DailyDirt: Flying Weapons

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If there's a way to make a weapon more mobile, the military has probably tried it. Bat bombs were created during World War II, but after spending a couple million dollars on development, the project was cancelled. Here are just a few more modern examples of flying weapons that are currently under development. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.
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Filed Under: airborne laser, airplanes, blimps, fire scout helicopters, missiles, unmanned drones, weapons
Companies: mav6, us navy

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 May 2012 @ 11:18am

    Re: Re: Re: There's a reason blimps stopped being used in warfare after WWI.

    The Hindenburg used hydrogen instead of helium because the US had a corner on the market. Making hydrogen(known to be volatile) the only viable option.

    Also since the actual tanks are in closed in cells that are designed to be stronger then the skin, the likely of shooting one down is pretty minimal as you would need to hit one or more of the tanks.

    The skin is just to make it pretty and help with aero dynamics. Just be easier to shoot out its engines. Then if the blimp is occupied you have prisoners for bartering. Else, just steal all the electronics out and find a vulnerability. You could theoretically use a strong enough emp cannon, but there is bound to be more shielding from rf interference then on the ground. To much risk for stray signals getting a direct hit.

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