(Source: Army Technology)
Hunter UAV scores two kills in Iraq

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 were discovered.

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 feat."

"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.

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