Troops In Iraq Get High Tech NoisemakerI brought this up a few days ago. Turboprop aircraft are slower than jets but they are more fuel efficient. Sense the cost of fuel is high, people are buying more turboprop aircraft and fewer jets.
Piston aircraft are steady.
General aviation deliveries pick up despite biz jet lag / Aug 5, 2013
Wichita Business Journal
Deliveries of general aviation aircraft worldwide increased in the first half of 2013, up 8.9 percent to 1,014, from 931 in the first half last year.
However, according to a report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, deliveries of business jets dropped from 295 to 283 in the same period.
The delivery numbers were buoyed by a 70.6 percent increase in the sale of multiengine turboprops, to 58.
Deliveries of piston aircraft rose 16.1 percent to 455, and single-engine turboprops increased 3.8 percent to 218.
Total billings for all models rose 26.4 percent to $10.4 billion year over year.
GAMA says it's the first time since 2008 that industry revenues have exceeded $10 billion for the first six months of a year.
http://tinyurl.com/r5fck / March 3, 2004
NEW YORK - U.S. soldiers in Iraq have new gear for dispersing hostile crowds and warding off potential enemy combatants. It blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam.
The equipment, called a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, is a so-called "non-lethal weapon" developed after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen as a way to keep operators of small boats from approaching U.S. warships.
The devices have been used on some U.S. ships since last summer as part of a suite of protection measures.
Now, the Army and Marines have added this auditory barrage dispenser to their arms ensembles. Troops in Fallujah, a center of insurgency west of Baghdad, and other areas of central Iraq in particular often deal with crowds in which lethal foes intermingle with non-hostile civilians.
The developer of the LRAD, American Technology Corp. of San Diego, recently got a $1.1 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to buy the gadgets for units deployed to Iraq. The Army also sent LRADs to Iraq to test on vehicles.
The Pentagon's Ray Gun
David Martin Reports On A Non-Lethal Weapon Straight Out Of Buck Rogers
June 1, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/2f7wa5
What if we told you the Pentagon has a ray gun? And what if we told you it can stop a person in his tracks without killing or even injuring him? Well, it’s true. You can’t see it, you can't hear it, but as CBS News correspondent David Martin experienced first hand, you can feel it.
Pentagon officials call it a major breakthrough which could change the rules of war and save huge numbers of lives in Iraq. But it's still not there. That because in the middle of a war, the military just can't bring itself to trust a weapon that doesn't kill.