Same as any land-based vehicle. What's your point?
Except humvees and M1s don't cost tens of millions of dollars per unit.
Originally Posted by The Great Panda
Man, if only we had some way to shoot those planes down befo-
So each of these giant robots would have to have a couple of mobile SAM units with it on the battlefield to protect it? Not to mention a stealth fighter like an F22 could probably deliver it's payload and be out of there before it was even picked up.
No doubt, the thing is cool. My point is just that besides looking awesome I don't see what benefits an insanely expensive, giant F***ing robot provides over military equipment that already exists.
With something that sized it can have thick ass armor. A tank shell would do **** to it. I mean look at the M1A2. Hear the stories of that thing getting hit with enemy tank rounds and RPGs. Does ****.
In a complete battle ready form I bet it would cost more than an M1A2 does. But the shear fear of size makes it awesome in battle. Half of battle is fear. And if you can give that fear and still have a unit that can fight well you're golden! Also there is enough anime out there to give plenty of ideas into weapons systems and how to fight with one. I'm know a lot of it is fantasy, but from it still comes fair battle plans etc.
My biggest fear with mechs is the crotch area. In one of the episodes of Gundam 08th team a Gundam pilot fires an anti tank RPG from directly under the mech inside the "gear" housing of the legs. Making it fall over. I don't see a good way to protect against this because the legs need to move. the skirt idea on the mechs is the best way I see for mobility and protection (so long as it doesn't come from under the mech). The difference between that mech and a Gundam mech (height wise) is quite a bit. But it still makes for a problem.
Neither does this. It cost only $20,000 for the unit so far, and according to Owens, it's 98% finished.
And also according to Owens, it's just a prototype that for now is "best suited for entertainment".
i don't know what his goals were with it, but 98% finished doesn't mean it's ready to be used by the military. according to the article, as of now, the mecha can bend it's knees, raise it's arms and do a situp. That's nowhere near the number of joints/moving parts it would have to have to come close to mimicking human movement.
Figuring out where to store weapons, fuel tanks and how to armor it is no small task, not to mention where you would seat the pilot. It would also have the same major weakness that the AT ATs did in star wars...it has a small base of support (2 "feet") so it's easy to topple over.
I'm not saying that with years of intensive R&D something like this couldn't happen, but I would expect the end product to cost a lot more than a tank for it to be useful in combat.
Can be used on aircraft carriers and hangars for loading bombs and other cumbersome things (if you've ever seen the film 'Aliens', you'll have an idea)
4- Depending on dexterity, may be capable of clearing obstructions and digging out friendlies trapped under debris
These two seem like more realistic applications. Depending on the size, I just don't see something this large being mobile enough for battle anytime soon. I think applications in construction would be more feasible.
I don't want to sound like I'm ripping on the guy's achievement, it really is very impressive. i just think that it will be a long time before something like this is "battle ready".
It's impressive that this guy did it all on his own.
But it's far from spectacular, because the military could do this with way better material.
The only reason why no one does this, is because the majority of people have lifes.
Plus, a way better use of the material.
Not the mention the fact that, why say "Lets stop making military equipment and ammunition, and lets focus on building a prototype mobile suit" that will probably end up breaking down.
Although it is pretty cool, i'd probably **** my pants if I met that in a dark alley.