Serious Weapons: Navy Uses Poison Darts to Neutralize Surf Mines

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The Navy has figured out a strange way to neutralize deadly mines near the beach: using a satellite-guided bomb that releases thousands of poison darts. Each .50 caliber Venom dart is packing some seriously poisonous stuff called DETA, causing some of the mines to explode and then neutralizing the rest of them with caustic chemicals. Better get out of the way of these babies.


With their special blunt noses, they easily travel through 12 feet of water or 2 feet of sand, and a 60-foot-wide cloud of these darts can be released from 1000 feet up, far out of harm's way if anything should explode. Sounds like the equivalent of sending a pig through a minefield.

We've heard rumblings of the military studying the concept of releasing clouds of nanotech devices to do similar damage or report data back to the mother ship. Anybody have anything to add to that?


Navy's Deadly New Darts [Defense Tech]

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Let me see if i understand this:

We have a mine problem:

a)it hinders the soldiers advance

b)leftover mines will be a future problem after the conflict is over and probably cripple lots of people and kill a few other (more than a few...)

We spread a seriously toxic and corrosive "stuff" in the area that will eliminate the mines and eventually spread into the groundwater:

a) no more problem for the soldiers advance (well, some will eventually be sick or die due to the toxicity but the advance will be 'no problem')

b)no more leftover mines to kill people (of course lots will die due to the ground and water supply becoming contaminated, but 'no mine problem')

Ah! Its the typical win-win situation, so long as bombs aren't dropped in your backyard and we ignore all kind of international reasoning to avoid long terms effects from warfare...

Note: though it doesn't surprise me this comes from the US, it'd be a very bad idea whoever developed this