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The phrase 'crumpled heap' comes to mind.
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Invading a city that's been taken over by an enemy that's
human shields has some big problems. Trying to kill the
enemy without killing innocent civilians is an issue.
So you sprinkle these camera equipped pods from the air all
across the city. Each pod has a 360 degree view of the area
around it. They would be equipped with small caliber
weapons for direct targeting of the enemy. For larger
coordinates could be given for airstrikes or indirect fire
attacks including illuminating a target by laser.
The advantage of these is they give a close up view from on
the ground. Each pod would have a two man fire team
assigned to it, one spotting, the other targeting.
Enemy troops on the ground who shoot one of these would
targeted by the hundreds of other pods around it. A
so invaded by these would restrict the enemies movement
having to travel in armored vehicles, easily targeted from
air. Yes, it's not perfect, but it beats carpet bombing in the
area of killing of innocent civilians.
Then you bring in the combat robots.
They're so polite...
[RayfordSteele, Feb 03 2016]
||// Then you bring in the combat robots // I was about to
ask what the advantage is over combat robots.
||I guess the big advantage is that these would actually be
fairly possible with current technology, and much
||I suggest that these also include loudspeakers, allowing
curious civilians to be warned not to touch, and tell
enemy soldiers how to surrender safely before the robot
troops (or whatever) arrive. I assume it already had a
||I'm trying to figure out what the best course of action is
in case of loss of radio communication. You don't want
opponents capturing these and using the components as
improvised weapons. Having them blow up immediately
seems like it makes them too easy to get rid of. Maybe
have them take on the role of a more traditional mine so
if they are touched (or the battery runs out before radio
communication is established), they self destruct.
||Of course when I first read the title I thought I saw "Aerial
... Land-mines". Which goes along well with recent drone
||I think you've just invented cluster bombs.
||They need to occasionally say things like 'Can you come over
here?' and 'Are you still there?'