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.
For the first time in military history, an unmanned machine has engaged and destroyed…
by Tactical-Life.com / Aug 27, 2008