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21st Century Scout/Attack Team

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Sierra Mike, Dec 21, 2002.

  1. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Here's what Saddam and others will be facing in the 21st Century...

    On the left: the AH-64D Apache Longbow, essentially an upgunned AH-64A with a mast-mounted millimeter wave radar array above the main rotor disk and armed with true fire-and-forget Hellfire missiles. One of these bad boys can destroy a sizeable portion of a tank battalion in less than two minutes; the big record when I was flying AH-64As was ten minutes to designate and put 18 rounds of steel on target.

    On the right is the RAH-66 Comanche, the new armed reconnaissance chopper that will be the Apache Longbow's faithful companion in cross-FLOT (Forward Line of Troops) excursions known as "grand tours." The RAH-66 will replace the trusty yet incredibly slow OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, bringing with it advanced battlefield optics and a full digitized information suite, not to mention various and sundry command and control capabilities to allow the Air Battle Captain or the birds sipping gourmet coffee back at the tactical operations center to see what the heck is going on out in the engagement area in real time. The RAH-66 also has internal weapons stores, which allow it to not only see but shoot.

    Damn....all these new toys, and I can't even play with them!

    SM
     
  2. jamming

    jamming Banned

    Air Battle Captain is sitting back at the ranch with all the Radio's that if your enemy is sophisticated enough would be targeting. Problem is that your spoiled fighting low-tech troops. BTW Steve I am lead to understand that they are still seeking pilots with prior experience under 40. If the computer career keeps on the flatline. ;)
     
  3. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    I turned 40 in July. :(

    SM
     
  4. Swamp Fox

    Swamp Fox Veteran Member

    Steve,

    Saddam won't be in the 21st Century for long. :)
     

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