Re: [SGII] Fire of AT Missiles at disperesed tagets
From: "John K. Lerchey" <lerchey@a...>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 23:13:32 -0500
Subject: Re: [SGII] Fire of AT Missiles at disperesed tagets
I'm not sure I agree with your assessment, John.
So, don't forget that this is a sci-fi setting. If you've read John
Ringo's Posleen series, the Posleen would get hit by a sniper with a .50
cal, and then every one of them in range with both gauss rifles and
missiles would cut loose and tear into the target area. Less that they
were targeting/tracking an individual, but they certainly were using
anti-vehicle GSMs to shoot at infantry with good effect.
>From there, it's not that much of a leap to consider smart homing
with sufficient AI to target individual troopers based on thermal and/or
shape patterns. Heck, even things like heartbeats (Star Trek sensors
able to locate one human on a Romulan ship! - ok, it's Truly Bad
but still...) or electromagnetic signatures.
I'm not saying that it will be done, but it *could* be. :)
--On Tuesday, January 25, 2005 4:34 AM +0100 John Atkinson
> On Tue, 25 Jan 2005 14:03:46 +1100, Owen Glover <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Hi Richard,
>> Just throwing a little something extra in; the GMS/P is guided
>> you would be resolving the Guidance vs ECM, something like d8 or d10
>> d4 rather than a Firepower roll n'est pas?
> But you're not resolving whether it hits a large target and if so, how
> solidly it hits. You're resolving wether the blast tears up some
> bushes, or puts shrapnel into some soldiers near where it hit. The
> guidance system won't track on individuals unless they change things
> drastically. And since it would never be doctrine to shoot them at
> individuals, it won't change. Might set up to track PA suits and you
> could resolve that with guidance vs ECM, but then it would be a direct
> hit on one person and the rest of the squad would be in little danger
> if they are properly dispersed.
> "Thousands of Sarmatians, Thousands of Franks, we've slain them again
> and again. We're looking for thousands of Persians."
> --Vita Aureliani
John K. Lerchey
Computer and Network Security Coordinator
Information Security Office
Carnegie Mellon University