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September 05, 2006

Robotic, Heavily Armed UAV Frisbees of Death

Now here's a frisbee game I like. Ultimate Freath.

The Air Force recently tapped Triton Systems, out of Chelmsford, Mass, to develop [a] "Modular Disc-Wing Urban Cruise Munition."

"The 3-D maneuverability of the Frisbee-UAV [unammned aerial vehicle] will provide revolutionary tactical access and lethality against hostiles hiding in upper story locations and/or defiladed behind obstacles," the company promises.

The circular drones will be lanuched "from munitions dispensers or by means of a simple mechanism similar to a shotgun target (skeet) launcher," Triton adds. Once in the air, they'll be tele-operated by soldiers on the ground. Or, if needed, the fightin' frisbees will pilot themselves as they hunt for guerrillas.

Once they catch up to the baddies, the drones will use a series of armor-piercing explosives, shooting jets of molten metal, to eliminate their targets. And these MEFP [Multiple Explosively Formed Penetrator] "warheads will be controllable so as to provide a single large fragment (bunker-buster) or tailorable pattern of smaller fragments (unprotected infantry or light utility vehicles)." The decision of
whether to go bunker-buster or infantry-annihilator mode can either be determined by the drones' human operators, "or autonomous target classification routine built into the UAV."

Bonus: This is one of the few weapons systems for which potsmoking will not only be permitted, but actively encouraged.

Link Fixed. Sorry. I had the wrong link saved because I'm working on a really harebrained idea to get myself a good computer at heavily discounted Ace of Spades Lifestyle (TM) prices.

I'm offering adspace for a price break. How Kathy Griffin is that?

People are reacting as if I just offered to replace their eyes with cats-eye marbles.


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