For the first time in military history, an unmanned machine has engaged and destroyed another unmanned machine in a real combat. A MQ-9 Reaper killed a remote controlled vehicle carrying a bomb one week ago.
The MQ-9, operated by the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance and Attack Squadron, destroyed the RC car using a laser-guided 500-pound GBU-12 bomb in southeast Iraq. The commander of the squadron, Lt. Col. Micah Morgan, said that they “searched for, found, fixed, targeted and destroyed a [threat] with just one aircraft.”
With an entire wing of UAVs in the US Air Force, the possibility of seeing full-scale unmanned and robotic battles in the near future is very real, even though it sounds like science fiction.