Technical information on these aircraft http://www.codeonemagazine.com/article.html?item_id=79
Thanks for post SG. This is interesting but I smell a strong odor of BS. So this incredibly expensive deployment is targeting mosquitoes?
"Mosquitoes that can carry and transmit malaria, west nile virus, zika, and multiple types of encephalitis will be the target of the operation."
Well where is the evidence? Are there epidemiological indicators? I am struck that this is a massive military operation to limit mosquito populations. So, where are the water samples that indicate increased larvae? Where are the biopsies of mosquito bodies to indicate they are vectored in terms of infectious transmission?
The significance of this plan as being a mosquito eradication should be clarified for people. Are there more mosquitoes now than before? Is there more stagnant pools of water than before? But this is only about the reproductive rates of the pesky bug not specifically about the vector represented by the adult biter. Hopefully, all know what a vector is, but in case not: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vector_(epidemiology). Parasitology is also a fun topic that considers insects as vectors to disease. So, MOSQUITO is a parasite that occasionally likes or bites humans and generally other warm blooded critters. The transmission of infectious entities to other critters occurs when a vector, bug, mosquito, feeds off something and ingests a viral, bacteriological or parasitic sample after which it is injected into another critter, occasionally a human. When this ingestion/injection happens enough the incidence of infection of any number of such vector born diseases can rise to epidemic proportions. So, are there indicators of increases in morbidity and mortality referencing the diseases targeted by this military effort?
This discussion is only a start. Are monies shunted to a military operation a pretext for something else. Obviously there must be less expensive and much less scattered or invasive strategies to approach potential problems like these – for example, free mosquito netting or window screens. This is like proposing a military solution to a political or cultural problem or set of issues. Maybe the selling of this crap to the American people constitutes a test whether they will tolerate further far-fetched military solutions and interventions?
So, thanks SG for this posting. Maybe we should be asking is fear of mosquitoes buzzing about us more of a danger than the BS rising to our waists?