General Atomics has a new cockpit for their MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers, two of the most common hunt-and-kill drones used by the USAF, capable of destroying basically any ground—and some air—targets. It looks like a dream gaming setup. Heck, it even includes a gamepad (check out that guy's lap.)
The rapid exit of US ground forces from Afghanistan has caused an unforseen problem for forces in the region: Afghanistan's most remote regions are suddenly out of range of our conventional turbo-prop UAVs, making CIA interdiction against the Taliban nearly impossible. But a new generation of jet-propelled Predator…
Taliban warfighters aren't the only threat to American forces in Afghanistan. There are also the nastly explosives they leave behind. But rather than simply reinforce some Humvees and hope for the best, General Atomics has developed a system to spot IEDs from the air, up to a mile away, day or night.
General Atomics' Avenger—the newest iteration of the classic Predator—is headed to war for the first time, Danger Room's David Axe reports. It's got F-35 sensors, loads of stealth weapons bays, and terrain-sweeping radar. Iran: start licking your lips.
Rail guns are still halfway between sci-fi and battlefield, but the armscrafters at General Atomics are still working to improve the futuristic weapon. Instead of launching clunky "bricks," a new, aerodynamic round is being tested. Git ready fer military porn!