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Realjambo
02-02-2007, 02:02 PM
The US military has appealed to scientists to help develop a novel weapon - artificial black ice.


BBC - Black Ice as Weapon (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6295567.stm)


Imagine their adversaries: Rifle? Check! Knife? Check! Sidearm? Check! ...De-Icer? Check!... Salt Shovel? Check!

Imagine the US: "Sir! Fast moving Gritter lorries inbound at 6 O' Clock!"

The mind boggles... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

FongFongFong
02-02-2007, 02:06 PM
Ok,

Important target.

Has vulnerable driver.
Get driver drunk.

Strategically place Black Ice.

Wait for the evening News.

GoldenEagle8
02-02-2007, 02:12 PM
ok! our fied is set!
wait, wheres it at now?
oh, it's right... um... uh oh....
screeeech crash!
there it is!

PhantomKira
02-02-2007, 02:12 PM
This has been in "idea" stage for quite a while (years). I think it was a Popular Mechanics article I was reading years ago about "the weapons of the future" / non, or at least less, leathal weapons. Among the other items in this article was a laser rifle, that blinded an enemy, an airborne varient for aircraft of both offensive and defensive nature, with the same purpose, and "net gun" devices, used to entangle an opponent. Police are also looking into this type of thing in an effort to reduce shootings (at least here in the US they are).

Realjambo
02-02-2007, 02:15 PM
Anyone particular in mind Fong? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

klcarroll
02-02-2007, 03:12 PM
Well, ......regardless of whatever else you think about Americans, you have to admit, we have some pretty "slick" ideas!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

WilhelmSchulz.
02-02-2007, 04:10 PM
Thats w wepon for both sides. Cuse we suck at driving in the snow. And we cant where are own "Ice Fields" are. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

AO1_AW_SW_USN
02-02-2007, 07:54 PM
The real plan is to immoblize a terrorist's vehicle with the Black Ice, and then subdue them with the new "Ray Gun" (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6297149.stm)

Celeon999
02-03-2007, 03:33 AM
A call coming on the al-qaeda headquarter cave satellite telephone.

"Yes ?"

"What ?" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

"You need what ?" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

"ehhhhm...Is this another fun call ?" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

"huh ?" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

"ok ok ok, just let me write this down" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

"you need........salt....lots of salt..."

"ice picks......shovels......" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

"Ok i will inform Osama " http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

AO1_AW_SW_USN
02-03-2007, 03:49 AM
Well, all jokes aside it kind of makes sense. If you take an individual from a particular region of the world and have them drive in unfamiliar adverse conditions, they would have a high probability of wrecking a vehicle.

Take my home state of Texas, for example (Kaleun1961 would get a kick out of this). There was a cold front passed through the state a couple weeks ago. Very thin sheets of ice were spotted here and there, and yet there were a combined 28 vehicle wrecks on every major thoroughfare in the city of Dallas in one day. Why, because the Southern US is not accustomed to adverse winter weather conditions. The same holds true for a person from Phoenix, Arizona (a desert), move them to Seattle, Washington (a notoriously wet state) and have them drive in the rain.

Take the "Black Ice" concept to Baghdad, and you may have yourself a potentially effective (almost) non-lethal weapon at your disposal!

Realjambo
02-03-2007, 03:58 AM
Originally posted by AO1_AW_SW_USN:
Well, all jokes aside it kind of makes sense. If you take an individual from a particular region of the world and have them drive in unfamiliar adverse conditions, they would have a high probability of wrecking a vehicle.

Take my home state of Texas, for example (Kaleun1961 would get a kick out of this). There was a cold front passed through the state a couple weeks ago. Very thin sheets of ice were spotted here and there, and yet there were a combined 28 vehicle wrecks on every major thoroughfare in the city of Dallas in one day. Why, because the Southern US is not accustomed to adverse winter weather conditions. The same holds true for a person from Phoenix, Arizona (a desert), move them to Seattle, Washington (a notoriously wet state) and have them drive in the rain.

Take the "Black Ice" concept to Baghdad, and you may have yourself a potentially effective (almost) non-lethal weapon at your disposal!

Good point. A few snowflakes in the UK a few weeks ago, and that morning the roadsides were littered with car crashes, and the Police saying "Don't go out unless you absolutely have to" - We're just not used to it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

klcarroll
02-03-2007, 01:50 PM
@ AO1_AW_SW_USN;

You're exactly right! ......It's a matter of familiarity.

I was in the Dallas area several years ago, when a freak springtime storm deposited two or three inches of snow and freezing rain just in time for the morning rush hour: .....It was one of the top five funniest things I have ever seen! (....And NO!, I'm not posting this just to pick on Texans: ....The Texas Panhandle in the spring is my favorite place on Earth!) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

AO1_AW_SW_USN
02-03-2007, 05:59 PM
Originally posted by klcarroll:
The Texas Panhandle in the spring is my favorite place on Earth!) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


Rolling hills with Blue Bonnets, wind mills that stands solitary in a fabled sunset, open space as far as the eye could see... it's the land of milk and honey, it's called Texas. It's my home, it's my love and it's my life.

KaleunFreddie
02-04-2007, 01:55 PM
Ten-to-one bet it's not effective....
-Implementation of stuff in the hot zone ??
-Critical logitics will have delivered condoms instead of the reversal agent.
-Most enemies are on foot.. Ok Troops stop! put more spray on your boots.. Dammit Stores have given us hair spray again...

Hoo boy I can see this http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif