Monday, July 16, 2007

Attack of the killer robots

Although this might sound like the title of a "B" movie schock-fest, it's not. The US Air Force is sending a squadron of MQ-9 Reaper aerial drones to Afghanistan and eventually Iraq.

The MQ-9 Reaper (or Predator "B") is the follow on to the highly successful MQ-1 Predator, but can fly higher, fly faster and carry a much larger payload. The Predator can carry 2 Hellfire missles, but the Reaper can carry up to 14 Hellfire missiles or four Hellfire missles and two 500 lbs bombs and do it for up to 14 hours. In fact, the US Air Force is thinking about replacing manned aircraft with missile-toting Reapers in the skies over Iraq, so all you terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, just stand by. Reaper has your number and just like the Grim Reaper, you will soon be meeting your maker.


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