Israel deploys robo-snipers on Gaza border
Man still in the loop...to begin with
Israel has begun deploying stationary robot gun-and-sensor installations along its borders with the Gaza Strip, according to reports.
Both Jane's Defence Weekly and Defence News reported last week that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have begun deploying automated gun stations in pillboxes along the Gaza border. The robot systems are said to mount cal-fifty (12.7mm) machine guns, protected by "armoured folding shields" until ready to fire.
Defence News says the auto-gun network is developed by Rafael, the Israeli state weapons bureau. Given the reported calibre of the weaponry, this suggests that the gun-bots in use are the Mini-Samson type, normally used as a remote-controlled gun turret on light fighting vehicles so as to avoid a gunner having to poke his torso up out of a hatch (top gunner is one of the most dangerous jobs in counter-insurgency vehicle patrolling.)
In this case, the automatic guns and their long range electro-optical sensors will be tied in by optic fibre to a command network which will also be able to draw information from existing ground sensors, manned aircraft, and overhead drones.
According to Defence News Tel Aviv correspondent Barbara Opall-Rome, "each machine gun-mounted station serves as a type of robotic sniper, capable of enforcing a nearly 1,500-meter-deep no-go zone".
"The IDF's Southern Command is also considering adding Gill/Spike anti-tank missiles to extend the no-go zones to several kilometers, defense and industry sources here said."
The integrated robo-sniper network has reportedly been dubbed "See-Shoot" by the IDF, suggesting that asking questions isn't on the priority list.
"Nobody has any business approaching our border fence," an unnamed Israeli official told Opall-Rome. "It's well-understood that this area is off-limits..."
All in all, the Israeli gun-bot force seems distinctly more hardcore than the South Korean one. Not only do the IDF robo-snipers pack a more arse-kicking gun, their automatic armour-shuttered pillboxes seem a lot harder to circumvent than the Korean SGR-A1's "anti-theft alarm".
What's more, there seems to be a future plan for the Israeli gun systems to become true killer robots rather than just remote hardened weapon stations.
"At least in the initial phases of deployment, we're going to have to keep the man in the loop," an unnamed IDF commander reportedly told Opall-Rome. "We don't want to risk making tragic and politically costly mistakes with such a lethal system."
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Borders and other thoughts.
How many nations in the past have surrendered territory to the losers once
the conflict is over? If you look at history, you will see in the past this was
a fairly rare event. After all, the purpose of war WAS to gain something,
or to protect something. It comes down to power and who has power over
After Isreal was created ,what happened?
Well, a few things.
1) Jews were expelled from most of the arab nations and their property seized
on the basis that they now had a place to go, so they were no longer
2) After exporting their jews, they then decided to push them into the sea.
3) Since the Arabs really don't trust each other, and did not fight as a single
force, the Isrealies were able to exploit weaknesses in the arab attack to
destroy them, push them back, and create more defensable borders.
Isreal has given back more territory than their entire nation now consists of.
The Arab nations tend to remind me of the way school boys often act.
When you are at the top, they praise you, when you are at the bottom,
they spit on you. Whatever the crowd is doing, they do. Or, as I once read,
"They are either at your feet or at your throat."
The United States has given more money ot the Palestinians than all of the
Arab nations combined. The Arab nations could easily absorb their "brothers",
but then they would have to deal with situations like the 1970 attempt to
over throw Jordan. Isreal is used as scape goat as to why the common
people of the Arab nations have so little, despite the Trillions of dollars that
have flowed over the years for the oil extracted from their deserts.
RE: re: Firepower Upgrades
"Let them hate, as long as they fear."
Ghaze, I would bet a pound to a peice of shit that you are an slow-brained, half-wit, gun-toting redneck American.
Conflating for dummies
> We all remember how many times the Israelis have blown up the London Tube.
>Make sure we never forget they're evil no matter who the suicide bombers are.
Who is "they" in the "they're evil"? I seem to remember that the London Tube bombers were largely British citizens of Pakistani origin, who undertook their attack on fanatic religeous grounds.
The Isreali-Palistinian conflict may have religeous aspects, but it's fundamentally a territorial dispute, with Isreal illegally and brutally occupying land seized in violation of UN resolutions, and enforcing outrageously harsh security measures on adjoining Palestinian territories. It's a struggle typified by stunning over-reaction by Isreali forces (you throw a stone, we open fire with automatic weapons, you shoot a clumsy and inefective rocket, we send in F16s with cluster bombs), where Palestinian casualties are scores or hundreds-fold more than Isreali, and heavily biased toward civilians. And where Isreal constantly shelters behind a thin "but they're the aggressors trying to destroy us" line.
Reminds me of a joke...
A French, a German, and an Israeli go on a safari and are trapped by cannibals. They are brought to the chief, who says, "We are going to eat you right now. But I am a civilized man, I studied human rights at the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, so I'll grant each of you a last request." The German asks for a mug of beer and a bratwurst. He gets it, and cannibals eat him. The French asks for three girls. He has crazy sex with them, and then follows the German onto the dining table. The Israeli asks: "Hit me hard, right on my nose." The chief is surprised, but hits him. The Israeli pulls out a Galil assualt rifle and shoots all the cannibals. The mortally wounded chief asks him: "Why didn't you do this before we ate the German?", the Israeli proudly replies: "Israelis are not aggressors!"