The drone war could be shrinking faster than anyone expected. Raytheon’s teeny, tiny drone bomb might be ready to arm a small drone within months, the defense giant says.
Since 2009, Raytheon has been experimenting with what it understatedly calls a Small Tactical Munition. It’s a laser-guided bomb less than two feet long and barely a 10th the weight of the Hellfire missiles that the iconic Predators and Reapers pack. And the wait for it may be almost over: “We’re just tweaking the software and running some environmental tests,” a business manager for Raytheon’s missile division told AIN Online.
That would open new worlds of possibility for the U.S. drone arsenal. There are a lot more small drones than there are Preds and Reapers. The small-fry robots are used as flying spies, since they’re too lightweight to arm — until now. The Small Tactical Munition is supposed to arm the Shadow, a drone that’s only 12 feet long. The U.S. fleet of killer drones would significantly increase. Alternatively, the existing, large killer drone fleet could carry far more weapons than they currently do.
And leave it to the NY Times to argue The Moral Case for Drones
Of course they also make sure to report on it anyway Who Is Flying Drones Over America?
The Pentagon just bought $531 million worth of drones. (among other things of course).
So, how long before we see these in our skies keeping an eye on us? A well known reporter (and owner) of a conservative website says it’s already happened. Joseph Farah of the World Net Daily one buzzed him while out walking his dog.
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