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Air Force Completes Killer Micro-Drone Project

 
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Air Force Completes Killer Micro-Drone Project
Air Force Completes Killer Micro-Drone Project
Wired
2010-01-06

The Air Force Research Laboratory set out in 2008 to build the ultimate assassination robot: a tiny, armed drone for U.S. special forces to employ in terminating “high-value targets.” The military won’t say exactly what happened to this Project Anubis, named after a jackal-headed god of the dead in Egyptian mythology. But military budget documents note that Air Force engineers were successful in “develop[ing] a Micro-Air Vehicle (MAV) with innovative seeker/tracking sensor algorithms that can engage maneuvering high-value targets.”

We have seen in recent years increased strikes by larger Predator and Reaper drones using Hellfire missiles against terrorist-leadership targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But these have three significant drawbacks.

First, you can never be quite sure of what you hit. In 2002’s notorious “Tall Man incident,” CIA operatives unleashed a Hellfire at an individual near Zhawar Kili in Afghanistan’s Paktia province. His unusual height convinced the drone controllers that the man was Bin Laden (who stands 6 feet, 5 inches). In fact, he was merely an innocent (if overgrown) Afghan peasant.

A second problem is that the Hellfire isn’t exactly the right weapon for the mission. Originally designed as an anti-tank missile, it’s not especially agile, nor is it designed to cope with a target that might swerve or dodge at the last second (like cars and motorbikes).

"And thirdly, such strikes tend to affect a number of others, as well as the intended target. It raises the risk of killing or injuring innocent bystanders."




The government doesn't give a flying fuck about killing innocents. They have killed nearly 1000 innocent Pakistani civilians with drone missile strikes.

Last thing these pukes need is yet another god damn weapon.
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Re: Air Force Completes Killer Micro-Drone Project
So how many Americans have been killed by these things?
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i can't wait till they deploy these, i assume they will have a terminate function


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i can't wait till they deploy these, i assume they will have a terminate function


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Wait until they develop nanobots that fly up your nose and cause all sorts of damage to your body.
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So how many Americans have been killed by these things?
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Who knows?

But ..... they did not take GPS coordinates of people's front door for no reason. They did not create and staff NorthCom for no reason.

I predict civil war and the end of the US in two years or less. It could happen this year. Will these weapons be used on your parents, your mate or your children?
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I predict civil war and the end of the US in two years or less. It could happen this year. Will these weapons be used on your parents, your mate or your children?
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Probably.

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