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2019-05-10 Science & Technology
U.S. Military's New Secret Weapon: The "Flying Ginsu"
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Posted by Besoeker 2019-05-10 00:51|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6552 views ]  Top

#1 Does it make julienne fries?

Posted by Raj 2019-05-10 05:52||   2019-05-10 05:52|| Front Page Top

#2 Farkingnügen ?
Posted by Besoeker 2019-05-10 05:58||   2019-05-10 05:58|| Front Page Top

#3 I'll bet the "blades" are to slow the munition...

Less KE, less collateral damage
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2019-05-10 06:53||   2019-05-10 06:53|| Front Page Top

#4 sometimes we want to kill a terrorist but don't want to kill the terrorist's assistant who is standing nearby because the assistant is the intel asset who got the terrorist's location for us
Posted by lord garth 2019-05-10 08:23||   2019-05-10 08:23|| Front Page Top

#5 OK, Besoeker, even Duck-duck-go doesn't know what you're talking about.
Posted by Threreque Glereger1817 2019-05-10 08:43||   2019-05-10 08:43|| Front Page Top

#6 Yeah, yeah. We've had that, like, forever.

Posted by China 2019-05-10 09:30||   2019-05-10 09:30|| Front Page Top

#7 Are they talking about the AeroVironment Switchblade UAV (and getting it spectacularly Wrong in typical journo fashion)? The Switchblade is a disposable drone that can be equipped with a small grenade-sized warhead and flown into the targets shown by its sensors ... an aerial kamikaze.
Posted by magpie 2019-05-10 10:52||   2019-05-10 10:52|| Front Page Top

#8 A spear?
Posted by ed in texas 2019-05-10 11:56||   2019-05-10 11:56|| Front Page Top

#9 Oh, and ,thereque, that was a play on an old VW ad slogan, farfignugen.
Posted by ed in texas 2019-05-10 11:59||   2019-05-10 11:59|| Front Page Top

#10 It’s spelt fahrvergnügen. The ad can be watched here. I suspect Besoeker is making a pun of some sort that I’m not clever enough to pick up on.
Posted by trailing wife 2019-05-10 13:09||   2019-05-10 13:09|| Front Page Top

#11  I suspect Besoeker is making a pun of some sort that I’m not clever enough to pick up on.

fahrvergnügen + Six big farking knives shoot out = Farkingnügen

We'll go to our rooms now.
Posted by SteveS 2019-05-10 14:17||   2019-05-10 14:17|| Front Page Top

#12 Thank you, SteveS. I expect you and Mr. Besoeker will spend your times out creating new brain exercises for the rest of us.

In the meantime, I found this, from the article, very satisfying:

The Wall Street Journal was able to confirm two specific strikes in which it was used, one by the Defense Department and one by the CIA.

In January 2019, Jamal al-Badawi, accused of being behind the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 in a Yemeni port, killing 17 American sailors, was killed by an R9X fired by the Pentagon. The Pentagon has acknowledged the strike, which occurred in Yemen, though not the specific munition involved.

In February 2017, Ahmad Hasan Abu Khayr al-Masri, an Egyptian national who served as al Qaeda’s No. 2, was killed in Syria’s Idlib Province by an R9X fired by a U.S. aircraft operated by the CIA. The CIA doesn’t acknowledge airstrikes it carries out…

Posted by trailing wife 2019-05-10 15:45||   2019-05-10 15:45|| Front Page Top

#13 Sooo...can it be launched horizontally down a street for crowd control?
Posted by Skidmark 2019-05-10 16:45||   2019-05-10 16:45|| Front Page Top

#14 For perspective, Krull had only 5 blades.
Posted by swksvolFF 2019-05-10 16:57||   2019-05-10 16:57|| Front Page Top


The DOD should definitely get their act together and weaponize the Bass o Matic!

Posted by Woodrow 2019-05-10 17:48||   2019-05-10 17:48|| Front Page Top

#16  Unfortunately probably not as intelligent as the knife middles in the Culture novels
Posted by Ebbolutch Hatrack1579 2019-05-10 19:19||   2019-05-10 19:19|| Front Page Top

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