The Perfect Soldier: Special Operations, Commandos, and the Future of Us Warfare by James F. Dunnigan
Dirty Little Secrets
Video Gamers Defend The Fleet From Terrorists
The U.S. Navy is buying several hundred Israeli Mini-Typhoon 12.7mm remotely controlled machine-guns. These will be used to provide ships with more effective defenses against small boats, especially those carrying suicide bombers. The Israeli weapon is called the Mini-Typhoon. It is a 370 pound system that can be mounted on the deck just like a manned machine-gun. The Mini-Typhoon uses a day/night vidcam and a stabilizer. The remote operator has an automatic target tracker, and can easily hit small boats two kilometers away. The gun has 230 rounds available (giving the operator about 25 seconds of firing). The Mini-Typhoon can be mounted on warships in place of manned machine-guns, and can be operated from the bridge, or even below decks, or anywhere someone is always on duty. Operators with video game experience can be quickly trained to operate the weapon.
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