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  1. #1
    Snow is Coming
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    Jan 2014
    Boston, MA

    Anti quadcopter missile

    Sheesh... a bit like using a jackhammer on a thumb tack.

    I could see the point if the quad was used as an inexpensive target drone to test the capabilities of the system.

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    Moderator Balu's Avatar
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    Feb 2014
    Münster, Germany
    "That quadcopter that cost 200 bucks from did not stand a chance against a [$3m] Patriot," he said.


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    Eternal Student ElectriSean's Avatar
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    Brilliant use of taxpayers cash...

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    Fly Angry PsyBorg's Avatar
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    Well at least they know the Patriot has great "vision" and a high degree of accuracy. Better then having a system that is more like shooting a box of rubber bands at Godzilla.
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    F106DeltaDart's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectriSean View Post
    Brilliant use of taxpayers cash...
    "The strike was made by a US ally", so at least isn't our tax dollars.. Complete overkill for sure.

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    What did they actually achieve by this?

    (Sheesh I hope we are not that "US ally"!!!)
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    First I would point out that national defense in general is not about shooting stuff but rather defending a nation and its interests. Firefighters, when asked what their job is, many people will respond with, "fighting fires." Ask a fire fighter and he will respond with, "saving lives."

    Whether we are squirting water from expensive trucks at a rapidly depreciating building or shooting expensive missiles at inexpensive drones the end result should be the same, preserve human life (the most precious thing on the planet).

    When there is a real potential for injury to human life our first concern shouldn't be how much it costs to preserve life but rather ensure it can be done, then afterward seek to do it safely, effectively, and efficiently. Perhaps they could have done it more efficiently. How to do that would be a good discussion indeed. Whether they should put a dollar value on whether to save lives is another thing.

    Since both evil exists and accidents happen we will forever be spending money and even risking lives in the pursuit of preserving life, and it is right to do so.
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    Kite Eating Tree Trimmer cranialrectosis's Avatar
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    High tech wins battles. Low tech wins wars.

    We have seen it time and again.

    IMO this was an IQ test of someone with more dollars than sense.

    This was not a win for whoever fired the missile. It was a win for the person operating the drone.
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