This is what you are saying, read it.
The answers were WEAK, absolutely pathetic attempts to reverse the question in the style of "Well, don't you think they'll need it for some reason sometime in the future?" Like I said, absolutely pathetic.
If you think you have a better answer, go ahead and try me. But don't waste our time here with this passive aggressive posturing. We are not dumb. We do see a difference between something that has no use and something that has use, but that we can't make yet.
Last edited by Climber; 05-06-2012 at 10:31 AM.
Instead, I'll just direct you to regularly read MP.net. Every week we have this or that thread b~tching about weird nonsensical choices their military makes.
I want to facepalm, because people apparently don't read what I already said about the difference between tactical UAVs and long-range UAVs and Russian military's attitude toward them.intelligence on enemy positions/gun emplacements/defenses/anti-aircraft systems/etc..., tactical awareness for infantry units, vehicle visibility & situational awareness, and artillery accuracy.
- Russian armed forces extensively use tactical UAVs (think IAI Bird-Eye) for tactical reconnaissance and artillery calibration. There is scientific doctrinal basis for this and it largely fits with earlier Soviet UAV practice.
- Russian armed forces have no apparent need to a tactical UCAV because they have a very large arsenal of assault and close air support aviation, including helicopters and CAS aircraft.
- Russian armed forces have no apparent need for a strategic UAV or UCAV because current Russian military doctrine and foreign policy do not envision a large global role for the Russian military, and any kind of long-range deterrence is handled by a very large arsenal of strategic and quasi-strategic bombers.
I thought all of these were a given and I don't have to spell them out. But apparently, I do.
So, gentlemen, if you can find a role for UAVs in the current Russian military doctrine, given the above mentioned constraints, be my guest. I am genuinely curious.
Fact remains that possible scenarios where Russia could utilize MALE UAVs do exist. You being unable to argue with this fact doesn't make it "pathetic".
When the Russian military community wants to push out some new idea for the transformation of armed forces, there is an established academic protocol. When ideas of Net-Centric Warfare or battalion tactical groups were coming into the fore, there were articles about it in the Military Thought (sort of the Russian version of Proceedings).
It's not like these things just appear out of nowhere, without any rational basis. Until, in some bizarre cases, they do...
i think this kind of AV could be better. if he has RPG on board.
by the way - good tool for terrorists