View Full Version : Tiny 2-Foot Bomb Could Be ‘Months’ Away From Drone War

07-14-2012, 11:32 AM
The perfect OWS Control Device!!!! (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/07/small-drone-missile-soon/)

Updated, 7:10 a.m., July 14
By Spencer Akerman

July 13, 2012 |
6:30 am |

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 (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/12/mini-missile-drone-war/). 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 (http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/2012-07-08/raytheons-purpose-built-uas-bomb-ready-live-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 (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/drone-report/) 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 (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/10/armed-shadows/), 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.


07-16-2012, 05:21 PM
“We’re just tweaking the software and running some environmental tests,” he explained.
Oh, that's hysterical! It's a bomb! It actually may even be a missile - the text wasn't clear on that point - but we gotta run environmental tests on bombs?!:biggrin-new: Things that, by design, destroy everything they can? Or maybe the EPA wants to supervise the emissions from some sort of rocket motor that's on it!