U.S. Improves All-Weather Fighting Capability

(Houston Chronicle/AP) - This time, Iraq's climate will be less of a barrier to military operations, experts say. "We have a tremendous, substantial, all-weather capability that we did not have in Desert Storm days," said retired Rear Adm. Stephen Baker, planning and operations chief for an aircraft carrier battle group during the 1991 conflict. The Pentagon now has satellite-guided bombs and cruise missiles that can hit their targets in bad weather. Satellites, surveillance planes, and pilotless drones are equipped with radar that can see through clouds, smoke, fog, and dust, and track the movement of enemy troops and vehicles.

2002-11-20 00:00:00

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