Missile worth $3 million used to shoot down $200 dollar drone

A US military missile worth millions was used to shoot down a $200 drone from Amazon, a US general has revealed.

Patriot missiles, worth around $3million (£2.4m), are usually used to destroy targets travelling faster than the speed of sound, so made light work of destroying the cheap drone.

The missile, which uses a radar to find and track targets, was used by an ally of the US Army on an enemy, Gen David Perkins has revealed.

  • glasnost

    OK, I’ll use lefty rhetoric:
    But what if it saved even one life?

    • FactsWillOut

      Not too bright, eh?

  • FactsWillOut

    $200 drone? Yay, free stuff and trap shooting at the same time.

    As to the fucking idiocy behind this crap article, think of a $500 bulletproof vest to stop a 50 cent bullet. Oh, and bulletproof vests are only certified for one use.
    Also, for the fucking retards out there, think of a $300 motorcycle helmet used to stop the free ground from pulping yer fucking pea brains. Helmets too, are only certified for one use.

    • vwVwwVwv

      guess why sovjet police didn’t needed vests?

      • FactsWillOut

        Because nobody else had guns?

        ..either that or their vest ration was gloriously increased to zero.

        • vwVwwVwv

          because it was not a good idea
          for you, your family, your friends,
          your dog and your goldfish if you
          would think of shooting at them.

          I cheered hearing trump saying “take out the family’s”,
          in the end one person of importance understood arab
          islamic culture and the cure for the disease but
          i am becoming more silent somehow.

          • FactsWillOut

            War = bombing the crap out of civilians. if you can’t deal with that, you may as well surrender.

          • vwVwwVwv

            WW2 Hamburg-Berlin-Dresden-Hiroshima-Nagasaki,
            they knew then something we don’t know, don’t remember.
            How to win a war. As if War is a Morality Contest,
            Soldiers Kill and when enough have been killed there
            is Peace.

          • FactsWillOut

            We have too many women and faggots running the west, and as a result, many of us will die.
            On the bright side, those who survive will be very angry at the women and faggots, and we will beat them mercilessly for generations.

          • vwVwwVwv
  • FactsWillOut

    What’s with the retards here? They must think that $1 000 000 vehicles armored against $50 IED’s are a bad idea too.
    If this is the level of thinking done by Canadians, we are toast, and deservedly so.

    Any fucking idiot knows that anti-missile systems are much more expensive than the missiles they are made to defend against, just like any defensive system, from helmets to vests to armored vehicles to Patriot missiles.

  • andycanuck

    When you travel twice the speed of sound, it’s easy to get burned.

    • FactsWillOut

      There is a youtube video about the effect of ejection from fighters at supersonic speeds. It’s usually fatal.

      • El Martyachi
        • FactsWillOut

          Yes, although that “optimization” thing is just state doubletalk.
          One of the engines failed. It was some farmer or something that found weaver, and went to find his dead partner:


          • El Martyachi

            Good video, great aircraft. I was lucky enough to see an operational one up close as a kid. At least there IS some slim supersonic ejection survival chance in modern aircraft, unlike say, the Bell X1 which, if the pilot somehow managed to open the hatch and bale out, stood a good chance of getting sliced and diced by the wing.

  • vwVwwVwv

    low tech vs high tech, the whole war against terror is a joke, attack nations not persons!

    • FactsWillOut

      One cannot really have a war against terror, no more than one can have a war against enfilade or flanking. it’s total BS.

      • vwVwwVwv

        it’s pathetic.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Same technology blows up a 100 million dollar drone too.

    • FactsWillOut

      or a tactical nuke.
      Also, a $200 drone can take out many millions of dollars worth of assets.

  • Brett_McS

    The Patriot missiles were a complete washout when arrayed in Israel during the Gulf War and the Arabs were trying to drag Israel into it – they didn’t hit a sausage. I presume that have been improved since then. And of course the Israelis have their own system, which seems to work reasonably well, though the cost equation is still negative.

  • simus1

    Probably just about to exceed its best before date and no money left in the budget to transport, store, dispose of the enviro naughty bits, etc, and then rebuild what remains. Sending the “fire” command down the line on a training exercise can sure test things to the max, fill up the qualification check boxes, tidy up the paperwork, and rattle the windows.

  • Gary

    So Obama can drive up the debt to $20 trillion from $10 trillion and that’s nothing to the media.
    Trump’s in power and now they care about money. Good, he just cut 3 useless dept by 28% and axed money to the Arts which is welfare for stoned losers that can’t sell their talents .