U.S. drone makes ‘aviation history’ with bomb run

Saying it was “a first in army aviation history,” a U.S. military drone has dropped a bomb that killed two suspected roadside bombers in northern Iraq.

On seeing two enemy fighters a week ago in the Qayyrah area of Nineveh province, troops requested aerial backup and a Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle was sent, it said in a statement.

“Pilots guided the Hunter operator to the scene where it set up for a strike mission and dropped its precision munition, killing both unknown enemies,” the military said.

The commander of Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Company, Captain Raymond Fields, said the successful mission would set the “tone for army aviation in years to come.”

“We will see more weaponised army unmanned vehicles being used … to save not only our aviator brethren but our army ground brethren from enemy contact.”

Source:  Manchester.com


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