Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Is It Armed?

Can it tell the difference between cows and humans?

I must say, it looks like a toy my son might have played with.

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Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

From Wiki, here's info on that aircraft, the Predator B, aka the Reaper:

Homeland Security version

The United States Department of Homeland Security initially ordered one Reaper for border patrol duty, referred to as MQ-9 CBP-101. It began operations 4 October 2005, but on 25 April 2006, this aircraft crashed in the Arizona desert... During its operational period, the aircraft flew 959 hours on patrol and had a part in 2,309 arrests. It also contributed to the seizure of four vehicles and 8,267 pounds of marijuana. ... The program was further expanded on 16 February 2009, including Canadian border patrols where US officials were concerned about the exploitation of the border by "drug smugglers, migrants and terrorists".

The CBP-101 was equipped with the Lynx SAR, AX-15 payload, ARC-210 radios, and other sensors and communications equipment; CBP-104 was enhanced with Ku band satellite command and control link and MTS-A EO/IR sensors...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has six operational MQ-9s. One based in North Dakota, at the UAS Operations Center in Grand Forks, four in Arizona, at the UAS Operations Center in Sierra Vista and one based at Fort Drum, N.Y. The aircraft are equipped with GA-ASI's Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radar (Lynx SAR info/web page) and Raytheon's MTS-B ElectroOptical/Infrared sensors...

(But no Hellfire missiles or smart bombs on this civilian model. Illegal aliens and drug smugglers are civilians, who have to be given a sporting chance.

The fully armed Predator and Reaper military models don't give terrorists in Af-stan or Pakistan a sporting chance. A knuckle-dragging Islamofascist terrorist is going about his business...and the next moment, he's with his 72 year old virgin. :-)

January 27, 2011 12:34 am  
Blogger Louise said...

Reaper, huh. Sounds rather grim.

January 27, 2011 1:18 am  
Blogger Louise said...

It sez: "a haven for criminals sneaking marijuana and ecstasy into the U.S. and cocaine into Canada."

So who do you think is getting the better deal?

It'll probably have a grand view of the (pending) Red River flood, too, which I've been reading is being forecast again for this spring. Maybe the smuggling will be done by boat.

January 27, 2011 1:48 am  

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