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Actually this looks promising. Can't say to much about what use the info on killer satellites would be to the average tom but the tourniquet article at the bottom seems to be closer to the mark....

(and in a related vein. Look here. I seem to remeber that Surgeon Commander Joly and Co experimented with something similar during the Falkands. Sort of electrically augmented accupuncture if memory serves.)
 
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We're not the only ones with drones. China, Russia, Iran, France -- all sorts of enemies of freedom have unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. All in all, "some 32 nations are developing or manufacturing more than 250
models" of drones, according to the Defense Department's UAV Roadmap. So it's only naturally that someone in the Pentagon would be trying to figure out a way to knock those UAVs out of the sky.

Darpa, the Defense Department's way-out researchers, are looking to spend about $11 million over three years for their drone-killer, dubbed the Peregrine. From Darpa's proposed budget for 2006:


The Peregrine UAV Killer program will develop a small, low-cost, high-endurance UAV, with a high dash speed, capable of destroying most enemy UAVs. Small UAVs with GPS guidance systems have reached such a low cost level that expendable UAV programs are now emerging and GPS capable avionics are available for the hobby market. Current options to counter such a threat, especially at high altitude, involve expensive ground launched anti-air systems or the exposure of manned interceptor aircraft. The Peregrine program will develop and demonstrate a UAV interceptor aircraft that will utilize a dual propulsive power system to provide very high endurance for the loiter and surveillance period, and a very high dash speed for intercept and kill...

Program Plans:
- Define system requirements.
- Develop concept design.
- Demonstrate aircraft performance and kill capability.

So , a multimillion pound project?

Or give the concept to the best aeromodeller hobbyists around and save a fortune?

Hmmmmmm let me guess.
 
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This crimbo's hot toy AWOL , remember where you heard it first ;)
 
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PartTimePongo said:
give the concept to the best aeromodeller hobbyists around and save a fortune?
Are those mad blokes still bravely flying their machines into walls of 7.62 on AA ranges?

'Shooting run, shooting...'DADADADADADADADADADADADADADADACRUNCH. :D
 
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I seem to remember that the reason Tourniquets dropped out of fashion was that people forgot to release & re-apply them periodically, causing gangrene and huge numbers of unnecessary amputations.

What's the betting that (if the story's true) history will repeat itself?
 
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Buahahahahhahahahahhahahahahaha Sticky

YES!!!!!!

And they love it, they build nice little greasy as feck models , and are pleased to hell when they can get through a wall of lead. Some of them are extremely competent aerodynamicists (Heh!) and bloody good designers. You give them all the materials they need, and enough money to keep the missus in nice shoes and bingo, and you'll have a prototype in no time, that will perform as asked.

I've seen a scale C-17 that beggars belief, and some of the newer Jet powered models would be ideal as an interception platform. Looking at what they want , you won't combine long loiter with high speed dash.

Though I expect they'll waste a couple of million proving that. You need something like Rutans space plane. A mothership with tremendous range and loiter time , and a 'parasite' fighter that can be launched at will.

Sorry, I been sniffing dope and wood glue again :D
 

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stickybomb said:
PartTimePongo said:
give the concept to the best aeromodeller hobbyists around and save a fortune?
Are those mad blokes still bravely flying their machines into walls of 7.62 on AA ranges?

'Shooting run, shooting...'DADADADADADADADADADADADADADADACRUNCH. :D
I dropped a Mats I dropped one. Then I had to run out into a Marsh, heave the bstrd onto my shoulders and run back with it..

Talk about cleaning the weapons, barrels, gas plugs later.... All of the damned ammo was 1:1 tracer and your feet smell of sheep sh*t
 
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R-S-I brought up the Tourniquets.
Must admit they always sounded sensible EMERGENCY item to me, but every medic who trained me in my time was 100% against their use.
Yes I understand improper use will cause amputation but Proper use by Trained Soldier will save lives.
john
 
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jonwilly said:
R-S-I brought up the Tourniquets.
Must admit they always sounded sensible EMERGENCY item to me, but every medic who trained me in my time was 100% against their use.
Yes I understand improper use will cause amputation but Proper use by Trained Soldier will save lives.
john
Jonwilly,

I agree - if ever I'm unfortunate enough to need to stop a gusher on myself, I hope I've still got the nouse to improvise a tourniquet and make it off. Sod putting field dressings on and applying pressure and hoping it stops! One of our MOs had a better solution one year and started asking why we didn't just use Spencer-Wells pressure forceps to clamp off the offending artery.. I think ITD(A)3 went slightly off-syllabus that year, God knows how we passed! 8O

RSI
 
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Rgtl_Stick_Insect said:
I seem to remember that the reason Tourniquets dropped out of fashion was that people forgot to release & re-apply them periodically, causing gangrene and huge numbers of unnecessary amputations.

What's the betting that (if the story's true) history will repeat itself?
Arguably they dropped out of fashion as we weren't encountering anyone having their limbs blown off on a regular basis, and their (inappropriate) use for lesser injuries has noted disadvantages. It's noticeable (to me anyway) how the emphasis of first aid training has changed post - Telic.

Now that we're back in the game of being maimed on a regular basis - and body armour means that we're far more likely to survive being blown up - then the need for a way to quickly stop bleeding out of a stump has re-surfaced.
 

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