Whoops. They may have already succeeded. The tiniest little recon drone you ever did see. Awwww... so cute!

Fans of Aliens will be happy to see this grenade-launching robot drone. They even made it look mean:

As the Kill-O-Zap blaster's designers said (quoting from memory here; please excuse loose shit): "Make it look mean. Make it ugly. Make it very clear that there is a right side of this gun and a wrong side of this gun, and if you're on the wrong side, things are going badly for you."

If things are looking better in Iraq, it's not just due to the elections or an improved political climate. It's also due to changed tactics.

Star Trek fans will be happy to know that someone out there is working on computerized language translators.

And finally, the "Laser Hummer" makes its debut in Iraq. "ZEUS" is a 10kw solid-state laser (nope, no idea on what any of that means myself) used previously in Afghanistan for exploding ordinance and mines at a distance. Hope our Iraqi boys get some good use out of it, too.

BTW, I was offered a "Laser Hummer" in Tijuana one time, but I don't think the girl who offered was in the armed forces. Seemed kind of young.

Also, I think the Army has a prerequisite involving a minimum number of teeth.

Oliver Twist Asks For WarPorn, Please! Update: TKS links to Japanese attempts at "scout walker" technology, also known as AT-ST's.

You know-- the chicken walkers from Return of the Jedi.

He also links to a previous post of mine. Shockingly enough, I think I'll relink it myself. What if the Nazis got their hands on an Imperial Walker?

It's one of those nagging questions of history that only geektards like myself bother asking.

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