What do you think would be the result, over a long period of time, if US arms producers continued working hard to produce smaller, smarter weapons, and began an commercial service, selling small bomb/ missile deliveries? i.e. anybody who had money, could order the bombs from a website, like mapquest.
I know this is an insane proposal but what do you think would be the result over a long period of time?
Let us presume that the first sales would be small bombs of approx. 10 KG, which could be delivered within a 1-meter accuracy at any point, on approximately 10 minutes notice. These would be gravity bombs with impact detonators, and the phenomenal 10-minute notice would be maintained by having aircraft in the skies 24 hours/day over the high demand regions. Let's assume the customer could redirect the impact location right up to the moment of impact, if he had some device capable of transmitting the geographic coordinates.
I imagine the service would have to be produced from an offshore location but it does not seem as complex as, say, launching missiles from Guyana or drilling oil on the north slope. The aerospace industry and logistics industries have done much more difficult things, and the technology is pretty much available internationally.
The service could be offered exactly like commercial products, for a loss at first but eventually, hoping to get up to a steady, profitable business. Countries capable of mounting a military strike on the bombing service's headquarters would not be in the strike zones. The service would only be offered within non-industrialized countries, in other words.
The republicans could do this, it would be a deregulation of the arms industry, you know...
I imagine the bombs could be produced and delivered well below $100, if you could get the volumes up to around 10,000 bombs in a 10 hour period. I say that because a jumbo jet can carry at least 150,000KG of cargo, and stay airborne 10 hours. That would be at least 10,000 bombs plus some conveyor belts and shit, to toss them out of the airplane. So, we're talkin $100 x 10,000 per flight, of revenue. hmmm $1 million.
Well, it's not as profitable as their current federal war business but what the heck. Diversification is good for businesss.
The bombs costs $1 worth of steel, $5 worth of explosives, and a $5 integrated circuit, and a $1 battery and servos to control the tail fins. The service of course would be much cheaper if it was just sold from a website, by credit card with a 1 or 2-day delivery window like UPS or Fedex, with fixed coordinates etc. etc.
I wonder if the non-industrialized countries might become just as safe as Texas has become without gun control. Maybe everybody would behave just like angels, so that their neighbors wouldn't blow them away,
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