I guess those would be a serious improvment in what is presently in use.
The novel "Choosers of the Slain" is a military futuro epic about a Stealth destroyer.
It had all kinds of capabilities--ASAT, RAM, CWIS, Advanced Sea Sparrow (AMRAAM_AIM-120 modified) drones, SLAM, Advanced Aegis (tell me what Aegis means----no fair looking it up!!! I'll send $10 to the first to post it if they swear they didn't look it up) a hose system called "Wetball" to hose down the ship as anti infrared, Twin Oto Melara, Advanced Harpoon, Standard, VLS, Naval AH-60 Lamps and Tomahawk----so you can just imagine how JRT liked reading it. I swoon just thinkin' on it!!
The commander is a woman and my favorite line from the book was about her having to up anchor without the OH Perry that was in town, but busted: "going tactical with a Perry would have been like doing ballet with concrete boots"
Obviously Fred I agree that drones will play a huge part in future operations.
How is the range on the ones you mentioned?
Oh alright I'll follow your link.
Boy I hate following links.
Followed the Link. I had no idea Mars did not have a magnetic field.
The military is NOT gonna like those small ones--they're---well--SMALL.
In response to the original post the Nieuport 11 was one of the first true Fighter Aircraft, despite the 'inconvenience' of having to reach up to fire the Lewis Gun. The gun layout was changed (wasn't aware of that) in later Marks.
Boy those later Marks will get you every time.
This aircraft was the first to be flown, allegedly, (OK I looked it up) by the Lafayette Escadrille. I do not recall exactly but I think by the time our WWI Ace Eddie Rickenbacker got there they had upgraded to a later Mark Nieuport or the TOTALLY awesome S.P.A.D..
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