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  (Source: U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Ricky J. Best)
USMC looks to utilize UAVs to help resupply soldiers in remote areas

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) overseas has normally involved smart bomb launches or reconnaissance, but the U.S. Marine Corps is developing a new UAV that will be able to help re-supply combat forces overseas.

The Marines are working with developers to create a new UAV that is able to carry up to 1,200 pounds of supplies on each flight, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. John Amos, recently said to the House appropriations Committee's subcommittee focused on defense.

"I'm looking for something now," Gen. Amos said to the subcommittee.  "We want to get a solution into Afghanistan by this summer."

Both the Marine Corps and Army have noticed an increase of injuries related to the heavy amount of weight soldiers deployed overseas must carry, an Army official recently said.  The combat gear weighs up to 130 pounds, and a higher number of soldiers are being hurt by stress fractures, pulled muscles and other issues.  This issue is especially problematic as soldiers prepare to be deployed to Afghanistan, where they'll have to deal with rough terrain, mountains, and bad road conditions.

The UAVs, which the USMC hopes to have by summer, will help transport ammunition, food and water, and batteries to ground troops on patrol in remote areas.

The U.S. military has been thinking about possible ways to help soldiers, and UAV development has prospered since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The smaller craft are silent and fast, which makes them good for reconnaissance, but larger ones can be used to drop supplies or weapons.  The BBC published a brief list of commonly used UAVs by British and American troops in the Middle East.

Precision air drops used by the Army have been able to deliver as much as 26,000 pounds of supplies per day to troops deployed.

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RE: Easy?
By bhieb on 3/13/2009 10:28:50 AM , Rating: 3
What I think they should push too is an unmanned "4 wheeler" type device that can off load some of that 130 pounds that is not always needed, but good to have close. I saw one on a discovery program, but quite frankly I don't see why it had to be so complex a simple low profile remote controlled cart would be nice. If you want to get fancy have a rfid or something that it can lock on to and just follow X feet back. I'm not talking covert ops here, but regular patrols where stealth is not a major concern.

RE: Easy?
By grcunning on 3/13/2009 11:29:30 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Easy?
By Orpheus333 on 3/13/2009 2:04:10 PM , Rating: 2

creeps me out for some reason, the legs are just eery

RE: Easy?
By Bubbacub on 3/13/2009 3:53:09 PM , Rating: 2
they creep me out too - its because their movement is very close to looking like that of biological legs. its freaky.

i don't know what that noise was - artefact? or a lawnmower engine?

RE: Easy?
By Cypherdude1 on 3/15/2009 4:59:04 AM , Rating: 3
i don't know what that noise was - artefact? or a lawnmower engine?

That's not background noise. That's the actual device. Its power source is a gas-driven engine. It makes enough racket to alert every insurgent for a one mile radius. I'm sure no combat unit or even supply mission would want it near them.

RE: Easy?
By Smartless on 3/13/2009 2:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
I second that emotion. And somehow, robots with tank tracks and machine guns don't....

RE: Easy?
By talikarni on 3/14/2009 10:26:46 AM , Rating: 2
That one is very cool but I like the spider looking one as well.

there are a few others but I like how this one looks....

RE: Easy?
By Murloc on 3/13/2009 2:55:08 PM , Rating: 3
it's too easy to stop it and take the weapons.

Free modern weapons for terrorists instead of cold war soviet guns!

And running over rocks and rough terrain is difficult, and if it stops you can't do anything.

A UAV just flies.

RE: Easy?
By Bubbacub on 3/13/2009 3:57:29 PM , Rating: 2
hmmn i think they got plenty of cold war american weapons too.....

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