DailyTech has discussed unmanned military vehicles in great
detail over the past year. We covered everything from the iRobot PakBot
which can detect enemy gunfire to drones which can
loiter in the air for hours surveying the battlefield.
The official website for the Multi-National Force in Iraq is
reporting that a Hunter
MQ-5B/C unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its first kill on September 1. A
scout weapons team (SWT) was performing surveillance when two enemy combatants
The enemy combatants were suspected of planting improvised
explosive device (IEDs) on a roadway, so air support was requested by the SWT.
A Hunter UAV was sent to the location where it dropped a precision bomb on the
two suspects. Both were killed by the blast.
"It’s very humbling to know that we have set an Army
historical mark in having the first successful launch in combat from an Army
weaponized UAV," said Capt. Raymond Fields of the Unmanned Aerial
Surveillance Company. "This would not be possible without my Soldiers and
civilians working hard day in and day out in Iraq to accomplish this
"This accomplishment adds a precise and discriminate
means for our Army to successfully engage the enemy in counterinsurgency
warfare," remarked Col. A.T. Ball of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade.
The MQ-5B/C is a fixed-wing, twin tail-boom aircraft which
is powered by two Northrop Grumman diesel engines. The aircraft can stay aloft
for 15 hours and climb to a maximum of 20,000 feet. The MQ-5B/C can carry up to
260 pounds of ammunition split between two external hard points.
quote: I agree this war, and Bush, is a catastrophe and we should not be over there, but that doesn't change the fact that my friends and family are there, in harms way.
quote: those were somebody's brother, father, uncle...
quote: America didn't invent war, you know
quote: using that kind of logic you could justify hitler, stalin, or any other mass murderer in history.
quote: The other side wouldn't care 2 cents who they killed. Just look at how they treat prisoners.
quote: Keep 'em coming!
quote: I'm a bit perplexed at the discussion concering the wording "suspected". The US Military has something called Rules of Engagement. This air strike would not be authorized on a hunch. A specific number of "checks and balances" exist before anyone can pull a trigger like this.
quote: Today is the anniversary of 9-11 man ... show some respect.
quote: And your little news story has nothing to do w/the war in Iraq. But I applaud your attempt to blast our military.
quote: I was pointing out that you can bet before the strike was called it was confirmed by some very smart people using some stuff you don't know exists.
quote: We have the most respectable, highly trained force in the world.
quote: those that care realize that to sit and do nothing is the same as accepting.
quote: Feel free to ask questions ... but when actual facts are provided ... you are sort of obligated to listen ...
quote: How am I disrespecting it? Am I minimizing the loss or it's impact? No.
quote: Also, drop the whole 9/11 drama. OMG, 6 years ago people died
quote: Liberals question the war, argument ensues, goes south... how do you fix it? Bring up 9/11! That's how. Now the liberal either has to agree with you, or they look like they support what happened that day. Yup, just say the numbers 9 and 11 in the same breath and you can do whatever you want after that. Anyone who questions you is a terrorist.It is drama. Not the event itself, that's a tragedy. But tacking 9/11 onto a discussion about what's happening right now (NOT six years ago). People use the event to tug at people's heartstrings. If 9/11 made you sad, you should support [my opinion here]. Bull. If you really had a point, you wouldn't need to wrench on people's emotions to make it.As I already said. 9/11 was terrible, but it does not mean we get a blank check. We're still responsible for our actions in war, just like we were before 9/11.
quote: It was a tragic event, and one we shouldn't ever forget. But I also think there's a very special place reserved for people who use the emotional impact of those events to further their own agendas.
quote: When did I ever say or imply that we should back out of the war?
quote: And I agree with you - we don't know the details of this one kill - so let's give it a rest!
quote: Verran defined:Calls 9/11 drama... You got some balls there.
quote: Quotes NBC on anything about the war... The ever falling pit of bias and all time low numbers of viewership.
quote: Liberals question the war, argument ensues, goes south...
quote: Don't dodge the question, and don't generalize about NBC.
quote: The pessimism expressed by most people - including significant minorities of Republicans - contrasted with the brighter picture offered by Gen. David Petraeus.
quote: Liberals don't question anything. They've already decided what the answer is and they will only hear or report on the data that supports their preconceived notions.
quote: The enemy combatants were suspected of planting improvised explosive device (IEDs) on a roadway, so air support was requested by the SWT. A Hunter UAV was sent to the location where it dropped a precision bomb on the two suspects. Both were killed by the blast.
quote: The actual meaning is extraordinarily simple. You don't know. You don't know what happened, and neither do I
quote: Oh except for a few days ago when we accidentally flew 6 armed warheads over a handful of states for no reason.
quote: decommissioned arms that have zero chance of activating.
quote: Listen, you're being an ass.
quote: Never in my life have I EVER heard someone who works with these kind of weapons ever VAGUELY suggest that a decommissioned bomb had a 0% chance of going off.
quote: Everything you just said were your own assumptions . I went with the source, the only reliable source of information you and I have. And that source said those two people were suspected but not confirmed . That is the fact. The decision was made on a hunch and not a fact.
quote: suspected but not confirmed
quote: but dammit, you cannot blast away everyone who looks the wrong way.
quote: And you are assuming the people controlling this device did have enough info even though they may not have. I find it laughable that you call him an armchair quarterback yet it sounds like that is exactly what the operator of this unmanned device is.
quote: The enemy combatants
quote: Its unbelievable that you are actually happy when two people have been killed without judgment.
quote: only wants to get petrol from Irak