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U.S. Flew Kamikaze Drones Against Taliban

garymortimer (1882326) writes | about 3 years ago

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garymortimer writes "The U.S. military has launched miniature kamikaze drones against Taliban targets and plans to deploy more next year for U.S. special operating forces, according to documents and an Army official.

The tube-launched “Switchblade” drone, made by Monrovia, California-based Aerovironment Inc., was secretly sent to Afghanistan for the first time last year. “Under a dozen” were fired, said Army Deputy Product Director William Nichols."

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Not kamikaze (0)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 3 years ago | (#37759174)

I realize it's the term that was used in the article, but if there is no human pilot aboard, then it isn't a "Kamikaze". And I rather object to the overly-loose use of the term.

Re:Not kamikaze - Single Use (1)

kalalau_kane (1621021) | about 3 years ago | (#37761240)

Agreed. The term is just for sensationalism. Single Use Drone.

Re:Not kamikaze - Single Use (1)

schwit1 (797399) | about 3 years ago | (#37761626)

"Single Use Drone". Isn't that known as a cruise missile?

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