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Posted: 8/17/2005 9:41:06 AM EDT
HOUSTON -- A dozen U.S. Predator aircraft will be based at Houston's Ellington Field for use in homeland security and border patrols.

Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay made the announcement in Houston Wednesday.

Predators are unmanned aircraft that can carry missiles and can stay airborne for 24 hours. They can be operated by ground control or satellite. They can be used to locate targets and either fire their own Hellfire missiles or be followed up by other aircraft.

Perry said the 12 Predators at Ellington would be used to patrol such assets as the Southeast Texas ports and petrochemical complex and NASA's Johnson Space Center. Perry said they'll also be used to patrol the border with Mexico.

DeLay, a Republican congressman from Sugar Land, said the aircraft would used to monitor illegal immigration.

Perry said they'd also be used as a bargaining chip with the independent federal base-closing commission to keep the 147th Fighter Wing at Ellington.

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I live less than I mile away, I'll be seeing them takeing off and landing, flying around
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:45:43 AM EDT
think the ones flying the border will be armed
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:46:23 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:47:20 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:48:50 AM EDT
they could fit a minigun on it
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:50:19 AM EDT
It would be great if they added Viperstrike munitions
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:50:40 AM EDT
Ya , and when they shoot it it will back up a mile from the kick.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:53:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DnPRK:
It would be great if they added Viperstrike munitions

Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:54:17 AM EDT
They could fit a minigun on it, but no ammo. I don't think most people understand what it takes to keep a minigun running. Ammo, ammo, and more ammo. 66.6 rounds per second takes alot of room and weight.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:56:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TMIX:
They could fit a minigun on it, but no ammo. I don't think most people understand what it takes to keep a minigun running. Ammo, ammo, and more ammo. 66.6 rounds per second takes alot of room and weight.



it was a j/k
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:56:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/17/2005 10:04:00 AM EDT by Andreuha]
I wonder if they can carry M260 (7-rocket) pods, with anti-personnel rockets; about the same weight as an AGM-114 (hellfire). Now THAT's what I call a deterrent!

Edit: yes, an IR camera and 14 AP rockets, in the middle of night while they camp out...
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:58:26 AM EDT
Didn't mean to jump all over you.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 9:58:40 AM EDT
Let's just hope some insane ex-Marine sniper who owns a 30-06 doesn't live in the area! Otherwise, he may shoot them all down.

BTW, I find it funny they are talking about these as if they'll actually be armed.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:14:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MuRDoC:
HOUSTON -- A dozen U.S. Predator aircraft will be based at Houston's Ellington Field for use in homeland security and border patrols.

Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay made the announcement in Houston Wednesday.

Predators are unmanned aircraft that can carry missiles and can stay airborne for 24 hours. They can be operated by ground control or satellite. They can be used to locate targets and either fire their own Hellfire missiles or be followed up by other aircraft.

Perry said the 12 Predators at Ellington would be used to patrol such assets as the Southeast Texas ports and petrochemical complex and NASA's Johnson Space Center. Perry said they'll also be used to patrol the border with Mexico.

DeLay, a Republican congressman from Sugar Land, said the aircraft would used to monitor illegal immigration.

Perry said they'd also be used as a bargaining chip with the independent federal base-closing commission to keep the 147th Fighter Wing at Ellington.

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I live less than I mile away, I'll be seeing them takeing off and landing, flying around



We live near each other
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:25:15 AM EDT
so will do you guys think they will fly from here and patrol the entire border?

and quijanos IM sent
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:29:51 AM EDT
Likely Maritime / Railroad / Petrochem in light of the large industry down here
Apache's are regularly flying the RR tracks on both sides of 45
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:43:25 AM EDT
yea I see them flying around all the time, but he stated they would be used for border security, would they fly straight from here and patrol the border and come back?
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:45:39 AM EDT
I don't know the range on those things, but the coast is technically a border, and I'd think one of the San Antonio bases would handle the Mexican border in light of there closer proximity.
Maybe its for the Louisiana border?
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 11:36:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By quijanos:
I don't know the range on those things, but the coast is technically a border, and I'd think one of the San Antonio bases would handle the Mexican border in light of there closer proximity.
Maybe its for the Louisiana border?



Maybe it is for the border between Harris and Galveston counties. They can spy on people taking their cars across and getting their inspections done.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 4:27:50 PM EDT
I'm only a couple of miles away. Great !

OOPS ! time to renew already ?
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 4:43:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MuRDoC:
HOUSTON -- A dozen U.S. Predator aircraft will be based at Houston's Ellington Field for use in homeland security and border patrols.



And how, pray tell, will the damn thing avoid VFR traffic? Don't say radar, because radar doesn't cover everywhere. I hope they don't try a TFR everytime one of these things goes up.

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Link Posted: 8/17/2005 4:51:51 PM EDT
how long before they are used to spy on the Minutemen, Ranch Rescue, etc.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 7:57:19 PM EDT
They should fly the Predators south of the Mexican border to blast the safehouses. If they shoot one down or see it, we can blame it on the computer geek with thick glasses who had trouble reading the coordinates.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 8:11:47 PM EDT
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