First Fully-Unmanned Machine Combat in History Heralds Robotic Apocalypse

For the first time in history, an unmanned machine has engaged and destroyed another unmanned machine in real combat. It sounds like science fiction, but it happened a week ago in Iraq, when a MQ-9 Reaper killed a remote controlled vehicle carrying a bomb. The MQ-9-operated by the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance and… » 8/27/08 9:15am 8/27/08 9:15am

First All-UAV Air Force Combat Wing Takes to the Skies Sans Pilots Over Iraq

Last week, the 174th Air Force Fighter Wing flew its last manned combat sortie over Iraq in F-16s, which have now been mothballed in favor of MQ-9 Reapers. This makes it the first combat-specific wing to ditch conventional aircraft entirely and toward a force of all unmanned robo-drones piloted from the ground.… » 8/12/08 3:00pm 8/12/08 3:00pm

Attack of the Hunter-Killer Grim Reaper Robots

What's not to like about the sneaky and efficient drone, a robotic aircraft controlled from afar that can put the hurt on enemies while assuring that none of us good guys die in the process? The radio-controlled warplanes have come a long way since those first Predator surveillance drones, and now the more-powerful… » 1/31/07 3:18pm 1/31/07 3:18pm