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The Army´s killer drones: How a secretive
special ops unit decimated ISIS

Yahoo News, by Sean D. Naylor

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/7/2019 11:14:38 AM

As the Islamic State’s physical caliphate shrinks to nothing after an almost five-year campaign led by U.S. special operations forces, military insiders say one small unit has killed more of the extremists than any other: the company of Gray Eagle drones in the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Although the military has thrown a cloak of secrecy over its operations, the unit — officially called E (or “Echo”) Company of the regiment’s Second Battalion and established less than a decade ago — is increasingly being lauded in special operations and Army aviation circles. “They are doing the most killing of anyone

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Michaelus, 3/7/2019 11:16:56 AM     (No. 11926690)

Five year campaign? In five years we defeated Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. Stop bragging about disasters.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: columba, 3/7/2019 11:28:29 AM     (No. 11926709)

This is from Yahoo News, which is not a Reliable news source.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/7/2019 11:36:31 AM     (No. 11926717)

#2, I agree about Yahoo. I tried to find the story elsewhere without success.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: obdurate, 3/7/2019 12:01:41 PM     (No. 11926746)

Why do we feel compelled to disclose our capabilities?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JediJerry, 3/7/2019 12:08:12 PM     (No. 11926754)

I used to look forward to newsreel gunsight video footage on TV of AC-130´s, and Apache helicopters and drone airborne weaponry taking out the enemy. I especially love the AC-130 shooting the 105 mm cannon at single individuals. First they are there and then they aren´t. Boom. Direct hit. Aim small miss small.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Tom7, 3/7/2019 12:55:44 PM     (No. 11926822)

Someone should tell the illiterates at Yahoo News that "decimate" is not a synonym for "demolish".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dvc, 3/7/2019 2:29:41 PM     (No. 11926935)

Interesting reports. Keep up the good work, guys. Well done.

I have spent a few days hanging around with the chief engineer for propulsion (engines) on the General Atomic drones. He is a really smart and interesting guy, we fun times. really interesting discussions. Challenging job, turbines tend to be fuel hogs, piston engines have cooling problems at very high altitudes - air is so thin it can´t pull out much heat, and two stage turbochargers are needed, complex. Challenging engineering to get max range/endurance in a light, compact package.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 3/7/2019 6:15:20 PM     (No. 11927139)

There has always been a love/hate, strained relationship between the Army needing close air support and the Air Force being the branch that provides it since the Air Force became a separate branch as opposed to the former Army Air Corps of WW-2. In the early days of the Vietnam War the Army had its own fixed wing aircraft providing much of the CAS. Then the Air Force pitched a fit that they should have the fixed wing aircraft. So the Army ended up with helicopter gunships for CAS.

The Marine Corps has the right idea. ALL Marines go thru the same basic training/boot camp. The Marine pilots also spend time on the ground with the mud Marine units to get the idea of how important it is to do what the ground commander asks for by way of CAS. They all get to know one another on a personal basis as well.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: red1066, 3/7/2019 10:45:52 PM     (No. 11927366)

A friend of mine son flies drones for the Air Force. He said sometimes they can see the eyes of the terrorists just before they blow them up.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dvc, 3/7/2019 11:53:37 PM     (No. 11927406)

Exactly right, #8, about Marine pilots. Two in my family have done that job, on still active duty flying F-35s, one KIA.

The pilots have been through the same ground combat school as the ground combat leaders, in fact, my pilot family member was killed in leading a fire team on the ground.

A retired US Army friend, who fought in Vietnam, as an officer, said that the Marines were who you hoped showed up for your CAS, the Navy was good, but not as good as the Marines, but watch out for the Air Force.
I have no doubt that the USAF does their best for CAS, but their pilots have never learned or been on the ground in combat, do not fully understand it from that side.

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