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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:27 PM

In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

Defense One
By Patrick Tucker
May 18, 2017

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TAMPA, Florida — Here’s how Mad Max the situation in Iraq is right now. Earlier this year, the military put out an urgent request for inexpensive kamikaze drones that special operations troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers against ISIS, according to documents obtained by Defense One. It’s another sign that drone warfare is changing far faster than traditional military equipping can keep up, a fact reinforced this week by leaders with U.S. Special Operations Command, or SOCOM.

In its Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement, SOCOM requested 325 “Miniature Aerial Missile Systems,” or LMAMS, by summer. That delivery has already been completed. AeroVironment officials confirmed to Defense One that they recently delivered about 350 Switchblades, a tube-launched drones outfitted with cameras and cursor-on-target GPS navigation. The company bills the device as a “miniature flying lethal missile can be operated manually or autonomously.” It can fly for about 15 minutes, at up to 100 miles per hour. The Pentagon put a similar request for Switchblades back in 2013.

Special operations forces have highlighted the need for new types of drones, or drone missiles, to strike rapidly adapting non-state enemies like the Islamic State. To help drive innovation, U.S. Special Operations Command intends to open a hacker lab in Tampa as part of the broader SOFWERX initiative.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:45 PM

Wait.. wait.. wait...

The military asked the administration for help in the war on ISIS and they GOT IT?

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:40 AM

View PostTicked@TinselTown, on 18 May 2017 - 11:45 PM, said:

Wait.. wait.. wait...

The military asked the administration for help in the war on ISIS and they GOT IT?

:thud:

New administration...didn't you read about it? :coolshades:
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:44 AM

View PostTicked@TinselTown, on 18 May 2017 - 11:45 PM, said:

Wait.. wait.. wait...

The military asked the administration for help in the war on ISIS and they GOT IT?

:thud:


IMPEACH!!! :soapbox:
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:55 AM

View PostTicked@TinselTown, on 18 May 2017 - 11:45 PM, said:

Wait.. wait.. wait...

The military asked the administration for help in the war on ISIS and they GOT IT?

:thud:


Yeah, how 'bout that? An administration that actually supports our military! What a refreshing change.

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