Thursday, April 23, 2009

'Autonomous Rotorcraft Sniper System', Think Unmanned Helicopter Sniper

Death from above just got extra personal. Combine an unmanned helicopter with a powerful rifle on a stabilized turret and you have the Autonomous Rotorcraft Sniper System. It is exactly what you think it is, an unmanned helicopter sniper. War really is becoming more like a game as a modified X-box controller is used for it. At $4 a shot it is a lot cheaper than a Hellfire missile. Hiding in a crowed becomes less effective for the terrorists when you do not have to take out the cluster to hit them. It can get off ten aimed shots a minute or one every six seconds. Just imagine what a cluster of these could do in a fire fight. Think of the deterrent effect of having one or two of these flying with a soldier on patrol.

Here are some stats.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/4313331.html

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Vigilante 502 Unmanned Helicopter
+ Max Weight: 1100 pounds + Length: 26 feet + Rotor Diameter: 23 feet + Top Speed: 117 mph + Payload: 150 pounds + Fuel Capacity: 36 gallons + Flight Time: 6-plus hours









RND Manufacturing Edge 2000 Rifle
+ Cartridge: Lapua Magnum .338 + Weight: 14 pounds + Action: Gas-operated semiautomatic + Muzzle Velocity: 3000 feet per second with 250-grain bullet + Rate of Fire: Up to 10 carefully aimed shots per minute + Ammunition Cost: $4 per round










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More at http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/04/army-tests-new.html.

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