Wile E., eat your heart out

In a far cry from what Wile E. Coyote does does either in the venerable short flicks or in the pages of the Fishwrap when attempting commentary on can. 915…

… a couple of Marine Majors and tech guys solved a problem by strapping an anti-ship Naval Strike Missile onto a modified unmanned joint light tactical vehicle and – from the land – hitting a target at sea. This gives the Marines a way to deny enemies “the use of key maritime terrain”. In other words, they have another way to take out vessels coming ashore and staying off shore in support.

There is a really interesting article about this in Marine Times.

And this was a good opportunity to mentioned Wile E.’s recent ACME experience!

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6 Comments

  1. AA Cunningham says:

    Another example of Marines improvising, adapting and overcoming.

    Those interested in how these traits have been utilized numerous times in the history of the Republic should pick up a copy of Victor Krulak’s “First to Fight” and prepare to be amazed.

  2. Sportsfan says:

    I’m impressed with the guy that comes up with the names to fit the acronym.

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    The next naval battle in the western Pacific may be decided by a squad of Marines and a truck. Excellent.

  4. Semper Gumby says:

    On the other hand, in the 1959 movie Operation Petticoat U.S. submarine commander Cary Grant destroyed a Japanese truck with a torpedo.

  5. Public Savant says:

    I’m certain if the Pentagon had gone to the military industrial complex with their specifications it would have taken 20 years and a 50 billion dollars to come up with something that was nowhere near as effective and obsolete by the time it was put into production.

  6. Andreas says:

    Bravo Zulu to the Marines for encouraging such creative projects and then providing top-down support when they come to fruition. The unmanned system described looks smaller and modular and thus precludes having to employ the same Naval Strike Missile via a larger dedicated manned mobile transport platform such as that developed by the Army back in 2018 (ref: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/18427/the-army-eyes-getting-into-the-ship-killing-business-with-this-cruise-missile).

    Public Savant: The new DoD 6-pathway adaptive acquisition framework (https://aaf.dau.edu/) includes the means to design, test and field such projects in a very short time and (when incorporating effective Human-Systems Integration requirements from the get-go) at far less cost than that one might have observed when using the ‘classic’ acquisition process.

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