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Money to Burn?

A Patriot missile costing $3,000,000 has been used to shoot down a drone costing $200. Someone has money to burn. War is generally wasteful but this takes the biscuit

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39277940
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Let me guess, Saudis shot down a Houthis drone.
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Well the Saudis and the Israelis both have patriots and both suffer from cheap drones but I think the latter are a bit more careful with the money. I've heard of lots of Jewish jokes about being tight fisted but never a Saudi one (although come to think I don't remember ever hearing a Saudi joke about anything - dour lot).
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My one and only Saudi joke,I refuse to share.My response to the incomplete starting post is that the IDF would gladly spend 3.000.000 to save the life of a single child.
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My one and only Saudi joke,I refuse to share.My response to the incomplete starting post is that the IDF would gladly spend 3.000.000 to save the life of a single child.
I meant I couldn't remember a Saudi telling a joke.

Any one who takes out a cheap drone which must be by definition at very low altitude using a patriot missile isn't going to be very concerned with the possibility of collateral damage
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I meant I couldn't remember a Saudi telling a joke.
My bad.
Any one who takes out a cheap drone which must be by definition at very low altitude using a patriot missile isn't going to be very concerned with the possibility of collateral damage

From a quick reading of the article my guess would be by Japan Israel or Saudi Arabia.The article makes no mention of the height the drone was flying at or local terrain.Logic would dictate that it was at medium to high altitude as at low to ground level flight it would be hard to hit even with Phalanx.All three countries employ both weapons systems.A threat defeated by Patriot in the specified altitude would more than likely been shot at by Phalanx first.I would cite Israel to be the most likely of the three to be able to keep such an event quiet.The riddle then is at which site in Israel would a 50 dollar drone be seen as a worthy threat to the on the spot air defense commander?IMHO.
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Why not something like a Stinger, SA-8 Gecko or Starstreak? Lots of Strela-2 and 3, FN-6 even some Blowpipe and Mistral in the region too. Lot cheaper. Maybe getting an infrared lock is hard on a drone being they are battery powered and don't produce much heat, but a optical, radio or laser guided missile should be able to hit a drone. However, I think the Vulcan gatling cannon would be the best value.
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Why not something like a Stinger, SA-8 Gecko or Starstreak? Lots of Strela-2 and 3, FN-6 even some Blowpipe and Mistral in the region too. Lot cheaper. Maybe getting an infrared lock is hard on a drone being they are battery powered and don't produce much heat, but a optical, radio or laser guided missile should be able to hit a drone. However, I think the Vulcan gatling cannon would be the best value.
Some nice ideas there,but they do not fit with the original post
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Computer tracking .50 caliber M2 would have been better suited.

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Why not a 12 gauge?
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We are using eagles for tacking down the drones.
Seems stupid but it costs 200 grams of fresh meat every day
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Seems stupid but it costs 200 grams of fresh meat every day
Brill Seb,never had a very high opinion of French military/intelligence,but that decision alone rockets them into the top nine.IMHO.Friend request on the way.
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From a quick reading of the article my guess would be by Japan Israel or Saudi Arabia.The article makes no mention of the height the drone was flying at or local terrain.Logic would dictate that it was at medium to high altitude as at low to ground level flight it would be hard to hit even with Phalanx.All three countries employ both weapons systems.A threat defeated by Patriot in the specified altitude would more than likely been shot at by Phalanx first.I would cite Israel to be the most likely of the three to be able to keep such an event quiet.The riddle then is at which site in Israel would a 50 dollar drone be seen as a worthy threat to the on the spot air defense commander?IMHO.
It did say it was a $200 drone - they can'y get very high - cheap motors
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