Drones to target Taliban on both sides of border

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WASHINGTON: In a major strategy shift, the US military has moved away the focus of its drone strikes from Al Qaeda in Afghanistan to the Taliban on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border, the US media reported on Thursday.

To turn up the heat on the Taliban, the US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the region, is sending a dozen more drones to Afghanistan, according to the Los Angeles Times.

These include some currently used in Iraq and represent a 25 per cent increase in the Predator fleet in Afghanistan.

A preliminary review by the US military has concluded that the command in Afghanistan requires up to four times as many Predators as it currently has to beat the militants.
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect...arget-taliban-on-both-sides-of-border--szh-11
 
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I have always found it interesting that US Crab Force, demands qualified pilots 'Fly' the drones, yet US Army has that spotty faced kid just out of school the 'Gameboy' controlling theirs.
Maybe in my lifetime we have Uman Pilots just trash hauling and flying choppers, while all the dangerous work is done by Drones.
john
 
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Drones are a life saver, I'd like to see constant air saturation by them, give Terry something to think about when he's trying to plant his IED's.

Wonder why someone does't develop a high altitude loiter vehicle, a sort of lo tech mini zepellin with a camera on board, could then be used to home in the missile carrying UAV's. If it gets shot down, nothing too sensitive to recover. Just a thought.
 
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The_Coming_Man said:
Drones are a life saver, I'd like to see constant air saturation by them, give Terry something to think about when he's trying to plant his IED's.

Wonder why someone does't develop a high altitude loiter vehicle, a sort of lo tech mini zepellin with a camera on board, could then be used to home in the missile carrying UAV's. If it gets shot down, nothing too sensitive to recover. Just a thought.

sure ive seen a drone like this called the global hawk, but it may just be a bigger version of the predator
 
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Jack89 said:
The_Coming_Man said:
Drones are a life saver, I'd like to see constant air saturation by them, give Terry something to think about when he's trying to plant his IED's.

Wonder why someone does't develop a high altitude loiter vehicle, a sort of lo tech mini zepellin with a camera on board, could then be used to home in the missile carrying UAV's. If it gets shot down, nothing too sensitive to recover. Just a thought.

That sounds such a good idea. Surely it could be done at a fraction of the cost of the drones in use at present. A virtual CCTV system. Could work(?)
 
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The_Coming_Man said:
Drones are a life saver, I'd like to see constant air saturation by them, give Terry something to think about when he's trying to plant his IED's.

Wonder why someone does't develop a high altitude loiter vehicle, a sort of lo tech mini zepellin with a camera on board, could then be used to home in the missile carrying UAV's. If it gets shot down, nothing too sensitive to recover. Just a thought.
There are already drones that do loiter or lurk at medium altitude, complete with cameras and a few toys to liven up the proceedings on the ground. Several people have already found this out, the hard way.
 

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