Friendly fire isn't.
\"The only thing we learn from history, is that we do not learn from history.\"
- Some wise person whose name evades me right about now
I just saw it on the news. But in an operation this size this was bound to happen. Ill leave the "Its the american way" comments to others. Friendly fire is a ever present risk and as the US is the sole possessor of airpower there it would be difficult for this to happen to anyone else. Just showes how difficult CAS is. MB IFF (Identification friend or foe) for ground troups and armour? or would the radiotion caused by such a beacon be a hazard as it could cause cancer? Radar energy can cause cancer.
That really sucks.
I wouldn't mind taking one for the team like in Platoon when they dump nape right on the firebase becuase charlie is everywhere. But just to be waxed by mistake.....ugh!
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</span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (supah @ April 18 2002,08:05)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Radar energy can cause cancer.[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>
Try saying "you know, that radio is hazardous to your health" to a guy getting shot at.
True but then again the same could be said about agent orange or what ever the defoliant was called that was used in vietnam. Or the radar of the HAWK system the dutch army uses. It too causes cancer and though they may not care immediatly 10 years down the line when they find out the cant have kids they will care. The designers and planners who make these things DO have the capabillity to think about matters like this regarding equipment.
I just hope the government dosen't make another blunder on this one, I'm afraid they might use this as an example of why we should pull out of Afghanistan soon and why we don't need to spend more on the military. Pretty soon we won't have one left to speak of.
Your airforce is atleast better then the New Sealand one, that dimwit female prime minister just dismantled it. You guys atleast got some cool F-18's.
"Neither U.S. nor Canadian officials had information about what caused the error. The countries plan a joint investigation."
"Henault said the area is recognized as a training area and the aircraft were using very strictly controlled routes"
well if this was a training area.. the AC were probably doing target bombing on a designated area..
so it is probably either
A: the troops strayed into the ACs target area
B: the planes targeted the wrong area.
so.. it was night time.. and the ac were following "strictly controlled routes" that means that the AC multiple nav and targeting computers had the target area programmed in and the pilots followed..
"Canadian Defense officials said their soldiers were on a nighttime training exercise about 10 miles south of their Kandahar base"
so did the planes coputer mess up and fly the plane to the wrong place and bomb the wrong place? or did a few troops lose their directing in the dark and stray into the wrong area..
it will be very very easy to see if the planes were in the wrong area.. as all training missions are recorded both in voice and nav (just like civ jets) but if it was the ground troops in the wrong area (soldiers in the dark) it will be harder to see where things go wrong..
eather way.. totally sucks...
</span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (supah @ April 18 2002,08:19)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Your airforce is atleast better then the New Sealand one, that dimwit female prime minister just dismantled it. You guys atleast got some cool F-18's.[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>
The majority of our F-18's are mothballed, the maintenance on them sucks. There was an incident were the rudder fell off one while in flight and when they checked the fleet a good number were corroding from the inside. There's a reason why our troops are the only ones wearing jungle cammo in Afghanistan, the government just dosen't spend on the military.
*edit* The few F-18's we sent to Bosnia had outdated radio equipment, so other allied AC had to switch from their encrypted radio channels to open radio channels to talk to them. That's pretty damn pathetic.