UAVs are not like guided missiles. They are meant to work multiple times, not once. UAVs have operators, who need training. Much of this can be done with simulators, but they still do live training.
Originally Posted by arquebus
Note that some missiles are used for training. As with UAVs, most training of operators is done on simulators, but occasional live firings take place, especially for those which have a man in the loop.
Tomahawk missiles are not non-recoverable UAVs. They are missiles. Tomahawk flies one-way, has a built-in warhead (nuclear in the first model), & was designed with no man in the loop, no feedback to a controller. A missile.
What are these full sized munitions carrying runway landable UAVs? Which of them would you use against a functioning air defence system, with C&C, radars, SAMs, & fighters all operating? Do you think a Reaper (which can only carry bombs up to 500lb) would survive in such an environment, flying at 250 knots & unable to evade? It would have been easy meat 70 years ago. The Tomahawks were used to degrade air defences, to ease the task of strike aircraft.
Last edited by swerve; 10th November 2011 at 09:21.
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