Kiddies, help your weak-eyed Auntie Bina out. Does that look like a sleigh to you? Nope…no reindeer. But what are those black things under the wings? Sure look like missiles to me…AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, if I’m not mistaken.Respected Venezuelan journalist Eleazar Díaz Rangel picks apart the Colombian defence minister’s snippy comments about another big, red-clad, real-life Santa Claus. Story from Ultimas Notícias, via Aporrea:
Translation mine. Linkage added.Kiddies, your Auntie Bina is gonna go waaaaaaayyyyy out on a limb here and conjecture that if you believe in the 40-kilometre-range of Colombian missiles or drones, especially in light of those seven gringo bases, you might as well believe in Santa Claus. And ditto if you think this is all harmless, or just part of the War on Drugs.
After the declarations of Colombian defence minister Gabriel Silva, and those of General Freddy Padilla, who denied all responsibility for the denounced incursion of an unmanned military plane over military targets in the Venezuelan state of Zulia, news agencies reported: “Neither Silva nor Padilla clarified whether any Colombian military bases had equipment like that described by the President of Venezuela, nor whether they received it as part of the co-operation agreements with the United States.”The two high-level functionaries did not dare to deny the existence of unmanned planes in any of the seven bases now controlled by the US, nor did they make any reference to whether Colombia had received any such aircraft.Among unmanned drone planes, the RQ-1/MQ-1 Predator, built by General Atomics to replace the F-16 Falcon in 2001, stands out. The plane weighs about 500 kilos, can stay aloft for up to 24 hours, and cover thousands of kilometres. This new craft, along with carrying out reconnaissance missions, “has the offensive capacity of carrying two Hellfire missiles”, which it can fire with great precision.According to the manufacturer’s promotional material, on one occasion, in Iraq, in response to an attack by Iraqi rebels in a zone where US forces could not enter, a Predator plane located the target and, in order not to destroy the building where the sniper was hiding, fired a missile through a window and thus hit its mark.Planes like these are currently being used in Afghanistan, Yemen and Iraq, and were also used in Bosnia, Serbia and Yemen in the past. Their missiles have a range of up to 7 km. Germany has the Luna X 2000 drone; in Spain several models are being tested (Alba, Alo, Diana and Siva); Ecuador acquired several Searchers, with 20 hours of flight time at 200 km/h.Former Venezuelan defence minister Gen. Raúl Baduel announced on January 31, 2007, that since the US embargo on military sales to Venezuela, “military aviation advanced a project on unmanned planes”. In Argentina, the “Guardian” is currently under development.With Predator drones, which are surely controlled and directed by US militaries from the ground, if it were true that Colombian intelligence knew the exact location of guerrilla chiefs alleged to be in Venezuela, they would not have had to use an air attack like the one on March 1 of 2008, when a FARC camp in Ecuador was bombed using an air-launched missile, whose advantage was surely that it did not leave behind any “footprints” to betray its origins.It is said that those which Colombia has can only fly up to 40 kilometres.