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3 hours ago, SlowMotion said:

That was my point: how accurate are they? IMO even the near misses were VERY close.

Those shots were probably selected to show the round in its best light. IRL more shots might fall farther away.

Michael

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2 hours ago, SlowMotion said:

Well, this video says it's very useful in cities when you want to minimize collateral damage.

That makes sense. I have the feeling that we have placed too much emphasis on its use in tank sniping.

BTW, in case it hasn't already occurred to you, I wouldn't place too much faith on anything you see on YouTube.

Michael

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Yes, you have to be careful what to believe in Youtube. Some things are simply made up, but also many things become obsolete fast.
In that latter video they say the round costs about 80 000$. In a 2 years older video they mentioned that target price would be 39 000$.

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12 hours ago, Michael Emrys said:

Those shots were probably selected to show the round in its best light. IRL more shots might fall farther away.

Michael

I now found that the first video is originally from Raytheon's Youtube channel. There it says Excalibur's average miss is 1.18 meters.

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Am wondering that when both sides have precision arty and plentiful drones, all vehicular ground combat will cease to exist (all vehicles being KO'd quickly). 

With ground vehicles ceasing to exist, the only remaining "safe" way to deliver payload will be from an aircraft or drone missile.  Good for air force funding maybe?

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Risky against peer opponents, any form of remote control is prone to jamming or even subversion, which leaves cables.....Ask a Goliath team how well that works on an active battlefield.

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5 hours ago, SlowMotion said:

I think detecting and destroying drones will be one area that will get more funding.

I think that is inevitable, and probably already quietly underway.

Michael

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Did anyone see the programmed Drone ballet by hundreds of the blighters at Winter Olympics or Las Vegas??

We're not talking sending out a couple, but hundreds of weaponized drones in a highly coordinated manner - some could be EW jammers, some attack craft etc.  Right now it's a race to see whether drones can be made effective faster than anti-drone tech (ie just like every other arms race).

 

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Quite so...  So, the discussion could be whether this is the end of AFV's?  (At least when both side have this sort of drone tech.)

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AFVs and similar moving units with weapons may become more often unmanned. So robots fighting other robots.
Of course people are still needed because robots can't do everything and can't go everywhere where human soldiers can, but these unmanned, possibly remotely controlled things are getting better year after year.

Can you imagine drones with night vision equipment vs humans without similar kit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVnA-BYUdes

Starting from 3:20 you can see how much forest helps.

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