US Army Makes First UAV Kill

21 September 2007 (Last Updated September 21st, 2007 08:48)

The US Army has recorded its first kill using a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). The army used a Hunter unmanned craft to drop a laser-guided bomb which killed two men planting a roadside bomb in Iraq, according to the Air Force Times. The MQ-5B Hunter can carry a laser-

The US Army has recorded its first kill using a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle).

The army used a Hunter unmanned craft to drop a laser-guided bomb which killed two men planting a roadside bomb in Iraq, according to the Air Force Times.

The MQ-5B Hunter can carry a laser-guided GBU-44/B Viper Strike, a 42lb glide bomb with a one-yard wingspan, that can strike within one metre of its aim point.

The number of UAV's in combat is rising, from about 1,000 last year to 1,350 expected by the end of this year, says the Times.

By staff writer