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Cruise Trucks

Why waste missiles when a truck will do nicely?
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When delivering high explosives to the enemy without endangering one's own military personell, the current transportation technology of choice is the cruise missile, the most expensive and complex available. What a waste considering that the vehicle is going to be destroyed in a fireball anyway. I propose developing a fleet of automatically piloted cruise trucks. They could be lined up and driven across the enemy's border at the onset of war. Then they would cruise down the most convienient highway, park next to the target and explode. Sure they would be easy to stop on an individual basis, but for the cost of 10 Cruise Missiles you could launch 10,000 Cruise Trucks, only 1/1000th of which would need to get through. As an added bonus, they could be programmed to explode as soon as they were stopped or knocked off course causing the enemy soldiers to flee at the mere sight of one coming down the road.
riromero, Jul 02 2003

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       You can't launch trucks from an aircraft carrier that's miles from the coast. Unless you have a really big catapult.
my face your, Jul 02 2003
  

       Public: Terrorism perhaps?
Shz, Jul 02 2003
  

       I thought this would be a cruise ship alternative for the aquaphobic.
half, Jul 02 2003
  

       <Only funny thing Gallagher ever did/>Inter-Continental-Ballistic-Winnebago</Only funny thing Gallagher ever did>
thumbwax, Jul 02 2003
  

       Ugh. Did you have to bring Gallagher up?
snarfyguy, Jul 02 2003
  

       Okay, but only if you happen to be invading a neighboring country.
phoenix, Jul 03 2003
  

       Cruise trucks would need to follow legal drving proceedures and if they blow up when stoped they would damage the road. If the trucks were all terrain vehicles and they could navigate a free way it might be possible. You could put a dummy in the seat and another dummy in the passenger seat, that way they could use the "diamond lane "and have a much better chance of the reaching the objective or at least getting somewhere a little faster. With two dummy's it would look like normal drivers who cause much more damage every day than all the explosives in all the wars.Then you could have Cruise Trucks delivering fresh donuts during the occupation to keep the cops happy, and not endanger personelle...Are you sure Gallager did anything funny. He made that ballon he floated over people to listen to conversations "stealth ballon". Maybe the Pentagon should use him, he actually makes things happen too, except being funny..Could you say Gallager usually bombs.
emconsulting, Dec 29 2003
  

       wouldn't the enemy quickly learn about said trucks and destroy?   

       the nice thing about missles is quick response times, accuracy and basically undectectable (to some extent).   

       the trucks would never reach their destination.
lolzcakes, May 23 2006
  
      
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