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Babbler # 1885

posted 12 March 2003 10:22 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Iraq's "deadly drone" has a range of about five miles (if the operator is standing on a hill, I presume), and is made of balsa wood and duct tape.

In Washington's search for a ``smoking gun'' that would prove Iraq is not disarming, Powell has insisted the drone, which has a wingspan of 24.5 feet, could be fitted to dispense chemical and biological weapons. He has said it ``should be of concern to everybody.''

Latif said the plane is controlled by the naked eye from the ground. Asked whether its range is above the 93-mile limit imposed by the United Nations, he said it couldn't be controlled from more than five miles.

Latif said the exact range will be determined when the drone passes to the next testing stage.


The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte, complained this weekend that chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix didn't mention the drone in his oral presentation to the Security Council on Friday.

Blix mentioned the drone in a 173-page written list of outstanding questions about Iraq's weapons programs last week. While small, Blix said, drones can be used to spray biological warfare agents such as anthrax. He said the drone hadn't been declared by Iraq to inspectors.

But Iraq insisted it declared the drone in a report in January - and Hussein held up its declaration to prove it. The confusion, he said, was the result of a typo: The declaration said the wingspan was 14.5 feet instead of 24.5 feet as stated by Powell.

``When we discovered the mistake we addressed an official letter correcting the wingspan,'' he said. He showed that letter to reporters as well. He suggested inspectors had already seen the drone when the correction was made, but said: ``No one of the inspectors noticed the difference.''

``We are really astonished when we hear that this RPV was discovered by inspectors, when it was declared by Iraq,'' Hussein said. ``Nothing is hidden.''

[ 12 March 2003: Message edited by: Sarcasmobri ]

From: No one is arguing that we should run the space program based on Physics 101. | Registered: Nov 2001  |  IP: Logged
Babbler # 490

posted 12 March 2003 01:50 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Hey! Powell has a right to be alarmed! You can use duct tape to hold aaaaaaaaaaanything together!

(Seriously. Balsa wood and duct tape? I'm surprised the damn things don't just fall apart instantly.)

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kuba walda
Babbler # 3134

posted 12 March 2003 01:53 PM      Profile for kuba walda        Edit/Delete Post
I don't find the drone nearly as frightening as that bomb the US exploded yesterday in Florida or that drone in the White House.
From: the garden | Registered: Sep 2002  |  IP: Logged

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