Iran Unveils New Drone Amazingly Not Held Together by Tape

Iran welcomed a new addition to its drone fleet on Monday with the unveiling of the Fotros. Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says this familiar-looking can do anything from taking pictures of Israel to protecting Iran's borders. So he says. » 11/18/13 5:40pm 11/18/13 5:40pm

These UAVs Fly Through Fallout Clouds To Learn Who Launched a Nuke

During the Cold War, it wasn't hard to determine who could have been behind an airborne nuclear strike—just check behind the Iron Curtain. But in the modern era of nuclear proliferation, figuring out who set off a bomb would be more akin to crime scene investigation. » 1/14/13 1:40pm 1/14/13 1:40pm

Does America Really Need to Feature Death Symbols On Its Military…

I know that weapons kill. And I know that drones can be particularly deadly. That's the destructive nature of war, after all. But do we really need to feature the symbol of death in our military badges? » 7/31/12 1:40pm 7/31/12 1:40pm

US Air Force Crashes Yet Another Drone

How many drones can you lose in a month? Apparently not enough: the US Air Force lost another drone today, a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, this time on the Seychelles. » 12/13/11 9:54am 12/13/11 9:54am

So Long, Predator!

Few years have passed since we first heard about the Predator drones used by the Air Force and other organizations, yet it's already time to begin waving goodbye to the outrageously expensive aircraft as their more dangerous replacements take over. » 12/14/10 11:40pm 12/14/10 11:40pm

The Eye of Death

Esquire has the Nth feature on unmanned air vehicles changing the face of war. The opening photo, however, is a sleek, quite unique view on the dome that houses all the sensors is a Reaper UAV. Cool, deathly design. [Esquire] » 10/14/09 8:20pm 10/14/09 8:20pm

Runaway Drone Shot Out of Sky

An MQ-9 Reaper drone's fail-safe programming failed and it rushed through Afghanistan's airspace on Sunday. The US Air Force simply responded by sending a manned plane to shoot it down. Turns out this isn't all that uncommon. » 9/14/09 10:20pm 9/14/09 10:20pm

Five Reasons Why Humanoid Robots Will Someday Fight Our Wars

Robots are officially on the battlefield—UAVs like the Predator and Reaper patrol the skies while militarized bomb-disposal robots like the Talon detonate explosives on the ground. But where are the humanoids? Roboticist and author Daniel H. Wilson makes the case for a humanoid robot army. » 5/20/09 4:00pm 5/20/09 4:00pm

First Fully-Unmanned Machine Combat in History Heralds Robotic…

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…

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