Stealthz
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Nano Drones Go To War...

Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:22 am

… and rip off the tax payer!!!

http://www.watoday.com.au/technology...elp-fight-wars-20130205-2dvmw.html

I understand how military equipment costs more than off the shelf stuff, I understand there are enhancements and additional technologies involved… but WTF

“Britain obtained the technology as part of a $31 million contract for 160 units”

$31,000,000 for 160 units, that is $193,750 each for a slightly modified version of something you can buy at Paddy’s Market for $50-60… seriously!
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
 
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ptrjong
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RE: Nano Drones Go To War...

Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:05 am

You don't know what the contract includes.
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Oroka
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RE: Nano Drones Go To War...

Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:34 pm

While its capacity dwarfs commercial grade rc helicopters, nearly $200k each is way too much even if that price includes development. Aiming way high, $2000 each would be a reasonable price.


I would love a little chopper with those capabilities.
 
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RE: Nano Drones Go To War...

Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:00 pm

Quoting Oroka (Reply 2):
While its capacity dwarfs commercial grade rc helicopters, nearly $200k each is way too much even if that price includes development. Aiming way high, $2000 each would be a reasonable price.

It could include personnel, training, repair or replacement, secure encrypted communication equipment, transport equipment (as in trucks), and cover several years of operation.

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GDB
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RE: Nano Drones Go To War...

Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:30 pm

Quoting stealthz (Thread starter):
$31,000,000 for 160 units, that is $193,750 each for a slightly modified version of something you can buy at Paddy’s Market for $50-60… seriously!

I understand that the package included not only tech transfer but also UK production.
Eventually, they'll buy more than 160.

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