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2013-01-16 Afghanistan
US to give "spy drones" to Afghans Karzai sez - NY Times
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Posted by Besoeker 2013-01-16 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [272 views ]  Top

#1 “They will train Afghans to fly them, use them and maintain them,” Mr. Karzai said, though he did not specify how many would be handed over. “Besides drones, Afghanistan will be provided with other intelligence gathering equipment which will be used to defend and protect our air and ground sovereignty.”

No information was provided on the Afghanistani Mars orbiter, Pashtun space station, or Fermilab exchange program.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-01-16 03:31||   2013-01-16 03:31|| Front Page Top

#2 Given Inshallah maintenance and attitudes, how long until all are incapable of getting off the ground?
Posted by trailing wife 2013-01-16 06:03||   2013-01-16 06:03|| Front Page Top

#3 About a month, take or leave a day.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2013-01-16 06:07||   2013-01-16 06:07|| Front Page Top

#4 If this is true, it will probably be the AeroVironment RQ-11B Raven. We are selling 85 of them to Pakistan, so it shouldn't be a big deal to sell them to the Afghans. It isn't a very complex system and could possibly be supported by them.
Posted by rwv 2013-01-16 12:01||   2013-01-16 12:01|| Front Page Top

#5 Yes, appears to be the Raven.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-01-16 12:07||   2013-01-16 12:07|| Front Page Top

#6 Are we comfortable with the probability that these things will end up in the hands of the Taliban? Sounds like money down the toilet to me.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2013-01-16 12:24||   2013-01-16 12:24|| Front Page Top

#7 You have to figure that some corrupt official will turn around and sell one or more to China and Iran. Knowing this, sell the Afghans some "specially crafted" drones so as to set back their stealth drone projects at least five years.

Worked with the Soviets.
Posted by Slunter the philistine 2013-01-16 21:55||   2013-01-16 21:55|| Front Page Top

#8 Good idea Slunter.

Too bad we don't have a president who has America's welfare at heart. :(
Posted by CrazyFool 2013-01-16 22:19||   2013-01-16 22:19|| Front Page Top

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