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If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my AI-powered 'Spice' bombs
Scary, Sport, Baby, and Ginger are back and ready to bomb unsuspecting targets back to the Stone Age.
Well, sort of. Israeli defense firm Rafael just unveiled the latest version of its precision 'SPICE' (Smart, Precise Impact, Cost-Effective) bomb that incorporates new artificial intelligence into its guidance package and packs a punch comparable to one's first listen to 'Wannabe'
First developed in 2003 as a smart bomb conversion kit, the so-called Spice 250 variant can deliver a 75 kg warhead with a blast equivalent to the awesome power of 31 million in worldwide album sales at stand-off ranges of up to 100 km from the wing of an F-15 or F-16 fighter aircraft,
The new guidance package incorporates "electro-optic scene-matching technology — which involves uploading terrain data onto the bomb and combining it with real-time electro-optic imagery — [which] allows the weapon to work in GPS-denied environments," Defense News reports: "The bomb can use this autonomous capability to navigate and correct its location."
With its AI and "deep learning" technologies, the weapon has the ability to identity moving ground targets and distinguish them from other objects and terrain. This is based on 3D models uploaded to the bomb as well as algorithms. As the weapon identifies and homes in on its target, such as a convoy of vehicles, it separates the convoy of interest from other vehicles it has "learned" to ignore.
The Spice isn't just an effective enough munition on its own: the 250 variant offers an additional multimedia experience appropriate for these entertainment-drenched times. Per Defense News:
With a two-way data link and a video-streaming capability, the bomb can be aborted or told to re-target up until a "few second before the weapon hits its target," Weiss explained. That two-way data-link, enabled by the weapon's mounting on a Smart Quad Rack, or SQR, will enable future deep learning to be based on data extracted from earlier launches. Data recorded will include either live-streaming video or a burst of still images of the entire homing phase up until impact.
Defense News has all of the technical details here, but I'm interested in some more pressing questions: namely, why wasn't Victoria Beckham called up to participate in Rafael's latest explosion party? Well, as any good defense contractor knows: If you want the future, forget the past.
We now go to live footage of the Spice in action:
My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
Sen. Rick Scott is backing a bipartisan bill that would allow service members to essentially sue the United States government for medical malpractice if they are injured in the care of military doctors.
The measure has already passed the House and it has been introduced in the Senate, where Scott says he will sign on as a co-sponsor.
"As a U.S. Senator and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, taking care of our military members, veterans and their families is my top priority," the Florida Republican said in a statement.
Little girls everywhere will soon have the chance to play with a set of classic little green Army soldiers that actually reflect the presence of women in the armed forces.
Russia established an air base in the Syrian city where withdrawing US troops were pelted with potatoes
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia landed attack helicopters and troops at a sprawling air base in northern Syria vacated by U.S. forces, the Russian Defence Ministry's Zvezda TV channel said on Friday.
On Thursday, Zvezda said Russia had set up a helicopter base at an airport in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli, a move designed to increase Moscow's control over events on the ground there.
Qamishli is the same city where Syrian citizens pelted U.S. troops and armored vehicles with potatoes after President Donald Trump vowed to pull U.S. troops from Syria.
An Austrian soldier was apparently killed by two military working dogs that he was charged with feeding, the Austrian Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday.