Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3105 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4311 times:
Iran had at least one hang-glider derived ultralight in their latest military exercises this summer. I've also seen a photo of aniranian soldier using one of those parachute with a fan on your back type setups. Not sure how useful thgat would be for the military.
Mariscal35 From Ecuador, joined Jun 2004, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4201 times:
I think that ultralights may be good recon planes for the army, since they are cheaper, easier to pack. I presume that the Iranian Air Force (IRIAF) was testing ultalights capabilities in the battlefield and how well they managed.
"El partido no estuvo ni bueno ni malo, sino todo lo contrario" Nixon Carcelen
Chdmcmanus From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 374 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3993 times:
In as much as the possibilities for compact transport and ease of deployment sound tempting, I think the risk / benefit of such a concept outweighs its usefulness. I would think that anyone who has ever been bird hunting would agree that an ultralight / hang glider would make as easy a target as quail on the fly to small arms fire. Just ask any FAC pilot from Vietnam about the risks, and that was done in acft that were flying 10 times the speed and altitude of an ultralight. When you consider that and the sensor and photo capabilities would be extremely limited, the amount of useful intelligence gathered by one would not offset the danger to the operator. Right now drones, satellites and ground sensors gather the info needed to accomplish the mission. The Intel shortfalls in the current OIF battlefields are due to Humint issues, particularly language and allegiance barriers, not aerial photo or electronic gathering.
IMHO, the loss rate / mission success with such a tool would be astronomical.