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Monday, March 30, 2009

The Jooos come up with a new weapon: A remote control bulldozer

Apparently, the IDF has had these at least since the Second Lebanon War but just didn't bother to tell anyone.

The IDF has adapted the Caterpillar D9 bulldozer so that one very important component is no longer necessary: The driver.
"The unmanned D9 performed remarkably during Operation Cast Lead, clearing roads of mines and explosive devices," explained one officer in the Ground Forces Command. "There was even one vehicle that was damaged, which demonstrates how it did its job since no one was injured."

The Black Thunder looks like a regular D9 bulldozer but is equipped with a number of cameras that transmit images to the operator, who controls the vehicle with a wireless remote control. The unmanned D9 participated widely in Operation Cast Lead as well as in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

"The unmanned version is important since if there is a concern that an area is loaded with mines it can save lives," the officer said, adding that in the event of a communications malfunction the vehicle can be turned into a manned vehicle and operated like a regular D9.
And now they're planning to double them. Looks like an ordinary bulldozer, doesn't it? Read the whole thing.


At 7:34 PM, Blogger Gershon said...

Get some for the construction sites and fire the Arab drivers.

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Christian Holm said...

Dem Jooos, day tink day so smaht! :p

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

Here's a couple of quotes from another JPost article today, entitled "Netanyahu: We'll do all we can to make peace with our neighbors":

From Netanyahu, "The government that I am building will do everything, all within its power to attain a just, sustainable peace with all of our neighbors and with the entire Arab world," Netanyahu said during a special Knesset session to commemorate 30 years since the signing of the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement. "Every one of our neighbors that is willing to make peace will find our hand outstretched," he said, stopping short of making a commitment to a two-state solution."

I'd hardly call that "stopping short". There's no point in signing a peace treaty that is neither just nor sustainable. Which leads right into the second excerpt, a quote from soon-to-be-ex-Prime Minister Olmert:

"If I were given the time, I believe that we could have achieved an arrangement to be brought for cabinet and Knesset approval," he maintained. "It would have required dramatic, painful, heart-wrenching, but necessary compromises. That was the case both with the Palestinian and the Syrians."

Pre-67 borders?, a Palestinian "right of return"?, surrender of eastern Jerusalem and all the Golan? No doubt, Olmert could have obtained Israel's enemies' signatures to such a "peace" treaty.

However, objective thinking people, including non-Israeli friends of Israel, well realize that such a "peace" would be suicidal for Israel. Thank G-d that Olmert & Co. did NOT get that additional time. They've done enough damage to Israel, not the least of which was -as in the 2006 Lebanon War- stopping Operation Cast Lead too soon. They failed to finish off Hamas when Israel could have done so.


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